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  • Dining out loud

    Bold color choices for your dining room
  • In the past, dining rooms have often been sedate, quiet rooms meant for hushed entertaining and more formal interaction. Often the colors have been neutral or subdued to keep with the traditional feel to most American rooms.
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  • In the past, dining rooms have often been sedate, quiet rooms meant for hushed entertaining and more formal interaction. Often the colors have been neutral or subdued to keep with the traditional feel to most American rooms.
    Not today! Today's dining room is loud and fun and while sometimes formal, it's never sedate or boring. And it's not always American Traditional.
    We took a look at some of the more creative, fun and just plain "out loud" bold dining rooms that we have featured over the years. Once you see these, you may wonder why you've suffered with beige for so long.
    Photo 1: Cottage/eclectic
    In an eclectic approach to furnishing and decorating — and striving to have a more lived-in look — this east Medford dining room is warm, colorful and welcoming.
    The bright, sunny walls and the coffered pine ceiling with black trim add an individual touch to the formal space. Warm, homey touches keep the large room inviting. The rich look of the Amish hand-scraped Homerwood floors reminds guests of the homeowner's love for antiquity.
    Photo 2: Magical
    There's nothing "safe" about this Jacksonville dining room! A painter, the homeowner's artistic eye and design sensibility are drawn to magic realism, feminine forms and rich European jewel tones. The dining room is designed to create a cool, intimate, cave-like embrace with teal and blue walls and ceiling.
    The table is dressed with its Burono lace runner, velvet masks and intricate glassware. Chairs are decorated with a South of France landscape and the moon peeks through a tiny keyhole window.
    Photo 3: Tuscany
    Always wanting a red room and the look of Tuscany, these Shady Cove homeowners splashed the daring color everywhere. Mustard yellow drapes and earthware, refinished and distressed "antiques" and luxurious flower arrangements lend the room the unmistakable grandeur of a rustic, Tuscan-style retreat.
    Photo 4: Pan Asian
    Not to be outdone, this Ashland dining room has a bold, Pan-Asian-meets-Mediterranean color palette to showcase the homeowner's eclectic belongings. Walls have been faux painted in a dark paprika with an overcoat of gold foil and bow to fine art and the couple's custom dining room table.
    And they didn't stop there. Chairs covered in purple micro fiber and dressed with big buttons in back give the room a softer formality and an additional splash of color. This is definitely living out loud!
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