Well Spring is here, which sends me into a cleaning and project frenzy, so I am looking around at all the things I want to ‘spruce up” a bit in my house. You know those parts of your house that you were/are not happy with. For me, that’s a long list! Ha! But, when we moved into the house almost three years ago, there were a couple rooms that were painted hideous colors that I just could not live with. I picked a very boring, nondescript color, and rolled it on the walls. I was hoping that either it would match whatever I planned for the other rooms, or that I could live with it until I could pull the room together. So, this year, I want to change the dining room. This is it currently. and here is the window. First of all, I HATE the rug. It is there because we want to protect the floor and it is the only one we have. I took down all of the vases on the picture rail and just left the dishes. I am thinking about taking down the dishes and putting up ironstone, or all cream and white dishes. I want to paint the walls a dark granite, gray, navy, or green blue color. I think the dishes would contrast nicely. Kinda like this:
Here are pictures of the curtains. They a red and slate damask with a slate hem.
For more pictures of the bay window and curtains, click here.
So, imagine my walls painted a dark color, white dishes on the plate rail (I have many, many, many of those!), the wainscoting repaired and newly painted, a nice new almost room size rug like this:
I also need some dining chairs. Currently I am using a modge podge of chairs I inherited, along with 5-6 metal folding chairs. Real classy, huh? I was thinking about something like this for a dining chair:
This would contrast with the ivory wainscoting. Or, if I wanted the chairs to blend in and not stand out, I could get ivory chairs like this:
My table is very similar to the one pictured above. I have some vases from Ikea I purchased two weeks ago. I will post a pic of them here, but be warned that we were having a birthday party with the plastic table cloth and whole nine yards, so look past “Bolt” and view the vases.
So….with all of the above changes in mind, what color should I paint? I want it to be dramatic and sophisticated at the same time. I like the streamline of modern elements, but I like the warmth of earthy elements too. Here are a few color chips that caught my eye:
Whatever color I choose, it has to go with the living room which is connected to it. Here is a pic of the living room:
You can see the dining room on the left. This picture is OLD…lol. I have since streamlined my decorations on the fireplace.
So, what are your thoughts? Leave me a comment and give me all of your decorator advice.
I had some paint in the shed that was close to the color I wanted, but when I painted it on a board and propped it up on my plate rail, I found it to be too blue and too light. I think I am going to go with the color chip that is all the way on the left. It is Behr Hidden Path 720F-5. I also like the one all the way to the right it is Valspar’s Signature Graphite. The middle one is Martha Stewart (Lowes) River Rock. Thoughts?