There’s a double edge to the reasons behind me writing this post, I needed a brain dump to defrag all the home decor trends ideas I’ve got floating round in my head, and I’m looking for your advice on what to do with my dining room. It’s all stemmed out of getting bored with looking at the same feature wall which has faithfully welcomed me into my home for the last 3 years. Yet with limited decorating time available, I’m pretty much limited to only changing the bare minimum, so the neutral grey decor which runs throughout the whole of my open plan living space will be staying & I’m just changing that one, wow look at me, wall.
But oh, what to do? I’ve spent way too many hours perusing Pinterest and Googling “please help me decide on a colour scheme which will do my Instagram account proud” and this is what I’ve come up with so far….
Moody is the new grey
Think muted navy, emerald and violet. This would go perfectly with my grey walls, warming up the very bland feel to my house and who doesn’t love a bit of cosy? My only concern is that my dining room sits in the middle of my house, and even with a big bay window at the front and bright kitchen at the back, it’s always dark. I’m worried those moody navy, emeralds and violets will zap even more light creating a cave effect lulling me into a permanent hibernation. But…….with violet being announced the Pantone colour of the year, I’d be bang on trend! So that could be a swaying factor.
Embrace The Tropical
I’m guessing this trend is a follow on from last years Greenery Pantone colour of the year. There’s no denying that bold, leafy prints are everywhere and should I choose to go bold and dark, the contrasting tropical oranges and greens against a navy backdrop will have the wow factor. After last year’s summer breaks to Florida and Sardinia, I’m pretty settled on the idea of a UK staycation (don’t hold me to that, I’m pretty indecisive on matters of the holiday type) so introducing a tropical theme could be just the tonic, on the other hand it could remind me of what I’d be missing out on and get my on that plane pronto!)
I’ve found a great collection of tropical accessories at Sainsurys Online
Getting the lighting right….
So let’s say, for argument’s sake, that I decide on a moody navy or violet feature wall, add accessories in a bold tropical print, then this would allow me to bring in some of the lush copper which I’ve been hankering after. I feared it would look too out of place in my greys and whites, but now I’ve built up a little more of a vision of how my dining room could look, there is definitely a place for some copper pendant lights to hang over my dining table, this would really help to create the cosy feel of the room. I think that’s settled my internal argument on what to do.
All that’s needed now is a big dose of home decorating bravery and I’ll get that paint brush out.
Wish me luck!