03 November 2014

When Being Brave Pays Off a.k.a. The Dining Room Reveal

First, I must say that I am in love with this dining room. I walk past it and smile, I stare at it with the lights on, then for a while longer with the lights off. 



Second, I have to admit that painting the walls this color really freaked me out. I second-guessed myself every day. Just before painting, I woke up in the middle of the night regretting my decision. I tried to convince myself that beige isn't so bad. And why can't I just leave well enough alone?




I never regretted the decision once the paint was on the walls. Inkwell is a beautiful color. My husband even likes it, and he is a lover of beige. It feels regal and rich. I decided on a matte finish because such a dark color will appear super-shiny. This matte finish is like velvet. 




My mind always goes to resale value, even though I hope to stay in this house for many years. I don't think this is a color that a prospective buyer would be offended by. It feels classic and timeless.




The curtains made a big impact as well. 




I chose a simple unbleached linen set from Ikea. They're affordable, $35.00 for the set, and add a touch of texture and neutral tone to the otherwise dramatic room. These curtain panels come in a tab-top, but I'm not a fan of that style, so I flipped them upside-down and iron-hemmed a rod pocket and cut the tabs right off. 

The total cost of this room makeover included the cost of paint, curtains, and curtain rod. It came in under $100!

Before & after:





And compared with the design board...mission accomplished!




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TDC Before and After

11 comments:

  1. It is quite a dramatic change but I think I like it too! Go big or go home they say! Your dining room is very similar to your design board! Great job!

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    1. It's simply stunning , the wood floors some how give it that grounded look. Excellent.

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    2. It's simply stunning , the wood floors some how give it that grounded look. Excellent.

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  2. I'm not afraid of color and I'm in love with your dining room color! I've been thinking about changing mine up (it's red) and I may just have to borrow that beautiful, rich color. Looks like the room gets tons of natural light! Great job on the entire design!

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  3. Very nice! I am amazed how good a dark color looks. Good job!

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  4. That is so beautiful!!! I LOVE that wall color! So simple and yet so elegant - it's quite lovely!

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  5. Colleen, your dinning room is gorgeous. I love the rich color, it really sets a nice tone for the room. I can imagine that you can do almost anything with decorations and tablescapes and it would look fantastic. Nice job. :)

    ~Lorelai
    Life With Lorelai

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  6. Colleen, the brave choice paid off! I LOVE this color, and it's perfect for a dining room. Is it Sherwin Williams Inkwell? I'd love to feature this on my paint color blog, Involving Color. Let me know if you're interested!

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    1. I would love that! Thank you! And yes, the color is Inkwell by Sherwin Williams.

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  7. I know this was posted eons ago... but......love the Naval color, going to use this for my dining room but do you still have info on the original color and/or the color in the hall/living room area? Coordinates very well.

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