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Before & After: Traditional Dining to Sleek Media Room
August 31, 2018 in Before & After | 4 comments

We have been eager to share this ‘Before and After’ project with you. It is quite the transformation as the space not only has new colors and furnishings, but the room now serves a completely different purpose than it did before. Our clients, who we have worked with on several projects before, reached out to our team to help them reconfigure their formal dining room into more of a den-like space for their daughters to use. They wanted the space to feel updated, modern, and be configured to utilize and maximize the space.


The formal dining room sits just to the right of the front door. It is one of the first spaces you see when you walk in the home. The room was painted in a dated burgundy paint color and paired with other traditional furnishings and fixtures.

For many homeowners, a formal dining room is only used a handful of times a year. The thing with rarely used spaces is they can become a catch-all for clutter.  That seemed to be the case in this project. The room felt forgotten and overlooked.

Before the dining room could be transformed into a media room it needed to be reconfigured. Our plan was to use the wall shown below to house a large custom built-in with plenty of storage for media equipment. (That would now eliminate the doors that lead directly to the kitchen, but these of course were no longer necessary for a ‘bonus’ media/den space.)


The new media room feels so much more inviting! We selected a large plush sectional for plenty of comfy seating for lounging. The sectional fabric is ‘Crypton’ which is durable and forgiving. It is accented with dark charcoal velvet lumbar pillows and striped cream/navy pillows for a crisp look.

The custom built-ins and trimwork are painted in a moody gray paint, Benjamin Moore Gray. For added interest and texture, we covered the adjacent walls in a daring dark charcoal grasscloth to give the space even more depth.

The gallery wall above the sofa is a series of library cards that our client’s had purchased during their travels. It adds a personal touch to the media space (not to mention goes perfectly with the color scheme). Framed and matted in white, they jump off the walls and add some contrast against the dark grasscloth.

A drum shade replaced the traditional ornate chandelier. The aged iron circle accents on the fixture keep the space modern and youthful.

Another sleek element in the space is the tufted leather ottoman. It gives the family even more seating and a place to kick their feet up.

The draperies in the space have more punchy details. The white linen draperies are accented with studded tape at the leading edges. They add an edgy detail to the space.

Here’s a closer view of the charcoal studded tape on the draperies. A leather wrapped side table with a burnished silver lamp mixes in some metal tones and plays up the modern feel of the new media room.

We accessorized the built-ins with a mix of black, white and gold accents to keep with the moody, muted color scheme. The cabinet lowers allow for plenty of storage space, while keeping the space clean and organized.

We love a good before and after. If you want to reimagine or reconfigure a space, our team can help you get that much closer. Plus, fall is a great time to refocus on on your home projects. Start with our questionnaire and we can learn a little more about your project goals.

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