Friday, November 11, 2011

An Idea for the Dining Room Walls

I had posted some pictures of the dining room not so long ago. It is begging for new wall colors and I have an idea I am considering. The room has decent wall space although we have two pieces of furniture - a fairly large breakfront and a good size bar  - against two walls which will have to be emptied and brought forward. And as I plan to undertake this project myself, I have to time it such that I am able to complete the project at one time. Here is another look at parts of the room.

Dare I show you the bar! This piece needs a makeover...some day. 

Toward the end of summer I came across this Saida Ikat stencil pattern from Cutting Edge Stencils while looking for an ikat pattern online. I did consider making my own stencil but then I found this one. I ordered it and am planning to use it in the dining room above the chair rail.

I think it would be stunning on any wall. I am excited to try it in the dining room. But first, color decisions! I always like to tie the formal living and dining spaces together and particularly because they are separated by just a doorway and it is a wide one. So there would be a flow. I painted the living room in Benjamin Moore's Meditation and I do have some leftover paint and would like to to use that below the chair rail. Above the chair rail I currently have dark linen and it is in perfect condition and untarnished. I was wondering if I should keep it as it has just a hint of a pale green color and is almost a neutral.

Benjamin Moore's Meditation in on the living room wall above the mantle. I wrote about the mantle here and here.

I have also been looking at some of the china I own in order to determine the color for the ikat pattern. Here are a few pieces to give you an idea. This plate is one of four in four different patterns I picked up at a sample sale when I worked at Bloomingdale's by Mail.

I had a sister living in Hong Kong for many years and while she was there I asked her to pick up some more blue-and-white pieces to for me to add to my growing collection of blue-and-white china. Here is one.

Our formal china is also blue and white with a little gold. These beautiful lotus bowls are from Anthropologie. I love the colors and the finish. They are currently sitting on a cake stand in the breakfront.

This platter is from Macau. So many different colors on this piece...pale green, blue-green, blue, deep red, pink and gold.


I could pick up a metallic silver or gold or something in between. I think that would brighten up the space and serve as a neutral for all the china I have and yet make a statement in the metallic finish and because of the stunning pattern. The blue-green color on the platter speaks to me - I have Benjamin Moore's Harrisburg Green on the family room walls which is a similar color  - but I am not sure I would want that over the dark linen-colored walls and I am trying to avoid having to repaint that base wall color above the chair rail unless I absolutely have to.

I am leaning toward a metallic and have been taking a look at some Ralph Lauren metallics. I shall update you on my progress as I go along.

Do you like the idea of metallic paint on the walls? Have you tried any?

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  1. Love the idea of a metallic, have not used them myself but have friends and clients who have, They are gorgeous in person! Going that direction would keep things neutral, but allow you to give a pop and have flexibility to change your accent colors occasionally to enhance your china patterns. Keep us posted on the stenciling...looks like a lot of work, but worth it.


  2. What a great dining room you have (and very timely given the MBM inspiration too!). I think of all rooms the dining room would be a great place to try a metallic stencil - would be very pretty with natural light or candlelight. I really love the blue and white china, but you could really pull some pretty colors from the last piece too. I also like the way the current color below the chair rail reads in the natural light - would you keep that color and do the metallic up top anyway? Just a thought. Have a great weekend!

  3. I really love the blue and white china your sister got for you from HK. It's gorgeous!

    Looking forward to see how you incorporate the metallic stencil in your dining room! I think the effect will be great, almost wallpaper-like!


  4. I think the top of your dining room wall will be fine with the green on the bottom, in fact really pretty. As for the metallic try it out if you don't like it you can always paint back over it. I personally have never tried it but it sounds beautiful. I can't wait to see what you do!

    Enjoy your weekend Lisa!

  5. ooh i think that stencil will be fabulous! i have that one and love it! the design will be modern, graphic, and bring it up to date nicely!

  6. Your ikat stencil is so pretty and I think it would great in a metallic. I can't wait to see what you decide and the finished room! Have a great weekend.

  7. That stencil is gorgeous! A metallic sounds perfect. Looking forward to seeing what you choose!

  8. You had me at ikat stencil! I am not a massive fan of metallics but when they are done in small doses they can look uber-chic! It all sounds very exciting and I can't wait to see how it turns out!