There’s a debate with consumers today about whether formal dining rooms are still needed because there are so many people who never use them. But I believe that if you love to entertain, or you have a big family, a separate dining room is a must! For my farmhouse project that was just featured in Traditional Home magazine, this large family definitely wanted a room that would accommodate everyone, as well as guests. And since this home was a new build, we were able to design exactly what they needed, from the ground up!
I loved the paneling and molding that we installed in this room. It really gave it a traditional look, like a home that has a long history and a story to tell.
We added an alcove area that would hold a sideboard and a gorgeous piece of art. When you’re building a new house, you really do have the ability to put in every detail that you want, which is so much fun for me as a designer!
To keep the room from being too stuffy and formal, I drenched the space in a fresh aqua color. I like to tell a color story throughout the house, and this lovely hue is featured in several nearby rooms, so it creates a great feeling of continuity from space to space.
Finally, I added in a deep chocolate brown to balance the aqua, and put in a few country details like the gingham and the florals as a nod to this modern farmhouse design.
So what do you think of the minty-fresh dining room? Do you still use your formal dining room? Tell me why or why not in the comments section below!