Dining Room Design Plans

December 10, 2020

dining room - in the midnight hour - benjamin moore

We started the dining room renovation today, and this will be a room with some bold color and pattern. I am going back to my roots! I have always loved color, and somewhere along the way (probably the influence of white walled everything on instagram) I stuck with safer colors. White can serve a purpose to make spaces feel big and open, and I still love that. However, since this is a more closed off space, it felt like a great opportunity to go for it.

dining room design board - IHOD

Wallpaper – c/o I was smitten for this pattern, and basically designed the whole room around it. I ordered several samples before deciding, and this one just looked too good in person.​​

Paint – I took the wallpaper sample to Ace Hardware to find a color as close as possible to the blue base. ‘In the Midnight Hour’ by Benjamin Moore was as close as they come. Ace Hardware carries both Benjamin Moore and Magnolia paint samples so it’s been easier for me to try those lines out in our home. I love the rich hues I find in the Benjamin Moore paint line, and Gabe swears by their quality. It goes on thicker and smoother.

Round Table – We found a local carpenter who is creating a custom round family style table for us. Standard 60″ size was not quite big enough for our large crew, so I was so excited to find someone who can make a 72 in. I know it will contribute to many family meals, and hopefully as they grow actual conversations vs. convincing toddlers to eat their vegetables.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Lighting – I didn’t want a light fixture that was too formal, but needed at least a few bulbs to light up the room. I really like this option from Hudson Valley Lighting.

Cane back chairs – I found a set of 8 cane back vintage chairs on facebook marketplace for $200. Couldn’t believe it. Depending on the table stain color I may have to paint them. If not, I will just be reupholstering the seat covers. At first I thought the caning furniture was a trend, but my parents even had it, so it’s looking to be a pretty timeless trend.

Curtains – We removed the wooden shutters in here (which are beautiful, but they do block a lot of natural light), and will be replacing with pull down blinds and curtains as options for privacy. The tricky part will be finding the right color! This set seems to be a match, but velvet is not ideal with kids! Yikes.

dining room

Let’s have a good look at the before pictures so you can get a better idea of where this is going!

(We sampled both hues on the ceiling before beginning!)

We asked my cousin if her paint company could help us out with this project since we have a lot on our plate right now. They are wrapping it up pretty quick!

Paint trick – Some stores will allow you to get a color in less saturation. I like to ask for 50% color reduction for ceilings. The reason being lighting can make a paint hue appear darker or lighter based on where in the room. The ceiling gets minimal direct light and looks more shadowed. When we use the same color in 50% less color, most of the time it ends up looking the same as the walls beneath it due to lighting. Granted, make sure you get the color reduction done at the same store (and honestly – with the same employee) you order your paint or the formulas could be different. Learned this the hard way.​​​​​​​

Looking forward to sharing the outcome with you! We will be sharing the progress on instagram stories, and if you have any questions about this space, drop them below!

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  • Natalie Brown

    Hi there! Loving your style and also have a similar cane back/older table. What type of rug will you be putting underneath?

  • Sophie L Chase


    Love this project! Can I ask how you created your dining room mood board?

  • Lindsay Foley

    Just came here to say that I used this paint color and wallpaper for my downstairs half bath after finding this and it looks AMAZING!

  • Mae Elizabeth

    I LOVE this room! so beautiful. We are moving into a new home soon, and also have a large family and want a round table. Do you mind sharing the dimensions of your dining room? I’m debating if a 72″ table would really fit in our space.

  • Did you end up staining the wood of your chairs to match the table? If so, do you remember the stain color/detail? It would be great if you could provide that. Side note, I’ve been following you since 2020 on Instagram and I am finally putting your ideas to use as inspiration for my house. Thank you for all your hard work. Your house and family is truly beautiful!!

    • Hi Jolie! thank you so much for the kind words! I actually didn’t stain the chairs! They aren’t the exact color as the table but they are darker so it compliments well!

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