The dining room bench.
I'm in the last stages of my dining room revamp, and it has been suggested to me by my imminent peers that I might try a dining room bench in the mix.
My dining room is rather small, a glorified pass through room in a New Orleans shotgun house.
I acquired four grand Parsons chairs that are awaiting some slip covers. The dining room table without the leaves opened, can seat 6 t0 8. It is rectangular. However with the grand Parsons chairs, and the size limits of the room, I can use the four Parsons chairs, two on each long side of the table, without host chairs at the ends in order to be able to walk through the room.
The idea of a bench on one of the long sides of the table is appealing, for obvious space saving reasons - it can be tucked in and under even further than chairs.
Visually it would add interest, it seems a matched set of chairs is just so hum drum, and mixing up styles of seating is all the rage.
I for one, would not like to be the one seated on the bench for dining. Small children seem to like benches, and since we have none, I doubt that our adult friends invited to dine would find the bench commodious.
But the visual possibilities are irresistible.
One of my favorite combinations of seating (pictured in the image below) comes from Gina of Willow Decor. I love the Louis inspired side chairs, the upholstered slip covered Parsons host chairs, and the French style bench sporting a jaunty feedbag sort of dress.
Settees offer a another version of the bench, but it's not much of a space saver in the case of my room.
Rustic or ethnic style benches are terrific for adding texture.
Simple and pared down benches are a bit too spartan for me.
You can bring in a picnic table and a bench and style it up to look very elegant.
Two dramatic upholstered host chairs and dramatic color can elevate the humble bench.
Rustic with modern warms it up.
Well there you have it. The great bench roundup. Dining benches - yes 0r no?
I ordered one. Stay tuned to see how it looks. I can always ditch it for the comfort of chairs for the dinner party.
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