Monday, October 1, 2012

Natural Neutral Dining Room {31 Days of Moodboards}

Welcome to the first day of my series called 31 Days of Interior Design Moodboards! Look for 30 more to come this month!

This neutral dining room (or area) is based on natural colors and textures. The character of the room begins with white wainscotting or board and batten on the lower two-thirds of the walls and a neutral gray-beige paint on top.  Cream colored curtains with script frame a black window. The floor is grounded with a round natural fiber rug. A round, black pedestal table sits in the middle of the room with a large drum-shaded light fixture above, covered in a neutral fabric like linen or burlap. Comfortable chairs circle the table, tempting diners to linger. A buffet helps anchor the space and adds a surface for display or actual buffet service! The shade on the lamp echoes the scripted curtain fabric, and a round mirror is added for light reflection. 

Such a dining space has many things to DIY. You could use a paint pen or permanent marker to put the script on the curtains and lampshade. The buffet and tables could be thrift store or craigslist purchases and refinished yourself. There are plenty of tutorials for adding board and batten, and having done it myself once, it's fairly easy to do if you have the patience for lots of caulk and lots of paint! I've even seem some tutorials on how to make your own drum shade! Other pieces like the rug, chairs and lamps could be collected second-hand or substituted for something you already have. 

Have a great first day of October! Can you believe it's still in the 90s in the Sacramento area? I'm ready for some cooler weather and am missing fall in a bad way this year! 

Remember, you can submit ideas for moodboards, or problem spots from your own home. I'd love to work with you to add a little beauty to your home!


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