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This is a Dining Room Wall Decor – Part II. In part I of my dining room wall posts, I showed pictures from my inspiration files in which there are mirrors on the wall of the dining room. I think that mirrors work so well in a room that is mainly used during the evening; perhaps it is because candlelight reflects so beautifully in a mirror, and a mirror can highlight and enhance a chandelier.
Another common theme in my dining room inspiration files is art in the dining room; most of the art that captures my eye is contemporary art. I particularly like when designers pair contemporary art with traditional furniture, and isn’t the dining room usually one of the more traditional rooms in the house? To me, it is the perfect place to experiment with contemporary art.
Which came first, the painting or the molding? I love this dining room by Caldwell-Beebe, because the neutral color scheme really makes the contemporary art the star of the show. (Hmmm…where is the chandelier? I have gazed upon this picture so many times, but never noticed that there is no chandelier).
Gerrie Bremermann, one of my favorite designers, creates beautiful dining room scenes. It helps that she has such great architecture to work with; she lives and works in New Orleans, and many of the homes in her portfolio are large Garden District manors. Here, one of my favorite looks: traditional furniture, billowing silk curtains, and contemporary art. I love the juxtaposition of the old and the new, the antique and the contemporary. Image via Cote de Texas.
The Cy Twombly takes up an entire wall in this dining room, and isn’t it much more dramatic than a buffet? I am assuming that the owner of the house does not have young kids who will smear the priceless painting with dirty hands. Interior design by Jan Showers, image via Habitually Chic. (I don’t see a chandelier here either – maybe it is the camera angle?)
The architect for this home is Bill Baker. Pictures only reflect two sides of a room, so there may be something else on another wall, but this is the side that the photographer chose to feature. I think it is interesting that there is a painting with nothing underneath, as you would typically expect a buffet or cabinet. I love the sconces on either side of the painting, and the chandelier is striking.
(Sidenote: Bill Baker is a well known architectural designer in Atlanta, and it is interesting to note that this is the architect that Suzanne Kasler chose for the complete renovation of her own 1930s Georgian. I am keeping my fingers crossed that her new home is published in one of the shelter magazines sometime in 2009)
This is the picture that almost caused me to almost change the decor of my entire house! The chandelier is gorgeous, and I love how the large wall of the room is broken into an alcove that is the perfect size for a console, two lamps, and a great piece of contemporary art. Interior design by Shane Reilly.
Again, the photographer chose the angle, so we cannot see what is on the wall, but a small painting in between the windows makes a lovely vignette. Interior designby Kimberly Seldon.
Another dining room from one of my favorite designers, Jim Hawes of Caldwell-Beebe. A beautiful table, a great chandelier, and a nice piece of art above the buffet. The French doors add to the light and clean feel of the room.
I saved this picture because of the beautiful painting, which takes the room from good to great.
I should know who did the interior design of this room…but I did not make note of it! Please e-mail or comment if you know the designer of this colorful and varied room. There is a lot going on, and the art on the wall really provides a soothing balance to the activity in the room. (Update: the interior design is by Sheila Bridges)
I originally saved this picture because of the contemporary art, but I just noticed that the chairs are the Barbara Barry for Baker script chairs. I love it when you save a picture, and see something new whenever you look at it. Interior design by Steven Miller.
Last but not least, a dining room by Suzanne Kasler. I am not a fan of pink, but I love Suzanne’s style, I love the console, and I love sconces in a dining room, so this room became part of the dining room file. The artwork is not my style, but it is an interesting shape and emphasizes the horizontal rather than the vertical. It actually looks like a stretched piece of fabric, or even a panel of handpainted wallpaper.
I started this series to help me clarify what I like in a dining room. My conclusion: I love contemporary art on the wall, especially when it contrasts with traditional furniture. For the time being, I have a nice mirror in my own dining room, because it was easier for me to find a mirror than a great piece of contemporary art (I am very particular when it comes to art). I will still keep my eyes open for the perfect piece of art, but like everyone else, I am not out there making any unneccesary purchases. That’s most of the fun, though…the search, not the purchase.
For more dining room wall decor, please see part III.