I showed this photo a few days ago. Nothing like a photo of an incomplete room to motivate you to find time to think it through.
Issues in the space to be aware of as it pertains to design:
- Chair rail ends before the end of the wall so it makes it difficult to create a solid white lower half.
- The corners are all curved except the one wall with the three windows at the end of the table, so it makes it less ideal to put a new paint color in the space. Plus, it’s open to all other common areas which makes a continuous color make most sense.
- Those darn three windows are in the way for much drama on that wall.
- The walls on each side of the doorway to the kitchen (to the left of the three window wall) are not equal in size which is frustrating for a symmetrical look.
- The room is open to the entry which means the color palettes can’t be too far apart from one another.
So, as of right now (it could change), we have put the two tall end chairs that were at the dining table in the first photo in the office for seating in there.
We kept the clear lucite chairs. In fact, we’ve decided on no end chairs, and instead, four lucite chairs on each side.
That means we need two more lucite chairs to make eight. I haven’t yet purchased those as I want to let these ideas simmer a bit first.
Here is an image of the six chairs placed at the table – 4 on one side, 2 on the other side, 2 more to come later. Why four on each side? Well, it’s less chaotic and it better allows for a rug in the space since the rug doesn’t have to be long enough to accommodate end chairs. That means an 8×10 would work which is nice.
Oh, and all that blue tape? We also very loosely placed painters tape on the wall to very roughly approximate picture frame molding on the walls. Don’t worry, I know it’s not straight or proportional. It’s rough.
I didn’t complete the squares and rectangles or even do some of them. For instance, I just taped the four squares on the back wall. There’d be picture frame molding squares under the chair rail all the way around the room. So, it’d be consistent throughout. And, they’d be squared and proportionate and finished off, unlike the tape.
We also laid a measuring tape down to show the size of an 8×10 rug, if we place one in the room.
So, right now the plan is for a rug under the table, picture frame molding on the walls and curtains (there is a window on the right wall). Obviously we want to bring in color and that will be done through the rug.
We are debating if to also bring in color with the picture frame molding like in this inspiration photo below.
We could do ours blue or gold. Then, do a stencil in the middle, even.
Let’s see how the dining room opens into the entry.
And, here is how the entry is looking. Please pardon the slightly blurry photo.
So, that’s the plan so far! Whatcha think?