When we bought our home, we knew that we wanted to carve out a space that could serve as a dining room and allow us to spend time gathering with friends and family. Though the room off of the kitchen previously served as a bonus room, it was the only room that really made sense to use for the dining space we envisioned. However, it was far from what we pictured as the ideal space to host friends and family. While the amount of square-footage was definitely a step up from our studio apartment, it needed some TLC to feel like an inviting space. You can see from this rough sketch that we had a pretty good idea of the major changes we wanted to make: drywall over the 70s paneling, paint between the beams to make them pop, add lighting and window treatments, bring in our piano and storage, carry the hardwood from the rest of the house, and make the dining table the focal point. While many of these changes seemed obvious, we also found some inspiration online and wanted to share a few of the spaces we found inspirational.
Because we were essentially starting with a blank slate and didn’t have to consider many original design features, it was one of the first rooms for which we began pulling together inspiration pictures (before we even made it back to our apartment from the first showing). Since the space was decently large, we were drawn to spaces that had less traditional layouts and brought in elements like a piano, seating etc. We love how casual and minimal these spaces feel, while bringing in warmth with plants and color. The photo on the right had a big influence on our piano placement since we had a window at a similar height. Music is a big part of Adam’s life as a band director, and we loved the idea of adding the piano to the dining room so that it could be used for gatherings.
We were inspired by images that brought in organic textures and tones through ceramics, aged woods, rattan, etc. As we already mentioned, the room previously served as a garage and was converted to a bonus room by a previous owner. Since there were few original elements to this room, we felt like this was a space where we could explore other styles. Bringing in a few Bohemian elements and textures had the potential to warm up the space and create an inviting vibe and was something that felt like less of a fit for the other rooms in our house.
Since this room felt so drab and dark, we also wanted to play with a bit of boldness and pattern that could make it pop. These images have more of a mid-century vibe, but they are such great examples of how a few elements of pattern and color with simple bones make a big statement. Even though they have a good bit of pattern, they also still feel light and bright, which was a major priority for our space. Below are a few more images we found inspirational.
Stay tuned to see the renovation process and how we drew from this inspiration to pull the final space together!