There are two rooms in this house that I’ve set my sites on and one of them is our dining room. Spoiler alert: this before picture is like a dining room with a sad little rain cloud hovering over it compared to what’s there right now. Paint has magic voodoo qualities, folks.
I know that lots of people don’t even bother with a formal dining room these days and I totally get that. We rarely (if ever) use this space for entertaining… in fact, when we do entertain, we usually have more than 6 people so end up sitting around our giant family room table anyways.
But… I’m a purest, and I like having the OPTION of a more formal/ separate dining space. We already have a formal living room, and have plans to create a home office… I suppose in an alternate universe, I could make this into a craft room… but for now, we’re sticking with the dining room theme. A while back, I shared this design board with you:
I’m not ready for a full reveal, but have been exploring the complexities of lavender/ pale purple wall color! Lavender and gray are tricky colors to me… one can read beige while the other reads blue… one looks like an easter egg, the other looks like off white. I’m not a paint expert and admit to being impatient, but these are some of the steps I’ve taken to figure out my purples in this room.
1st step: Inspiration.
I gathered a ton of images from Houzz, Pinterest, Google… and then I found out what color lavender THEY were using. Obviously this is a flawed system because of lighting and photography and editing, but it seemed to give me a springboard at least.
2nd step: Samples.
This is not necessarily the best order to pick a color, but lavender is such a tricky color that I wanted to kind of figure out which part of my fan deck I was interested in…get to know my lavender if you will. Obviously I could have waited for the fabric to arrive, but having a few paint samples up on the wall for a week was actually a nice way of seeing how the various tones and shades read and felt throughout the day.
I grabbed samples based on the images above and colors in my fan deck that I liked. I painted some of these onto a few walls in our dining room. This room gets a TON of light so during the day, these purples read wildly different than at night with the soft light from the chandelier. Likewise, they look very different up against the Spanish White trim vs. the currently dark walls.
3rd step: Compare.
I selected a fabric from the amazing Online Fabric Store (disclosure: they gave me a gift certificate to help cover some of the yardage), so once it arrived, I compared this to some of the purples I’d sampled… It was clear when the fabric arrived, which color I was most excited about.
If you saw our house tour, then you noticed the floor plan of our 1st floor… the rooms are somewhat separate, but not by much. I don’t care to have every room match the one adjacent to it, but… I do want them to go together. Does that make sense? Because of where this lavender color will stretch, I was cautious not to have it be too jarring given its proximity to the green in the living room and the darker neutrals I have planned for the den/ home office. Sneak peak from my instagram feed! (I know, you’re thinking: Um, Charlotte.. that’s pretty freakin’ purple. Well bare with me… I think it looks killer as I’ve been filling in the room.)
Stay tuned to see how the color actually looks on the walls and with the new decor! (You also got a sneak peak of my AMAZING new Mohawk Rug… be ready for a rugalicious giveaway coming soon! #ilovemymohawkrug) No telling whether I made the right choice… how do you pick colors? Any tricks?
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