One good way of combining antique dining furniture with a contemporary lifestyle is to pair an antique wooden table with modern, colorful dining chairs for an eclectic feel. Another technique is reupholstering antique wooden dining chairs with a more modern and colorful fabric.
It's possible to use vintage upholstered wing back chairs at both heads of a rectangular table and use normal wooden dining chairs for the rest of the seating. A great antique piece that could also be used in a modern dining room is a sideboard such as a Chippendale. These are good accent pieces and could be paired with modern vases or a colorful fruit bowl.