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Big blank dining room wall

We recently painted our copper-colored dining room balanced beige and added a light fixture. But this wall - which is huge - is just too boring. We have a large family photo on the adjacent wall we don’t want to compete with, but we need something. Welcoming ideas! Sconces with art in the middle? Four images in a square pattern? A triptic? Something organic? I have looked and looked for images that seems to make sense here and have found it yet. We live in the (currently frozen tundra of) Illinois, not by water, and so need something that works for all four seasons. Thanks in advance!


Comments (36)

  • PRO
    JAN MOYER

    The first thing I would do is TURN that table! Nobody can back up at the china cabinet. Add a lower shallow console at the end, avoid unsupported art if possible. More pictures, some dimensions of the dining space, and photos of adjacent areas will get you better help. Draw the space, add the inches.

    Can the china move to the adjacent end???

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  • K Laurence

    Does the buffet fit there? lookd tight there , or maybe try turning your table ? Otherwise, art , or a grouping of something you love, art doesn’t have to work for all seasons or location , e.g., I live at the beach but have no coastal themed art in my home, just pieces I’m drawn to.

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  • grapefruit1_ar

    Maybe it is just my monitor but your light fixture looks very white, the walls look gray, your chairs look beige/tan, and the carpet looks somewhere in between. I think you need color. Maybe your artwork and new curtains would rectify that. But, to be honest, the chair color would really bother me or the light fixture would have to change.

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  • PRO
    JAN MOYER

    The edge to edge carpet in a dining space is a bigger issue.............. The chandelier is crystal, not a "color" and I am certain looks warmer when lit. Turn the table first.

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  • 4loveofthetruethegoodthebeautiful

    Grapefruit1_ar - you’re totally right. Thanks have a hodgepodge of things we’ve put together from previous living arrangements, and the colors aren’t quite right. I was kind of hoping that through art I could tie it all together, but you’re totally right! I was disappointed that the light fixture looks as white as does, but it does look warmer when it is on.

  • 4loveofthetruethegoodthebeautiful

    Jan Moyer, we’d love to do hardwoods. The previous owners had installed carpet with the copper-colored walls, and we don’t have the budget right now to redo all our floors, so we have to live with it for now. The China cabinet could go on adjacent wall (the one we’re looking at in the photo).

  • PRO
    BeverlyFLADeziner

    Yes, please turn the table.

    There's lots of different art that can be selected either abstract or realistic.

    Always nice IMO to have art with a single point perspective for rooms like this.


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  • 4loveofthetruethegoodthebeautiful

    This is an image with the table turned.


  • 4loveofthetruethegoodthebeautiful

    Do you all think the current chairs could somehow be workable? If not, what would you choose?

  • PRO
    Carrell Design And Staging

    Why not add a buffet or side board on that blank wall? I would would then hang a large piece of art with large wall sconces on each side of the art work. As for the chairs - if they are in good shape, have them reupholstered. Then take two of the chairs and place them on other side of the new sideboard. Ditch the plant on the left.



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  • 4loveofthetruethegoodthebeautiful

    Carrellhouse, I would be delighted to remove the plant from my husband’s bachelor pad :)

  • PRO
    CDR Design, LLC

    My initial though, without measurements, is to put the buffet on the large, empty wall. What are the dimensions of the room?

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  • 4loveofthetruethegoodthebeautiful

    With the table turned, it doesn’t seem like an additional table would fit behind the chair. With the table turned on the original direction, it’s tight with the China cabinet. 13 ft China cabinet to window and 12 ft 4 in wall to entryway.


  • PRO
    JAN MOYER

    But it looks better any way! Take another from the other end. I'll add this. Displaying china is a sort of.............."mom thing"? : ) If you have other storage, you'd have a serving piece at the china cab spot if the top comes off. Room for pretty lamps another bit of art and a more open feel to the room.

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  • 4loveofthetruethegoodthebeautiful

    Jan Moyer, yeah, I know it’s a “mom thing.” I have sentimental attachment to it, as my grandmother had a beautiful china cabinet, and I always admired it as a kid. She passed a few years ago, and I inherited some of her pieces. So, I know it’s old school, but I like it and would like to try to work with it if we can. The drapes in this room are from PB. We got them for our bedroom, but they didn’t work there and we couldn‘t return them, so they’re here.

  • PRO
    CDR Design, LLC

    It seems the room is around 15 x 12 4". So, the current setup is the best . I would add a large piece of art to that wall, as Beverly has shown. The window treatments needs some work. Could you show a larger photo of that area?

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  • PRO
    Carrell Design And Staging

    If you like the idea of a sideboard idea, an option is to move the table toward the foyer about a foot and use a console instead. A console is much narrower than a sideboard. Then put the chairs at the ends of the table on either side of the console.

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  • 4loveofthetruethegoodthebeautiful

    CDR Design, LLC, this is the entryway / foyer. The total space for the dining room is 13‘ x 12’4”. Yes, the window treatments do need work! These are placeholders til we find something better.

  • 4loveofthetruethegoodthebeautiful

    And they’re wrinkly.

  • PRO
    CDR Design, LLC

    So dining room is 13 x 12 4". Which way is the 13' and how deep is the china cabinet?


    How often do you use this room?

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  • 4loveofthetruethegoodthebeautiful

    Window to china cabinet is 13’. The China cabinet is 18.5” deep by 60” long. We eat here 4x a month when we have guests and use it 2-3x / week for a laptop workspace.

  • PRO
    BeverlyFLADeziner

    The right colors used in your art will complement your existing chairs. No reason to change those.

    So much better now that you have turned the table.



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  • IdaClaire

    Definitely don't add another piece of furniture to the room. Beverly's mock-ups with large-scale art on the wall are great. I think that's your best bet

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  • PRO
    JAN MOYER

    Beverly nailed the size and the tones! Sooo much nicer w/ table turned and the change in direction takes your eye right to the art! The room looks thirty percent larger

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  • Bunny

    Your room is lovely. I love your chandelier when it's on, definitely not a "white" thing.

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  • grapefruit1_ar

    Your china cabinet is beautiful and adds interest and personality to your home. You need not defend it. So often these elements are lacking in today's homes. It really is lovely.

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  • Rita / Bring Back Sophie 4 Real

    Could you find a way to put some lights in the china cabinet? That could be a nice way of ensuring the pretties inside stand out a bit.

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  • groveraxle

    Wow, everyone's being pretty nitpicky. This room looks great. Beverly and celery both nailed the art; something large and subdued on that wall is all you need. There's nothing wrong with all the different shades of beige and brown. It's calm without being boring. (OK, one little nitpick from me: shorten the curtains so they just skim the floor. I don't think you need to get new ones.)

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  • PRO
    JAN MOYER

    Get the ironing board and three cans of spray starch: )Takes the wrinkles out faster. Magic Sizing is nice too. Don't shorten the curtains...... raise the rods a bit. Easier by far

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  • 4loveofthetruethegoodthebeautiful

    Rita / Bring Back Sophie 4 Real, the china cabinet does have lights... it adds extra light to the room when they’re on, which looks pretty.

  • IdaClaire

    Displaying china is a mom thing? Um, not necessarily. I'm not a mom. I'm a rather hip and highly tattooed middle aged hottie (ha!), and I'll never give up my Stickley china cabinet filled with my Cornishware collection. So much for a decorating stereotype.

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  • RNmomof2 zone 5

    I have Balanced Beige in my house and IRL it is much warmer than it looks in these pictures. Do you agree 4? Is there that much difference between the chairs and the walls. The walls look very grey in the pics but I am assuming they truly don't look like that.


    I too like china cabinets.

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  • 4loveofthetruethegoodthebeautiful

    RNMom Of 2 in Zone 5, it depends on the light. We have it throughout our house, but in this room, which faces North, it does seem cooler.

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