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High/low: Moody, chic dining room

High/low: Moody, chic dining room

Image: Michael Nangreaves / Producer: Christine Hanlon

High or Low

High/low: Moody, chic dining room

This dining room serves a bold look that works on any budget.

These moody dining rooms serve up utilitarian chic on either a practical or posh budget. Can you tell the difference?

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HIGH: $16,657

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1 Pendant light, , $190; 2 Wall hook rack, , $25; 3 Task lamp, , $640; 4 Braiser, , $290; 5 Trivet, , $145; 6 Dresser, , $1,799; 7 Runner, , $6,535; 8 Dining chairs, , $1,345 each; 9 Dining table, , $2,998.
 

LOW: $9,270

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1 Pendant light, , $160; 2 Wall hook racks, , $7 each; 3 Task lamp, , $210; 4 Braiser, , $49; 5 Cutting board, , $70; 6 Sideboard, , $379; 7 Runner, , $4,545; 8 Dining chairs, , $615 each; 9 Dining table, , $1,998.
 

 

CREATE A ROOM LIKE THIS NO MATTER YOUR BUDGET WITH A FEW SIMPLE DESIGN TIPS: 

 

1 Choose a deep hue.
“I wanted to dial the formality of the traditional dining room way back, but I wasn’t willing to compromise on intimacy,” says stylist Christine Hanlon when referring to her choice of wall paint. “The deep forest green envelops the room, producing a close-knit vibe.”

2 Invest in chic cooking essentials. 
No restaurant can compete with the comforts of home cooking, so why not show off your culinary skills with panache? Serve hearty meals simply in charming oven-to-table cookware atop an end-grain wooden slab (include a generous serving spoon, of course!).

3 Add a rugged touch.
The High and Low dining chairs are handmade from stained oak and quality black leather, durable low-maintenance materials that exude masculine elegance while fulfilling key practicality requirements. While they do subscribe to different styles, what really sets these two apart has more to do with what’s not seen – the filling.

4 Make mine of old-fashioned.
On everything from vintage glazed earthenware vessels to antique metal tools, well-worn patinas bring a sense of lived-in coziness to this ersatz bar.

5 Accessorize with pieces you'll actually use. 
To produce this unfussy utilitarian-chic aesthetic, we decorated the dining room with functional culinary elements. Hung on the wall, copper cookware and a twine-tied rosemary bouquet are elevated from workaday to works of art.

6 Add a casual feel to the room with a task lamp.

Unexpected industrial-style lighting lends our High and Low rooms down-to-earth appeal. A sleek task lamp is a no-nonsense alternative to the classic table lamp, and one that’s easily attainable, whatever your budget. Shop our top picks below.

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High/low Moody, chic dining room: Shop task lamps

Up to the task

Powder-coated stainless steel Cole, $279, .

Image by: Crate and Barrel

High/low Moody, chic dining room: Shop task lamps

Up to the task

Plated steel Bruno in Aged Brass & Bronze, $199 US , .

Image by: Rejuvenation

High/low Moody, chic dining room: Shop task lamps

Up to the task

Ivy Bronx stainless steel Bogardus in Black, $124, .

Image by: Wayfair.ca

High/low Moody, chic dining room: Shop task lamps

Up to the task

Powder-coated steel Ranarp in Black, $40, .

Image by: IKEA

 

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