Honing My Dining Room Design Plan

I’ve been side-tracked with other home design and organizing projects and neglected my dream of a relaxed, global but beachy feeling dining room. There are several projects that need to be completed in order to fulfill this vision. The first was refinishing the dining table, which I described in a previous post.

The completed dining table.
The completed dining table.

The second project on the list was creating pillows and a dining bench cushion, for a cozier dining nook. I finally ordered some fabric, and the patterns are NOT what I was planning on. A while back I wrote a post on combining fabric patterns, and highlighted the prints that I intended to use. This is what I had pulled together:

My original plan for fabrics in the dining room.
My original plan for fabrics in the dining room.

These are the prints I ended up ordering today:

These are the fabrics I ordered today, to complete my dining room vision.
These are the fabrics I ordered today, to complete my dining room vision.

In the end, I wanted the colors to feel brighter and happier. I always gravitate towards pale aqua and soft apricot as a pairing, and it seemed I was forcing the other color pallete a bit. This is how I’ll use each fabric.

This will cover the dining bench cushion. Joyful Leaf Paisley in White/Teal, $6.64/yd on fabric.com.
This will cover the dining bench cushion. Joyful Leaf Paisley in White/Teal, $6.64/yd on fabric.com.
I'll make two pillows out of this. It brings all of the colors together. Olana by Waverly, $15.17 on fabric.com.
I’ll make two pillows out of this. It brings all of the colors together. Olana by Waverly, $15.17 on fabric.com.
I wanted to pull in navy blue for a bit of contrast. Jiri Stripe in Navy/Birch, $12.96/yd on fabric.com.
I wanted to pull in navy blue for a bit of contrast. Jiri Stripe in Navy/Birch, $12.96/yd on fabric.com.
The warm tones complement the cool aqua of the bench fabric. I'll make a pillow out of this one. Tullahoma Ikat in Copper, $9.48/yd on fabric.com.
The warm tones complement the cool aqua of the bench fabric. I’ll make a pillow out of this one. Tullahoma Ikat in Copper, $9.48/yd on fabric.com.

Truly, I’d like to somehow add a back to the bench, to make it more comfortable to sit on for longer periods of time. I’m thinking of finding a headboard  to re-purpose and attach to it. The other elements I’ll add to pull the design together include painting my bookcases white and adding in some more modern decor accessories. I’m going to start with the bench project and I’ll keep you updated.

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