Wallpaper confusion

jk_onlineJanuary 1, 2014
My Dining Room needs some help! I'd like to put wallpaper inside the cut out sections but when I go into the wallpaper stores and look at the walls of books, patterns, colors...my eyes just glaze over. The walls are painted BM Livingston Gold and the window treatments are in the brown tones with a slight greenish pattern. Any suggestions on style, color, pattern of wallpaper or anything else would be greatly appreciated!
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saratogaswizzlestick
Love your molding. How about something like these?
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janeinfo
I would replace your window treatments with a silk or taffeta type drape -- maybe a wide stripe. Also would replace your lampshades with something a little more updated. One other thing would be to maybe lower your chandelier just a tad. Lovely room.
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Lauren Jacobsen Interior Design
Dear JK, I agree, you have some really nice architectural details. I would update the window coverings, they look dated. I would also reupholster the chairs with a smaller scale print than what I am about to show you for wallpaper. You can never go wrong in the dining room with Chinoisere wallpaper from Scalamandre.
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Barbara Griffith Designs
I would paint the trim around the cut out sections the trim color of the room. I would then select a natural tone (not gold) grasscloth for inside the panels. I agree with "janeinfo" about simple silk panels hung off the window sides & the chandelier. I would then choose a colorful pattern of fabric to reupholster all the chairs. And last, possibly a large rug under the table & chairs in a pattern. I would then choose a soft pale tone from a color from the the upholstery to paint the ceiling on all flat surfaces, the section with the can lights and inside the tray.
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Sustainable Dwellings
Your walls are fine. It is the stark white trim, though very nice, that screams at everything in that room, and dampens it. I think maybe recovering your dining chairs with a pattern with more vibrant color may help.
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Vicki Simon Interior Design
This room has enormous potential with minimal changes. Your furniture is very elegant, and I would take a cue from the pattern on your upholstery for your wall covering. Go bold and in a similar or slightly larger scale than this French pattern, perhaps a two-tone. I agree about the white as it is too high contrast with the gold and becomes glaring. Depending on the transition from this room into others and if there is a way to isolate the trim and ceiling of this room without awkward adjacencies to other white trim in the house, I would select a neutral color that works with the gold.

Also, I would recommend full height simple neutral sheers on the windows instead of the swag valence design.
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jk_online
Thank you everyone for your comments! It's so helpful to see things from a different perspective. The white trim is through out the house so painting may split off the room from the rest of the house. I wonder if painting the ceiling will tone it down? Love the wide stripe taffeta drapes. That and the rug will be a future purchase since the cost will be considerable! On the hunt now for new lampshades. The lamps do have gunmetal sections. So should I look for gunmetal shades? I never noticed how high the light fixture was. How low should I lower it? Now to the wallpaper. Love the Chinoisere and the tone on tone pictures too. For resale considerations, should I stay conservative? I like the idea of taking a cue from the upholstery. Vicki Simon Interior Design - do you have a picture of the two tone French pattern?
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saratogaswizzlestick
I love the Chinoisere paper too, so fun! Excellent pick LJ Interior Design.
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jk_online
I'm drawn to these two patterns when I googled Chinoisere. I'm somewhat of a bird nut with several Audubon prints through out the house as well as a reverse painted bird lamp in the living room. Do you think this would "transition" to the rest of the house if I used something like this? The bird print also has a hint of the green as in the window treatments. I'm just wondering if it would be too much of a print. Not sure if I could find this same wallpaper but wondering if I should look at something like that or stick with something more tone on tone??
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Universal Lights Inc.
The chandelier is supposed to be 30-36" off of the table top. The problem you might face though is that they cut the wire on installation. You may need to get the fixture rewired and find additional chain. The fixture being so high also draws a lot of attention away from the rest of the room towards the ceiling (which many have comments is related to the problem) and that will also help tremendously fixing that. :)
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jk_online
I measured and the fixture is 42 1/2" from the tabletop. It also looks like there's extra wire/chain on the fixture so I think I can lower it. Thanks Universal Lights for the advice!
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saratogaswizzlestick
Your bird wallpaper is pretty, I also love birds and it is a great motif. I prefer the first paper as it adds a touch of whimsey that would really enliven the room. It does have egrets. If it is not hitting the spot for you many of these papers have a sense of humor about them which is quite endearing and that would be a lovely element to add to the room.

That is great news that you can lower the chandelier, that will improve your room significantly.
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jk_online
I think the folks that installed the light fixtures intended for this to be lowered since there's extra wire/chain. They probably kept it up so as not to be in the way of the movers. I just didn't know enough to lower it once we moved in! One of the many reasons I love this forum where experts and very talented people are willing to give advice. Thank you!! I think I will go with the bird theme so now I have some direction when I attempt the wallpaper store again.
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Universal Lights Inc.
Lower that chandelier and take a new picture. I'd love to see how much it changes the room! I'm glad we could assist. Don't hesitate to call with any additional questions.
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janeinfo
jk_online, if you google black lampshades, it will give you a host of places to find the lampshades for not much money. Also, the taffeta drapes were from overstock. Good luck.
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jk_online
Overstock. My favorite place! Maybe the new drapes are in the budget. Thanks!
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Vicki Simon Interior Design
jk_online, please contact me if you would like my help selecting a wallpaper at inquire@vickisimon.com
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