Feeling inspired and making changes to the dining room in our new build home

Feeling inspired and making changes to the dining room in our new build home

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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.

white minimal kitchen

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.

 white kitchenwhite kitchen 

and of course the kitchen to the dining room..

kitchen dining room

dining room open plan

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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  1. February 7, 2018 / 11:42 am

    Such fabulous ideas here and I love the dark green and botanical theme too. It’s something I have in mind when we finally move for our living room, but maybe a dark blue. Claire x

  2. February 7, 2018 / 11:56 am

    You’re house is the perfect canvas M! I love the kitchen! Wood will work great in the dining room and I think it would also work in the kitchen too, if you wanted to run it all the way through. La Redoute have some amazing velvet curtains at the moment… I just ordered some linen ones, after some deliberating over the velvet! I know what ever you do, it’s going to look fabulous! Thanks for linking up #BLOGGERSHOMES xx

  3. February 7, 2018 / 12:00 pm

    I get what you’re saying, our dining area has wooden floorboards and although I’m literally walking around the table with a brush five times a day I know that any spills can be easily mopped up and cleaned away. I’m loving greens at the minute too and have (oddly enough) already got a selection of plates ready to put up in the kitchen, just need to get on and hang them now. Good luck with all your changes and can’t wait to see the after post.

  4. February 7, 2018 / 1:13 pm

    I would definitely use that space for a dining room, too! We have cork flooring throughout our house (though for some reason have a rug underneath our dining table…) but I have a handy portable Dyson which is great for hoovering up quick crumbs. Now the kids are that little bit older it doesn’t seem such an issue.
    Can’t wait to see what you do with the room, it’s so gorgeous and bright xx

  5. February 7, 2018 / 2:23 pm

    Oh it’s lovely. I was thinking the other day (as I swept up all the food crumbs from under the table) about a friend who used to have carpet in the dining room. It would drive me mad. I refused to have dining room chairs with any fabric on either as I knew I would spend all my time telling my girls off instead of letting them eat.

  6. February 7, 2018 / 6:35 pm

    Your kitchen and dining room are lovely bright and airy spaces. I also love dark green. We got some brilliant green velvet cushions and an armchair from Ikea recently, it’s a colour that is increasingly appearing in their ranges. #boggershomes

  7. February 7, 2018 / 8:55 pm

    I love white walls with wood floors, the wood always brings a warmth. We bought a new build (20 yrs ago) and have a dining & seating area in the kitchen so we turned the ‘proper’ dining room into a playroom and now second sitting room. It’s great to have the space to change & grow with you. I really like how light your room is, it will look amazing with the same flooring running through.

  8. February 8, 2018 / 9:54 am

    I’m not a fan of carpet in dining areas either!

  9. February 8, 2018 / 10:01 am

    What a gorgeous space! The perfect blank canvas. I also have a newish (7 years old) build but the entire thing was painted a dirty beige colour (yuck) so am slowly making changes. Wood floors are so much better than carpet so I don’t blame you at all for wanting to change it. They’re so much easier to clean and just look better for dining rooms. Good luck with your plans! 🙂 x

  10. February 8, 2018 / 1:44 pm

    That is such a gorgeous space, I’m a teeny bit jealous! I think wood flooring is a great option for the dining area though, so much easier to clean than carpet! x

  11. February 8, 2018 / 6:59 pm

    I love the herringbone pattern and also the green botanical stuff too, in fact doing my bedroom like that later this year.

  12. February 9, 2018 / 9:50 am

    Don’t laugh but Myleene Klass does a set of palm tree leaf print curtains for Very (at least she did last year). Morgana I LOVE your house – you’re so lucky having a gorgeous new build and being able to put your own stamp on it! X

  13. February 9, 2018 / 8:24 pm

    I love the addition of pinks and pastels to add to the dark feel. Your space is beautiful and I love the light x

  14. February 9, 2018 / 9:37 pm

    I’m a fan of wood flooring too – warm underfoot, easy to clean and looks great. In fact we’ve now only got carpet in one room – oops! Looking forward to seeing the changes you make #HomeEtc

  15. February 12, 2018 / 12:41 am

    Your house looks very bright! I really like that old wooden cabinet in the dinning room, it’s so pretty 🙂 And I can see the changes you want to make really working in there. I know Ikea sells dark green velvet-like curtains, I have them around the house but in different colours and I’m really happy with them 🙂 #HomeEtc

  16. February 12, 2018 / 11:30 am

    I absolutely love what you’ve done with your home Morgana; you’ve really put your stamp on it and your mid century furniture really suits the space! We have carpet in our dining room but I would really like flagstones. Our dining room leads off the front door and get used as a walkway — and the carpet gets trashed! I need a lottery win first though! Thank you so much for sharing with #HomeEtc xx

  17. February 12, 2018 / 12:41 pm

    We have grey laminate in our dining room, the same as is in the kitchen as it’s open plan the same as yours. Carpet would be a nightmare with my three little ones! One day we want to upgrade it to tile with underfloor heating, we’re just waiting for the small people to get a bit bigger! I think wood would look gorgeous in yours, I love the herringbone effect too.

  18. February 13, 2018 / 9:08 am

    I love the Pinterest board you’ve created Morgana, pink and green are two of my favourites together, we have them in our main bedroom. I love the way you make your modern home have some style and character and yes to kids loving the cluttered look – we’ve got the same going on here!

  19. February 16, 2018 / 7:00 pm

    Its so hard to stamp your personality on a new build isn’t it? I love your flooring ideas and your slippers!
    Ashley x

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