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Farmhouse Dining Room Makeover // The Reveal

You’ll love this Farmhouse Dining Room, filled with cozy charm and sentimental details. Plus, 5 simple decorating tips.

Last Christmas, I shared a mini-reveal of our Dining Room Makeover. At that time, we were waiting on our ceiling light to ship. It arrived, we finally got it installed {it wasn’t an easy one} and now you can see the whole space!

5 Decorating Tips in a Modern Farmhouse Style Dining Room Makeover // Neutral Color Scheme // by Craftivity Designs

Farmhouse Dining Room

As a reminder, here is where we started. It already had beautiful wood ceiling beams, a gas fireplace and three big windows for tons of sunlight. I also liked the crown molding, trim detail and the creamy color on the top half of the walls.

 
The dining room is located to the left as soon as you enter our home. The previous owners used it as their living room, but that didn’t make sense for us. Our long farmhouse table wouldn’t have fit in any other room in this house. Plus, we love having a fireplace in our dining room.

Modern Farmhouse Style Dining Room Makeover // Neutral Color Scheme // by Craftivity Designs

 

Simple Decorating Tip #1

Don’t get “stuck” by a home’s original layout. Use it in the way that works best for your family.
Modern Farmhouse Style Dining Room Makeover // Neutral Color Scheme // by Craftivity Designs
Modern Farmhouse Style Dining Room Makeover // Neutral Color Scheme // by Craftivity Designs
Modern Farmhouse Style Dining Room Makeover // Neutral Color Scheme // by Craftivity Designs

 
I know that painting brick is a bit controversial — and I do like brick inside homes when it’s in the right space. In this room, though, I wanted the space to feel light and bright. The red and brown brick just made the room feel so much darker — and after one only coat of white primer, I knew that painting the brick was the right choice.

Modern Farmhouse Style Dining Room Makeover // Neutral Color Scheme // by Craftivity Designs
Modern Farmhouse Style Dining Room Makeover // Neutral Color Scheme // by Craftivity Designs
Modern Farmhouse Style Dining Room Makeover // Neutral Color Scheme // by Craftivity Designs

 
White also lets your accessories be the focal point — and this is a mantle, after all. What fun is decorating a mantle when the accessories blend into the background? The same goes with wall art, if you love to collect art, white walls might be a great choice for you.

Modern Farmhouse Style Dining Room Makeover // Neutral Color Scheme // by Craftivity Designs

 
The color palette is simple. This is the main room we entertain in, so I wanted it to be the type of room that I could decorate for any party theme and not worry about “working with” the decor. Grey, white and black are pretty flexible. There are some small doses of blue and green; but they could easily be switched out with other accent colors.

Modern Farmhouse Style Dining Room Makeover // Neutral Color Scheme // by Craftivity Designs

 

Simple Decorating Tip #2

Keep the rooms that you use for entertaining versatile when it comes to the color palette. You’ll be able to decorate for any party or holiday.

Modern Farmhouse Style Dining Room Makeover // Neutral Color Scheme // by Craftivity Designs

 

Our hutch is on the wall nearest the kitchen. This makes prepping serving dishes, or setting the table, quick and simple.
5 Decorating Tips in a Modern Farmhouse Style Dining Room Makeover // Neutral Color Scheme // by Craftivity Designs

 
I always like a pretty room, but function has to come first. After hosting a party or two, it was clear that we needed more serving space besides just the center of the dining room table. We “shopped the house” and brought in a buffet that was being used as a TV stand in our family room. The buffet is flanked with two chairs in case we need additional seating.

Modern Farmhouse Style Dining Room Makeover // Neutral Color Scheme // by Craftivity Designs

Modern Farmhouse Style Dining Room Makeover // Neutral Color Scheme // by Craftivity Designs

Simple Decorating Tip #3

Consider how you use a room and then choose the right furniture for that style of living.

Modern Farmhouse Style Dining Room Makeover // Neutral Color Scheme // by Craftivity Designs
Modern Farmhouse Style Dining Room Makeover // Neutral Color Scheme // by Craftivity Designs

 
We’ve got art throughout the dining room, but the final wall has a special display with some of our favorite photos. It’s a collection of vacation photos that we’ve taken and then had printed on canvas in black and white. Why are they in our dining room? Well, they’ve become great conversation pieces. Our guests ask about these photos more than anything else in our home {& it was the same way in our last home}.

5 Decorating Tips in a Modern Farmhouse Style Dining Room Makeover // Neutral Color Scheme // by Craftivity Designs
Modern Farmhouse Style Dining Room Makeover // Neutral Color Scheme // by Craftivity Designs

 

Simple Decorating Tip #4

Include some unique, personal items in every space. It will become something you can share with family and friends when they visit.

Modern Farmhouse Style Dining Room Makeover // Neutral Color Scheme // by Craftivity Designs

Modern Farmhouse Style Dining Room Makeover // Neutral Color Scheme // by Craftivity Designs

Of course, no dining room would be complete without a place to share a meal together. This table was one of our first big purchases as a married couple and we specifically wanted something that could seat 8-10 people. It does the job; it’s where we eat, chat and play games with visitors. We chose a statement light to highlight the table as the center — and most important piece — of this room.

5 Decorating Tips in a Modern Farmhouse Style Dining Room Makeover // Neutral Color Scheme // by Craftivity Designs
Modern Farmhouse Style Dining Room Makeover // Neutral Color Scheme // by Craftivity Designs
Modern Farmhouse Style Dining Room Makeover // Neutral Color Scheme // by Craftivity Designs

 

Simple Decorating Tip #5

When planning your space, think about where — and how — people will gather in it. Layout the rest of the room with that in mind.

Modern Farmhouse Style Dining Room Makeover // Neutral Color Scheme // by Craftivity Designs
5 Decorating Tips in a Modern Farmhouse Style Dining Room Makeover // Neutral Color Scheme // by Craftivity Designs

 

That may have been a bit of a picture overload, but we are just so pleased with this space and I’m excited to share! If you are interested in the projects and products behind this space, check out the Farmhouse Style Dining Room sources and tutorials.

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Karrie

Saturday 9th of July 2016

Wow! What a huge transformation!! You're dining room is gorgeous!

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Saturday 9th of July 2016

Thanks, Karrie :)

chloe | boxwood avenue

Thursday 19th of May 2016

It's incredible! You did an amazing job - the chairs look fantastic!

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Thursday 19th of May 2016

Thanks, Chloe!

Chrissy

Wednesday 18th of May 2016

It turned out so great! Love the changes and how bright and light it seems! Great job!

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Thursday 19th of May 2016

Thanks, Chrissy! I the light/bright look is my favorite part of the makeover :)

Wendy

Sunday 14th of February 2016

What color white is that?

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Monday 15th of February 2016

It's a custom mix paint color to match our trim.

Here are the details on the formula if that helps: PP109 – Porter Paint Hi Hide Interior Latex – Light Base B=3 C=15 F=1

Craftivity Designs

Monday 13th of July 2015

Thanks :) It's a great space to relax and talk or play games after dinner.

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