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Decorating a Dining Room

Su Casa: Dining Room Decorating

Here's a post from CasaSugar Community member diywithadd from the Su Casa group:

Renovation of the dining room on the parlor floor of our brownstone apartment is done. Check out the before and after. As you can see, this naked room is crying out for décor — and a mop, but that's a story for another post. I thought I would decorate the minute we moved back in but work, budget constraints, and some lazy time on the newly-upholstered sofa have sapped my enthusiasm.What I am badly in need of is some inspiration. Let's see, I also need a rug for that big brown floor, some art for the walls, a runner for the table, a color scheme . . . did I mention that I have almost no budget for this project? So high end pieces are out. Target, flea markets, and DIY projects are in. Working with pieces I already have is a must.

What we've done so far: New floors, a new staircase, and a glass transom above the guest bedroom door are our biggest improvements to the space. I designed the stair railings and our carpenter built them, so they are one-of-a-kind, which I love. Scott and I oiled/stained the floors and banister ourselves, which makes me happy every time I walk in the room (him, not so much). The walls are Valspar "Breath of Blue," which is also continued into the living room and kitchen spaces. I'm open to repainting this room, but I do like that right now there is one color continued throughout much of the parlor level, lending continuity. This room needs some definite punch, so perhaps it's due for a richer hue. Or just some pops of colored fabrics?

Continue reading to hear more about diywithadd's resources and offer your suggestions for the space!


The goods: We added a ceiling fan from Restoration Hardware (we actually bought that pre-reno) and I sourced three vintage ship sconces from Olde Good Things. I don't really mind that the fan and lights are different finishes, do you? We bought the 8-foot long table a few years ago at an ABC warehouse sale. The antique folding chairs (a set of four) were donated by my friend Allie and I recovered the seats with a latte/sky blue fabric. I'm very open to recovering those again and I'm on the lookout for additional chairs. So, especially if you have any great rug, chair, or fabric links, please leave them in comments.

I plan to post your suggestions (perhaps in individual mood boards) on my blog and give credit where credit is due, so let the decorating by committee commence! Many thanks to everyone willing to take time out of their busy lives for this decorating intervention. Best, ADD

Be sure to post your own decorating tales in the Su Casa group! And ask for advice in the Assisted Living group!

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Steph-at-BirdHouse Steph-at-BirdHouse 7 years
It looks fabulous! I love the sconces, the table, and the combination of dark wood and pale walls. I would not darken the color - it looks so calm and peaceful now, and creates great contrast. I would even hesitate to add accents that are too bold. Soft blues, grassy greens, or lavender would look nice. For the rug, my inclination would be to add something earthy with texture (like this
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
I really like it! I think it looks nice with the walls the color they are now and that a few accessories would make a huge difference. Also, you could consider painting the woodwork around your stairway so that it contrasts with the wall color. As far as art goes, I just redecorated my bedroom on a budget, and I used prints I found on Etsy for $12 each and metallic frames from Home Goods that were $6.99 each. Here are links to some of my favorite Etsy sellers who offer affordable prints:
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