With our master bedroom and our guest bedroom nearing completion (we’ll share both of the rooms soon!), it’s slowly time to turn our attention to our next big project – the dining room.
Around this time last year, we sanded the floors in our whole apartment but so far that’s pretty much the only thing we’ve done in the dining room.
I admit, that we’ve been a bit hesitant to start this room as it’s a slightly more difficult space to get right. The room has doors on all four walls including two large double doors that connect it to the living room on one side and my study on the other.
The dining room is literally at the centre of the apartment so we really have to make sure to create a room that flows into the others without it feeling like a corridor.
When planning any room I always start by working out what I want it to feel like. I think the apartment needs a space that’s more grown up, more sophisticated and, well, a bit more beige. Don’t get me wrong – it’s never going to be a completely adult space (whatever that is!) and I’m not sure we’ll ever be comfortable in a completely neutral room but something a little less colourful seems like the right thing to do for this apartment.
We want to make the most of the fantastic ceiling and the gorgeous parquet floor (now that’s it’s been sanded and oiled!), keep the room light, airy and uncluttered so that it’s easy to move from one area to the other.
So, with all of that in mind, here’s our mood board!
Our current DIY table works well but we always knew it was just a temporary solution. In an ideal world, I would love to have an Eero Saarinen tulip table which sadly is completely unrealistic unless we take out a second mortgage! I guess we’ll have to keep an eye out for another option. It would be a perfect feature in the room though!
To go with the fancy table, I’d like some equally fancy aka. expensive chairs and I love the Karl Hansen C24 wishbone chairs. But to keep things a bit more playful (and more affordable) we may opt for a selection of different chairs or combine them with some flea market finds. I still love the colourful chairs we currently have but I can’t help feeling that the room needs something else.
We recently panelled our guest bedroom (you can see a preview of it here) and love the elegant and grand vibe it gives the room so have decided that we’d love to add panelling in here, too.
To keep things a bit more budget-friendly and practical, we’ll only be panelling up to dado rail height though.
I think that this will add more than enough character which won’t detract from the ornate plaster ceiling.
We loved the colours in our hallway in our Edwardian house so, as boring as it may seem, we’ve decided to go for the same colour combination here. Above the panelling we’ll be using Cornforth White and the bottom panelled half will be painted in Strong White (both by Farrow & Ball).
The colours have a classic yet warm feel to them and I think that Cornforth White has enough colour depth to cope with the light conditions of the extremely bright room.
The DIY ceiling pendant (which is a copy of the Vertigo Pendant) works so well with our super high ceiling, so that’s definitely staying. Overall we do need more light sources though.
I’ve seen a gorgeous vintage tripod that I think would look perfect in the corner next out our Eames rocking chair. Lighting can be really expensive so secondhand finds are a great way to stay on budget. Although I’m not sure that Jan would agree that the lamp I’ve found is!
As much as we want the room to feel more sophisticated, we’ll still be adding some splashes of colour through our colourful artwork. We’ve already hung two of my all-time favourite pieces of art (one is a batik that we purchased on holiday in Malaysia and the other is a fab print of Manchester by Meha Hindocha) in here but you can never have enough art, right?
We’re currently leaning towards a gallery wall on one of the walls with a selection of black and white images. I love colour but I am trying to be a bit more restraint in this room.
I don’t want the room to be completely free of soft furnishings I would like to add a rug under the table. Because of the vast ceiling height, it can sometimes be a bit echoey in here and a having a rug under the table would help reduce noise. It would also add a bit of a softer texture and some cosiness to the otherwise more minimal room. I love the Kelim rug in the mood board but actually finding a rug that’s large enough for our space (and is affordable) is going to be a challenge!
Other than a new dining table and chairs we won’t be making any changes to our furniture. We’re still really happy with our white sideboard (we’ll be sharing our rather geeky content secret soon!) and the large cupboard which is about the age of our apartment and has been in Jan’s family for over 100 years works well, too.
It’s easy to get carried away when planning a room makeover but there’s really no point in changing things just for the sake of it. (Although it admittedly makes for less exciting blog reveal posts!)
We already know that we won’t be able to furnish the room exactly as in the mood board but it is the look we’re aiming for and we’ll definitely be incorporating elements of it in our design.
And who knows, maybe we’ll win the lottery and I’ll be able to afford my dream dining table (although that means that we should probably start playing the lottery at some point!).
First up on our to-do list is adding the panelling and painting everything!
How do you plan your rooms? Do you make mood boards? Where do you get your inspiration? Do you also tend to like things that are out of your budget?