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High/Low: Scandi-chic dining room

High/Low: Scandi-chic dining room

Image: Michael Nangreaves / Production: Christine Hanlon

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High/Low: Scandi-chic dining room

Can you tell the difference between the high end and low budget Scandi-inspired dining room?

This eclectic Scandi-inspired dining room was crafted on budgets befitting a snug cabin and a luxe chalet. Can you tell the difference?

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HIGH: $11,170

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1 Mirror, , $995; 2 Wallpaper, , $126 per single roll; 3 Pendant light, , $150; 4 Pendant light, , $585; 5 Dining table, , $999; 6 Dining chairs, , $499 each; 7 Ottoman, , $1,195; 8 Rug, , $1,682; 9 Dining chair, , $1,100; 10 Tablecloth fabric, , $45 per yard; 11 Box, , $1,795; 12 Table lamp, , $830.

 

LOW: $4,851

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1 Mirror, , $525; 2 Wallpaper, , $97 per single roll; 3 Pendant light, , $70; 4 Pendant light, , $450; 5 Dining table, , $599; 6 Dining chairs, , $99 each; 7 Ottoman, , $775; 8 Rug, , $299; 9 Dining chair, , $484; 10 Tablecloth fabric, , $9 per yard; 11 Box, , $825; 12 Table lamp, , $315.

No matter your budget, there are a few design tips that will help you create an on-trend room like either of these. 

Master the art of mixing: When modernism meets minimalism, a chic Scandi look is born. But don’t be fooled – this design aesthetic is far from predictable. Take cues from the sought-after style, as we have in our High and Low rooms, by mixing and matching furnishings, pairing sculptural black chairs with a sleek wooden one of similar build and then tossing in an über-plush ottoman for an unexpected touch of texture. Staggering light fixtures that vary in hue and scale strikes the ultimate stylish cord.

Pick accents that never go out of style: Glam brass accents will never fall out of fashion. It’s a notion contributing design editor Christine Hanlon stands behind: “I’ve purchased beautiful vintage brass pieces over the years, and I always have them on hand to add warmth and character to a display,” she says. She suggests scouring flea markets for hidden gems that do double duty, such as her footed bowl that also serves as a planter.

Try a DIY napkin project: Give a soft, organic feel to a modern tablescape with DIY frayed napkins. Cut your preferred size from a piece of linen and run the fabric through the washer to naturally fray the edges. Once it’s dry, pull at the ends with your fingers to emphasize the worn appearance. Juxtapose the look with sleek, bold flatware.

Dare to go wild with wallpaper: With a pared-back, monochromatic design as our starting point, adding a hit of flavour in the form of this chinoiserie wallpaper came easy. Though the two styles don’t typically go hand in hand, the room’s clean-lined aesthetic lets us get away with it.

Not sure where to start? Go with the most important piece in the room, the dining table. Streamlined and slender, these Scandinavian-influenced dining tables are striking in their simplicity. Any one will bring raw and rustic appeal to your dining room, whatever your budget. Check out our six top picks in the slideshow below.

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Walnut-veneered MDF Thao with rubberwood legs, , $249.

Image by: Structube

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Lisabo in Ash Veneer, , $259.

Image by: IKEA

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Lena Mid-Century dining table - large, , $499.

Image by: West Elm

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Stained acacia Kacia, , $599.

Image by: EQ3

High/Low: Scandi-chic dining room

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Walnut-veneered MDF Sareen with beech legs and antique brass caps, , $999.

Image by: Mobilia

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Dining table

Sealed walnut Catalina, , $4,143.

Image by: Casalife

 

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