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


  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!

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

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

  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!

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

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

  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. :)

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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!

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

  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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