Dining On The Blues

from Paint Décor
See how a dining room can achieve brilliant style and remain comfortable with bold color and stripes.

Deep blues are the colors of oceans and starlit night skies elegant and soothing. They're also the magical colors Kramer and Peggy chose for the dining room. In a point-counterpoint play, stripes above the chair rail are energizing and somewhat formal, but their effect is softened by a loose freehand application and by the textural sponging treatment on the wall's lower portion.

"Crisp-edged stripes would be nearly impossible to achieve on the wall's orange-peel texture," Kramer explains. "Plus, the freehand look is more in keeping with the aged Mediterranean feel that we were after." The dining room is visible from the terra-cottawashed kitchen, and Peggy adores the visual vibrancy of seeing one color-complementary space from the other.

Its tempting to stripe walls with contrasting colors, but Kramer and Peggy resisted. The monochromatic shades-of-blue stripes are more flexible from a decorating perspective, Kramer says. The deep reds in the chair upholstery and a rug that Peggy loves look terrific here and add contrast, but she could change the look on a whim just by swapping her accessories and tossing slipcovers on the chairs. Yellow, white, terra-cotta, silver against the blues, just about any hue would pop.

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