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This is a Dining Room Wall Decor – Part I. Dining rooms are interesting places. Most seem to have one big wall with no windows, which creates a great opportunity for making a statement. Also, they are often one of the first things seen when entering a house (at least, in Atlanta homes this is the case). When looking through my picture files, I realized that the dining room images that appeal to me seem to fall into three categories.
From At Home magazine, photography by Michael Partenio. I love this dining room, with its Osborne and Little wallpaper, a great Louis Philippe mirror, and antique sconces. The chandelier is beautiful too. The sconces effectively widening the scene of the dining room wall without making things too heavy.
A peek into a lovely dining room in a Paris apartment (image via the Paris Apartment). A statement mirror defines the room (love those chevron floors too), and a glimpse of sconces on either side of the mirror can be seen. The chandelier seems very small for the space, but look at the height of those ceilings! I simply must have 10 foot plus ceilings in my next house.
This must be a new image on Jan Shower‘s site, because I would have remembered it! A huge mirror dominates the wall. I am having a hard time determining whether there is another mirror hung on top, or if it a reflection of the opposite wall. Note that the reflection of the chandelier is somewhat blocked, which makes me think it is a mirror on a mirror. (The chandelier is one of my all time favorites – I think it is the Niermann Weeks Swedish chandelier).
A scene from Mrs. Howard, my favorite store in Atlanta. Phoebe Howard frequently uses mirrors in the dining room.
This is one of my favorite pictures from the Hickory Chair website. The mirror looks great above the console.
This is from an Atlanta real estate listing; the interior design was done by Barbara Westbrook. This is a classic dining room configuration, with the dining room set up along the length of the house versus the width. The designer used sconces to flank the mirror in the dining room, although they do not look electrified. I have been in this house, and the wall on either side of the opening to the front hall has a concealed silver cabinet.
Phoebe Howard seems to like mirrors in the dining room. This room is so light and fresh – I just noticed that the tabletop is mirrored. The mirror is on one of the small walls of the dining room. This is what a beach house should look like, isn’t it? I imagine this room looking out onto the water.
This dining room by Mary Mc Donald is possibly one of the most blogged about dining rooms out there! It is one of my all time favorite dining rooms. Maybe it is the green (I love green), maybe it is the seagrass rug, maybe it is the French mirror. Or, maybe it is the combination of all of the above that makes this scene so appealing. There are quite a few windows in this dining room, which makes me think it must be in the front corner of the house.
Anne Coyle used a mirror and collected objects above a console in her dining room. I initially thought this was in her entryway, but later learned it is in her dining room.
This is Suzanne Kasler‘s dining room, from the house she sold a few years ago. The mirror style looks like it is horizontally oriented, which I normally do not like, but the antique buffet is the star of the scene and it is quite high. Notice how she placed a square framed item to the right of the mirror.
Another Phoebe Howard scene, with a mirror on the dining room.
Mirrors are so versatile, and I think they look great in a dining room. In fact, I recently purchased a great Louis Philippe mirror for my own dining room (I had plates on the wall before), although ultimately I would like to move the mirror somewhere else in my house and instead hang a fabulous piece of contemporary art. Art in the dining room….that will be the subject of part II! Stay tuned.