Thursday, November 22, 2012


I received an email today that inspired me to write a blog.  The request was for an expandable dining room table to go with the bamboo chairs she was having made.  But she hadn't made a decision what color to make the table - or if the chairs should be black or white. 

So I went on line and sourced - then I think about the averages and what has longevity.  I also have to consider what my factories are able to interpret correctly.  Remember - these are more 3rd world techniques and not high end production complexes.  They haven't seen the internet and all it's glory. 

These are the chairs.....

So here are some of the photos I found.....

White rattan with dark leatherette seating (smart and inexpensive) with a white washed - actually what we call a lime wash  - dining table. 
I also love mixing up the table.  These slip-covered wingback chairs are a statement.  I have done this for a client. 

The two photos above are the same table setting.  Go with off white - it's easier on the eyes and same color table. First impression - not liking it. 

OK - these are not wicker - I just like the honey stain on this table and wanted to show it - contrasting with the off white chairs. 

Black wicker with a dark brown stain. 

In the background the chairs are white with black seats - and maybe a black table.  Or maybe a very dark brown stain. 

rattan with a dark brown simple table. 

Natural rattan under slipcovers with a honey brown stain rustic table - note the oriental rug!

White wicker with a brown rustic trestle table. 

White  washed table and colored chairs.  That's the great thing about wicker and rattan.  One can of spray paint will cover a chair.  And voila - you have new in an instant.  I've done it several times. 

What a dramatic difference with all the traditional furniture and chandelier and mixing it with the white rattan. Then notice the simple sisal rug underneath.  

I love the black with this raw wood that has a light off white glaze.  I would actually have to hand carry this glaze to China and teach them. Would this still look as dramatic with cream colored walls?  I also like the use of multiple designed mirrors - with the same color on the frames - on the wall.  I did this years and years ago. It makes a small place seem larger.  

No comments:

Post a Comment