10 January 2011

Doric columns, Aaaagh!

This is the view from the dining room in my house into the formal living room. The front door is just to the left.
I hate the carpet but we're stuck with it for the moment.

This is the view into the dining room. It has lovely paneling and chair rail which stops at the dining room side edge of these stupid Doric column room divider.

The dilema is that I would like to have the rooms different colors.

I would like my dining room to be this color (SW6601 Tanager) the color of my old living room.
I'm going for the full-on-Ralph Lauren-equestrian-chic look.
I would like the living room to be a very pale creamy yellow like this, although my browser turns into an awful insipid mess.

It is actually a pale yellow leaning toward the red side of the wheel not green.

The trouble is how do I create the dividing line?
I thought of turning it into built ins-- the husband says its not gonna happen.
 My other option is a pilaster against each wall ending the chair rail and lining up with the columns.

Like this.



  1. Hi there! I came to your blog from Pure Style Home, and I got inspired by your dilemma! I hope you don't find it too presumptuous of me, but I did a quick Photoshop mock-up of what I would do in your situation with those rooms. I've posted the photos in my photobucket album. Here's a link to my dining room "after" for you.

    I think that instead of painting the walls in the dining room the Tanager, that you should paint the ceiling the Tanager, and the walls the creamy yellow throughout. I've used a chocolaty brown on your wainscoting, with a just off-white trim color, which I'm assuming is what you've already got. You can bring the brown all the way around those half walls, and it will anchor that whole area.

    I then took your awesome Thibaut wallpaper/fabric from an earlier post and turned it into draperies for you, with the Tanager color as a trim. I think it all pulls together really nicely, and the brown will be in keeping with the whole Ralph Lauren vibe you want to have going in there.

    I'd love to hear your thoughts! I had fun playing!

  2. P.S. Here's a link to the LR after, in case you can't find it in the album. I'm not sure how the linking works with photobucket, to be honest!


  3. Thanks so much this is awesome maybe I'll post a few.