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We moved into our new build home in May of last year and I can definitely say that it feels like home now. With it being a new build we’ve been advised not to paint or wallpaper the walls yet, but as each wall is painted white I’m not in much of a rush to change it yet anyway. I do, however, have a few changes up my sleeve to work on our dining room to make the most of our open plan kitchen diner.
We have an open plan kitchen diner which I love, in fact it was a huge selling point for me. The kitchen is white with marble effect worktops and a grey tiled floor. The only downside which I clocked immediately was the carpet in the area that would be our dining room. In the plans it suggests using this space as a family room and the room across the hallway as a dining room (also carpeted), but I wanted that room as an office.
This is the view from the dining room into the kitchen.
and of course the kitchen to the dining room..
I like to think that even though it’s a new build there is a Midcentury and Scandinavian feel to our home, this is achieved by thinking through the furniture and accessories choices and making the most of the white walls and space. I’ve talked a few times about my love for a minimalist vibe and I wish this was reflected more in my home but sadly my children prefer the cluttered, hoarding kind of look! I do try and keep the kitchen as clear as I possibly can, and thanks to plenty of cupboards this is easy, if I’m on top of things and the children don’t just use it as a dumping ground after school.
The dining room is still a work in progress for me and I do have a few changes up my sleeve, with help of course from my trusty Pinterest board for inspiration
With the room being so neutral I’d love to bring in more colour and texture. I’m loving dark green and leafy botanical prints at the moment so incorporating them in this room will be a must. In fact I’m currently on the lookout for thick dark green curtains for the patio doors and plan to buy a lot more plants! I’d like a more industrial looking dining room table, maybe one with benches, you can see my ideas of Industrial Styling here. Prints are a great way of adding in colour too, or even trying out the trend of hanging plates on the wall as I spotted at the hotel Another Place in their living space recently.
As you can see we currently have tiles in the kitchen and a carpeted floor in the dining room.
The biggest change I want to make is to do with this, as I really don’t like carpet in dining areas, especially when there’s children at home. Having to shampoo the carpet with stain removers every other day can get rather soul destroying. I’d much prefer wood flooring as with one quick wipe or steam mop and you’re good to go. I contemplated sourcing the same tiles as the kitchen but actually I’d prefer to zone the room a little more and I think wood floors would work better for that.
This herringbone pattern has really caught my eye, it brings a mix more texture and style to a neutral room as shown in the picture above. All I need to do is make sure it compliments my kitchen tiles and doesn’t clash with one room flowing into the other. With having heavy oak doors already I think I’ll use them as a guide colour and tone wise.
What kind of flooring do you have in your dining room?
Got any tips on where I should be looking for my dark green or leafy botanical print curtains?
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Morgana is a social media coach for small businesses and entrepreneurs, specialising in Instagram and Pinterest. Based in the North West of the UK, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. She particularly enjoys a Netflix binge watch and cannot function without black coffee and dark chocolate digestives.