Some of you may remember this post (CLICK HERE) from EXACTLY a year ago today. (Woah. I didn’t realize it had been exactly a year until I looked at it – that’s kinda freaky!) ANYWAY, some of you may remember my “My Discouraging Dining Dilemma” post. I wasn’t sure what to do with my Dining Room! Have you ever been there with a room? Lots of ideas, but you’re not sure what will work, and you’re not a professional, so you’re scared to mess something up? Hello! Welcome to my life! HA!
Well, I think I’ve FINALLY finished our Dining Room! So I wanted to share with everyone!
Are you ready?!
Here’s the “before”…
…and here’s the “after”.
Whatcha think?! Let me do a little explaining…
When you walk into our front door, the Dining Room is immediate on your left, separated from the Foyer by a partial wall.
No, it’s not a big space, but it’s a very versatile one!
The problem before was a lack of color, but I really didn’t want to do too much in the room since it’s on the smaller side. So…
We hung a light fixture. You can’t see the light fixture in the “before” shot because it was just a small single-globe fixture, all the way at the top of the cathedral ceiling. But my hubby picked this out and I really loved it! We set it on a dimmer, so we can get the perfect amount of light no matter what meal we may be partaking in! But most times, the light from the window is just right.
And speaking of the window…
I added some really light and airy curtains to the window. At first I was searching for something bold and bright – some kind of red floral curtains – I wasn’t entirely sure. But then I decided I didn’t want anything heavy, and my “theme” for the Dining Room was something like “Paris in Springtime”. But not too fru-fru…and the colors had to coordinate with my grandmother’s china.
And this is my grandmother’s china! It’s pretty much what fills the hutch, along with some of her crystal and a few other special pieces, so I wanted the colors of the room to make these colors known, too!
So I tied the colors in to the decor I chose for the top of the hutch…
…decor which can easily serve multiple purposes…just how I like it!
It’s always good to have large glass containers like these on hand, right?
I added simple table decor…
…got rid of the extra chairs and hung two small mirrors on either side of the hutch. (Oh, and if you missed my post on how to cover chairs, CLICK HERE!
So there you have it!
I tossed around the idea of adding an accident wall, but I didn’t want to make the space feel smaller than it is. Do you think I should go ahead with it or leave it all as-is? (I’m especially interested to hear HONEST opinions from my interior designer friends!)
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