Designing Your Own Kitchen or Dining Set

January 29, 2016

One of the first things people notice when they visit our showroom is the mismatched chairs surrounding each dining table.  When you’re used to the big box stores, you might not expect to find such a large selection to choose from.  But why should anyone be forced to choose between a dinette with the table they prefer, or a set with a favored chair?

 

All of our furniture comes from Holmes County, Ohio.  To craft the best quality furniture possible, each builder in the area focuses on one specialty.  So you actually can’t buy a table built by the same craftsman as your chairs.  Instead, the Amish community works in cooperation to create furniture sets made to work together in your home.  By sending all the pieces to one finish shop, everything comes out a matched, consistent color.

 

This means that you can choose any chair you like to go with any table you like. We have more than 50 styles of chairs for you to consider in our showroom! Certainly, some styles coordinate better than others – our staff can help suggest some of the best pairings for you.  Furthermore, not all styles are comfortable for all people.

 

Here’s a small guide of tables and chairs, paired up in different ways and shown in different woods and stains.  It is meant to help you envision the different looks and styles available within our mix-and-match dining room and kitchen furniture collections.

 

Formal Queen Anne Dining

The Queen Victoria Dining Room is shown in cherry

Manchester Double Pedestal Dining Table: 42”W x 66”L x 30”H

Four Door China Cabinet: : 61”W x 21”D x 81”H

Corner China Cabinet: 34”W x 30”D x 79”H

 

Cherry Queen Anne furniture is traditionally the ultimate in formal dining style. First seen in Great Britain in the early 1700s, it was brought to the colonies by early American immigrants, and saw a revival in popularity in the Victorian era. Although more ornate than many contemporary styles, it is actually more conservative and minimal than many of its concurrent styles.

 

In this set, both the table and chairs feature cabriole legs, which are probably the most recognizable element of Queen Anne furniture.  The cabriole leg curves out and in, and terminates in a pad foot. The chairs feature a fiddle back, and the table sits on two reeded pedestals with curves and turnings, with an ogee edge on the tabletop. All of these characteristics are typical to Queen Anne style, which on S- and C-shaped curves.

 

Queen Anne, Relaxed

 The Providence Single Pedestal Dining Table is shown in cherry

42”W x 54”L x 30”H with two 12” leaves

 

This room gracefully mixes country with Queen Anne for a casual yet elegant ambiance.  The fiddle-back chairs have been swapped with spindle bow back chairs, and the stain used is lighter. By choosing turned legs on the chairs, the signature curves of Queen Anne style are incorporated.

 

Bow Back Chairs, Shaker-style

 The Tribeca Single Pedestal table in shown in cherry

42” diameter x 30”H

 

Shaker furniture is classified by simple lines and minimal ornamentation.  By swapping the turned legs on the bow back chairs for straight spindles, the chairs are the perfect complement to the straightforward Tribeca single pedestal dining table, which drops the pad feet, reeded pedestal, and ogee edge. By matching a rich stain with unadorned shapes, you get a look that’s traditional yet current.

 

Americana Country Classic

 The Bavaria Double Pedestal Table is shown in oak

42”W x 66”L x 30”H

 

Oak will typically lend a room a more casual look than cherry.  The Bavaria Double Pedestal table is matched with a substantial slat back chair to give it a more Americana look.  The large top rail of the chairs gives somewhat of a regal, throne-type feeling.

 

Updated Country Style

 The Chelsea Pedestal table is shown in oak

42”W x 60”L x 30”H

 

Transitional style is defined as being a meeting of traditional & contemporary styles.  The Chelsea pedestal exemplifies this classification. With a base made of four curved verticals supporting a small shelf, this breezy table could also fit into cottage or coastal style homes.  Here, matched with the same substantial slat-back chairs as above, and finished in a rich brown stain on oak, the look is country, but updated.

 

Truly Transitional

The Chelsea Double Pedestal table is shown in oak

42”W x 60”L x 30”H

 

By choosing a more modern chair style, this set changes from country to transitional. These chairs are pretty similar, but the little differences really change the look.  The thinner slats are straighter and have no curved lumbar support, the verticals terminate at the top rail, rather than extending beyond, and the base is simple, with no stretchers.  These chairs are light and crisp, which are perfect for a transitional home.

 

Simply Shaker

The English Shaker Dining Room is shown in quartersawn white oak

Oasis leg table: 42”W x 72”L

Three-door china cabinet: 54”W x 20”D x 81”H

Pottery pantry: 45”W x 17”D x 65”H

 

Straightforward and simple, Shaker style is classified by clean lines and no adornment. These high slat chairs match perfectly with tapered legs and a rectangular table top. By choosing such simple styles, the grain pattern of the wood can really shine through as the star.  Quartersawn white oak, with its distinctive grain pattern, is perfect for such an application. This room’s style is bordering on Arts and Crafts.

 

Update with Stain

The English Shaker Dining Room is shown in brown maple

Vienna leg table: 42”W x 66”L

China pantry: 54”W x 21 1/4”D x 48”H

 

Contemporary design shares a lot in common with classic Shaker aesthetics. Both focus on straight lines and square surfaces, with little adornment. By changing the wood and stain, from the distinctive graininess of quartersawn white oak highlighted by a warm red finish, to a smooth brown maple with modern onyx stain, the entire look changes from classic to contemporary.

 

This is just scratching the surface of the possibilities of our mix-and-match dining room.  Stop in our showroom at the mall at Pittsburgh Mills to see all of our available styles and options!

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