Get the Look: Artful Dining

This "Artful Dining" style board shows you how to master the art of the dining room, even if your inner Julia Child hasn't mastered the art of french cooking.

Artful Dining Style Board

Shopping List
1. Taylor's Grey paint available at Graham & Brown
2. Custom Studio Dining 44" Square Glass Top Table available at Bassett Furniture
3. Luigi Porcelain Large Bowl available at Target
4. Modern Painters collage on watercolor paper available at Artbarcs
5. Bungalow 5 Alex Gray Limed Oak Chair available at Zinc Door
6. Bungalow 5 Bergamo White Mirror available at Zinc Door

How did MOMA pick their paint colors?  
Most art museums use neutral color tones for walls, floors and ceilings, because they want your eye to easily focus on the art you came to see. Colorful museum walls would be distracting, could clash with the artwork, and might even make you see the colors in the artwork differently. As in an art museum, the neutral color tones of the wall and furniture finishes in this dining room allow the home's art, whether on the wall or on the dinner plate, to flourish in vivid color.

That said, if you just have one singular piece of art as a focal point in a room (as opposed to multiple art pieces), feel free to pick a color in the artwork that you'd like to highlight via color accents in the room. For example, to highlight the colorful Modern Painters collage shown in this style board, you might paint the wall blue, like this:

Now the blue in the accent wall and the blue in the artwork are working together in three dimensional space! Let your personal level of comfort with color help you decide how much you try to play off the colors in the artwork with other accents in the room.

Put a frame on it
The furniture, wood wall paneling and wall hangings in this thoughtfully curated dining room are tied together through the consistent use of "frame" geometries. The frame elements are rectangular except for the contrasting curved frames of the dining chairs. This contrast adds visual interest, invites one to sit down and maintains the frame theme without being overly repetitive.

This post was created by Katie.

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