After moving into our house two and a half years ago, it was time I completed one room from start to finish. I introduce our dining room. It’s of medium size but its a challenging room. The house is open plan and there are not many surfaces or walls to work with. The room is also north facing so there is no sunlight throughout the whole day.
The main challenge was deciding on the colour of the dining room. It was originally painted all white after the plastering had been done when we had first moved in. And untrue to the saying of ‘white will always make a room appear bigger and brighter’ it really wasn’t the case. It just weren’t working in the space. I regularly see all these beautiful #styleitdark interiors on Instagram, but had I ever really considered painting a black wall in my house, honestly no. But the more I thought about it, the more the idea grew on me.
I think the biggest consideration was the sunlight. After doing a little reading on the benefits of painting dark colours within a home it surprisingly drew me in. Who would know that painting a room that receives no sunlight in a dark colour can actually make the space look bigger. Plus dark colours can make rooms appear more cosier and inviting. And what’s better than creating a cosy and social dining room where everyone wants to hang out.
PLANNING THE MOODBOARD FOR THE DINING ROOM
Next I embarked on creating a moodboard to lay out all of the ideas running around in my head and get a clearer picture of what was going to work and more importantly not work. I was going for a look that is classic monochrome throughout the room paired with glam brass and gold accessories matched with the greenery of plants with an overall bohemian vibe. I used the following essentials for the above mood board:
- Tester pots of paint or thick card in the colour of choice –you’ll need a tester pot of paint the more specific the colour
- Wallpaper samples- if there are any surfaces you will be using wallpaper or pattern, wallpaper samples are great
- Fabric samples- fabric samples are great if you are adding any texture or fabrics to the scheme
- Accents & Accessories- chances are you have already purchased a few accessories, so definitely include these in your moodboard. 3D objects are even better!
Now, I am still perfecting my skills on Polyvore (check out my page here) , and my Photoshop package at home but I’m pretty pleased with my first digital room layout. What do you think, do you like the look I am creating? I’d love to know in the comments section below!