When we had our new kitchen fitted last year we knocked down two walls to get rid of what was being used by the previous owners as a study to make a large kitchen dining area. As seems to be the case whenever we have a huge ‘push’ on the house, we had an intense couple of months decorating like crazy after the refit and scouring the home stores for items that would finish off our look, only to hit a slump a couple of months down the line and leave the job half finished.
We never really got around to the dining room. We painted it white, plonked a table in the middle of the room and never actually completed it. Over the next couple of months I’m planning to finish the job and create a modern, monochrome dining room to complement the kitchen.
For our kitchen we chose traditional shaker units in grey and charcoal with modern furnishings. When we first bought the house we did intend to go ultra modern with the refurbishment – the bungalow is a 70s build with no real features to boot, so we thought a modern finish would make it more distinct.
But as we started to look at designs, we realised that ultra modern is just not really ‘us’. I do love the modern look but find I’m naturally drawn to more traditional country style finishes. So throughout our refurb we’ve tended to mix the two – we have an overall modern style but with traditional touches.
We’d like to continue this look in the dining room, adding some chic, modern pieces to go alongside a traditional oak effect table.
We’ve decided on a monochrome colour scheme with white and silver to tie it in with the kitchen area. I also love the safari theme which seems to be everywhere at the moment and is really fitting for our house since the hubby and I spent our honeymoon on safari!
So I’ve been looking for inspiration online and have created the following mood board of my ideas so far.
The dining set and dresser are both from Fishpools – a large quality furniture store in the South East. They have some really unique dining sets to choose from and I love how classic and comfortable this set looks. The dresser would look equally at home in a bedroom, but I love how it would lend itself to the dining room as a sideboard for displaying some personal items and storing crockery, as well as being a statement feature in its own right.
I love the tripod lights and have been wanting one for years but never had the right space to put one. This one is from Dwell and I think it would really help to add a modern edge to the space. Adding a couple of hurricane vases alongside it would soften the look and provide a more romantic setting for all of those candlelit meals me and the hubby have these days (ha!)…this one is from M&S.
I’ve included some safari themed pieces – the elephant print is from Next and the fun giraffe coasters are from H&M.
Shop the look – monochrome dining room
Venetian chest/ sideboard – Fishpools £739
Elephant print – Next £80
Metal lantern – M&S £25
Metallic wire bowl – Debenhams £25
Tripod light – Dwell £299
Lexington dining set – Fishpools £1899
Potted plant – Ikea £69
Wooden line photo frame – Debenhams £30
Giraffe coasters – H&M £1.99
What do you think of my ideas for a monochrome dining room? Are you redecorating this year?
Disclosure: In collaboration with Fishpools