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Designing A Formal Dining Room with Sophisticated Shine

dining roomRemember the Kollers? We did a whole series last spring on the design work I’ve completed for this family.

Well, as I hinted back then, we had more blogs waiting in the wings because the inspiration just keeps bubbling up out of their warm and inviting home!

Here, I’d like to share some photos of the family’s newly renovated dining room.

This project shows what can be achieved when you have great partnerships, like the one I have with Eye On Design of Belleville.

chandeliers in formal dining roomThe window treatment experts over at Eye on Design helped me find a fabric in a taupe/mushroom color that compliments the blue we used in the kitchen and hearth room, one of my earlier projects for the family.

This material quickly became the springboard for the rest of our design.

We wanted to show more of the window, while simultaneously highlighting the drapes, so we added some mercury glass antique rosettes.

Setting the drapes off to the sides of the window in this unique way helped turn the draperies into a focal point for the room. Very quickly, these windows became one of my favorite elements of this redesign!

They were an instant hit with the homeowner as well, so we ended up designing the whole room around them.

The client had the table already, but I found some chairs and a hutch from Bernhardt Furniture Co., both of which worked really well in the room.

And the chandeliers are by Currey & Co.  Aren’t they stunning?

Rounding everything out, we have the medallions on the ceiling, from Metro Lighting Centers. They really add to the luxe feel of the room.

Note how the wallpaper adds to this stately look and compliments both the medallions and the window rosettes.

formal dining room with blue wallpaperAnd finally, the lamps are from Brody’s of St. Louis and the flowers are from April’s on Main in St. Charles.

With such a focus on the top half of the room, we wanted to make sure we didn’t ignore the ceiling. So as our last step in the room, we painted the ceiling the same color as the walls in the rest of the house.

Overall, I was very pleased with how this room turned out. And I think the homeowners were too!

It’s been a lot of fun sharing my journey with this family with all of you readers out there.

From the teen bedrooms, to the upscale great room, it has been a blast to be a part of this evolution. I promise to update you if we make any more changes to the Koller’s fabulous home!

And remember, if you have any design needs — large or small — I’d love to help. Reach out to me via my contact page.