Quite possibly the greatest design risk I took in our new home was to be brave enough to go all out BOLD and DRAMATIC and paint our dining room black. If you’ve been following along through our building process, you may recall this post where I debated over paint colors for this room.
Black can actually be a really tricky color to work with, especially if you are trying to avoid undertones of unwanted shades. Our wall color is Tricorn Black by Sherwin Williams and we used a satin sheen. We have 12 ft ceilings in this room and large windows that are south facing. The sun pours in here daily and casts the most beautiful haze against the black walls.
Our trim carpenter did such an amazing job creating the millwork design I sketched out for him. The modern style of moulding details give a beautiful dimension to the black paint. I’m simply obsessed with this space and love all the drama it brings to our home.
As much as I wanted to show this room off, I’ve been very patient in getting a feel for how the remainder of the design should be with this much dramatic appeal.
Over the past few months, I’ve thoughtfully made decisions on furniture that felt timeless, sophisticated, refined and inviting. I probably spent 30+ hours researching dining tables and I just kept going back to his one from RH.
The reclaimed french oak planks resting on concrete slabs felt so right for the style of our home. I had one of those enlightening “oops!” moments when the table was delivered and I realized how heavy it was. Each concrete base is around 400 lbs and the wood top is extremely heavy. They disassembled the table and wheeled it off into pieces in the next room so that the rug could be placed.
Our dining chairs arrived last week and we will be having our very first family meal in here on Christmas day. Garland that looks real with velvet emerald green ornament balls are enough to sense the Christmas spirit.
I simply tucked some frosted branches I’ve had for years into the oversized concrete bowl for a statement centerpiece. The color tones are dark charcoal and steel grey with almost a hint of blue undertone depending on the lighting and time of day. I may have taken almost 5 months to realize what I wanted in here, but that just shows that patience is key to good design.