I've been a color-aholic all my life. I have to admit that looking at tons of crisp white or dark, moody rooms constantly are somewhat intriguing and they photograph so beautifully.
In looking at my dining room, I was never really happy over the last 5 years with the turquoise paint below the chair rail. I tried new stuff on the walls, a recent new rug, a new light, but it wasn't doing anything for me. I love what Emily Henderson said about sticking with a room when it's time to move on:
"Like a mediocre relationship, you can only stay in denial that it’s not really working for so long. You pretend you don’t need to move on, that you can make it work, that everyone is happyenough. But, all the signs point to ‘GET OUT AND TRY TO BE HAPPIER’. It’s just hard because its such a risk. You keep telling yourself, ‘It’s not frustrating enough, it’s not terrible enough,’ to make you jump out … but now and again you start looking. Your eye wanders. Your thoughts drift …"
My husband said our dining room was his favorite room in the house because it was finished and it all matched. That about sealed the deal for me knowing how 'opposite' we are- time to change! I don't like matchy-matchy. Love you honey, but I know you don't read our blog anyway!
I went for a fresh, clean, organic and neutral vibe knowing that I can always load it with color as my whim occurs, which is a given!
I used Benjamin Moore Dove Wing and BM Ancient Ivory for the trim.
Nothing like a fresh coat of paint!