Today I’m sharing some new dining room photos with you because I updated that gallery wall. The pictures in it were pretty outdated. Plus I had been wanting to change it for a while, the style of it just wasn’t me- I hung those items when we first moved in, just to kind of get something on the wall, using what we had from our last house. Over time though, with learning my style a little more and experimenting and hearing this house “speak” to me I wanted a little more of a modern feeling in that room. You can see what it looked like before here.
So its a little more colorful now, with more clean and straight lines, and anchored by that large piece that says “Life is Beautiful.”
We have what I feel like is a basic suburban 90s floor plan. The entry way opens to a formal dining room and then leads into an open kitchen and living room. There’s nothing really custom or unique about it. When we had the floors put in we had the baseboards replaced with taller and more simple ones and I love the slightly custom feeling that gives the house. The chair rail was already there though and had been originally painted a bright glossy white while the rest of the dining room was painted a different color.
Honestly though, I didn’t love that chair rail. I love woodwork and craftsman detailing, but this chair rail feels wimpy to me and like it didn’t really deserve to stand out on its own. Sorry ’bout ya chair rail, but I’m just speaking the truth. Painting it white would have drawn attention to the fact that it was really just a builder grade wannabe trying to be custom. Ouch, am I being harsh? Its okay, chair rails don’t have feelings, I promise. So we just decided to paint it all the same color as the wall. Paul thought I was a little crazy at first when I suggested it but I found some inspiration pictures with similar looks and he went for it. I love the effect it created. We still get to see the architectural detailing, but its not this wimpy white line across the room.
Are you thinking of doing something a little “out there” in your house but afraid of how it might turn out or how its a little different from the norm? Just remember- chair rails don’t have feelings! Neither do walls or windows or tables (even antique ones) or couches or photographs or books or pillows. We are the ones with the feelings and we get to decide what happens in our homes. Go forth, be brave, and offend all those inanimate objects. Maybe its time to say goodbye to some of them or recover them or repaint them. They truly won’t care, I promise, and it just might be worth the risk!!