Take a cue from one of Canada’s most prolific designers and create a dining space beloved by you and your guests. Scroll through 20 of Sarah Richardson’s most interesting and inspiring rooms – there’s something for everyone, no matter your style.
Pick a Palette
Here’s a lesson in how to use a hue you love without going overboard. We count about 10 shades of blue in this living/dining space that complement, not compete, with each other thanks to a solid neutral foundation.
Mix Materials Like a Pro
The first thing you notice about this sunny space is the curtains and chairs, right? But just look at all the materials Sarah has used: wood, steel, glass, brass, nickel. It’s pretty proof that decor rules that can always be broken with the right pieces.
Black and White Chic
If you’re sticking to a black and white palette, look for pieces that have visual texture, like that fab table base, or the pairing of patterned wallpaper and abstract art.
Hang a Carpet
Bring some warmth to an industrial aesthetic with an earthy wooden table (love those solid column legs!) and a bold carpet as art.
Group a Collection as Art
Grouping multiples is an old decorating trick for a simple, cohesive way to add life to walls. Here, the mirrors create interest and bounce light around an already bright space.
Build a Banquette
If you’re working with a smaller space, tuck the table against a casual banquette. You’ll have guests fighting over who gets to lounge among the pillows!
Pattern Adds Personality
This traditional, yet modern space boasts a neutral palette that packs a punch thanks to prints in the rug, chairs and wallpaper (note the pattern play above and below the chair rail).
The Statement Wall
A successful statement wall will spark conversation. This gorgeous, abstract wallpaper has a Group of Seven vibe that makes it feel almost 3-D.
Sarah’s Cottage Style
Stately wingback chairs anchor a casual farmhouse table in Sarah’s own lakeview cottage. Check out how she’s paired three chairs on one side with a long settee on the other to offer plenty of seating.
Go Full Feminine
This chic space is ideal for the lady who loves pink, but leans more toward grown up than full out glam. The dark wood floor grounds the space, allowing the unique table and classic chairs to really pop. Plus, look at that sweet window seat!
Rich and Moody Blues
Doesn’t this dining room look luxe? It’s all thanks to the deep wood and navy palette and quality materials. Of course, details always count, like the striped piping around the seat cushions and charming candle sconces.
Evoke a Theme
Bamboo chairs, a sunny palette and white shutters create a tropical vibe, while the farmhouse table keeps things from getting too theme-y.
Add Colour to Your Cushions
Sarah does the dining banquette better than anyone. Here, she uses it as a vessel for a burst of chartreuse in an otherwise neutral space.
Black and white is broken up with hints of primary colours, but the true star here is that bold rug which lends an ’80s vibe that we’re totally into.
Create a Grid Gallery Wall
A gallery wall can have a strong impact in a dining room, whether you mix and match, or stick to an elegant theme as seen here. Plus, there’s something so intimate about a round table, don’t you think?
Take Advantage of the View
The dining room in this inviting rental cottage is smartly placed in the sunroom to take full advantage of what’s outside. Whether your view is the lake, yard or a stunning skyline, don’t be afraid to place a bench in front of the window to limit restricting the eye line.
Bring the Outdoors In
Yes, the iron chairs and lanterns look like garden fare, but when paired with gorgeous wood and a sophisticated grey palette, it all comes together.
Play With Past and Present
If you love pattern and colour, but err on the side of traditional, this space will speak to you. While some elements (the shield chairs, wainscotting and chandelier) are rooted in the past, the palette is purely of this era.
Small Space, Cafe Style
Painted bamboo armchairs plus a round marble-topped table feel a wee bit Parisienne, non? A charming and stylish solution for open concept spaces.
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