Is your dining room sitting alone and abandoned most of the year, a stepsister to the more popular open kitchen or family room?
|Photographed by Suzanna Scott https://reganbakerdesign.com/noe-valley-parisian-atelier|
A Variety of Wood tones bring interest and energy to the dining room and add warmth and welcoming vibes. Mix the woods of varying colors within the same tonal family so long as they complement each other. You can choose woods (floor and furniture) on the cooler side such as stone gray, mango wood, white wash or have all your woods on the warmer side, like in this dining room below. Black painted or stained wood works well with both options.
Nothing creates a mood more than lighting. You could add a large glass and brass chandelier over the table that adds sophistication to your dining room or go for a more organic look using bamboo or any other natural material.
|Street of Dreams 2019 . Du interiors photo|
Side Note: Incorporate elements from other rooms.
If you have rooms that open to each other be sure you repeat décor elements so there is a united feeling. Examples are metal finishes such as black/brass/silver, accent colors, identical textures or shapes, natural objects and so forth.
If you desire a gallery wall, take time to plan what you are looking for. Would classic black and white images work best with your furnishings, or would colorful artwork or objects give more personality? Do you like ordered, symmetrical walls or do you prefer organic, free-flowing collections?
Estimate the space you’ll use for this: an entire wall or a few square feet? Vertical or horizontal? This helps determine how many items you want to work with.
Side Note: Best gallery walls include large, empty walls or awkward spaces where art work wouldn’t work. A good choice would be a gallery wall that is the first wall you notice when you enter the room.
One large object that makes a high-impact moment is another approach rather than a bunch of things, such as a large plant, a lantern, vase or bowl.
But that’ll have to wait for a future blog!