Our dining room has changed a lot since we first walked into our house. And thanks to second-hand furniture, DIY, and reusing what was here, I’ve been able to do it without being a big spender.
When we moved in, the window treatments, wall color, oak hutch and mirror combo, and light fixture all looked heavy, dark, and dated. It was completely uninviting to walk through, let alone linger over a good meal with friends.
Shortly after moving in, I lightened the wall color to Benjamin Moore’s Classic Gray, swapped out the light fixture for one I DIY’ed, and added a seagrass rug. I also hung chambray curtains, which I made from table cloths. The chambray lends a casual work-shirt vibe to them, which keeps this room from feeling too fancy for everyday living.
But it’s been three years since those changes, and I’ve been busy making more changes since then. First, I painted the hutch black. I wanted more contrast in the room, and black and white is such a classic combination.
The adjoining office is connected to our dining room, so I’ve repeated many of the same design features there: black and white paint on the builtins, chambray curtains, slipcovers, and a seagrass rug. It makes the transition between the two rooms feel seamless.
I also painted the wall color Balanced Beige by Sherwin Williams. Our dining room is a north facing room, so I didn’t want to go too dark. But we use the room primarily in the evening, with the light of the chandelier and a few lamps. The pale color was completely washed out with the lights on, even when they were dimmed for a dinner. This color is a great balance that looks good during the day and at night, and it still goes with the chambray curtains.
Here’s a peek into the adjoining office. It’s a room that gets used. My daughter’s art supplies are in the middle part, and everyone has an inbox on the bottom shelf. Across from the shelves is a very messy desk that is the drop station for everyday clutter.