Plans for the Grown-Up Bohemian Dining Room

Heyo! It wasn't just one room. I got to do Darby's dining room too! For the discerning readers who spotted the hints of dramatic green walls while reading the living room reveal, this comes as no surprise. 


When we met to discuss the design the focus was primarily on the living room with an "if there's enough money left over I'd love to see something different in the dining room" kinda vibe. The room is huge – perfect for hosting parties and entertaining, which Darby loves to do. Just like the living room it's also full of charming details like the chair rail, built in sconces, and window alcove. However, despite it's charm, for Darby, it still always felt a little cold and uninviting – and certainly not as conducive as it could be to spending hours around a table, sharing stories and a meal with good company.      

Immediately, I wanted to do a rich, saturated color to enhance the existing chair rail detail and make the room feel cozier. Presenting the idea of painting the whole room a dark teal was sort of intimidating – accent walls are one thing, entire rooms are sometimes a harder sell. So I gave her two options: 1. Paint the top of the walls dark, leave the bottom white (my pick), 2. paint the bottom dark, go light on top. Darby didn't hesitate and picked option 1. Yesssssssss.

I thought it would be best to let the wall color be the star so I wanted to move the rest of the room toward a sort of Scandinavian simplicity – i.e. black modern windsor chairs, a lighter table to better contrast with the floors and dark walls, simple styling. I did want to retain a bit of that Grown-Up Bohemian vibe from the living room, though, so I included the punch of color and pattern in the Mexican Folk Art and the textured pattern in the floor length neutral curtains. Also, plants on plants on plants. 

This room didn't stray too far from the mood board (well, minus not running across a gorgeous brass sideboard while thrifting), and I totally dig how it came together. Check back soon to see the transformation!