dining room is currently an eyesore, if anything it looks worse than it did
when we first moved in back in June 2014. We ripped out the old brick
surround, took away the suspended ceiling and made a start stripping the
prehistoric wallpaper, then lost our motivation to continue… (And our
bank balance had unfortunately dwindled on other renovation projects – having
33 new windows fitted is quite a sting to finances!).
The problem with renovation if you do not crack on
quickly enough you lose momentum and start getting used to living in a room
that looks like that! It’s only when we have visitors in the shape of
brutally honest children that we realise just quite how bad it is!!! They
speak their mind and have told us in no uncertain terms just how dreadful the
With more social gatherings planned over the next few
months I want the house looking more presentable. Even though the main
expense for the room is a log burner there are still bits we could improve
until then, probably boxing in the space we had ripped out and also just giving
the room a lick of paint would instantly refresh it! Some of the walls
are currently blood red in parts because of the old paint that had been used
many years ago…
It’s a very dark room,
probably the darkest in the house, it would benefit from additional lighting,
and we could try and incorporate more natural light using light tubes as we
have two convenient holes that could be used for this purpose.
I love looking at ideabook
websites for inspiration; they have lots of photographs that can help you with
your creative vision. I prefer the very white rooms as they help brighten
up the space. I want quite simple furnishings and décor. Sites like
these are useful if you are unsure how to develop the theme you want, having
pictures to give you ideas makes the design process that much simpler.
These diningroom ideas have certainly given me guidance about the best
colours to use and how to achieve a modern dining room without it being
industrial (I find that too cold!).