It’s hard to believe that it’s been two years since we started our home renovation. I’ve shared our new white kitchen and laundry room updates over the last few months, and today I’m going to share the progress we’ve made in our dining area and living room. They aren’t done yet, but I thought I would talk about my inspiration for these two rooms.
Here’s a flash back to what our living room looked like right before our renovation started. I was standing in the entryway looking into the living room. The stairs to the basement are on the right. It’s really hard to look at this picture. The room was so dark and dreary. Lot’s of orange wood – I don’t miss that at all!
Looking from the living room to the dining area before the renovation.
This picture was taken about a year ago from our kitchen looking into the dining area, you can see some of our progress in the living room beyond. So much brighter!
I drew a sketch of our floor plan, so you could see how these rooms open up to each other. We have a ranch style house with a basement.
You can see how the living room is open to the dining area, which is open to the kitchen. It’s not a completely open floor plan because of the laundry room which sits in the middle of the main living area.
Because the main rooms are somewhat open to each other, I wanted to use fabrics and paint colors to tie everything together.
About four years ago I found this fabric in a new fabric sample book that had just been delivered. It’s almost like Christmas morning when boxes of fabric sample books come, and I love taking a quick peek at all of the new fabrics!
Right away this fabric jumped out at me. I loved the bright blues and greens on the white background, and I knew the darker blue would help tie in our navy furniture that we were keeping. I ordered mine from Greenhouse fabrics, but I’ve seen it other places on-line. It’s a P Kaufmann fabric called Suzani and the color is Aquamarine.
So, the floral fabric was my jumping off point for the living room, and also the dining area and kitchen since they are somewhat open to each other. My first project using the floral fabric was a roman valance I made for over the kitchen sink.
These are the five fabrics that I’m using in the living room and dining area. There won’t be much of the stripe and the white fabric in the rooms – mainly on a pillow or two.
A few weeks ago I gave you a sneak peek at one of the pillows in the dining area in my turkish corners tutorial. You can see the drapes in the dining area are made out of the green solid fabric.
These are the paints that we used for all of these main living areas – the living room, dining area and kitchen.
The walls are all Benjamin Moore’s Ballet White. I love this color, it seems to go with everything. I wanted a neutral wall color that would be a nice backdrop for all of the bright colors in these rooms.
The green paint color is the same one that I used for our laundry room and pantry walls. (It looks a little too yellow green in this picture). It’s just an accent color on some of the furniture. You may remember it on our kitchen stools.
Benjamin Moore’s White is what I used to paint all of the trim in the house, the cabinets and some of the oak furniture ( you can see it on the dining room chair in the picture of the pillow). You can also see it in the background behind the stool above.
I’m hoping to share the final reveal of the living room and dining area soon. I just need to finish up the living room pillows, and a couple of DIY accessories I’m making.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this sneak peek at how I started designing our living room & dining area. How do you find inspiration for your home decor projects?
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