This pink dining room was a challenge. It’s narrow, but also a focal point of the house. I wanted to make it special. Like a little jewel box filled with old treasures. The only “new” item in the entire space is the chandelier, and even that looks like it could have quite the age.
But really, this room was about the doors. Everything else was just a bonus!
Before and After
This dining room was quite the narrow and awkward space. It had two small openings onto the living and kitchen area on one side, and then a door to a bedroom on the other as you can see below.
Our two priorities here were to open up the space to the living area in a more intentional way, and to hide the bedroom behind doors that felt more special and consistent with the style of the house.
We removed the partition between the two openings to form one large opening, and curved the corners to soften the divide.
These two changes were a huge monetary investment, but made an equally huge difference in making this space feel like it was intended to be a dining room, and not like it was just squeezed in between two other spaces.
Now, let’s talk color and decor!
Picking The Right Pink Paint Color
Deep, berry pinks are one of my favorite tones. The large living room and kitchen were honey-toned and we needed something that would pop against that, but still feel rich and warm. Pink felt right.
After testing several, we went with Dunn-Edwards Raspberry Patch. It’s rich, but not too bright and vivid, so it matches the age of the house.
I was also excited to see pink tones sweeping the colors of the year, with Dunn-Edwards choosing Terra Rosa and Pantone choosing Viva Magenta! Excited to see more of these colors popping up.
Adding Antique Wood Doors
Off of the dining room lies a garage-turned-bedroom by the previous owners. The door that was originally here had glass which lacked privacy for guests staying in the room since a dining area is such a communal space.
These antique Spanish doors were one of the first items we purchased for the house, knowing they would make the statement, and give the privacy needed for this narrow, but important space.
Our painter custom-matched the stain on the doors for the casing so they appear as though they’ve been there forever.
Delicate & Organic Dining Room Decor
Because of the square detailing on the antique wood doors and the hard lines of the herringbone table we inherited from the previous owners (and truly love), I wanted the decor elements of the room to soften and contrast that.
This vintage pink moroccan rug from Shkoon Shop was the first rug I bought for this house. I initially intended it for our pink guest room, but it fit perfectly in here once we opened up that wall partition. It adds so much texture and pattern to the space.
The antique French chairs were a second-hand find, $75 for the set! The curved edges are a beautiful contrast.
The fluid rattan chandelier is by Twenty One Tonnes. It moves beautifully and looks different from every angle. It gives an organic feel to an otherwise structured room.
I kept art simple with a long handmade striped fabric runner, which I hung over the excess rod we cut from our kitchen pot rail, an unframed ballet painting and 1920s hand painted photograph.
The sconces on the wall are 1920s Spanish crystal sconces that give a touch of elegance amidst mostly natural materials in this space.
The small mirror was a last minute addition that really plays with your eyes, which would expect something larger on such a large wall.
We’ve already enjoyed several meals in this perfectly pink dining room and it’s quite nice to have a table that fits more than four, I must say!
If you can see above, there’s a slight drop from the dining room to the bedroom next to it, and to ensure people saw the small step we added a line of extra tile from the kitchen. It’s a hidden detail that I absolutely adore!
Photos by Jeff Mindell, Design by Kelly Mindell
Pink Dining Room Sources
Paint Color: Raspberry Patch by Dunn-Edwards*
Saltillo Tile: Colores de Mexico
Moroccan Rug: Shkoon Shop
Rattan Shade: Twenty One Tonnes (Ours is the ‘large’ size)
Antique Doors: Arte de Mexico
All other decor items in the space were antique or second-hand.
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