From wood benches to expandable tables, punch up your dining room with these versatile and stylish pieces
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Thomas J. Story
Unify solo thrift store and hand-me-down wood dining chairs into a set by painting them all the same color.
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($499; solid mango wood), West Elm
Using bench seats in lieu of backed chairs helps small dining spaces live large.
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($188; solid wood; nine colors), Serena & Lily
Choose multiple colors of the same chair design as a playful-but-modern way to add color to a dining space.
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($149; solid wood frame; three fabric colors), West Elm
Keep it simple—and elegant—with the timeless design of oval back dining chairs.
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($558), Serena & Lily
Add texture and comfort to your dining room with a woven chair design. We love the model picutred here, with a stained ebony finish on the wood frame and a graphic weave of tonal stripes.
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($450; 6 colors), Bend Goods
Add graphic elegance to a neutral dining table with metallic metal chairs. The mid-century modern-inspired model pictured here offers seat pads for extra comfort.
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($399; 5 colors), West Elm
Stools can double as side tables when you don't need as much seating around the table. These stools are crafted from reclaimed pine wood from fallen trees. The design is a nod to traditional barn construction joinery.
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Low and lovely
Grand ceilings don't always call for grand furnishings. Here, a low table and stools balance a dining room's double-height ceilings.
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($899; white lacquered engineered wood body with solid wood legs), West Elm
Like a cozy four-top when it's just your family, but also entertain often? Time for an expandable table. This Scandinavian modernism-inspired model expands from 60-inches to 80-inches wide.
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($799; walnut veneer on solid eucalyptus wood base), West Elm
Beyond your dining table and chair scene, consider a dining room bar unit. (You know, a little classier than your pantry liquor shelf).