Create a Colonial-Style Dining Room
Classic American furnishings and colorful accents create a room that's equally inviting for a holiday feast or an everyday dinner. Here's how to assemble a similar space in your home
Formal dining areas are often reserved for entertaining and holiday celebrations. But at David and Canby Page's 1815 home in Chester County, Pennsylvania, this sit-down spot serves up breakfast, lunch, and dinner—every day. So to loosen up the room's handsome Federal-style architecture without sacrificing its period feeling, Canby dressed the space with a mix of early-American furnishings. A traditional handwoven rug and a reproduction table and chairs mix with a punched-tin candle chandelier and mirrored metal sconces. Casual linens and patterned ceramics inject not-so-serious touches of color, and the whole room gets a glow from a warm orange-yellow wall paint. Here are some ideas for approximating the look at your house.
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"Mix in pieces that are casual or rustic in style to make a formal period room feel homey and less like a museum."
—Canby Page, Chester County, PA.