“If you are drawn to certain colors and objects, chances are
that a compatibility of spirit will bind them together.”
~ Alexandra Stoddard
All the senses are involved in eating. How a room looks has the power to enhance or detract from the great binder of the family home sacrament- the formal dinner. Helping my mother-in-law update her formal dining room required capturing both her grandmotherly warmth and Christian dignity.
My mother-in-law wanted drama dropped into her home's interior. Previously, she had light floors, white walls and white ceilings. Conservative and traditional, she was afraid of stepping out with a bolder color scheme.
The room we chose to start with was her dining room. We found inspiration for change in the colorway of her beloved Franciscan Desert Rose pottery.
Voila! Benjamin Moore's Aura paint in Norwich Brown matched the color in the pottery trim. Holding the paint chip against the oil portrait revealed the moss-tinted brown also resides in the background of the oil portrait. The depth of color enhances the richness of the cherry wood dining set and old gold "pops" against the foresty backdrop.
In decorating, forget the label. The table runner tag suggested the printed fabric is a shawl. A Christmas gift from grandchild Kenny and his bride, Shannon, it is a fabulous table runner.
Rooms should be dressed like the people, reflective of personality.
Light and color uplift the room's personality through the mirrored china cabinet backdrop, crystal candlesticks and frosted lemons.
Closer to the holidays, bright brass accessories will be moved front and center. A change of wardrobe for the seasons, if you will.
If you have ever used an accessory to choose wall color, I would love you to share!
Linking to Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home