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A Formal Dining Room That's Not Fussy

April 16, 2015
Deep hues, carefully selected decor and cozy seating turn a formal dining room into a rich yet relaxed place to entertain.
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Dining Room Makeover: After

On a modest budget and a timeline of three days, this formal dining room was updated to highlight its existing architectural features and to offer a cozy place for hosting year-round dinner parties.

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Dining Room Makeover: Before

In its original state, the dining room was bland and in need of a bold splash of color. Using the existing area rug as inspiration, the room was updated with navy blue on the walls, ceiling and along the back panels of the built-ins. New fixtures and fresh upholstery dress up the space.

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Fresh Paint

A shade of navy blue 60 percent lighter than the wall color was used on the ceiling, which covers the room in color without drastically darkening it.

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Bold Light Fixture

Prior to its redesign, the formal dining room was lacking an overhead light fixture. This new satin brass chandelier adds just the right sculptural touch. Globe bulbs, instead of traditional candelabra bulbs, lend a more modern look.

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