Hello again! It’s Jillian, and I have another home change to share with you today. This time we are talking dining room paint colors and choosing a sideboard or buffet. I have had my dining room painted red for the six years we have lived here, and I was ready for a change. I love color and don’t necessarily want my house to become all gray, but I was looking to tone down the color. The dining room is open to the kitchen through two entryways, and while I loved the red, I wanted a more cohesive color flow between rooms. I also have been on the prowl for a new buffet for this room, so I will share with you some of my top choices for that search as well. Here is a look at the red dining room before.
Okay, so I guess future Valentine’s day photos will need a new location with a red background #bloggerproblems!
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I was looking to paint this room a gray with more depth and some interesting undertones. I sampled Benjamin Moore’s Stonington Gray (which I love, but have yet to use in my home), Boothbay Gray and Brewster Gray before I ultimately settled on Steely Gray by Sherwin Williams. It is more blue-gray than I was originally going for, but I really like it in this room. The floor pattern is painted with Narragansett Green (see this post for more on the floor), and the blue-gray walls bring out the green in the floor. I also like that this color looks different in different lighting and has some interesting depth and enough drama for this formal space. So without further chitchat, here is a look at the dining room now.
Now let’s chat about buffets or sideboards or whatever you want to call them. I have tried out a few different furniture pieces in this room, but nothing quite fit the bill. I was looking for a dedicated buffet that also had some storage, with clean, modern lines that wouldn’t interfere with the floor pattern. I will eventually replace the dining room table and chairs too, so I wanted a buffet that would go with the current dining set, as well as with a more contemporary future set.
Here are a few of my favorites I came across during my search. I decided against Option 1, as I envisioned it constantly covered to with fingerprints like my glass doors are. I think the reflective quality would have been pretty, but ultimately thought it was a little too fussy for the space. Option 2 was a little closer to what I wanted–gray and simple with some texture–but the chevron pattern wasn’t quite right for this room. This sideboard below is what I ended up choosing for the simple shape and the color, with an embossed leather shagreen texture. I’m so happy with how it looks in the space!
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