Michigan Summer HomeBeach Style Dining Room, Chicago
Photography by: Werner Straube
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Primary ColorsYellow walls with blue accent. Yellow is scientifically the lightest and brightest of the hues (and naturally warm). The most classic pairing is a cool blue accent — blue being the least aggressive color choice possible. Whether you pick muted pastel shades or pair a saturated lemon with deep navy, mixing a warm yellow with a darker, chillier blue creates balance to keep the space from visually getting too hot or too loud.
Team yellow and blue. Cool blue and warm yellow are a match made in color heaven. You can use this eye-catching and extremely versatile combo in homes of all different styles, from contemporary dwellings to classic-meets-coastal abodes, such as the one shown here. Notice how soft, powdery shades have been used to create a soothing and serene atmosphere.Paint: Mushroom Cap, Benjamin Moore
1. 12 Tried and True Paint Colors for Your WallsPainting is one of the best ways to add life to interiors, so it’s no surprise that an ideabook with a decorator’s top paint picks for the home (complete with paint names and numbers) is the most popular on Houzz. We’ve all heard of gray and beige as great color choices, but what about greige? Get the breakdown of popular shades and how and where to use them.Get all the paint names and numbers
Think of the sideboard as the precursor to modern-day kitchen cabinets, and you will have a good picture of what this piece looks like. It's long and waist high or a bit lower, with a surface for placing food on top, cabinets below and very short legs — or no legs at all.Originating in England, the sideboard was at first likely just a simple plank set atop trestles, or a shelf attached to the wall — a place to put food while serving. Over time drawers and cupboards were added below, as the piece became more important as a place for displaying prized possessions.
Steal this style: With symmetrically arranged lamps and chandeliers, a grid of artwork and a set of Chinese Chippendale chairs, this room is a wonderful example of how to work formal details into a livable space. Make a few concessions to practicality with a table that won't show every scratch and fabrics that can stand up to a little abuse — washable natural fibers, stain-resistant fabrics and outdoor fabrics would all hold up exceptionally well.
Yellow. One of the trickiest paint colors to get right is yellow, but this shade is just right. A tip for picking a yellow from a paint fan deck: Select something that looks almost beige. Yellow is always much brighter on a wall than on a paint chip. This sun-filled dining room is painted in Benjamin Moore's Mushroom Cap 177.