A Dramatic Dining Room




This couple wanted a lighter, brighter, more modern feel to their dining room. They wanted to keep the wallpaper, white wood wainscotting and floor colour the same. The rest was up to the designer. They knew they wanted something dramatic but weren’t sure how to get there. These clients were looking for the room to flow with the adjacent rooms in the home and have a cohesive design. The couple also wanted a mix of materials and colours. But, they didn’t want the design to be read as juvenile or unsophisticated. Dining chairs had to be comfortable and have enough seating for eight guests. In keeping with the lighter, brighter feel, the pair liked the idea of window treatments that would still let in enough sunlight.  Lastly, a major piece for them would be something to accommodate their growing wine collection. Could a bar be added in also? The couple hoped that all of these pieces would fit in and would go well together to equal an amazing design that they would love for years to come.


The designer started with the rug as the foundation for the room and the design. She brought in bright sophisticated colours that tied in with the white of the room and natural grasscloth walls. These colours then became a springboard for the entire dining room’s design. Whites were infused into the space with the addition of a large marble table and white dining chair seats. The upholstered seats were chosen for comfort and to encourage lingering even after the meal is done. These tied in beautifully with the wainscotting and white in the rug. It also provided them with the amount of seating that they preferred. Neutral pieces were added for storage of wine and bar items, thus not detracting from the rugs show-stopping design. These neutral pieces also flow nicely with the warm woods in the other rooms. To punch up the colour, blue decorative vases ad a pop of colour. Artwork and colourful plates tie the colour scheme together. The window treatments bring in pattern, tie nicely with the wallpaper and incorporate softness without affecting the natural light. The mix of stone, coloured glass and warm wood tones add texture and variety. All in all, the end design is clean, modern, dramatic and functional.