This Damn House

Either the wallpaper goes or I do.

And we end Dining Room Week as we began: with an elaborate chandelier that I like despite how often I’d have to dust it. I really enjoy how they painted all of the wood in other rooms, but kept the trim and beams very dark in the dining room. It creates an enclosed box without weighing the room down entirely (the giant wall of windows helps as well).

I love pale blue and red as a color combination (and in 2012, so does everyone else). However, this doesn’t quite work for me. I don’t know, I guess I just don’t want to fall asleep at the table because the room was too soothing.

I love pale blue and red as a color combination (and in 2012, so does everyone else). However, this doesn’t quite work for me. I don’t know, I guess I just don’t want to fall asleep at the table because the room was too soothing.

Like I wouldn’t manage to dig out a dining room in my favorite color? Come on, it’s like you don’t even know me.
(Also I really like how they created the visual equivalent of crown molding just by drawing a line high up on the wall and painting a paler color above it.)

Like I wouldn’t manage to dig out a dining room in my favorite color? Come on, it’s like you don’t even know me.

(Also I really like how they created the visual equivalent of crown molding just by drawing a line high up on the wall and painting a paler color above it.)

LOOK AT THIS. HOLY FUCK. LOOK AT IT.
Talk about knowing your fucking proportions. Who would ever have thought to put that monstrosity over a square table and some folding chairs?! (Not me. I would not have thought to do that.)
The very pale whites, creams, and pinks are managing to highlight all of the grey/white crystals on the chandelier, instead of the metal. That’s why it’s not eating the entire room.
The house we’re currently trying to buy has 7.5’ ceilings, and I haven’t really cared until now. Sniff, sniff, I will never be able to install a similar ridonk chandelier without risking concussion and death. [plays tiniest interior design violin in the world]

LOOK AT THIS. HOLY FUCK. LOOK AT IT.

  • Talk about knowing your fucking proportions. Who would ever have thought to put that monstrosity over a square table and some folding chairs?! (Not me. I would not have thought to do that.)
  • The very pale whites, creams, and pinks are managing to highlight all of the grey/white crystals on the chandelier, instead of the metal. That’s why it’s not eating the entire room.
  • The house we’re currently trying to buy has 7.5’ ceilings, and I haven’t really cared until now. Sniff, sniff, I will never be able to install a similar ridonk chandelier without risking concussion and death. [plays tiniest interior design violin in the world]

Equally occasionally, I will like a dining room that isn’t very pale or very dark. COLOR!!! Except that I generally feel like it clashes with the food? Although in reality, most of my entertaining and meals happen on the couch, so I’m clearly talking out my ass about living like a grownup.

Very, very occasionally, I like a dining room that doesn’t involve a big-ass pendant lamp hanging down from the ceiling. Possibly the exception that proves the rule?

A DARK DINING ROOM: GET INTO IT.

(also, how sick is that skull upholstery? so sick. must have.)

Never let it be said I wasn’t into chairs that are all the same color, as I clearly am. The first photo in particular appeals since they took a bunch of different styles of chair and made them all the same color, which kind of turns them into a set.

I think this is a nice way to get some striking effects with large light fixtures while still keeping an “eat-in kitchen nook” feeling with a small table and only 4 chairs.

I think this is a nice way to get some striking effects with large light fixtures while still keeping an “eat-in kitchen nook” feeling with a small table and only 4 chairs.

I love quite a bit about this room:
The balance of the original wood floors and the brassiness of the large globe pendant light. 
The mix of school room/industrial dining room chairs
The rectangular painting opposite the almost-complete circle of (if I recall correctly) souvenir pennies
The blanked out light explosion from the all-white windows with no window treatments

I love quite a bit about this room:

  • The balance of the original wood floors and the brassiness of the large globe pendant light.
  • The mix of school room/industrial dining room chairs
  • The rectangular painting opposite the almost-complete circle of (if I recall correctly) souvenir pennies
  • The blanked out light explosion from the all-white windows with no window treatments

Couple of different varieties of chandeliers + long work tables. I tend to go to extremes with dining rooms; I want them either very very light and spare or dark as all fuck. You’ll see.

While I understand that the light bulbs would be a pain in the ass to clean, I feel like it’d be worth it. This is as close to “steampunk” as I can get without vomiting everywhere, btw. Rivets and naked bulbs: cool. Cephalopods and brass everywhere for no reason: not cool.

While I understand that the light bulbs would be a pain in the ass to clean, I feel like it’d be worth it. This is as close to “steampunk” as I can get without vomiting everywhere, btw. Rivets and naked bulbs: cool. Cephalopods and brass everywhere for no reason: not cool.

The Colors: Dining Room

So the dining room doesn’t really function as a dining room…well, it does, but most of the time it’s The Companda’s office. And he has A Thing About Orange that I have never found it wise to fight. Meanwhile, I had a multi-year yen to paint a room Silver Fox, and so I figured a grey room with orange accent would work out (spoiler alert: it did).

The Walls: Silver Fox

The Built-in Hutch: Orange Parrot

Both colors by Benjamin Moore, both colors possibly screwed up on your monitor. :P