A dining room refresh with wallpaper

Thank you to Milton & King for partnering with me on this post today. As always all thoughts and opinions are my own.

The dining room in this house has always been like the ugly stepchild and I’ve been the wicked stepmother with more scorn than love to share with it. But with the help of King & Milton wallpaper my dining room is finally getting a little limelight and love.

A dining room wallpaper refresh // Suburban Bees

I’ve been stubbornly holding on to this antique table and glass fronted cabinet even though they’re not a perfect fit for the room and, in the case of the table, isn’t even functional. On occasion it simply likes to collapse. Not ideal when a table’s loaded down with food. It’s so super awesome when that happens. Regardless, I’m not ready to part with it or the cabinet. Yet it’s hard to make fundamental change to a room when you aren’t changing up the fundamental pieces in the room.  What’s a girl to do?

A dining room wallpaper refresh // Suburban BeesAll the same I wanted this room to be worthy of love so I did what I could – I took the walls from yellow to white, gave the pendant a brush of Liquid Gold and switched out the chairs.

A dining room wallpaper refresh // Suburban Bees

And yet the room still had that ugly stepchild quality about it.

I painted up an old dresser to add a pop of color (and a bar area!) to the room.

A dining room wallpaper refresh // Suburban Bees

Nope, I still wasn’t feeling all the feelings for this space.

Then Milton & King approached us about doing a collaboration with their beautiful, durable wallpapers and I finally found a way to embrace my dining room. All this room really needed to make it more interesting and lovable was a new look for the walls.  I knew I wanted a pattern that was fun, colorful and fresh and to me Shibori is all of that and more. Luckily Milton & King has an amazing selection of Shibori patterned wallpapers to choose from.

These were my favorites:

Suns

A dining room wallpaper refresh // Suburban Bees

Indigo

A dining room wallpaper refresh // Suburban Bees

Cross

A dining room wallpaper refresh // Suburban Bees

And Cityscape

A dining room wallpaper refresh// Suburban Bees

Can you believe those weren’t even close to the only options for Shibori???

After a ridiculous amount of time trying to decide which paper to go with I finally picked the Cross wallpaper – so pretty, right? This is about the fifth time I’ve wallpapered a room and this is about the 4rd time my lack of any mathematical skills has tripped me up. It’s time to admit I’m incapable of figuring out how many rolls to order and just call Joe, my paper hanger. If you’ve got a good paperhanger they’ll come over and give you a quick estimate for the amount of paper you need to order which is so much better alternative than finding out after you’ve order that you need another roll and then getting bumped from your paperhanger’s schedule. Oops. From now on I solemnly swear to call Joe as soon as I get any paper ideas in my head.

Joe finally had another opening and I got that beautiful Cross paper up on my walls. This is what the room looked like right after he finished.

A dining room wallpaper refresh // Suburban Bees

Definitely better. I loved the paper up on the wall but something was still missing. For one thing there was too much white in the room. Don’t get me wrong; after spending months painting most of my house white last year, I am definitely a fan of white. But… in this case there was too much of a good thing and it needed balancing out with blue.

The most logical place to bring in the blue was the ceiling and I am so happy with the result! It plays up the wallpaper and makes the room feel complete.

A dining room wallpaper refresh // Suburban Bees

With the new Cross paper and the blue ceiling the dining room has now earned a place in my heart. My ugly step child has become a beauty.

A dining room wallpaper refresh // Suburban Bees

I can’t get over how fresh and fun my dining room feels with the Shibori wallpaper. It’s almost magical how such a simple change was so transformative in the room.

A dining room wallpaper refresh // Suburban Bees

The only other change in the room was switching out the chairs from this room for the ones in the breakfast nook. I couldn’t resist using more blue and white in the room.

A dining room wallpaper refresh // Suburban Bees

Another thing I really love about the wallpaper is how it creates a distinction between the dining room and the living room yet because of the similar colors in the two rooms the flow of the open floor plan isn’t disrupted.

I love the texture and color the shibori pattern brings to the space.

A dining room wallpaper refresh // Suburban Bees

And the blues of the wallpaper mix so nicely with the the coral dresser/bar and flow beautifully with the colors in the kitchen and family room.

A dining room wallpaper refresh // Suburban Bees

Thanks to the Milton & King wallpaper this room finally feels complete!

A dining room wallpaper refresh // Suburban Bees

A dining room wallpaper refresh// Suburban Bees

The lesson learned here for me? You can completely transform the feel of a room without changing up all the furnishings. Sometimes all it takes is a fresh look for your walls. Hope you like my new and improved dining room as much as I do!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4 Responses to A dining room refresh with wallpaper

  1. tricia, it looks beautiful! i love the impact of the paper!!!

  2. Sherry hart says:

    LOVE the wallpaper💕 Totally transforms the room!

  3. lisa says:

    Really came out nice – my dining room is an ugly stepchild as well…. thanks for the inspiration!

  4. Lizzie Ravn says:

    It’s seriously gorgeous, especially with the blue ceiling and those chairs. So pretty!

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