Before & After: Gemma's Dining Room Makeover

I used to be a serial decorator.

It was almost a problem to be honest.  Verging on an addiction to change.

My most patient fiance got to the point where he was reluctant to leave the house in case he came back to an entirely different home.  And in all fairness, after a three day business trip to Sweden once he came back to find several rooms updated, furniture swapped out and walls tiled!

So it may come as a surprise to you all to find out that my most recent makeover has taken much longer, months in fact before I could get to the stage where I am excited to share what I have been up to.  There were a number of factors in the delay, Covid being one of them and not because of delays with products but sheer lack of time!

We have been incredibly lucky and humbled to have been so busy over the last year.  It has meant that decorating (very sadly) took a back seat.  There was also the mind mending decisions that had to be made about the space.  The dining room has always been one room that I have struggled with over the years.  If you have been following along with us for awhile you may remember some of the incarnations of this room.


Before: Pink & Green 
Before: Mind the Gap Beverly Hills Wallpaper | Paint: Confetti by Little Greene, Bancha by Farrow & Ball
Before: Paint: Mercer Green Abigail Ahern.  Wallpaper: Graham & Brown Easy Tiger
Before: Up-cylced Dining Room Table 
Hope you enjoyed the trip down memory lane there!  I think the dark green was one of my favourite makeovers.  The reality often with interiors is that something that looks great in pictures isn't always the easiest to live with and that was the case with this decadent verdant green colour.
This time around I decided (and was also encouraged most enthusiastically by my fiance) to opt for a more pared back, neutral decor choice.  Over the last few months we have noticed a trend for laid back neutrals with muted beige and creams becoming a favourite hue.
I was keen to incorporate a trend that I think will be here to stay for a long time.  The beautiful texture and colouring of natural cane webbing is not only Insta-famous but also a great option for adding an unusual twist whilst also sticking to the pared back look I was striving for.
Featuring heavily in furniture, cane webbing is also a fantastic option for walls.  Following the launch of NLXL's Cane Webbing wallpaper a few months ago, I have been waiting ever since for the opportunity to include it somewhere in my own home.
NLXL is the first brand to launch a cane webbing wallpaper and we think it is going to be a massive trend.  After removing the mirrored wall in the dining room I felt this striking wallpaper would be the perfect option to add a feature to this wall, without it being a cliche 'feature wall' that we see so much of now.
There are a fantastic selection of wallpapers within this collection and after some thought I opted for the Natural MRC Cane Webbing in Natural combined with the White Wainscoting.  The two wallpapers work perfectly together with the Wainscoting designed to be run horizontally underneath the cane webbing.
At the time of planning this room makeover I was thrilled to be asked by Lick Home if I would like to collaborate with them and I jumped at the chance.  Lick requires fewer coats, is wipe clean and super durable, all key attributes for a busy household such as ours.
I decided on Beige 02, White 05 and Black 02.  

*Lick paint kindly gifted

Beige 02 is a buff brown with an effortless chic boldness to it.  It has a grey undertone which is perfect for our north facing room that can sometimes feel cold and a bit dark at certain points of the day.  White 05 is a warm white with a creamy yellow undertone but with an added oaty dimension so its got more depth to it, perfect for lightening up the ceiling.

*Lick paint kindly gifted

The existing picture rail was to be painted in Black 02 and also the ceiling rose and inside the window and door alcoves for an added punch of colour and to tie the scheme together and ground it somewhat.  Black 02 is a stunning dark velvet black with red undertones perfect for our north facing room.  The paint went on like a dream and as promised, after only two coats we had a beautifully painted room, fresh and ready for styling!
So without further ado, here is the final result!
When it came to furniture, we decided to keep the tulip style white marble circular dining table.  At Luxeology Home we had recently introduced a completely beautiful Sideboard with Black Wood and Cane Webbing which I knew immediately would fit wonderfully within the scheme.
Again choosing dining chairs was super easy!  The Black Wood & Woven Cane Dining Chair's we had just launched were the idea solution.  An ultra stylish chair with a fabulously quirky twist of striking cane webbing and an effortlessly chic black stained frame.  Totally practical for messy children and sticky fingers, but also completely cool and stylish, these gorgeous chairs were destined to be the perfect choice.
We have beautiful White Carrera Marble effect porcelain tiles that run all throughout the ground floor of the house which is a great basis for the design of the dining room.  I decided on a round floor rug which I felt would help to zone the space and ground the scheme. 
The Round Large Jute Braided Rug was the ideal option for this room.  A fabulous size at 180 cm in diameter, this stunning rug is hand-braided from natural jute in a beautifully intricate pattern.  Hard-wearing and practical but still wonderfully textural and stylish, I simply adore this amazing large rug.  
Lighting is always one of the key aspects in all interior schemes and I opted for the White Feather and Gold Tripod Floor Lamp.  I just adore the simple lines of the polished gold tripod base and the juxtaposition of the fluffy, feathered white, almost frivolous, feather shade.  Perfection!  And it harmonises wonderfully with the aesthetics of the cane webbing wallpaper.
I always believe in having as many different styles of lighting as possible in a room.  It adds layering and intrigue and of a night time creates a magical ambience that makes you want to spend time there.  With the floor lamp chosen, I have been playing about with ideas for lighting on top of the Black Wood & Cane Cabinet.
First choice was the Shagreen Grey Blue Ceramic Table Lamp.   It features a stylish beige lined shade that would compliment many interiors with a faux shagreen effect ceramic base.  Complimented by a band of striking gold at the base, this beautiful large table lamp exudes elegance and opulence.
Then came the Terracotta Bobbled Table Lamp with Raffia Shade.  New in, the Terracotta Bobbled Table Lamp with Raffia Shade is a statement Table Lamp with an earthy and beautifully subtle style.  Featuring an unusual black raffia shade and bobbled terracotta base, I love how grounding but totally stunning this lamp is!  
Which do you prefer?
I decided to keep the rest of the styling simple, pared back (for me!) and ultimately classic.  I hope you love it as much as I do!  Let me know in the comments what you think.
Gemma x

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