Design Your Dining Room with Mary DeWalt – New Home Source

Design Your Dining Room with Mary DeWalt – New Home Source


What I’d like to talk about is what makes
for successful decor. This room, this whole home actually, the color
scheme is gray. The backgrounds are all gray with white and
bright yellow, to kind of ignite the room. So the important thing, when you have rich
wall color like we have here, which is a nice, warm gray, almost taupe, is contrast. You have to bring it to life with some other
contrasting color, and in this case, it’s white. So what we’ve done is a very affordable wainscoting
treatment with chair rail and applied molding in a flat stock. And below that, this is drywall, and the drywall
is left smooth, and then the whole element is painted with latex enamel to match the
trim. So it actually looks like a full wainscot,
but for half the price. This is a very nice contrast. It brings a lot of drama to the two colors. And then, reflective surfaces are also important
in bringing a room to life. You can see we, of course, have the mirror
over our sideboard. But the mirror has a reflective metallic,
wonderful, beefy frame to it. We always like to use white lampshades whenever
possible in a room, because the white lampshades also provide contrast, and they’re brighter,
and also just give off a nicer light. And then these lamps have crystal accents
on them, and they’re silver, so again, it’s very reflective. And since our scheme is yellow and white and
gray, we chose orchids, that are white with yellow on the inside. And then, our formal dining room table is
formal, but not too formal, and we brought it to life as well. We’ve got the dark table, so we use light
placemats with yellow stitching to contrast to the dark table. And then, we have layers of plates, with one
bright yellow plate below the bowls in the center, to bring a smile to your face. It kind of lightens everything up. And then, to top it all off, we have the silver
candelabras in the center, very elegant. And then, one last thing, the silver inserts
in the sideboard. Very, very elegant, but at the same time,
a friendly, warm environment for a formal dinner party.


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