This traditional china cabinet serves as the perfect display area for vintage china, glass ware, and silver serving ware. The floral and aviary patterned wall design add visual interest while the mounted pheasants sitting atop provide a unique conversation starter. The wall treatment may look like wallpaper, but it's actually paper-backed fabric. Designer Sarah Richardson used this centuries-old process to achieve a sophisticated look in her dining room. The process of backing fabric with paper is known as lamination or paper backing and costs about $10 per yard. Check with local wallpaper or fabric stores for availability.
In the dining room, the homeowners wanted a design that would complement the china they currently used while entertaining, so the designers used wallpaper to give the space a touch of glamour. The striped curtains match the ones in the living room and help to give this space depth, while the elegant chairs and chandelier give the room a look of timeless class.
“I wanted storage above the hood since you can never have too much,” says homeowner Lynielle Long, who included just two sets of glass doors for glassware and china storage. A wall of marble tile set in a herringbone pattern is easily wiped down and adds subtle dimension. The countertops utilize two tones of quartz: “Blizzard White” on the counters and “London Fog” on the island.
A vertical patterned navy wallpaper is perfect for the long shape of the open dining space. Simple glass door china cabinets pop against the wallpaper background. A uniquely shaped chandelier highlights the farmhouse style of the home and compliments the long rectangular dining table. The dining chairs feature a light neutral fabric with a nailhead trim.
This traditional dining room features a silver-themed table setting, a dining table in rich wood tones and casual wicker seating. The formal chandelier adds a touch of elegance to the space, while the red-patterned wallpaper, wood hutch and area rug bring warmth to the room.
For classic farmhouse style, decorate the walls of your kitchen in antique or vintage china arranged in pretty compositions, says Susan Sully, author of “Past Present: Living with Heirlooms and Antiques." “You can mix different patterns when you do this,” she says. In this kitchen, plates featuring similar colors in different shapes and sizes are arranged on the wall beside a Dutch door and complement the dinnerware in the open shelving above the sink.
A whimsical room features a swing chair and draperies of birds, butterflies, insects, and plants in Europe and China. The pattern was inspired by a book of etchings by French naturalist Pierre-Joseph Buchoz. The Buchoz Floral fabric is in a textile collection by the New York Botanical Garden and Vervain.
This kitchen island features traditional neutral cabinetry and gray granite countertops. Built-in stainless steel appliances are located on one side of the island, while wooden stools with blue velvet cushions line the other. A glass front cabinet with a diamond mesh pattern is positioned at the end, showcasing fine china.
The intricate pattern on the drum shade pendant is repeated on the backs of upholstered dining chairs, while seats are swathed in the same green as the interior of two built-in china cabinets. The result is a perfectly pulled together space loaded with casual charm. Traditional architectural details include a paneled, beamed ceiling and transom windows.
A dark wood china cabinet, dining room table and padded chairs contrast beautifully against the soft green walls in this contemporary dining room. Above the picture railing, the walls are painted white to add visual height to the space and to showcase the arch-topped window. A neutral but patterned rug sits over the hardwood floor to anchor the dining table.