Some people believe you shouldn’t paint your dining room blue because it makes food less appetizing. No wonder blue dining rooms are the exception rather than the rule: Beiges, reds and whites are far more popular choices for our eating areas. But blue can be a gorgeous choice for the dining room. I say forget the color theories! And, anyway, with obesity rates like ours, maybe a little appetite suppression isn’t such a bad thing!FIRST ROW1.
Blue living room: Martha Stewart 'Grisaille' + painted antique secretary
Love the lovely monochrome love. In this New Orleans sitting room designed by Hal Williamson, walls are painted Grisaille by Martha Stewart (Sherwin Williams). The Lee Industries sofa is covered in a Kravet Couture velvet (11898) in mint green. The zebra rug is by Villa Veci and the secretary is from Petricia Thompson Antiques. Photo by John Kernick, House Beautiful, October 2008.
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Trend Spotting: Wall-Mounted Lamps in Place of Chandeliers in the Dining Room
Here’s a new and intriguing design idea — a wall-mounted swing-arm lamp in place of a chandelier in the dining room. It’s different, dramatic, and unmistakably modern. I think this is especially nice in a very traditional interior (as in the first photo), as a counterpoint to the architecture of the space.
Dutch Boy Paint: Lake Champlain To me, turquoise is such a friendly color because it gets along so well with others. It’s so feisty when paired with coral or orange, like a fiesta with reds, like sea glass with greens, a stunning focal point with white, and a cool compliment to warm browns. I'm SOLD!