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When I decorated my father’s house, we definitely spent more time and energy on his living room (it is my bedroom when I’m there, after all), and while I loved how the dining room came out, there have been several pieces I’ve been itching to replace in that space after living in it for a while. The dining table is a super interesting piece, made from reclaimed bowling alley wood on an industrial base that my dad found at Paris on Ponce, but it’s actually a bit too long for the room. It seats lots of people which has been a huge plus when my dad entertains, but it just dominates the room. I also don’t love the existing chandelier in this room and have been wanting to replace that piece for a while. Once I started imagining a sleeker chandelier, a new vision of the room started forming that was a bit more dramatic and cozy. Remember the rug and armchairs in my father’s bedroom before the spring 2016 One Room Challenge? We’re bringing those pieces back via the dining room, and balancing all that red with some deep blue walls.
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Here’s how the dining room looks now (as seen on Design*Sponge):
While the sage green has been a super serene color in this room, I’ve been wanting to give this room a dramatic facelift with a bolder design…
As soon as I brought these paint chips into the room I knew the first two would feel a little too faded. Observatory also felt very grey, and we already had plenty shades of grey in the living room and entry hall. Between the similar shades of Shasta Lake and Superior Blue, the latter had much more depth, but was a bit too saturated in the room, especially compared to the blue in the rug. I ended up going with Opera Glasses, because I needed a color with some green in it, although the hue is actually is much more of a true blue in person than the graphic above shows. It’s hard to view the true paint colors online, but you’ll see a better representation of the color below.
[ezcol_1half][/ezcol_1half][ezcol_1half_end]Here’s a snapshot from my Instagram Story that shows the color against the rug. The blue hues in the rug are really teal, so I chose a shade that would straddle navy and teal to really pull from the rug and make the red in the room pop. I also appreciate that the Behr Marquee paint chips include a glossy side because the color can really change with such a dramatic finish!
Although this shot gives a good sense of the pairing of these two elements of the room, the color is a lot richer and darker in person, and the finish is a lot shinier. See a sneak peek of the paint on the walls from a recent photoshoot below![/ezcol_1half_end]
As you’ll see below, the sleek new sideboard is a key part of the room’s redesign and I can’t wait to share more of that piece later this month. Here is the room’s design board with the key pieces I’m bringing into the space:
The dining chairs have presented a tricky situation for the room. The existing chairs are super cool vintage Italian folding chairs with green leather seats (which we don’t want to recover), so they will be moving to the backroom with the old dining table and we have the opportunity to bring some new chairs in. My long-term goals would be to source some vintage chairs while I’m in town and have them recovered with one of the fabrics below…
We’ll see if that part of the project actually makes it across the finish line! Feel free to chime in below with your take on the paint, fabric, and furniture selections. I’d love to hear your thoughts! Check back tomorrow for a Thanksgiving table in this room that reveals the new (old) rug and table with the old green walls.
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