If you read last week’s post on picking paint colors, you’ll know I went with a fairly neutral grey/silver-tone paint palette throughout our home. But for our formal dining room, I really wanted something bold. Our house for the most part is a fairly open floor plan, with the dining room a bit separated from the rest of the open area. The challenge at hand? How to create drama in a formal dining space while keeping the flow through the rest of the home. And for that, I enlisted the help of Kirsten from The LifeStyled Co. who had some great ideas!
1. Don’t be afraid. You can have color in your home, and make it look purposeful.
2. Bold colors should be incorporated by using one of two options: a single large statement piece or many small accent pieces. For example, a large hutch or buffet/sideboard in a statement-colored dining room will do all the talking for the space. Or, many small items like accessories, textiles or lighting can also speak! For the most cohesive look, don’t incorporate both…it can be like a sweet friend who just says a little too much, a little too often.
3. Pair either a few bold colors together to act as staple and accent color or pair your daring color choice with different shades of neutral tones.
4.Neutral does NOT mean brown; neutral tones can be varieties of tan, blush, white, ivory, gray and even metallics.
5. Go over-the-top with texture; when using dramatic color choices, texture in the other elements of the space soften hard looking surfaces and help absorb the color.
Thanks, Kristen for all the great ideas!
For more of our Home Reno Reveal, tune in next week!