Here’s a fall dining room makeover that’s wonderfully eclectic with a rustic touch. It’s by designer Saudah Saleem of Saudah Saleem Interiors, done especially for our Halloween and Harvest Style Challenge.
Saudah’s seasonal dining room boasts bold fall décor with creative use of color, a mix of patterns and simple DIY projects you can try at home.
A Fall Dining Room Makeover
My vision for the fall dining room makeover was to create a space with a fresh new take on seasonal décor. I wanted to welcome fall with an exciting new look for the dining room, while making sure the room remained functional and truly reflected how we live.
I’m happy to say that our dining room’s look this fall is anything but traditional. You don’t have to take my word for it, have a look and see how I created our dining room’s new sophisticated seasonal look.
With a combination of rich color and both rustic and refined elements, the redesigned space is everything I imagined!
The bookcases received a complete overhaul! Would you believe that this unit was once just two laminate bookcases? I customized the bookcases by adding architectural detail with crown moulding and trim from The Home Depot. Using a 2 x 4 piece of lumber and L-brackets, I attached the two bookcases to one another.
Next, I attached a 10-inch-tall piece of plywood to the top of the newly joined bookcases and then finished off the piece by adding crown moulding on both the top and the bottom.
The final step was to give the entire piece a fresh coat of white paint. The look is seamless and I love it!
By painting the backs of the bookcases a striking autumnal hue (Ralph Lauren Paint’s Duck Lodge), the piece becomes an amazing focal point in the space and is definitely my favorite part of the dining room makeover.
It’s classic design with a bit of a twist. While the moulding is in keeping with the history of our home, the fun butternut squash color reflects the style of our modern family. It’s amazing how impactful adding design details like color and trim to furnishings can be in a space.
I styled the bookcases using a mix of traditional fall décor items, wood textured pieces, a sprinkle of antiques, and of course a little sparkle via metallic accessories.
I used lots of layers on the table to create an eclectic but polished look. I found the perfect graphic print curtain panel to compliment the new color of the bookcase backs and used it as a table runner. I added a coat of white lacquer spray paint to unify the brightly colored pumpkins and gourds I received from The Home Depot. The shine of the lacquer finish gives the accessories an almost porcelain look. Very chic!
Never one to shy away from color or pattern mixing, I added my favorite leopard print napkins to the table décor. I also spray painted and cut one of the burlap bows originally attached to a rattan pumpkin I received to create mini “Thank- You” tags for each place setting.
I love using “surprise” details in interior design. The candle holders made from compression nuts really add both an industrial and an unexpected whimsy to the table setting.
Pairing rustic harvest elements with stylish and chic accessories proved to be a winning combination for this table décor.
We’re ready to host our first dinner party of the season.
Fabric is such an essential part of choosing the right curtains for your space. I ordered these gorgeous plum faux silk drapery panels from The Home Depot to give the windows a luxurious feel. They add instant drama and elegance.
Because the panels are lined they are also perfect for blocking the sun and keeping in heat.
Dining Room Rug
I found our dining room rug at The Home Depot a few years ago and still love it today. It’s subtle pattern makes it perfect for high traffic areas like our dining room.
Our buffet is one of the hardest working pieces of furniture in the room and is truly multi-functional. It actually houses the kids’ school and craft supplies, but you’d never know it from seeing its new high end look.
I found this amazing mirror at the Home Depot and spray painted the brown frame silver for a more polished look. If you look closely you’ll see that I gave the buffet a quick and easy update by installing marble pattern contact paper on the top and adding new hardware. These 2 quick and easy updates add so much character to the piece.
The pumpkin-shaped tealights I received from The Home Depot compliment the buffet’s new look perfectly and continue the fall/ harvest theme.
The key to creating a successfully designed eclectic look for your room is striking a balance between all the design elements used in the space. The modern mix of pattern and colors I used really creates interest and a subtle sophisticated fall look.
The juxtaposition of styles – old meets new — for example: the painted antique table paired with modern acrylic chairs – is true to our family’s personal style. Our new dining room is warm and inviting and ready for fall family gatherings.
I can’t wait to share our room’s new look with family and friends!
Originally from New York, Saudah Saleem is a Maryland-based interior designer. She writes about design inspiration, styling tips and decorating solutions on her design blog, Saudah Saleem Interiors. When she is not dishing about design or helping clients revamp their living spaces, Saudah is tackling DIY projects in her family’s 1920s Brownstone and spending time with her husband and five children.