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Your probably think the dining room is the easiest of all rooms to furnish.  Once you have your table and chairs, that’s all there is to it!

And while that may be  the biggest part of your overall dining room plan, it’s far from all.  It’s important to provide for the comfort of your guests, and the convenience of you, the host and or hostess.   And one of the most important design considerations not to be overlooked is  keeping the overall décor of this room warm and inviting despite all the inevitable wood that usually ends up taking center stage.   Providing a successful mix of wood dining room pieces, along with window treatments, area rugs and lighting  takes careful consideration and planning.

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Chairs alone are a far from simple choice.  Its a key design choice to select well-designed, comfortable chairs.  Upholstered slipper chairs are a wonderful addition and mix well with any wood tones, as are upholstered bench seats.

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Tables too come in all shaped and sizes.  The size should fit both the room and your family, and, ideally, be designed for easy expansion.  Round and oval dining room tables provide for an ease of conversation that can be very appealing.  Also, expandable tables, with drop leaves, built-in extensions, board inserts, are all practical and trendy.

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It’s also extremely easy and convenient to have silverware, linens, and serving pieces stored right in the room.  A sideboard, chest or armoire will give you the storage, and provide another wonderful decorative element.

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If your design style tends to lean toward the traditional, then draping your windows in luxurious side panels or even an elegant swag and jabot treatment, will help provide this room with another great focal point completing your overall look beautifully.

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