One of the common problems we see is dining furniture that is too large, dark and heavy. For example, when a dark timber table has matching dark timber chairs (or large black leather and timber chairs), and a dark timber matching console. It can make the space feel very flat and heavy.My simple solution is to change over the chairs to a lighter colour (and often a more contemporary style). I also add a colourful canvas or mirror above the console, some bold white accessories and a bunch of fresh flowers to really make a dramatic impact. The room immediately feels lighter, softer and more inviting.TIP: You will notice that contrasting chairs are used in all of the images shown here. It tends to work much better than the ‘matching set’. So if you have a black table, why not look at using some white chairs, or if you have a beech timber table, pair it with some black, sculptural feature chairs.