Decorating a dining room in grey and yellow

Decorating a dining room in grey and yellow

It’s national wallpaper week and to celebrate all that is fabulous in the world of papery wall coverings, we’ve given our dining room a makeover. I’ve mulled over the idea of a feature wall for sometime and finally found the perfect design which would compliment our subtle grey and white colour scheme which runs throughout the whole of our downstairs living space.

Being a middle room, I was nervous about a bold pattern swallowing up any available light so really we needed something with a slight shimmer to reflect the light in without looking too ‘bedroom glitzy’. Next on our list of requirements was something which would bring the outside in and not date too quick. As much as I love the modern geometric patterns, I didn’t want to be redecorating again too soon.

We’d lived with plain walls for 2 years, using a wall sticker as the features along with our multipurpose and utterly family friendly slate top table and an up cycled Welsh dresser. It was time however to have a jiggle around and introduce something new into the mix.

A slate top table is the perfect addition to any family, its hard wearing and multitasking and heres how it functions into our little home

Creating a calm dining room with a light and airy tree themed wall paper as a feature wall


After what seemed like weeks trawling through wallpapers and lots umming and arhhing Daz had the final say when he spotted this beautiful forest print called Mirage by Graham and Brown. It pulled together all the neutral tones in the rooms and gave a really fresh modern slant to our traditional decor. We’ve long been admiring the forest print feature walls in Centre Parcs and would love to be that brave but it was much too dark, this however was just perfect.

grey and yellow dining room

It took all of 4 hours to go from dull to amazing and while Daz put his diy skills to the test on a sunny Sunday morning, I did what I do best and hit the (virtual) shops. I swapped the brown shade on the floor lamp for a funky yellow and white one from John Lewis which brought in an accent colour which was also on the dining room chairs and replaced the bright bunting (sorry mum, your handiwork didn’t stand up to the grabby hands of the Toddler!) with a one made up of greys, muted blues and white. Sticking to the three colour rule of grey and yellow with accents of green, I argued that the muted blues were a subtle off shot of greys. Beside rules are meant to be broken, right?

Grey and cream dining room makeover with touches of yellow to create a calm dinng space

I’ve kept the wall sticker and I still love the words and it’s a good reminder to the boys on some important values in life. I’m sure they could chant it by now but I’m a firm believer in the power of suggestion and so it’s staying for the forseeable future.

Using wall paper as feature wall in a grey and yellow dining room makeover

Moving the table and dresser around has also given us a huge amount of space which frees up lots of room for skateboarding practice, Apparently.



We were challenged to create a feature wall as part of National Wall Paper Week, all words and images are my own. 





  1. 6th October 2015 / 8:26 am

    Love this design, the wallpaper is gorgeous. Our dining room is black, white and grey, well atleast it will be when it is finished 😉 #twinklytuesday

    • 6th October 2015 / 11:28 am

      Thanks Chantelle, I think I might go for grey, black and white for my bedroom. I fancy hotel room chic.

  2. 6th October 2015 / 9:32 am

    That looks absolutely wonderful! And yes, rules are made to be broken 🙂 Love the combination of colours x

    • 6th October 2015 / 11:27 am

      Thanks Molly, I’m totally in love with my new look, I can’t stop staring at it.

  3. Sue @ Home Heart Harmony
    6th October 2015 / 12:01 pm

    I LOVE grey and yellow. One of my favourite combinations. And that wallpaper is amazing. I always shy away from bold colours and patterns on a wallpaper, preferring something softer and less likely to date. This one is perfect. Your furniture looks fab in the space too and of course, creating space for skateboarding practise is always a bonus!! #TwinklyTuesday

    • 13th October 2015 / 9:58 pm

      thank you, it did take a leap of faith to go for it but I’m so pleased i did as i love it.

  4. 6th October 2015 / 5:04 pm

    Oh wow that looks amazing. I am really loving the yellow and grey recently aswell as the black and white! xxx

    • 6th October 2015 / 9:16 pm

      I’m not so keen on the black and white at the moment but thats not to say I won’t be!

  5. Gemma @ Two Little Misters
    6th October 2015 / 8:31 pm

    Wow, what a stunning space! I love your choice of wallpaper, it’s beautiful and works so well with your colour scheme. I’m guilty of feature walls in all my rooms I think! They all felt too plain just painted. Now I’ve seen yours I’m itching for a new project…! #TwinklyTuesday

    • 9th October 2015 / 8:54 pm

      We gave up on feature walls for a while but this wall paper has given me a new found love going on!

  6. 6th October 2015 / 9:05 pm

    Oh wow that looks fantastic. Gorgeous design and such a lovely space to sit (and skateboard!!) #twinklytuesday

    • 6th October 2015 / 9:13 pm

      Thank you, I feel like I’m in someone else’s house, still not use to it!

  7. kerry
    6th October 2015 / 9:39 pm

    I love yellow and grey together. I have a soft spot for mustard shades, in the house and in jumpers! I’d love a Welsh dresser in our kitchen. If we ever get round to getting a new one, that is! #TwinklyTuesday

  8. 12th October 2015 / 3:34 am

    How lovely! It’s been interesting to see wallpaper make a comeback. Thanks for linking with #TwinklyTuesday.

    • 12th October 2015 / 2:14 pm

      Thanks Sadia. I haven’t wall papered in years and I forgot how quickly you can transform a room.I’ve got the bug now though.

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