See how this dining room morphs from one family's unofficial work space to a stylish, hardworking room that accommodates meals, homework, and gatherings in just three steps.
A beige, off-white, and brown color palette creates a bland starting point, but the architectural elements and window treatments hint at this dining room's style potential. A large bump-out with bay windows, complete with window seat, makes an ideal banquette for the round table that fits into the nook. Built-in bookcases offer floor-to-ceiling display space and lots of storage opportunities. A splash of color and new storage options to address the room's second function as a home office will give this dining room the update it needs.
A mahogany sideboard finished with a dark arabica stain and paired with antiqued brass hardware shows off the homeowners' traditional style. The sideboard provides additional storage but would benefit from new lamps and artwork that are in scale with the piece's height and width.
Carefully chosen accessories bring color, pattern, softness, and metallic shine to make the room more inviting. Inspired by the dishes on display in the built-in bookcases, a palette of eggplant purple, lime green, and off-white gives the dining room a splash of color. A solid purple scallop trim dresses up the windows' Roman shades, and upholstered host chairs bring comfort to the table. An off-white color coats the walls, drawer fronts, and cabinet doors adding the warm hue that gives the architectural elements visual depth and highlights the intricate details.
Above the sideboard, a large-scale landscape painting better fits the space and commingles the deep purples and bright greens of the dining room. Metallic-finish lamp bases add a bit of glamour along with function. Colorful magazine files bring style and order to the pile of magazines that previously occupied the table.
The dining room's furnishings are now anchored by a soft rug with a garden-inspired pattern that brings the room's green and purple color scheme off the shelves and into the room. Moving one of the old dining chairs between the sideboard and bookshelves gives the homeowners a place to sit when reading magazines.
The bookshelves get a dose of organization thanks to file folders and charging station on the lowest shelf. Labels keep supplies in the correct space and help the shelf look organized. Charging stations are ideal for multipurpose rooms because they hide cords and hardware in style.
A green leather settee makes a bold style statement opposite the sideboard. The plush seating and bold color create an inviting scene. Framed artwork above the settee draws the eye to the sitting area.
The modern color palette of purple, green, and off-white is accented with dark furnishings and metallic accents. Fabrics, accessories, lighting, furnishings, and artwork all work together to bring a stylish twist to this traditional space. The drum chandelier's trendy shape and metallic finish updates the look.
Slipcovers in rich purple velvet trimmed in coordinating fabric and beaded fringe offer color and warmth to the space.
Budget Tip: Slipcovers are a great budget saver. They completely change the look and mood of the room without the cost of purchasing new furniture.
Drapery panels in a silk stripe add texture and softness to the bay window. Roman shades are dressed up with a scalloped edge and beaded trim. Together these window treatments add a sense of luxury to the room.
Get the Look: Layering window treatments adds interest to the room and gives multiple options for blocking light. Choose fabrics that have the same color palette but vary in pattern size.
The built-in bookcases now sport a green background that makes the china collection visually pop off the shelves -- putting the pieces center stage. Painting or wallpapering the inside of a bookcase is a great way to add style to a room without spending a lot of money.
Pillows outfitted in a variety of fabrics add texture to the window seat. Making the window seat more comfortable encourages conversation long after the meal is over.
One side of the bookcases houses a pullout desktop and office storage without infringing on the dining storage required for silver, serving dishes, and entertaining supplies. Office supplies, filing systems, and computer components stay easily accessible thanks to a flip-down drawer front with pullout desktop. The arm chairs from Stage One flank the sideboard and serve as desk seating or additional table seating.
Files, magazines, and other necessities hide behind cabinet doors. Inside the cabinet, corkboards covered in fabric hold to-do lists and other important papers.
Tree-pattern wallpaper in trendy purple hangs behind the sassy green leather settee. Thin molding frames the wallpaper to create a modern work of art. Additional nature-themed accents, such as the tree-stump side table, add texture and additional storage to the sitting area.