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May 7th, 2012

Eclectic Dining Room Ideas

Eclectic Dining Room

I think the dining room is a perfect place to have a little fun with decor. Experiment with eclectic dining room ideas to dream up your own area like the one pictured above with mismatched pieces of furniture, graphic textiles, ambient lighting and wall treatments. Picture yourself all cozied up in the dining room enjoying a meal with your favourite people to gain some insight on your own personal eclectic vision.

 

Chairs and Table

 

One idea is to unify all the chairs by painting them all one colour. Any colour under the sun will work, as long as you consider the overall palette for the room. For chairs that have upholstery, cover each chair in a different fabric found within the colour scheme. For a bench seat, add throw pillows in a mix of vibrant colours and patterns. Damask, polka dots, stripes, botanicals and geometrics will all work well here.

 

Chairs and tables can be found at home decor stores, department stores, flea markets, garage sales, antique stores, online marketplaces and other mysterious places I can only imagine. And don’t forget to load up on inspiration! Look at Eclectic Revisited, and Chic Tip for some additional looks.

 

Look for a table with character, interesting lines and architectural details. Either include the table as-is or refinish it with stain or paint. Pedestal tables often showcase a pleasant silhouette if you prefer a round table. Otherwise, look for rectangular or square variations with ornate legs to suit the size of the room.

 

Textiles

 

Cover the windows with curtains that further the look you wish to achieve. Soften dark colours with sheer white curtains, add sparkle to any colour scheme with a set of silk drapes or liven up a mid-range colour scheme with curtains in a quirky graphic print. Whichever you choose, use it as a jumping off point for other fabrics in the room. For instance, cloth napkins in a hue picked out of the graphic print will tie things together.

 

Lighting

 

An overhead fixture is essential. Look to drum pendants and chandeliers to elevate the eclectic factor of the space. Vintage chandeliers can be re-wired and painted in a bright shade, perhaps even the same colour you used for the chairs! Drum pendant lights are another way you can add colour to the room in a bold print or tone it down by choosing a solid colour like white or oatmeal.

 

Wall Treatments

 

Wainscoting, wallpaper, paint and shadowboxes will give your dining area personality. Design a feature wall using the largest wall in the room with wallpaper or a series of shadow boxes. Play with the application of paint and wallpaper. For instance, paint a different colour inside the shadowboxes or only wallpaper the insides of them. Dress the walls up further by adding artwork or mirrors to the inside of the shadowboxes.

 

Finishing Details

 

Add polish to your eclectic dining room with accessories. Add candles in glass candle holders, vases of fresh flowers to the table and the sideboard abd display wine glasses and other glassware on the sideboard for additional sparkle. You can also create a display of glass collectibles on a shelf to finish the design. If you are not a collector, line up mirrors or photographs along the shelf with ornate metallic frames that will help bounce light around the room. Work with items you have and mix them with fresh pieces to bring your own eclectic dining room ideas to life.

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March 14th, 2012

Monochromatic Design Ideas

Elegant, white monochromatic room.

From Burrs and Berries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monochromatic decor is a commitment to use one colour to decorate an entire space. The choice you make for your colour will depend on several factors. Consider the space and its daily usage to determine whether you wish to create a vibrant energized space or a serene oasis. Also consider the time of day the room is most frequented. Dining rooms, for instance, tend to be used in the evening and can hold saturated colours well as they create the sought-after cozy factor. Colour looks different in daylight than it does by lamp light.

 

A strict approach to monochromatic design ideas makes use of one colour only, and incorporates a range of hues in it’s palette. A casual approach to monochromatic decor means you can choose one main colour and accent it with white, silver, black, gold or wood tones. Either approach is chic and visually appealing when planned well.

 

Apartment Therapy showcases an assortment of both casual and strict monochromatic designs which you can see in this post. Check out A Summer White Villa (pictured above) courtesy of Burrs and Berries.

 

If monochromatic decorating is a new concept to you, experiment with decorating a small space like a foyer or a bathroom. The key to any successful design is texture, but this is especially evident for monochromatic rooms. If texture is not worked into the room, the result is a flat swathe of endless colour. Instead, bring original pieces of furniture, art, textiles and accessories into the room for both their shape and texture. Don’t be afraid to alter your finds. A fresh coat of paint in your chosen palette will create new options.

 

Use the hallways in your home to bridge the space colour-wise between monochromatic areas. Litter pops of the colour from the monochromatic room down the hall and away from the room like a trail of eclectic bread crumbs. This will prevent a choppy and potentially jarring atmosphere, especially if your monochromatic room is a bold or bright one.

 

Ideas for calming colours include white, beige, soft blues and greens and gray. Amp up the colour factor for a vibrant space with colours like red, pink, purple, indigo, blue and green. Whatever colour you choose, monochromatic decor is addictive, have fun with it!

 

 

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