Inspired by the homeowners love for history, I sought to elevate the dining room by using more of a collected approach than the current minimalistic one. I chose these dining room colors because the pigeon blue walls and moody brown furnishings clash in a way that creates a striking effect. The curated vintage dining room decor was handmade by Italian artisans in the fifteenth century, lending to the rooms historical aesthetic. Placing the blue flowers in the middle of the dining room table portrays hope, love, and beauty. The table and accompanying chairs were carefully carved out of solid wood, giving the decor a timeless design that will never be outdated. The well-appointed dining room wall decor consists of only two Renaissance art paintings, one in black and white, the other whimsical, to give it a clean, yet sophisticated and home-like, feel. I decided to go with original hardwood floors because of the natural appearance and year-round warmth. The authentic look complements the rest of the dining room decor.
There is nothing more powerful than dining room wall art to liven up and give personality to a space. Most dining room designs that we do are fairly minimalistic and neutral so as to provide a simple backdrop to more formal meals and gatherings. For example, in this open-concept home, we kept things fairly monochromatic throughout the main living area as well as the dining room. A simple grey and beige color palette was used throughout the space, with most of the home decor brought in via cool architectural elements like rugged stone columns and beautiful archways as well as stunning pieces of artwork on the walls. We designated the formal dining area by adding a plush area rug under the contemporary style table and chairs. Then to really make the space standout from the rest of the large room we hung this gorgeous dining room wall decor. The large abstract canvas ties together all of the shades in our color palette plus some fun pops of gold to elevate the look.
This dining room makeover was an absolute delight. The clients gave me free range to design with the exception that I incorporate one of the unique dining room table centerpieces that they had received as a wedding gift. Since the staircase was already finished in a deep, rich walnut shade, I matched it with a gorgeous wide-plank flooring. With the rest of the dining room design, I sought to blend clean, modern, linear shapes with an exquisitely detailed Victorian sideboard and tie the transitional styles together with a classy-yet-whimsical chandelier. For the dining room wall decor, I selected a simple, round mirror for above the sideboard to keep the space open but not battle for visual interest. By contrast, I picked a print for the adjacent wall to provide a color pop. I kept the walls neutral which allowed the chairs to really stand out.
Home wall decor is such an important part of any interior design, but it is especially impactful in larger open concept living areas because it can help to distinguish different zones. I love using large canvases or other forms of artwork to identify smaller "rooms" within a larger floor plan. For example, we used dining room wall decor ideas such as a huge grey and gold work and a smaller coordinating print on the adjacent wall to distinguish the eating area from the living room next door. This is an easy and highly decorative way to portion off areas in an open concept home so that you do have different rooms for entertaining but still retain the flow that you like. We even used this technique in the bar area by creating a large decorative semi-circle island to portion off the cabinetry area. Pops of color that coordinate with the dining room wall decor tie the space together and give it one cohesive look carried all the way through to the attached living room.
While great dining room art is an important finishing touch to the space no matter the decor you choose, I think that it is particularly impactful in contemporary style spaces. In general, a more modern decor theme features sleek yet subtle furnishing and a fairly neutral color palette. For this reason, the dining room wall decor gives you an opportunity to bring in bold pops of color and pattern as well as a bit of visual interest. This modern dining room is a great example of how pieces of art can really elevate otherwise monotone decor. The furniture, flooring, textiles and paint palette are kept quite simple and neutral, yet I consider the room quite colorful as a result of the abstract paintings the owner added to the walls. This is a great technique because you can swap out the paintings regularly to give the space a completely different look. With a neutral base, different styles and coloring can be brought in to update the space any time you choose.
In preparation for decorating our new house, I have looking everywhere for dining room ideas that feature a somewhat neutral color palette with some tropical accents. This south Florida home was by far my favorite look that I have seen in my hunt. I love the muted green striped wall paper as the backdrop to their botanical themed design. The warm toned rattan chairs and coordinated wood frames and tabletop are the perfect accent to the paint colors and look fantastic paired with the framed prints on the walls. I also loved how they kept the dining table decor simple so that it did not compete with the rather busy decorations used throughout the rest of the room. It also makes it so easy to swap out with holidays and events when you want to bring in some custom accents. My favorite part of the space is the bronze chandelier with shell accents. It is contemporary yet goes quite well with the island theme used for the rest of the dining room wall decor.