Hey, hey, hey! I’m glad you came to hang out with me for my spring dining room tour! Spring has for sure sprung in our parts you guys! The weather is so nice! Although, I’m not sure that winter ever fully arrived! We had such a mild winter with many spring like days in February! But let me tell you, the mild winter did not help one bit with the itch that I normally have in the spring to de-clutter! I have adored our dining room the way I’ve had it the last year but it was time for change! In fact, the change was long overdue and I’ll tell you why in a bit.
If you remember, I’ve had these blue curtains in my dining room for about a year. For those of you who don’t remember, this is what the room looked like with most of the same decor except for the curtains! These curtains made the room feel very elegant and I never complain about elegance in the right space. In this space, after a while, because of there isn’t more than one window, It started to feel too dark.
But here it is with the changes! I am loving how bright this space feels now!
Of course, to brighten the room, the very first thing to go was the curtains! The moment I took them down, the room instantly became brighter! I mean how could it not? In a room with one window, the worse thing to do is to add dark blue curtains if you are going for a light and airy look!
For months, MONTHS, I’ve had this itch to repaint my walls! A huge part of that is because I just could not handle how dark the dining room was! As soon as the blue curtains came down, my urge to repaint almost vanished! Haha! Oh silly me! Such an easy fix!
I still want to paint but it’s because I want to make the paint colors in the house more cohesive, not because I feel like the paint color is too dark! So, the massive entire house paint project, can wait a little bit and Mr. Matthew can breathe a little easier! He is throwing a “do not have to paint (yet)” party! Phew!
And so here’s my tip, you guys: If you get the itch to change your house’s paint color because it’s too dark, but you love the color, start first by changing some of the medium sized items like curtains or the color of your table! You can even make a slip cover for your couch and see if that helps!
If your walls truly are dark, they may need to be changed depending on the size of your space but start with the medium size things to see if that helps! I always find that it does!
In fact, next week, I’ll do a tutorial on how I made my couch’s slip cover and show you how that same principle applied in the living room! You’d think I’d learn by now, right!?!?
The curtains in the dining room now are some old semi-sheer curtains that I had in storage! I love them because they add the elegance that I like without blocking any of the light!
We also moved the sheet music that was in here to another part of the house and replaced it with this old window that I turned into a mirror! The mirror also helps to brighten this space!
And finally, I got rid of the globes around the chandelier, added some flowers here and there in honor of Spring and called it Springy! I especially love the blue glass centerpiece with these lovely peonies that we have on the table right now. By the way, if you’re into peonies as much as I am, preserve them to make them last longer.
If there is one thing this project has taught me, it’s that dark items in small spaces can make the space feel small! That was fine when I wanted an extra cozy feel but now I wanted light and airy as welll as cozy! Mission accomplished! Because of the small size of the room, it’s always going to be cozy.
What do you think of the change? I love the light and airy feel!
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