We would all like to have a large, grand place to entertain, but when the company is all gone, how do you take that same space from cavernous to cozy? With great design ideas and color choices, you can create a room that’s ready for any occasion.
Carol and Steve Hazard’s West Point, Mississippi, dining room was a long, narrow cave o’ beige when they bought the home a few years ago. Carol loved the space but wanted to add some fashion while maintaining the function.
With the help of designer Stephen Bengel, she kept things fresh with soft tone-on-tone green wallpaper. The vertical stripes help to pull the eye up instead of toward the horizon at the other end of the room. She also emphasizes the height of the room by accessorizing above eye level. A plate rack bordering the formal dining area holds her collection of English Staffordshire china. Taller pieces of furniture such as the Welsh cabinet provide great storage while keeping the visual interest up--literally.