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For the dining room, we love a good wooden table and chairs. They're classic materials that have been used in eating areas for centuries. In the 20th century, Danish designers began updating these materials using forms that fit more easily with modern decor. Click below for a few ideas inspired by kitchen and dining manufacturer Bulthaup...

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This photo inspired a post on AT:NY about mixing and matching Wegner chairs - a classic look that avoids being staid.

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The dark table in the center of the room anchors the light woods and gray floors surrounding it.

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In an eat-in kitchen, a smaller table can be combined with a couple of chairs and stools. It's a flexible, casual arrangement that works well in combination kitchen/dining/living areas.

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Exposed brick + white table + birch chairs = a very airy arrangement that works well in a loft.

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Just by adding one large-scale piece of artwork leaning up against the wall, the dining area feels more relaxed.

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Using a bench on one side of the table extends your seating options, and allows you to fit more people for a dinner party.

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This arrangement shows that you don't need a table to have a nice eating area. The Danish Modern stools warm up this kitchen island and create a welcoming spot for meals.

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