Last time I showed you the formal living room. That room and the dining room are pseudo-separated by an archway and pony/knee walls but totally visible to one another so they have to play together nicely, color and style-wise.
Before: We are keeping all the furniture in this room and the art work which was one of two similar pieces that served as our inspiration for this makeover.
The homeowner's table and chairs are dark and heavy... and red leather! Since they are staying I tried to find curtains to pull everything together with the old wall color but still lighten it up a bit. I love this fabric!
Not bad but not quite what the mister of the house was wanting; just a bit too feminine for him. So, now what?
Painting the dining room the same color as the living room gave us a soft neutral canvas that could almost seem white. Red... white-ish.... and blue! Since he is ex-military he would appreciate this, right? I chose a navy blue, solid panel. The homeowner found the white panels with the same navy blue in the pattern. (Source)
A vase from Hobby Lobby and some faux dogwood dress the table. The light fixture (she originally thought she may want to change) works well with the new paint color. And, believe it or not, their wedding china from 20+ years ago is navy blue...perfect.
Two lanterns purchased on sale from Pottery Barn sit on the knee walls between the two rooms to keep clutter from gathering there.
I am so glad that we painted these rooms and I love how they have turned out. It makes me want to breath deep every time I walk through the front door and while there is a hint of formality that is insinuated by the trim work and floor plan the dressings don't leave either room feeling to stuffy or precious.
My homeowners love the spaces and that's what it is all about; loving the space you live in. What do you think?
Next time we'll move on to the kitchen!
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