colorful, formal dining room with patterned blue and gold wall paper, and hanging candle chandelier over the decorated table. The table is surrounded by high back chairs with floral pattern on the back, and a gold, geometric pattern on the front and seats
Photo: Stacey Brandford

Elegant Dining Destination

Even a bland dining room can be made into an elegant destination with the right finishing touches. Take this stunning space by interior designer Sarah Richardson. To give the room more architectural character, she started by adding a chair rail with wall frames below. Then she assembled a collection of vintage furniture finds, including a Sheraton-style table and shield-back chairs, imparting a sense of history. Scrolling gold-accented wallpaper echoes the shapes of the seat backs, while a round chandelier throws the room another curve. Antique brass accents and chinoiserie-inspired florals amp up the drama, making even the simplest meal feel like a special occasion.

For ways to give your dining space a similarly regal treatment, read on.
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