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Dinning Room Refresh: How and When to Paint Dark Colors

My dinning room has been many things other than a dinning room.  It has been storage for donation items.  It has been a warehouse when my husband started his business.  It has also been the perfect spot for Santa to leave a trampoline.  The open space was also good for parties and Wubble Bubbles.  Not that it wasn’t great having a trampoline and a warehouse in the front of the house, but I am happy that we have a proper dinning room these days.

When you buy a house in our area, they pretty much come standard with “formals,” or a dinning room on the left and a living room on the right when you enter the front of the house.  This is what our dinning room looked like when we bought the house. IMG_7098 As you can see, it’s pretty yellow.  The whole front of the house was yellow.  We had no choice but to live with for quite a few years, so that is what we did.  One year, after the hubs moved to a proper warehouse, I decided it was finally my time to have an actual dinning room.  So, I hired my trusty painter and had him paint the dinning room a very boring and neutral beige color.  You could barely tell he painted it.  He also scraped the yellow popcorn off the ceiling and that was the most dramatic change.  Yes, there was a yellow popcorn ceiling.

Here are the boring paint colors we chose from and the boring paint color we painted.  Also, I think we had already painted in the picture above where my daughter is holding the cheetah.  See?  Not a dramatic difference.  And, that’s as far as I ever got on my own.

It wasn’t until I enlisted the help of a friend and professional that I was able to put together my dinning room.  She had a bedroom that she had painted black and it made me wonder if I could pull that off in my dinning room.  Since I had tons of natural light coming in and a beautiful white ceiling without popcorn, I thought it would work.  Once she said it would work, I went for it.

This time I painted the walls myself.IMG_6231-2  I used Iron Ore from Sherwin Williams.  As you can see I have trim on the walls.  I considered and even tried to paint the trim a different color, but decided it looked more updated to paint the trim the same color as the wall.  This room was fairly labor intensive as I had to roll the paint where I could and use a brush in between and on the trim.  I highly recommend green Frog tape if you are painting a dark color against light trim.  I used it to tape off the trim at the bottom and top.  I stood on my tallest ladder and still had to stretch.  My line at the top would have been all over the place without tape.

Kristen Fagelman of Kristen Fagelman Designs is my friend who helped me with this project.  I highly recommend her if you are in the DFW area.  She is extremely talented and professional.  She knew what I wanted when I didn’t know what I wanted.  She found this table which was not easy because my dinning room is pretty long.  This is a ten foot table when fully extended and it fills the space very nicely.  I love how the color of the table contrasts with the wall color.

Next, she found these wing back chairs and gorgeous red plaid fabric and had the chairs reupholstered.  Aren’t they gorgeous?  She also found the fabulous art you see on the wall in the second picture.  They definitely add a pop to the space and help break up the black on the wall.

She found the white chairs we have on the sides of the table and moved the credenza to another wall.  With all of animals we decided we could do without a rug.  I painted my grandmother’s secretary that I now use as a china hutch.  You can see how I did that here.

The final step was a chandelier change out.  We also chose something bold with great personality.

I ordered this beauty online.  I love the look and it’s extremely light weight.  No animals were harmed in the making of this chandelier.  These horns are cast from naturally shed antlers.  These chandeliers you could even paint different colors.  This one came white and that was just what we wanted.  You can also choose the color of the chain and we went with black.  It makes this space.

I also have another little project I am working on to add to this space, but I’ll let you know about that soon.

I get tons of compliments on this space and I finally love my dinning room.  I say if you have a ton of natural light and you balance out a dark wall with light furnishings, you should do it.  Paint a dark color.  It adds so much drama and coziness to a space.

Here is the finished product.  I hope you see something you like and get inspired to go dark and bold with your next paint choice.




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