Today we're taking a look at the dining room in our recent Alger Bungalow renovation project. This space started off with some great character—arched doorways, the original wood floors and builtins, and beautiful cove ceilings.
The space previously felt just a little too warm, and the color selections made the space feel a little chopped up. Our plan was to lighten up the space, create a better flow, and reface the builtin cabinets, since they were incredibly difficult to open and looked a little tired.
We also removed the scalloped trim detail from the cabinets, which felt a little too dated, and opted for a cleaner and updated craftsman style door. Additionally, rather than one large door on each cabinet, we went with two doors, which created more interesting lines with better functionality.
For the trim and cabinets, we went with the same shade of white as our kitchen cabinets, and for the walls, we went with a subtle but warm off white tone, Drift of Mist (Sherwin Williams). We went with a brushed silver hardware on the cabinets, and swapped out the light fixture for a modern geometric piece, which playfully brings out our client's personality. Lastly, for the floors, our client chose a slightly lighter natural oak finish, which turned out beautifully.
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As for the furniture, we recommended a round table to maximize the flow of traffic since the room is quite small, and suggested our client go with upholstered chairs that had softer lines. We suggested a lighter rug with a subtle texture, and a large piece of artwork along the one large wall to anchor the space.
Our client executed her furniture selections exquisitely, even using a framed piece of photography that she had taken herself on the large open wall. Another awesome detail of this space is that she went with an indoor-outdoor rug (you'd never know it from the photos!) because she has a large breed (adorable) shaggy dog and wanted something that would be easy to maintain while still providing pattern and style.
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