Wall Stripes in the Dining Room

by Yelena Kublitski
(project in EHT, NJ)

Decorative striping paint finish

Decorative striping paint finish

The omnipresent builder's white paint color on the walls didn't do justice to this beautiful formal dining room, so our customer Colleen decided to add some drama to it.

Taking a clue from the decorative pillows and other accent pieces in the adjoining living room, we decided to use a deep red color.

We sampled a few variations and finally stopped on this "Jalapeno red" shade from Sherwin Williams (Colleen and her husband are both big fans of Mexican cuisine, so I think the name of the color played some part in their decision!).

But there was one concern though - this dining room didn't get much sunlight, and even though it was used mostly in the evening when the lights were on, we still didn't want the room to look too dark and gloomy in the daytime. So we had to find a way to "lighten up" this deep red color.

Colleen liked stripes, so one idea was to use a lighter shade of the same color for the stripe pattern.

But when we looked at it on a sample board, everyone agreed that the pattern seemed a little too loud. You see, the red made already quite a statement, so no extra drama was needed.

So instead we decided to use the same color for wall striping, but in a different finish - one flat and one satin. The satin finish reflected light and thus appeared lighter, giving us the effect we were looking for.

That subtle pattern was exactly what was needed to liven up the room and make it look more interesting in an understated kind of way (if you can say that about red).

Mission accomplished! Do you agree?

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I really love this effect
by: Diane

and I agree it does look understated for such a bold color. I think the end result is a very balanced combination of color and pattern. Great job!

Paint the trim red too
by: Dave Drew

I love the room, but I think the trim square framing on the bottom half needs to be the same red. Only the thin trim. Leave the rest white. Leave the baseboards white.

I think that would tie it all together.

I think trim is trim and should be an accent color. Why not the same red?

Dave Drew

by: Brenda

I loved your photo and the story. I was so lost at what to do with our master Bedroom, and I love the idea of two different types of paint! Thanks for sharing!

Beautiful look
by: Tina

It looks lovely thank you for helping me make up my mind - matte striping it is

by: Borneo Rose

That certainly adds drama to the room.

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