EEEK! I’m so so excited to share our dining room plans with you today.
One of my absolute favorite parts of a project is this dreaming and scheming stage, which is what I’ve been doing for our dining room over the last few weeks. It springs me out of bed in the morning. I can’t say everything in between is as glamorous, so I’ll ride this high while I have it.
When we bought our house, we immediately knocked down the wall between the kitchen and the dining room (without having a full plan – don’t recommend), and we haven’t finished off the wall since. Mostly because we have no idea what we’re going to do in that area when we renovate our kitchen.
Anyway, the kitchen side of the dining room kinda looks like shit.
Here’s an evolution of our dining room…
When we bought the house:
After we knocked down the wall to kitchen (view from dining room into kitchen):
(that’s absolutely a FARMHOUSE sign over the sink, don’t @ me before reading this post)
The ugly area between the kitchen and dining where the wall once was:
View from the kitchen (the day I primed the cased opening):
View from the dining room french doors to the living room:
Since we built the cased opening to separate the living and dining room earlier this year, I’m able to treat these rooms as completely separate spaces, which is something I did not previously have the luxury of doing.
The total size of the dining room is about 10′ long x 9′ wide. It’s definitely a smaller and more intimate space, but I’m working with it.
There’s actually not that much manual labor to be done in our dining room besides finishing crown/baseboard, framing panels, closing off the gap in the wall between kitchen and dining, painting, and sourcing secondhand items (lugging shit in/out of your car and up/down the stairs is absolutely manual labor).
I “presented” the living room and entry concept last year in a slide format (made in Canva) and it was a hit, and I thought I’d do the same for our dining room. So without further ado, let’s dive in.
Some points I want to mention about the design:
Full transparency, I’m trying to decide between The Mural Source panels and Gracie panels. Gracie is classic, hand-painted chinoiserie whereas Mural Source is printed. The cost difference is pretty big, and Gracie would be ideal, but I have a few samples from The Mural Source and I have to say, I’m really impressed with the quality/detail.
Pictured below is the color palette for Gracie Skylark, Gracie Hampton Garden and a sample of Mural Source Maysong Spring:
No matter what, I’m going to choose a light blue chinoiserie mural. I think that the way I can make these work and for the dining room to not look too feminine is with some rougher elements and dare I say “ugly” colors. I.e. chartreuse, celery, brown.
My sweet grandma (nonna) bought me the chandelier as a housewarming gift, so that’s definitely staying. I may get shades for it. But I’d like to balance out the classic chandelier with modern lamps.
I’m also undecided on whether I want the walls to be the same color as the chinoiserie panels, or if I want to use an “ugly” contrast color (like a muddy light olive) to make the panels pop and again, tone down the feminity of the design.
Last, I have some rationale/thoughts on why I’m doing framed panels vs. full wallpaper:
- This (hopefully) isn’t our forever home, so I’m trying to limit the number of rooms we wallpaper. It’ll just be a headache to remove if/when it comes time to sell
- I have no idea when we’re renovating our kitchen, which flows into the dining room. We may make some decisions for the kitchen that impact the dining room wall so I feel like not wallpapering the dining room will give us creative freedom in the kitchen
- I feel that 3 panels framed on the long wall in our dining room will still make a big impact. It’s the longest wall in the dining room. Every other wall is broken up by an opening or door. And the dining room wall is one of the first you see when you walk through our front door
- I can take framed panels with me to our next home, or if I ever don’t have a place for them, I can always sell them
- Framed panels are cheaper (for me) than wallpapering the whole room
I guess that’s it for now! I’m going to be making some decisions over the next few weeks and as usual, plan to share the process via my IG stories.
Have a good rest of your weekend!