🟤 Buying Guide
The dining room is no longer a “formal” space anymore. It is a place where family, friends, and others (including pets!) spend time together. Whether it be enjoying delicious food, having fun with activities, working on school/home projects, dining areas in many households have since become a multi-purpose space. This is where Old World New Style comes - we can help you make your OWNS home!
- The decor style of a room is defined by a number of things - the colors, the patterns, the era and style of the accessories, and more. But the room itself is mostly defined by the furniture that we choose to put in it. Sofas, coffee tables, and loveseats make a living room, beds make a bedroom, and dining furniture makes a dining room
- More often than not dining room furniture will consist of a table, chairs, and a buffet or sideboard. Depending on the size of the room there can be more pieces, but very rarely is there less
- Buying the right dining room furniture is a big part of getting the look that you want and the functionality that you need. And a big part of your dining room set is going to be getting the right buffet or sideboard
Dining room furniture is often available in sets, and if you choose to purchase one, you won't have to worry about the sizes not relating to each other. However, if you prefer a more eclectic look, you'll want to be sure that the pieces work together in scale, if not in style.
- Think about what you'll be putting away and displaying in the area you have now, and consider the space you have to work with.
- Small Collection - if you are building your dining room a little at a time with the basic essentials, a Sideboard Or Buffet Table is all you need.
- Large Collection - if you have a big collection of dinnerware, a full-size China Cabinet will better suit your needs.
- Widths and depths of dining room buffets will vary, but make sure that it balances with everything else in the room. A huge table accompanied by a small buffet will look a bit disjointed, as will a small table with a very large buffet.
- The most important thing to do when choosing dining room furniture, whether it's a sideboard, display cabinet, or something else is to make sure that it's functional for your household and serves your needs.
OPEN VS. CLOSED STORAGE
If you are on the formal side when it comes to dining room furniture, it might be a better idea to go with closed storage (meaning a piece with solid doors). Closed storage is also easier because you don't have to worry about displaying the items within nicely. You can leave it a mess and close the doors.Open
A sideboard or buffet that consists of open shelving is airier and has a lighter feeling than a heavy, closed piece, but should you choose to use one keep in mind that you'll have to keep the things stored on the shelves looking nice. Given that people's formal china and linens are often very nice, this isn't necessarily a tough thing to do, but keep it in mind when shopping.Open-Closed Blend
If you're having a tough time deciding between the two you might want to consider a piece with glass doors. They're not as visually heavy as solid doors, and they still cover some of the items inside, so you get the best of both worlds.
Wondering which trendsetter you are? We’ve compiled a list of the most trending styles in home furnishings! What’s your OWN Style?
Shiny glass or metal pieces and geometric prints are some of the hallmarks of contemporary design. Contemporary and modern styles are similar (sleek, clean-lined, minimalistic), but contemporary furniture typically has more of a rounded silhouette and a generally more comfortable feel. Neutral color palettes are often paired with abstract art and bold accessories.
- Geometric prints
- Acrylics/ Lucite accents
A Transitional style that is the ideal mix of conventional and contemporary accents. Minimalist design, modern look paired with wood classics.
Can’t decide between the elegant formality of a traditional style and the more casual vibe of contemporary design? Consider transitional style, which blends the two. The furniture features simple curves and straight lines; to give the room character, blend a variety of textures in a largely neutral color palette.
- Oversize patterns and medallions
- Simple, streamlined silhouettes
- Soft neutral palette (cream, beige, brown, gray)
Ageless. Exquisite. Classic. Timeless pieces that grow with you in the present and future. Structured designs, neutral tones, and classic silhouettes will make you feel right at home.
Traditional style is, as its name suggests, the foundation from which other styles have evolved. Old World craftsmanship (elaborate hand-carved details, delicate nail-head trim) is paired with hardwoods and luxe fabrics like velvet and silk. Queen Anne, Regency, and Rococo are examples of traditional style.
- Dark woods, often with carved detailing (spindles, medallions, barley twists)
- Rich colors (red, brown, cream, blue, green)
- Curved silhouettes
- Linen, silk, and velvet upholstery
- Skirted, tailored, and wingback styles
- Contrast welts, piping, and tufting
- Delicate nail-head trim
- Floral prints and patterns
A rustic style combines the rugged, earthy feel of wood and stone with the warmth and comfort of fireplaces and upholstered furniture pieces. Rustic elements are warm and cozy (nubby fabrics and wool throws).
- Stone accents and details
- Relaxed linen and leather
- Color palette that’s warm and earthy (reds, oranges, browns)
- Unfinished iron details
- Unfinished or weathered woods
- Storage baskets
When it comes to Rustic furniture, it’s all in the details. Picture materials that only get better with age, like wood and rich leather. For an authentic feel, go with pieces in neutral tones. With plenty of furniture options, it’s easy to add a touch of rustic style to every room.
One of the more urban styles, industrial modern is inspired by the look of old factories, emphasizing architectural details and materials normally hidden from view. Exposed pipes, old brick and concrete floors. Furniture elements include steel, iron, weathered wood, and visible bolts and screwheads. Clean lines lend a utilitarian yet edgy feel. An industrial modern design approach is particularly well suited to an open concept or loft living.
- Chrome, steel, iron accents
- Hardware details
- Unfinished or weathered wood
- Tailored silhouettes
- Rustic nail-head trim
- Open shelving
The Farmhouse style is light and bright and more open. Often viewed as “breezy” in style. (White shiplap, pale linen and cotton, gingham and faded floral prints).
- Raw, white-washed, and painted woods
- Relaxed linen and cotton
- Simple, unadorned silhouettes
- Natural materials
- Pale, nature-inspired palette (white, cream, robin’s-egg blue, pink, soft green)
- Delicate florals, gingham, and ticking stripes
A mid-century modern look is defined by super-clean lines and overall minimalism. The style utilizes many materials that were not traditionally used for furniture, including metal and molded plastic, which results in a sleek, functional aesthetic that still feels current and relevant today. Many of the most iconic furniture pieces in the world are of mid-century design, including Eames chairs and Saarinen tables.
- Simplistic silhouettes, largely straight lines with minimal curves
- Turned or straight “peg” leg
- Metal, glass, vinyl, fiberglass, plexiglass, and Lucite
- Muted earthy tones mixed with bold pops of primary color
- Shallow tufting
- Geometric patterns
A subset of the Traditional style, European Heritage is feminine yet stately, elegant yet inviting. Louis-style chairs, sunburst mirrors and toile prints are some of the most common elements. Other accents: cabriole legs and exposed wood frames with carved details, whitewashed finishes, pale upholstery, woven rush seats and grain-sack pillows.
- Exposed carved-wood frames
- Feminine silhouettes
- Louis-style chairs, settees and sofas
- Crystal and gilded accents
- Antiqued mirrors
- Pastel color palette
- Linen, ticking, velvet and grain-sack fabrics
Looking to spruce up your living room or family room with new furniture (sofa, loveseat, accent chairs or tables)? Check out these smart tips to pick the perfect pieces.
What's Your Design Style?
There’s no single “best” way to furnish and decorate your living room or family room. Your choices in sofas, sectionals, loveseats, chairs, and table styles are virtually limitless. You might like a rustic room that welcomes you to curl up with a good book. Or you may prefer more of a traditional “den” feeling that invites the gang to put their feet up, munch on popcorn, and watch a football game or movie.
How Much Furniture Will You Need?
This depends on the size of your space. For an average-sized living room, you’ll need the basics: one sofa, two accent chairs, one coffee table and two end tables. If space permits, consider adding a loveseat, a recliner, and an ottoman (some offer additional storage inside). For lighting, consider at least two table lamps (one on each end table) and a floor lamp for reading. An area rug can make the space cozy.
Some people like to buy all their living room furniture at once others buy one or two pieces at a time. Whichever way you prefer, keep in mind that it’s fine to mix and match styles, colors and patterns this gives a room a cool, “curated” look, as if you had collected your pieces gradually over the years.
How Will You Use Your Room?
Think about whether this space will be a formal living room for “company only,” or more of a welcoming space with comfy couches, extra-wide chairs, and oversized coffee tables that can hold books, magazines, and trays of snacks. To decide whether your vibe is formal or casual, ask yourself, "Will my living room invite feet on the furniture?"
INFORMAL ENTERTAINMENT SPACE
Comfort and functionality is the name of the game. Be sure to provide enough occasional tables and seating to accommodate your friends and family during informal parties and TV marathons.
If you have a young family, you’ll need durable, easy-to-clean upholstery and comfortable area rugs or carpeting to keep your children comfy and your furniture looking good. Steer clear of anything too fragile or precious. Instead, choose accessories that will stand up to life with littles.
FORMAL GATHERING AREA
Because a truly formal gathering space will not be used as often or as intensely as more casual spaces, you can fill the room with high-end and heirloom pieces. Can't hide the TV? Make it a focal point instead of an eyesore with a luxe stand.
Chances are, any new piece of furniture you buy will have to do quite a bit of traveling through your home to get to its intended location. Will it fit? Is there enough clearance to get through all the doors and hallways? Here are the measuring guidelines you need to know to make furniture-moving day go smoothly.
To make sure it will fit through various areas of your home, you need to know the piece of furniture’s exact dimensions. Follow this guide for the measuring how-to's.
- Measure from the floor to the top of the doorway (height).
- Measure between the narrowest parts of the doorway’s width (inside the doorjambs).
- Measure the amount of room from the doorway to the nearest opposite wall in the hallway.
- Measure from the lowest ceiling area to the site directly under this point.
- Measure between the narrowest positions of the stairway (probably from the handrail to handrail or handrail to wall).
Pay special attention to door clearance, and make sure you consider a hallway’s tight corners. In some cases, a door opens into a hall that immediately turns left or right —you need to measure that area to make sure your furniture can clear that corner.
- Measure from the landing’s floor to the ceiling (height).
- Measure between the two narrowest portions of the landing’s width.
- Measure between the two narrowest portions of the landing’s depth.
If you don’t remove unnecessary items (kids’ toys, pet gear and toys, knick-knacks) from the route ahead of time, the installation process can become cumbersome. Also, take special care around pictures on walls or ceiling light fixtures to avoid bumping or jostling them.
Corners can be visually deceiving, so you may have to get creative (“We can hold this dresser vertically for a few moments, right?”) or consider disassembling the piece to get the job done.
Check Elevator Size & Space
Live in an apartment or other building with multiple floors? Don’t forget to measure the size of your elevator! It’s another part of measuring that entire path from the front door to the final place. Plan on measuring both the doorway and the interior of the elevator.
Measure Twice, Move Once
Checking dimensions a second time is the best way to avoid making a mistake. Make sure you mark the dimensions clearly to keep track of which is which (width, depth, and height).
It’s important to make sure the furniture you choose will be able to make it to your bedroom. Be sure to measure the height, width, and diagonal width of your entranceway. Also note the entry clearance, which is the space between your doorway and any walls or permanent architectural features.
Once you measure the doorway, measure the height, width, and diagonal width of any hallways, stairways, or doorways leading to your bedroom.
Next, measure your bedroom. You’ll need measurements for the room’s doorway, entry clearance (measure from the doorway to the far wall), the length and width of the room, and the height of the ceiling. Don’t forget to account for features such as fireplaces, radiators, windows, and ceiling fans. Note the location of windows, as well as their width, height, and distance from the floor. Now that you have your measurements, let’s think about your needs!
Do You Want A Full Set Or Pieces?
Bedroom furniture is typically sold as a set or as stand-alone pieces. The perks of buying a set include a consistent look and, at times, a better price. Sets often include four to five pieces such as a bed, nightstands, and a chest of drawers.
On the other hand, buying stand-alone pieces may be necessary due to space constraints or to fit your custom vision. For example, you may fall in love with a certain bed, but find its coordinating nightstands are too large to comfortably fit in your bedroom. (And yes, you really should have unobstructed access to your closet — don’t let yourself go down that road.) So in this case, buying the bed as a stand-alone piece and then searching for a different nightstand solution may be your best bet.
Nevertheless, a good strategy is to peruse complete bedroom furniture sets first to get inspiration and an idea of what’s available. And that brings us to your style…
What Is Your Style?
Bedroom furniture sets are available in styles ranging from traditional and classic to modern and contemporary.
Traditional styles vary from ornate looks (think Chippendale, Queen Anne, or Victorian) to the classic yet simplistic Mission-style furniture of the early 1900s. Modern furniture tends to be less ornate and more geometric with flair reminiscent of the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s. Soft lines and ample upholstery often characterize the contemporary styles that followed this era.
Not sure which style is right for you? While it’s certainly a matter of personal preference, you may want to consider your home’s overall style, the room’s architectural elements, and the end result you’re trying to achieve.
Sometimes it can be hard to pin yourself to one style, but that’s okay: Don’t be afraid to mix and match. But if you’re purchasing wood furniture and want a uniform look, make sure each piece has the same veneer or finish.