Sometimes living in black and white isn’t so boring and this black and white dining room proves it! You just need a few shots of color to add into the mix! Don’t miss the decorating ideas in this glam dining room!
When I showed you the new room dividers between my dining and living room, you may have noticed that the whole room got a bit of an update.
The dividers led to some reshuffling of furniture, which led to adding a few things in, taking a few things out and in the end, me being much more pleased with how our dining room looks.
Remember last week when I shared the plan for the Circus’ bathroom makeover and how I told you that I felt like we just got rooms finished ok enough when we remodeled? Well, the dining room was one of those spaces.
I basically threw paint on the walls, my stuff in there and called it a day.
Let’s all be honest – it was lacking.
I did love the bones and some of the larger things though like the black paint, the oversized art, my chandelier, curtains, rug. Those things. But there wasn’t much else in ways of personality in here.
It’s better now though.
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Glam Dining Room
Red Drapes / Rug / Art Piece / Dining Chairs (similar) / Wall Color
The dining area is still primarily black and white, but filled with pops of color and wonderful textures and character. Obviously, a big part of that is owed to the room dividers.
The really great thing about this little mini-makeover/falling in love with my dining room thing though is that, with the exception of the room dividers and the plants, I hardly spent any money on this space. I shopped my house and closets for most of the “new” things and then landed a couple great secondhand finds.
Red Drapes / Rug / Dining Chairs (similar)
If you haven’t seen how I did those yet, don’t miss it – DIY Room Dividers here!
I had actually switched out both my dining room table and chairs a while back. I really loved my glass dining room table, but it started to freak me out a little. The Circus has obviously grown since we first got the table and as she bounced and moved around more while eating, if she pushed against it, the glass top would slide some. Going from zero to 100 as I always do, I could just see the top sliding off and hurting someone. So when the bestie was selling a wood dining room table at our last yard sale for $25, I grabbed it.
I also didn’t dislike my old dining room chairs. But they were low and I felt like I wanted chairs with more of a presence in the room. My friend Carol didn’t want these anymore, so I happily took them off her hands. I may recover them at some point, but I’m good with the off white they are right now.
Palm / Art Print / Acrylic Floor Lamp (similar)
When I hung the divider on the left side of the dining room, it made the bar cart that was here feel way too squished in. Thus prompting a small furniture shuffle. I moved the lamp that had been in the corner over here and switched out the lampshade. Funny enough, I was thisclose to ditching this lamp altogether because I just never felt like it looked “right.” Well, after shopping my own house and giving that lamp shade a whirl, I fell in love with that lamp.
The leopard was my first world’s longest yard sale purchase this year. After seeing him from the car, I made a quick turnaround and practically ran down the street to get to him. He was only $10!
Palm / Art Print / Acrylic Floor Lamp (similar)
I left the small art piece I already had in the space right where it was. I’ve always loved this piece and I think it works well here. A palm plant added the perfect touch of color and texture to this little area too.
The bar cart moved to one of the back corners of the dining room.
Yellow Lamp (similar) / Bar Cart / DIY Lamp Tassels / Red Flatware Chest Details
I don’t know that it had really been living up to its potential in its old home either. I rearranged, edited, and added some things to the cart.
Yellow Lamp (similar) / DIY Lamp Tassels
I wanted to work some more color into the space beside just the reds in the curtains and rug and this lamp did the job beautifully. I had bought it as part of a set at a rummage sale last spring. I think I paid $5 for the set, maybe? I just know it was a hell of a deal, because I practically bounced away from that sale. The other one is in my office. I also crowned this beauty with one of my lamps tassels for an extra touch of color and fun.
My recently remade silverware chest finally found it’s home on the bottom of the bar cart. After its makeover, the chest still didn’t have a home and I hated it because I loved it so much. Even Grunt felt bad for it having come such a long way and no place to rest. haha. It’s happy now though.
Moving to the other side of the room, I kept my oversized artwork on the wall. I still love this print as much as when I first got it and it does a great job of covering lots of wall space and adding more interest to the dining space.
I moved the high marble top table over to this corner. I’ve always loved this table – it’s a family hand me down – but it always looked lonely by itself before or overpowered whatever I put on it. I decided to try out one of my larger busts on it and that worked out perfectly. Then, I just layered in another palm for more color and texture and finally my little elephant table that needed a new home since it had to leave my office to make space for my Roomba.
What do you think of the dining room’s new look?
I’ll leave you with this shot of flowers from my cut flower garden. This is probably the last good bunch to come from it this year. We’ve been through a heat wave here and have had very little rain on top of that – needless to say, the garden isn’t doing so good right now.
Want more easy decorating ideas that don’t break the bank?
5 Ways to Decorate Your Home on a Tiny Budget – I’m a firm believer in the power of thrift store decor. 🙂
How to Decorate with Black Walls – ready to paint the walls black, but not sure where to go after that? Don’t miss this post then!
6 Decorating Ideas to Distract from Popcorn Ceilings – got popcorn ceilings? Before you go to all the trouble of scraping them off, try a few of these ideas first!
Knotty Pine Walls Decorating Ideas – before you reach for that paintbrush to paint over it, look at these ideas for decorating with your knotty pine! You might just fall in love with it!
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I absolutely love it. How fun. The new table and chairs add tons of character to the room too and those room dividers are amazing. Great job with all the accessories too.
My goodness! This room now looks like one of the very top designers did it. I absolutely adore how you add pops of color like the scarf and lamp tassels. Absolute perfection! I want to come for dinner!
Susan the Farm Quilter says
Your dining room looks fabulous now!! I always kinda worried about that glass table top as well. The wood table and substantial chairs give the room presence…quite grand but welcoming at the same time!! Like you know you are in for a marvelous dinner when you sit there, but you’ll want to hang out over drinks when all the food has been cleared.
I love the makeover, amazing how different it looks with just moving things around. I love the table and chairs too!
Sharon H says
Well for an old country girl, I like it! I am going to reserve a definite thumbs up on the room dividers though,because they take me back to an era I don’t particularly like. LOL can you live with that, Jenna? 😆
K. Rupp says
Hi Jenna, I love what you did in your dining room! I love how bold you are with your decorating. It’s easy to shy away and get into the neutral pallet of safe colors.. But the one thing I absolutely love about it is that it isn’t gray and white! Gosh I think I am burned out on it! Hasn’t it been 10 years already? LOVE the red curtains and rug and those beautiful dividers. WOW! saw your post at the Over the moon party. Pinning to my decorating boards:)