dining room design

after five months in the new house (at what point must i stop calling it new??), we are finally ready to address the two empty rooms that have become a dumping ground for unpacked boxes and baby gear over-flow… 
the formal sitting room is in the front of the house which flows into the dining room with a slider out to the deck in the back and entrance to the kitchen off the side.

here’s the view from the back of the dining room:

the first order of business is painting. the current colors are blah and the walls are filthy. the plan is to install a chair rail with white and panel moulding below and a rich blue above to pick up the color of the velvet west elm chairs..


the two finalists from the samples above (all benjamin moore) are “gentlemens gray”: 

and “blue danube”:

somehow, they both coordinate well with the chairs. i am partial to the gentlemens gray (a bit of a misnomer if you ask me) but it makes me nervous to go so dark. 

i’ve never been one to shy away from color (see my bright teal cape house and sunshine yellow laundry room).. so gentlemens gray it is.
oh, big news.. i finally figured out how to make normal mood boards. olioboard is the best site ever. lately nursing time = olioboard time. this really helps make creating a room from scratch much less scary. it will be a long time before we actually pull everything together (primarily because we just don’t have the money to do it all at once) but this is what i’m going for.. minus the chairs.. i have no vision for these yet, as you can see!..
so, hopefully over the next couple months, i will have a somewhat dramatic transformation to check back in with.

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