My sister Aimee is just the best. She sat on the phone and listened to me lament about my overly traditional decor, and then brainstormed some fantastic ideas on how I could spruce up the dining room. Here is my plan so far.
The run down: Cozy gray walls, a rustic wood table and accents of peacock blue, poppy orange, and aged gold.
1. THE WALLS: I will paint them Martha Stewart’s Bedford Gray from her line at Home Depot. It is warm gray, and neither too pale nor too dark. It should provide a modern feel amongst the traditional chairs and trestle table.
2. THE FURNITURE: I think a bright orange red on the chairs would be juicy and very fresh. Eventually I would love to do a limed or cerused finish on the dining table, to gray down it’s honey wood tones. I currently do not have a buffet, but am going to keep my eyes out for a clean lined or modern console table instead. I’d love for it to have a muted metal finish.
3. THE LIGHTING: My current fixture isn’t very distinct, but I might look into painting it and switching out the globes for something more contemporary. The other thought is to find a dramatic, large drum shade to hang over the table.
4. THE CURTAINS: I have several thoughts here. The first idea was to use a very of-the-moment chevron in a peacock blue and white colorway. I think it would look awesome, but honestly, it’s not in the budget. My other idea is to just use plain white panels and either leave them alone, or add a bright border to them. Aimee also spotted this ingenious diy project on the blog, Decorating Cents, turning a shower curtain from Target into two curtain panels.
5. THE ACCENTS: My rug is just fine, it is a nice honey colored sisal. Since I can’t do the zig-zag on the curtains, I thought perhaps I could make a cushion for the bench that sits in front of the window. It would certainly be large enough to make an impact, but would take less than 2 yards of fabric verses the 8 for the curtains. The larger wall in the room would sport a salon style hanging of art work in gold frames. Maybe a small, modern lamp on the console, if I ever find the right one.
That about sums it up. I’m really excited about how this will look, but I must do it in stages. I’ll start with the walls and work on the other projects as time and budget allow. I’m sure that the paint alone will make a world of difference!