Broadening Tastes: Then and Now; Dining Rooms

3.07.2012





I'm looking through old and new design books comparing pages I bookmarked.  When I compare dining room photos from then and now it's obvious that now I'm liking the look of mixing furniture styles, and I'm more open to a cleaner, more colorful, bolder look.  I still love the purely tradition rooms, too.  This isn't an either/or thing!

The next nine images are from older books.











The following nine are newer.






Ruthie Sommers



John Loecke


So, what do you think?  What are you liking?  I'd love to hear your thoughts on evolving tastes.






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6 comments :

eddielicious said...

I think a lot of it has to do with what "colors" are used as well. Imagine the room by Southern Style today if those drapes were a differnt color. So there was less yellow in the room. Or the New Classicist room with pops of bright violet and less beige. And remember "wood" is a color too, your newer pics show less wood, or use wood as an accent. Unike the older pics where wood (the furniture) is the statement. Great archiving! Let's do this again in another few years. It will come full circle and we'll all wish we hadnt painted our grandmothers solid walnut Duncan Phyfe dining sets.

The enchanted home said...

Defiitely something to love about each one.....I am a traditional person through and through and love the old world feel but when done in lighter colors, it doesn't feel as heavy..that Southern Style room with the chinoiserie and leopard chairs is amazing! The "newer" rooms are definitely less fussy but some feel cold, barren and almost like they are missing something! The K.Ridder room being one that I think is lacking...but I like a very polished room, all done up:) Great post and beautiful pictures!

EAC said...

Between this post and the last one, I am thinking I need to find a used copy of that 'New Classicists" book...

The Pink Pagoda said...

It's a fairly large coffee table book on William T. Baker, an Atlanta architect.

Brooke said...

Hi! Thanks of popping over and saying hi. You have a gorgeous blog - I'm following!

The French Tangerine said...

Love your last 2 posts so much! What an amazing collection of images - especially the dining rooms! So beautiful and inspiring.. some of those colors are just luscious!
Great post!
Jan

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