My dining room has gone through a few changes over the time that we’ve lived here. Wallpaper removal. Painting (and repainting, after have a case of painter’s remorse). I was going for a light, bright, neutral backdrop, after taking down some not-so-light-and-bright wallpaper. Here’s where it started, wallpaper and the swaggy drapes in all of their glory, before we moved in back in 2010:
I painted it once in Horizon Gray by Benjamin Moore. And while it was a lovely color, it just wasn’t quite right:
I was going for a light, bright, neutral backdrop, and Natural Choice by Sherwin Williams, was the color that ultimately won.
And here is a more recent photo, from this past Christmas. Yes, changing out the chandelier is still on my list…
I know, I need a rug. We’ve actually gone through a couple of them now – thanks to my brilliant idea of adding a puppy to the house… So, we’re rug-free in here for the moment.
The Christmas gallery wall came down, and I’ve been staring at blank walls, and not loving the color as much as I once did. I’ve been loving rich, saturated colors lately (and I’m a sucker for contrast, as you well know), so I’m contemplating another change in here. Something a bit more dramatic.
This dining room caught my eye for the high drama factor all around. Now I’ll admit, that with three kids and two dogs (and a dog crate in our dining room), we don’t live this way, but I do love the dark, dramatic walls, and how this room still manages to feel bright with the furnishings and accessories. Gorgeous.
If I did go dark, I would definitely have to add some bright artwork of some sort. Whether it’s through a gallery wall, or some other means. I love how these plates just pop against the dark walls in this dining room. And the crisp paneling along the bottom of the room, definitely helps in here too.
One way I could lighten things up is with some slipcovered chairs or even an upholstered bench, like this –
This dining room at Inspired Charm manages to pull off gray walls while also keeping it bright and cheery. I love the pops of green in here.
So, what do you think? Yay or nay?