Our dining room's been missing something for a while, but we couldn't put our finger on it. After considering a rug, a pendant lamp, and a table runner, we finally tried an idea (taken from Amy's home) and bought Hella Jongerius' IKEA PS Vase for the middle of the table. It had the effect of instantly "anchoring" the table in the room.
It was the missing piece we'd been searching for. Although a rug or a pendant lamp might have done the same thing, the vase was a lot cheaper at just $40, and we were surprised by the huge difference it made. If your dining room also needs an anchor, we've rounded up a few ideas that can work in tandem or separately.
- 1 An oversized object in the center of the table can visually ground a dining room arrangement. We used a vase, but a candelabra, floral centerpiece, or platter can also work.
- 2 A large rug has the affect of visually enclosing a dining room table without physically dividing space. Just make sure to get one that's big enough to accommodate dining chairs being pulled in and out without catching the rug's edge.
- 3 Large-scale artwork is a dramatic way to anchor a dining room, particularly if you find a painting that's about the same width as your dining table. In Arthur's home, the dining room uses both artwork and a pendant lamp together.
- 4 A pendant lamp is an effective way to anchor a dining table in a large, open-plan room. Without closing anything off, it creates a focal point.
- 5 An architectural feature, like a large window or alcove, provides a built-in space to house a dining table and chairs. In Terisa and Colin's home, the pairing of a rug under the window creates a separate "room" within a huge open space.
Photos: Warp & Weft, Evan Thomas, Sparrow King, Sarah Coffey