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Decorate by Number: Minimalist Meets Casual Dining Room

Scandinavian dining room inspiration

This weekly column is all about high-style decor on a low budget. This week, we're finding harmony where minimalism and casual-eclectic styles meet. Visit my blog, A Vintage Splendor, for more tips and ideas.

When you think of Scandinavian design, descriptors such as minimalist, streamlined, and functional come to mind. It may seem far from the casual, cool, and eclectic style that belongs to a California aesthetic, but when the two meet, it is a conscious coupling of bold styles that complement one another like never before.
This inspired dining room is an equal representation of both the minimalist with simple, rectangular dining table, bench, and artwork but with flair of gypset style with ikat table runner, flokati throw, and mixed chairs. This decorating duo allows the dining space to feel spacious, uncluttered yet comfortable and well-thought out.

This industrial inspired dining set will provide ample seating on a budget and good design (an ode to the function and minimalist Scandinavian element). The addition of mismatched chairs breaks up the stark design enough to give it some personality (the eclectic and casual California vibe). I love to add color and patterns with textiles as they are usually the most affordable and can be changed out easily when you tire of the design. This table runner and rug add variety in texture that gives the dining room a comfortable and inviting mood, which is so important for a space that is meant for gatherings.

The next time you’re stuck trying to decide if you’re a minimalist or maximalist, take a step back and think about adding both elements to your home. I find that a mix of styles contributes to a better curated and creative home that is easy to live in.

Bring perfect harmony in your home with these great finds on a minimalist budget:

Scandinavian inspired dining room look for less

1. Camel Print, $32
2. Ikat Rug, $79
3. Industrial Dining Table, $203
4. Wishbone, $99
5. Chrome Chair, $59
6. TeePee Print, $32
7. Ikat Table Runner, $9
8. Industrial Bench, $89
9. Faux Sheepskin Rug, $9

Inspiration photo via Design Sponge

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