Character can be hard to come by when you’re shopping for a home—especially if you don’t want to pay for a turnkey property. But don’t get discouraged, Fariha of Pennies for a Fortune proves that it’s easier and more affordable than you think to turn a bare, blank slate room into a space with dimension and texture. Fariha added a board and batten accent wall and then painted it with Motor City. This sophisticated, cool-toned gray paint added some edge to her more rustic looking dining table and chairs and provided just the right amount of contrast to the space. On an adjacent wall she added the perfect dining room wallpaper in a classic marquee geometric pattern to complement the paint color. Smart decor swaps like hanging natural window shades, adding vintage art and a mirror to the wall, and incorporating additional lighting with a table lamp and sconces are all easy ways to add more depth and character to a dining space.
“We bought our home and there wasn’t much personality, it was builder grade and lacked unique details. I ended up choosing a black and white pattern, it’s not super geometric, but it still has movement and it complements the board and batten design. I knew I wanted a neutral gray and it really helped me narrow down the color, it was between this and Headspace.
“There’s a little more cutting in compared to a normal wall, but I loved the Clare formula because it goes on so well and leaves a brush-free finish.
I was using a two inch angled brush to cut in and then used a small roller because it offered more control.