Laurent. Dining room. September 15th , 2017.
Cool white and blue, dashes of navy blue invigorate a clean white background in this nautical scheme while the open-fronted doors of the built-in bookcase allow its contents to add character to the room and provide a talking point for guests.
Use colour in isolation, paint a single cabinet a strong shade to stand out and create a cool, stylish atmosphere. Let an impressive and sturdy dresser dominate the dining space in stormy grey. Choose rustic furniture in natural tones as a counterpoint to the intense paint colour. Hang a vintage chandelier for an air of luxury and keep the cabinet crockery pretty and co-ordinated with an all-white display.
With so many of today’s householders opting for larger kitchens the amount of time spent in dining rooms lessens and, if the space is not optimized, they can become an irrelevant hangup of a bygone age. If diner parties and formal dining are still on your agenda you will obviously not want to sacrifice your best entertaining space. But for quieter times you may be surprised at the extent to which, with a bit of imagination and resourcefulness, you can use your dining room.
Strong use of colour is not for the faint hearted, but a great way to create a dramatic dining experience. Be daring with colour on both the walls and floors, or for a more subtle approach, try a bright rug under the table to help define the dining zone, or create focal points with graphic paintings and prints. For an atmospheric dining experience, a range of tones in the same colour will unite the entire space, while a dark painted ceiling will give the room a cosy feel. If you have a dado rail, consider wallpaper above it and a deep colour below for a cocooning effect.
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