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Looking back through my archives just now, I realized the last Why This Room Works posts I did was also a dining space and the one before that was a bedroom that contained this exact buffalo print. I told you guys I love that print for some reason and apparently I like dining spaces - either that or I'm hungry. Somebody want to come cook for me?
I'm constantly drawn to really crisp and stripped down spaces like this dining room. As I'm thinking through design plans for our house, I find myself analyzing spaces even more to discover why I like them. This room reminds me of a breath of fresh, crisp, cool mountain air. There is nothing like it. That's the feeling I want to have when I walk into certain sections of my house and that I want others to have when they walk in the front door. So what about this space gives it that feeling and makes it such a dynamic space? I mean, when you look at it, it looks pretty simple right? But maybe that's the secret.
When I first look at this room, one of the first things I notice is that there is absolutely no clutter. This room reminds me of that Coco Chanel quote about looking in the mirror and removing at least one accessory before you leave the house. She's also credited with saying that "Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance." This room is simple and elegant and it's accessories are minimal but well chosen and it makes a striking statement.
Now, I know keeping our rooms clutter free like this is not necessarily attainable on a daily basis. I work from our dining room table and most days it's a hot mess, but being able to put the clutter away and have a space that breaths like this at the end of the day would definitely be refreshing.
This space is a really stark white making it feel crisp and clean. The warm browns of the wood tones keep it from feeling too cold and stark, though. The key to keeping any white or neutral space from feeling sleepy and bland is to add warm elements to it such as wood tones and rugs and art.
I think that one of the reasons this space feels so dynamic even though it is simple is that there is not a lot of things to compete for your attention. The lone buffalo portrait immediately draws your eye to the back of the room, and there is no other art to compete with it. We're often in a hurry to nail a million things to our walls, but often times simple statement pieces make more of an impact.
This beautiful rug by Loloi Rugs is another element that adds warmth to this mostly white room. It's worn look makes it look like it's been a part of this room forever and makes the room feel more lived in and curated rather than brand new.
This chandelier definitely makes a statement and I love how it's hung at just the right height so that it doesn't block your view of the art in the back of the room. Attention to placement details such as these can make all the difference in your own rooms.
You know, I'm always pointing out plants in a room. They add a pop of color and life to a space. This little plant on the center of the table is the perfect touch, and if you wanted, you could add a couple of taller plants such as fiddle leaf figs to either side of the art print in the back or the room.
What do you think about this space? Do you like how it's stripped down or is it too bare for you?
Also, if you have a room that you would like analyzed, send it on over to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.