One of the hottest trends in furniture right now is the two-tone finish. Consumers love the two-tone look for many reasons, one being the dual finish helps to break up the sometimes overpowering appearance of solid color tables. Many people love the idea of integrating bold colors like black or white into their homes, but are afraid large pieces in these solid colors would be too overwhelming or stark. Enter the two-tone finish. Adding a different shade to the tops of tables and seats of chairs immediately warms up and tones down stronger colors to allow for smooth blending of colors in your space. Additionally, a two-tone finish adds more versatility to the furniture by allowing pieces to coordinate with twice as many furnishings and areas of the home. The two-tone finish also alleviates the need for furniture pieces to match exactly to flooring, cabinets, etc. The dual colors pull in different tones from the surrounding area without making your space look like everything was supposed to match, but missed.
Two-tone finish options range from easy-to-find Cherry/Black and Oak/Nutmeg to more uncommon shades like Oak/White or Chestnut/Espresso. And with custom order companies, the possible combinations are endless. While two-tone finishes became popular as a trend, this is a look that I’m sure is here to stay.
There are literally thousands of furniture options available in two-tone finishes. One is the Arlington Dining Collection by Intercon Furniture. The collection is available in both hand rubbed Black and Java or White and Java finishes. Not only can you choose your finish, but the Arlington also offers two chair options, Slat Back or Lattice Back. The result is a myriad of options that allow the Arlington to be fit exactly what is needed for a variety of spaces.
Versatility is huge this collection. The transitional styling allows the Arlington to fit in homes with contemporary styling, but at the same time complement more traditional decorating schemes. Tables are available in regular dining height, counter height (36″ high) and pub height (42″ high). Table sizes range from a small 42″ round dropleaf for tight apartment eating spaces, to a rectangle dining table that extends to 78″ long and can comfortably seat 8. This collection even features a counter height table with storage in the base. The multifaceted Arlington has one more piece that more and more consumers are seeking out in their search for a kitchen or dining set: a bench! Arlington’s bench offers the choice of the Black/Java and White/Java finish and is available in both the Slat Back and Lattice Back options.
An important feature of the Arlington collection that should not be overlooked is the quality. Every piece in the collection is constructed from solid Rubberwood with a high quality lacquer finish. Avoiding a solid black or white finish on the top of the table (the part of any set that takes the heaviest beating) will ensure that the pieces look great for years to come. The backs & seats of chairs and barstools in the Arlington collection are ergonomically designed to provide utmost comfort and support. Together with sturdy box frame construction, stretcher bars afford a durable design on chairs and barstools.
If this collection isn’t for you, fear not! There is a two-tone finish set out there to fit everyone’s needs. However, if you are already creating a mental picture of how great the Arlington Collection will look in your space, I hear Kitchen Tables & More in Columbus, Ohio, is due to have a set from this line on their showroom floor soon!
Guest Author Janae