Home Decorating The Quiet Man

Although we wouldn’t have thought that plunking a big, blocky dining table (with a base made of cast concrete, no less) and six Zentique chairs upholstered in dusk-colored linen on top of a walnut-finish wood floor would work, we have to say, this Washintgon, D.C. dining room rocks. Masterminded by Virginia designer Barry Dixon, the space strikes an unusual balance between dark and light, heavy and ephemeral, vintage and modern.

Dixon used cream walls and white decorative moldings as a backdrop for the deep tones of the flooring and furniture. The glass-paned artwork, chrome sconces, and mirror reflect light and encourage the eye upward, toward the dreamy smoked-glass chandelier. Dixon created an interplay of textures with the floor-to-ceiling embroidered white curtains, the distressed finish on the chairs and table base, and the crystal and ceramic tableware. The only hint of color in this room comes in the form of the flower centerpiece and the tall vase of cherry blossoms—Nuanced Neutral at its easiest, subtlest, and most refined.


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