I’ve been craving change. Does that ever happen to you? I tend to do that with a lot of things, and I don’t think it’s blogging syndrome. I’ve always loved to experiment with my decor and have fun mixing color, pattern and texture around our home. I also love clean and classic interiors and I decided it was time to try to ‘up the sophistication factor’ in this room, while still keeping an element of pattern that I love so much.

I’ve been talking recently about adding some updates to our dining room, and if you follow along with me on Instagram, I recently shared a couple of sneak peeks of our now neutral dining room, which you’ll  also see here today. Last week on the blog, I also shared a little peek of our white drapes in my latest living room post (my newly recovered ottoman and diy gold leaf tray), which you can read all about here.

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dining-room-black-walls-neutral-rugI’d been searching for a light colored rug to brighten up our room for quite a while, yet I knew I still wanted to have something with pattern – enough pattern to still make a statement. I came across this gorgeous rug from Wayfair, made by House of Hampton. I LOVE the tone on tone color and the texture is divine. Our bunny, Oscar loves it too ;) In fact, he very was instrumental in the drapery decision as well (I’ll get to that in a minute) – these are my old drapes form Ikea, which we had in here when we first moved in, for a couple of years. While my beloved ikat grey and yellow drapes brought me so much happiness for a few years, their time had come to an end.

dining-room-entryway-graphic-rug-open-concept The reason Oscar helped drive the decision for change was that he loved them too, a little too much, and he loved to chew them, and chew them, and chew them…my oh-so-chic drapes have now seen much better days! I was never able to let them fully hang down, and they were always draped over a chair or a stool to avoid the wrath of Oscar…not so fun finding holes in your beautiful drapes. Thankfully, he has no interest in eating these ones, so I can leave them hanging all the way down to the floor, and I’m very happy!dining-room-entryway-neutral-rug-open-conceptThis is a much more subdued and low key, neutral palette, then our previous look, but I am loving it! I was even thinking about painting the walls a light color before I decided on bringing back these drapes – it’s as though I’d forgotten completely about how bright this room actually can be, while still having a dark wall color. I’m so happy I kept the black walls – Cracked Pepper by Behr Paints – and I love the more classic look of our original design plan in here. I would love a soft pattern on the drapes eventually, something graphic, yet very light. For now, I’m settling with these until I’m ready commit to new, custom drapes.

dining-room-black-walls-neutral-rug-brass-pendant6These drapes aren’t lined and unfortunately, sometimes you can see the black wall color through them just a little, but that doesn’t bother me so much. Nor are they pleated, which is my favorite look for drapery -it’s crisp and elegant and classic. I can live without either of those things for now because these bring in the lightness I’ve been craving for so long now.
dining-room-black-walls-neutral-rug-brass-pendant3This room, which is quite a small space, now feels much larger and even more opened up – the rug visually ‘pushes’ the walls outward – creating the optical illusion of a larger space. The drapes let in much more light, and on a sunny day, it’s just glorious in this room. Oscar loves it too and always sleeps under the table. He’s beige and fluffy and he’s the perfect accessory, as long as he’s not chewing anything, that is!

dining-room-black-walls-neutral-rug-brass-pendant2What I really love about our dining room now, is that I have the ability to play with more color in my accessories and tablescapes. Below is how our room looked before, which I adored with all the layers of contrasting pattern. I had bought the navy rug for our patio, but decided on a whim with my girlfriend to try it in the dining room. It was love at first sight for me, and it stayed there until now. You can see more of this look here.CitrineLiving_Spring_Dining_Room21

dining-room-black-walls-neutral-rug-brass-pendantI’m still looking for two more chairs, and no, I have not found any yet. I’d love to go for an injection of color with a fabulous navy upholstered pair, but what I really want, are a pair of Chinese chippendale stunners. Clearly, I have not yet committed to anything, but here are a few styles that I’d love to get my hands on :

dining-room-black-walls-neutral-rug-beige-setteeSee what I mean about that sunshine? The natural light we get in here coupled with all the white and cream tones help to temper the black walls. This color isn’t for everyone, but trust me, it works in the right environment, even in a small space.dining-room-black-walls-neutral-rug-beige-settee-ginger-jarIt also ties in with my black interior doors throughout our home which are also painted Cracked Pepper.black-walls-settee-ginger-jars-sconcesdining-room-black-walls-neutral-rug-brass-pendant5NEUTRAL DINING ROOMTell me what you think! I want to know – did you like the eclectic mix from before or the more classic sophistication we have now?


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  1. Isabel
    November 16, 2016 at 8:57 PM (5 years ago)

    Tam, this is gorgeous! I loved your navy rug, but wow does this new rug looks fabulous and so classy. and i love the white drapes, they brighten up the whole room and make the black walls pop! Nice and quick update without having to repaint;) … and no mess solution. xox izab

  2. Cindy Weis
    November 16, 2016 at 9:48 PM (5 years ago)

    Tam, I love the new look, you are right, so bright, crisp and elegant. I think the walls are perfect, they are so dramatic and now with the new rug I think that is the perfect combo. Now the one thing I do think that should change is the painting on the wall, I really think you should change it, and as a good friend, I would be happy to take it for you (hehehe), you know how much I love that painting. You are so talented and once again you hit it out of the park.

  3. Summer
    November 16, 2016 at 10:10 PM (5 years ago)

    Tamara, it was gorgeous before but I am really loving this neutral update! I think it will be perfect especially for the holidays and let all of your holiday decor really stand out! This is truly exquisite, my friend! Well done! ????

  4. Shauna
    November 16, 2016 at 11:19 PM (5 years ago)

    Tam, I absolutely LOVE the white drapes against your black walls. So sophisticated and crisp. I see your black walls and want to start painting mine all black…don’t change them! Oscar is such a turkey! That’s so funny he doesn’t like the new drapes, he must love pattern too..lol!

  5. tamaraanka
    November 17, 2016 at 10:04 PM (5 years ago)

    Haha Cindy, you’re good! I love that you love it so much and I will definitely let my mother know – she’ll be so happy! I’m thrilled you like the changes in here too, it’s incredible how easy it to transform a space!! thanks as always for stopping by! xo

  6. tamaraanka
    November 17, 2016 at 10:05 PM (5 years ago)

    Summer thank you so so much! I always love your kind comments, it means so much to me! xoxo

  7. tamaraanka
    November 17, 2016 at 10:06 PM (5 years ago)

    Shauna! Can you believe that rascal?! You must be right about the pattern haha! Thank you so much for the love, I can’t express how much I appreciate that!! xoxo

  8. tamaraanka
    November 18, 2016 at 6:56 AM (5 years ago)

    Izab thank you so much! You’ll have to come over and eat here to get the full experience haha! I love that you love this! I always appreciate your support! xoxo

  9. Kris {Driven by Decor}
    November 18, 2016 at 9:28 PM (5 years ago)

    It’s probably no surprise (you know I love my neutrals!) but I adore the changes you made to this room – it looks light, bright, and elegant! And I’m so glad you left the walls – I have always loved them but think they look even better with your new drapes and rug! Have a great weekend Tam!

  10. tamaraanka
    November 19, 2016 at 8:27 AM (5 years ago)

    Kris thank you so much my friend!! I love neutrals as much as color too and it’s really such a refreshing change in here! I wish you could see it in person! Thanks for stopping in to say hi! xoxo

  11. Bree
    November 21, 2016 at 12:11 AM (5 years ago)

    Tam, I love the new neutral decor in here!!! I really love the way the lighter curtains pop against the wall and I love the neutral rug with such perfect pattern and texture for this space! I really love your wall color and I love how it all works together now to create such an elegant space. This room has always rocked but I think this might be my favorite way I’ve seen it so far!! You’re so talented my friend…love every bit of the changes here!!! Xoxo

  12. tamaraanka
    November 27, 2016 at 11:15 PM (5 years ago)

    Bree you are so kind, my dear friend! It means the word to me! Especially since your new dining room makeover is so incredible..thank you so much for stopping by! Love ya! xoxo

  13. Aleta
    December 1, 2016 at 9:33 PM (5 years ago)

    Hey those circle back dining chairs re gorgeous, where did you find them?

  14. Mishelle
    December 3, 2016 at 12:33 AM (5 years ago)

    Yes I was going to sk the same thing . Where and what color r they?

  15. tamaraanka
    December 6, 2016 at 10:24 PM (5 years ago)

    Thank you! I’ve had these for a very long time, I bought them at Home Outfitters (in Canada) and I haven’t seen them since…a luck find! Thank you for stopping by!

  16. tamaraanka
    December 6, 2016 at 10:24 PM (5 years ago)

    Hi Michelle, I’ve had these for so long and they’re not available anymore..I was lucky to find them! Thanks so much for visiting!

  17. Maree
    February 16, 2017 at 3:15 AM (5 years ago)

    I love the painting against the black wall. Stunning! Does the painting have a name?

  18. tamaraanka
    February 16, 2017 at 11:41 AM (5 years ago)

    Thank you so much, Maree! No there’s not name, but my mother painted it as an engagement gift for us..I’m so glad you like it! Thanks for popping in to say hi!

  19. Candice Nguyen
    March 12, 2017 at 1:14 PM (5 years ago)

    Hi Tamara,

    I came across a picture of your dining room on @kristywicks Instagram page & immediately fell in love with your dining room. So much so that I have committed to recreating the look in my own space. I’m almost there, but I’m having a terrible time finding the chandelier. Do you mind sharing the manufacturer?

  20. tamaraanka
    March 12, 2017 at 5:44 PM (5 years ago)

    Hi Candice! Thank you so much for your kind words! I can’t tell you how flattered I am! I have my chandelier linked right in this post! If you scroll down to the bottom and scroll through the thumbnails it should take you straight to it. You can also access it under the SHOP MY HOME menu! Please let me know if you need more help, I’m happy to assist you! Thanks again for the lovely compliment and for stopping by! xo

  21. Jennifer Myers
    May 22, 2017 at 10:24 PM (4 years ago)

    Hi Tamra,

    Gorgeous dining room. Is your chandelier the 30 inch height version or the 24 inch height? Trying to decide which one to go with.


  22. tamaraanka
    May 25, 2017 at 6:58 PM (4 years ago)

    Hi Jennifer! So sorry for not responding sooner! Thank you so much! Mine is the 30 inch and it’s perfect! Definitely go bigger if you can! Thanks for stopping by to say hello! xo

  23. Wendy
    January 4, 2018 at 9:18 AM (4 years ago)

    Beautiful dining room with the black! I think you have converted me from a hale navy girl to a cracked pepper girl! Could you please tell me the foyer colors? Love the combination with the black!

  24. tamaraanka
    January 4, 2018 at 5:54 PM (4 years ago)

    Thank you very much, Wendy! I love Hale Navy too, it’s a gorgeous color, I’ve even contemplated going navy in here! The foyer is Collingwood by BM and all the trim throughout our home is Ultra Pure White by Behr :) So happy you like it!! Thanks for stopping by!

  25. Lori
    October 20, 2018 at 11:57 PM (3 years ago)

    I can’t find a link to your neutral rug, but I love it! Do they still make it?

  26. tamaraanka
    October 21, 2018 at 8:33 AM (3 years ago)

    Hi Lori, unfortunately they don’t make it anymore, I’m so sorry! I have a few other rugs linked under the SHOP tab, SHOP MY LIVING ROOM, if you want to have a look there!

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