Our recent client contacted us about their dining room that needed much love. The space was small, and it was the first space you saw when you first walked into the house – therefore, it made less than a great first impression. So, at the design studio, we wanted to change that and make sure we could rework the space to ensure the first impression became a “wow”. Another element we wanted was to create in the space was a sense of welcome and cozy as it was near the entrance of the home.
One of the first things we added was a feature wall (you can never really go wrong with a feature wall). To get this, we decided to play with layers using wood panels to design a fresh yet modern pattern and chose to paint it a deep navy - Hale Navy from Benjamin Moore to be exact. This colour paired well with the warmer wood tones of the existing dining table and the brass elements, which we added throughout the room.
The dining chairs we purchased were not overly expensive and they don’t have to be – especially since our clients currently have toddlers and didn’t want to invest in something that might get ruined by busy hands. So we chose a durable set of chairs that had a low-profile back, to avoid blocking the slight lines to the feature wall.
The dining table was adorned with a beautiful brass light fixture from Restoration Hardware. The fixture was simple yet elegant– and the brass brought in a lot of warmth the room needed.
The buffet table we added was strategic – it was a beautiful piece that tied into the room with its brass inlay and had space for storage. Also from Restoration Hardware.
When we bring together any of our designs, we incorporate our clients’ personality – here we learned that they love listening to music, so we added a vintage looking vinyl record player and some artwork that shared the same theme. The art was carefully curated from immerging artist Jeremy Gesualdo from his “this is not a test” series. Another affordable source of finds is often Esty. From there we curated a print with the clients’ wedding song shaped in a vinyl record and placed it on the buffet table.
Greenery is a must in any space (and it doesn’t have to be real). We added an oversized foliage to a tall vase to draw the eye in and complete the casual yet comfortable look.
Hope you like what we did with this space and can take some of these ideas as inspiration when considering a refresh to your space.