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Assisted Living: Incorporating a Bold New Antique

CasaSugar Community member LynniePop posted this design dilemma in the Assisted Living group:

We just purchased this new antique cabinet for our dining room. The problem is it's not really our style and really doesn't match any of the sleek, clean lined, contemporary furniture we have in our house. For some reason we fell in love with it in the antique store and decided to put it in our dining room, but I need help incorporating it with our other furniture. Are there other accents or decorations I could add to the room to make our contemporary dining room table and chairs mesh better with this new piece?

To see her dining room table and offer your ideas,


Here's LynniePop's dining room table, the Round Dining Table with Cutout Legs ($449-$599) from West Elm.

First of all, LynniePop, I would definitely recommend painting your dining room walls. This will instantly give the space a more cohesive look. Mixing styles and eras of furniture is a smart move; it gives the room depth and shows that you have cultivated your own personal aesthetic.

Your antique cabinet has beautiful Chinoiserie motifs and hardware, so I'd celebrate that artistic style and bring more Chinoiserie elements to your tabletop and around the room. Here are a few products that might do the trick:

Does anyone else have suggestions and ideas for LynniePop? Please share below! Do you have any of your own decorating dilemmas to deal with? Be sure to post photos and tales in the Assisted Living group!

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Refresh-Yr-Rm Refresh-Yr-Rm 5 years
Hmmmm.... I would use that piece as inspiration and take the colors which seem to be a subtle green, go bolder with accessories.  I would do a siselle rug under your table and cloth chairs for your dining table.  Cost Plus World Market offers great chairs as well as West Elm.  Is your dining room separate from your liv room? Also, what is your budget?
Ellenora Ellenora 7 years
I would paint the room a nice rich color, something on the warmer side. And I love all the choices Casa picked out. I love the Oriental style. Also, try making artwork out of Asian folding fans. Don't go with a tiny and dainty artwork piece as it'll be lost in an instant--go big and bold.
kleewolf kleewolf 7 years
I agree, try painting the room. I like the fact that you can pick up the dark black/brown color from the table and accents in the cabinet wood. I would do something "lighter" for the wall. Maybe faux gold/bronze/chocolate sponged thingy? The Floor needs help too. If you go too dark it will look like the "Bat Cave". You need to get window treatment(from ceiling to floor) to cover up the non-working furance. Find another place for the doggy stuff too!
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