One Dining Table + Four Chairs = Four Dining Room Looks

The holidays are upon us, and that puts everyone’s attention on the dining room. If yours needs an update, one of the quickest ways to get a new look is to add new dining chairs. A basic table can go from modern to farmhouse to casual to urban in an instant when you change the seating. We’ve paired our Claremont Grey Trestle Table with four different styles of chairs to create four distinct looks. Which is your favorite?

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The Claremont Grey Trestle Table and the NB2 Casual Modern Side Chair are available now. Shop the look at


A casual table gets a modern twist when you choose new dining chairs that are sleek. The NB2 Modern Side Chairs look simple and chic, giving the dining room a sophisticated feeling.

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The Claremont Grey Trestle Table and the Parsons Indigo Chair are available now. Shop the look at

The colorful Indigo Parsons Chairs give the dining table a look of casual elegance. The combination of weathered wood and indigo upholstery feel laidback and effortless.

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The Claremont Grey Trestle Table and the Nelson Upholstered Chair are available now. Shop the look at

Give your dining room an urban twist by choosing Nelson Upholstered Chairs with the look of aged leather. The mix of materials has an energy that is exciting and raw.

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The Claremont Grey Trestle Table and the Spindle Back Chair are available now. Shop the look at

Give your dining room a modern farmhouse look by using new dining chairs with a classic spindle back style in black. The Windsor style will quickly become a family favorite.

Color Crush: White

When it comes to favorite colors, white might not come to mind. But white décor is classic, never going out of style. Crisp and clean, adding a pop of white to your room adds lightness. You can even go all in and create all-white spaces that show you’re confident and sophisticated. Here are four white furnishings that will add a special touch to your space.

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The Singular Armchair is available now. Shop the look at

A white leatherette armchair is sophisticated and chic, especially with the sleek chrome frame. Add one to the corner of your room, or a pair to a seating group. The white furnishings will make a statement in your room.

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The Lakeshore Nightstand is available now. Shop the look at

A white nightstand will bring a cottage feel to your bedroom. Pair it with an upholstered headboard or mix wood finishes for interest. The look is casual and laidback—perfect for a master suite.

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The Annette Arm Chair is available now. Shop the look at
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Update your kitchen or dining room by switching out your chairs with iconic white Mid-Century Modern style seating. The look is crisp and modern as well as timeless.


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The Jordan White Lamp Set is available now. Shop the look at

A pair of white lamps will brighten your room—literally. Use them in your bedroom on nightstands, on a buffet table, or in a living room on end tables. The white shades and bases will work well in any décor.

How To Choose Art Over a Sideboard

A sideboard is a versatile piece of furniture. A natural item for the dining room, it also works effortlessly in a family room as a media center, in a foyer as an accent piece or in kitchen as added storage. Adding art over a sideboard can change the look of your space in a snap. From casual to urban to modern and traditional, art allows you to show off your personality and sense of design. Here are four distinct looks that come from using the same sideboard paired with four different pieces of art.

The Claremont Grey Dining Buffet and Autumn Promenade Canvas Art are available now. Shop the look at

Set a casual tone by combining this grey sideboard with a foggy cityscape. The muted colors are a nice complement to the distressed finish of the sideboard, creating a relaxed atmosphere in your space.

The Claremont Grey Dining Buffet and Bless This Home Sign are available now. Shop the look at

The grey sideboard works beautifully in a modern farmhouse style home. This charming sign is the perfect accent and sentiment where family is the centerpiece.

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The Claremont Grey Dining Buffet and Moss Circles are available now. Shop the look at

The grey sideboard gets a modern twist when it’s paired with moss and chrome art. The mix of textures and materials add an unexpected twist to your décor.


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The Claremont Grey Dining Buffet and Textured Floral Framed Print are available now. Shop the look at

Give the dining room a traditional touch when you pair the grey sideboard with an elegant floral print. The art over a sideboard has soft colors that create a calm serene look in your dining room.

How to Furnish a Small Dining Room

A small dining room can feel cozy or it can feel cramped … it all depends on how you furnish it. Interior design professionals have a lot of methods for making a small space seem more spacious. Give your diminutive dining room the atmosphere of quaint café or bistro by incorporating these four tricks:

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Choose Small-Scale Furniture

Small rooms require small-scale furnishings, as anything oversized will overpower the surroundings and make it look crowded. A good rule of thumb is to leave at least 32 inches from the edge of the table to the wall to allow you and your guests enough space to navigate around it. Once you measure your room, you’ll know your table choices. A round table is a great option because it leaves extra space around the corners of the room. Round doesn’t have to limit your guest list; if you like to host large parties from time to time, simply choose one that has a leaf.

A narrow rectangular table can also be a good choice if your room is small but longer on one side. Look for a table with a pedestal base; this can be helpful for fitting guests around the table because table legs won’t block corners and limit your room. And consider armless chairs, which take up less room. Allow 24 inches of space per person, to provide enough elbowroom. Sleek styles seem to take up less room, sliding in and out without a problem.

Limit Your Colors

Light wall and upholstery colors will make your room seem open and airy. Limit your palette to three colors or less. A more monochromatic scheme will provide an uninterrupted field of vision, making the room feel larger. Contrasting colors should only be used as accents, such as trim on furniture, rugs or art.


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Choose Light Or Clear Materials

While dark colored furniture can work in a small space, lighter woods will make the room feel lighter. Another great choice is a glass-top table, which virtually disappears, giving you the impression of having more floor space. Chrome and mirrored furniture are two more good choices, as they reflect light and open up the space. A mirrored buffet table, for example, will give the room some depth and make it feel spacious.

Forget the Smoke and Just Use Mirrors

Finally, make the room look twice its size by placing a large mirror on one wall. It opens up the space and maximizes the light. Placed opposite a window, it will provide a reflection that gives the illusion of another view.

Modern Style Décor Celebrity: Nigel Barker

Nigel Barker is a style icon. He elevates every space with sophistication and attention to detail, whether he’s behind the camera or in front of it. His chic furniture collection, available exclusively at Art Van Furniture, will help elevate your Modern style décor.

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“Be Timeless and Chic”

“Like a life well lived, design should be multifaceted and meaningful. I’ve always aspired to be timeless and chic,” says Nigel. “Sleek silhouettes and soothing colors create a calm oasis where you can unwind and recharge. My hope is that you’ll style rooms are meaningful and multifaceted.”

Nigel gets a lot of modern style décor inspiration from in the fashion industry. “Style, fashion, design, and furniture are linked intrinsically at every level,” he says. “Ultimately, when you make a fashion statement, it’s about your personality – it’s about who you are as a person. But when you make a statement about who you are in your home with furniture, you’re making an even larger statement because these are pieces that have to live on past your outfit for that day.”

Create a Nigel-inspired room by carefully selecting each furnishing and accent piece for its beauty and meaning. In addition, clear out the clutter and bring a sense of serenity to your room. While pops of color are always welcome, embrace neutral colors and natural materials, mixing textures and styles. When you design a space with livable luxury, you make every day special.