Decorating Dilemmas: Linda’s Dining Room

Decorating a small dining room with teals and blues

Decorating Dilemmas is a weekly column in which our stylists answer your design questions, so you can tackle your home decorating project with complete confidence.

Hi How to Decorate,

I am submitting photos of my dining room which we are going to paint either Revere Pewter or Beach Glass by Benjamin Moore. I’m trying to incorporate blues or teals as I have light teal chairs in my kitchen and blues in my adjacent living room. Currently my table has 2 leaves in it but normally would not. I need to keep the animal print hostess chars but I can recover the other side chairs.

I would like a console or buffet but the room it too narrow. I can only do something 10-12″ deep. Also I need to change out the lighting as the room is very dark at night. I really appreciate any solutions or design tips so I can finish off this room and get to enjoying it.

Best regards,





Choosing Revere Pewter or Beach Glass as your paint colors will not only look great in your dining room, but it will also tie in nicely with the décor on the rest of your first floor. To compliment this color and your existing dining room furniture, we recommend adding the Martin 3-Door Console in Dark Gray. It has ample storage and a thin profile so it will fit perfectly in your space. Above that we suggest hanging the Bellesol Mirror then flank the mirror by two Maria Buffet Lamps in Antique Brass with Aqua Silk Shades. The mirror will reflect light and give the room the illusion of a large space.

The beautiful Claire 8-light Chandelier in Silver, paired with the buffet lamps, not only give you the additional light you are looking for but will add an easy elegance to the room. Haylard Mineral or Suzanne Kasler’s 13 oz. Linen Stripe in Sky & Blanc are two fabric suggestions that are great options to reupholster your dining room chairs. Either fabric will work nicely with your existing animal print hostess chairs while playing up the blue tones.

To finish your look, remember to add some great accessories, like our Mineral Sea Art in a large size and small Preserved Boxwood Topiaries and a group of Mercury Glass Vases will add great color, texture and interest to the space.

Happy Decorating!

The Design Team

Decorating a small dining room with teals and blues

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