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Striped Rug in the Dining Room

The dining room is so jumbled right now. The fabric in the hutch, the different colored walls, one zigzag chair, roman shades that don’t match anything else, PLUS the new black and white rug. All false starts with no follow through.

I like the way the rug adds pattern, and it brings in a dark color without making the whole room dark. It is the only room in the house that has black though, which is a little strange to me. I don’t know if it’s out of place or if I just need to get used to it.

Striped Rug in the Dining Room

Striped Rug in the Dining Room
with the table and chairs

If I keep the rug, here’s what I’m thinking… I’d switch out the chair fabric for a different solid (pink? orange? lilac?), and paint the ceiling and walls above the picture rail the same color. The main walls would be cream or grey. Curtains could be creamy white with trim to tie in to the chair fabric. Whatever fabric I use for the curtain trim could also go in the hutch.

Striped Rug in the Dining Room

The zigzag chair and the rug don’t work together, though I was hoping they would. It’s one or the other, but I’m not sure which…

Ritzy Stripe Chair

I upholstered one chair as a test in Amy Butler’s Ritzy Stripe fabric.

ZigZag Chair Fabric

It looks great, but I’m not sure what to do for the rest of the room. Creamy white walls and a green ceiling? A green rug?

Photos of Drew Barrymore’s Flower Films offices (in the April ’08 issue of Domino) have been making the rounds on the design blogs recently, and I love the curtains in Nancy Juvonen’s office.

Nancy Juvonen’s office

Perhaps I could do something similar, but with green or black trim.

I’m also still obsessed with the black and white rug I saw during my recent IKEA visit. Is it too much with the chair pattern? I know, it probably is. Maybe I’d use the rug and then go with a solid chair fabric.

IKEA Stockholm Rand Rug

Amy Butler’s Ritzy Stripe Fabric

Yes? The colors go better together than they appear to in the photos above. I think the different scales of the patterns might work together (maybe?).

Why is this the one room where I can’t make a decision? Meh.

Amy Butler Fabric in the Dining Room

Looks pretty good.

Amy Butler Fabrics

Ritzy Stripe (the zigzags) on the chairs, and Primrose (the other fabric) for curtains? It’s lacking some ‘oomph’ though. Maybe that wall color is too dark.

I wish those zigzags came in hot pink. Or pink and aubergine!

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