Although the dining room has very little priority in terms of immediate decoration, I am finding it very easy to nail exactly my direction for finishes and fabrics. Sadly, too easy because I love the process of decorating so much that I long for the choices to be a bit more of a challenge!
So-Back to this old picture. What started to make the whole design self-evident, and almost inevitable, was the discovery of the perfect wallpaper to use in the frieze that wraps around the room above the paneled molding. The molding will be painted a perfect creamy white with some luster to it.
Lorca’s Gattopardo Wallpaper in black is dense and tactile due to its being flocked. The slightly metallic charcoal of the ground is a perfect foil to the velvety flock.
I puzzled a bit about the treatment for the ceiling. I always knew it should be black but how? Another smaller patterned black wallpaper? I’m going to simplify the whole matter by painting the ceiling, beams and all with a black metallic paint from Modern Masters Metallic paint collection. There are a couple of charcoals they carry that seem to be washed in mica; not sure if the glitter will show up as mica on the ceiling but a bit of glint will do.
The swinging door that connects the dining room and the kitchen (top photo on left) will be padded and covered with a metallic/poly fabric by Anzea, a fabric company that makes the most delicious faux fabrics.
As a decorative touch it would be lovely to put a push plate on the door in a brass finish to echo the silver and gold finishes of the Valerie Wade lamp.
I could drone on about the about the furniture and curtains etc. but I suspect my readers’ patience for the dining room is probably quite exhausted. I’ll be back in a few weeks with the rest of the decisions.