As soon as the kitchen was done, the race was on to get the dining room finished. Now that we had knocked the two rooms into one, the space was really light and bright and I was excited to get going!
In my post about wall art I mentioned how the look for the room started with a print – it was quirky and fun and that’s exactly what I wanted from this room. We love having friends and family over and so wanted to make this a sociable and fun entertaining space. Lots of seating was important from a practical point of view, but my main aim was to give this room some personality.
The next thing I set about buying was the drinks trolley – I’ve got my priorities sorted haven’t I?! Inspired by so many of beautiful images on Pinterest I felt this was just what this room needed. I opted for a gold, bamboo style from Oliver Bonas, similar to that on the left below. I’m yet to make mine look as pretty as that but I’m working on it!
With the perfect print and drinks trolley sorted, it was time to pick a colour for the room. I decided a dark grey / blue colour would work well with the both items, but also with with pale grey kitchen. Several tester pots later and I was set on Little Greene Juniper Ash. It’s a beautiful, warm colour that varies quite a bit depending on the light – which I love! Without a doubt, my most asked question on Instagram is about the colour of this room.
The search for a dining table took a while. I had already chosen my chairs – Eames style in a mix of colours. I bought two black and two light grey from Cult Furniture but the dark blue ones I found on eBay. They were a great match to the wall colour. The table hunt was proving tricky though, I loved the industrial look but just couldn’t seem to find anything quite right. Everything was either too big for the room or too pricey for my budget! After a lot of searching I came across a seller on Etsy – Retro Corner. Their furniture was exactly the sort of style I had been looking for, and they made to order so I could get the perfect table for the space. The table is quite possibly my favourite item in the whole house, I just love it. It’s unique and I think looks far more expensive than it was.
With the table, chairs and drinks trolley in, the empty alcove was calling out for an armchair. At the moment I’ve gone for an Eames style rocking chair (Eames overload I know!) Ideally I would like a fabric chair, something colourful in jewel tones. I haven’t managed to find anything yet but the search continues…
Whilst doing research for this room, I became obsessed with factory-style industrial window mirrors. I’d seen a few online and knew I wouldn’t be able to rest until I had one sitting on top of my mantle! This also proved quite a lengthy search, turns out they are quite hard to source, and the few I managed to find were pricey. Eventually I got lucky and found a similar style on Achica.
I finished the room with two marble-look shelves (DIY tutorial on those to come) and some decorative bits to style them with. I particularly love the wooden calendar which you can get from Made In Design and the cute little Polar Bear from Habitat. Over time I added the jute rug in the corner which I had originally intended to use in the kitchen but it turned out to be a lot smaller than I was expecting!
So there you have it! From red to blue. What do you think of the room? As always, I love to hear from you all so please feel free to leave me a comment below :)