Monday, November 9, 2009

Thoughts on Sheen Striping and Wainscoting

So, I have thought about doing sheen striping in our dining room. I thought it might give it a little flair without being over the top. I have a conservative, traditional style, and LC is uber-conservative. When I mentioned stripes last night, he lost all color in his face and reminded me that he's "super conservative." This is nothing crazy. Our walls are a neutral beige color despite the picture of it at the end of this post. It's not yellow, I promise.  I like neutrals and love the color that is already on the walls. So, I have two questions for you ladies, first, what are your thoughts on sheen striping. It's just using the same color paint but with different textures i.e. matte/flat and semi gloss/gloss. It looks like wallpaper sans the paper. I am thinking I would do it a lighter color like maybe an ivory or cream type color just to make the room appear brighter and bigger.



credit: paintedsurface.com


And the second question is your thoughts on wainscotting. I love it. I love love love love love it. Our floorplan is open as in our dining room is off to the side.  It's defined by the column. It's not an enclosed room per se when thinking of a traditional dining room. So, my question is would you put wainscotting in there? LC says it might not look right, but even though it is open and doesn't have a doorway per se, I think you can just put it around the walls and stop where they naturally stopped. What do you think? I think it's enclosed enough to do so.


You can see there is still a small wall behind the column where the wainscoting can wrap around. So, it's bigger than an L shape. It's almost a u-shape. Sorry, for the poor pic quality. It's off my iphone. We still don't have the net. Yes, I'm still alive and dying a slow death without my tv and pc. What do you think? Would wainscoting look dumb? In case some of you don't know what wainscoting is, I put a pic below. Most people have seen it even they don't know the technical name for it.



credit: saintlouispainting.com

16 comments:

Practically Perfect... said...

I love sheen striping. I think that it would look great in there, and it's definitely adds some flair while still being traditional/conservative.

We lived in an open plan townhouse that had wainscoting in the dining room. Personally, I didn't care for it, but it was also a townhouse so it wasn't quite as well defined as what you're describing. I think you should do the sheen striping first, see what you think, and then go from there!

The Richardson's said...

I say YES to wainscoting in every room haha. Not a HUGE fan of striping. I didn't say I didn't like it...just not a HUGE fan. It's sort of trendy and less elegant and traditional. And will probably be old news in a few years. =)

The Richardson's said...

I just realized I said the total opposite of the comment above me! Sorry about all the opinions!

Raining Pearls said...

Love the wainscotting, never seen the sheen painting in person. Go for it though. The beauty of paint, if you don't like it you can just pain over it. Good luck :)

Natalie said...

I love the striping as well.. very traditional, but still young at the same time. And it's just paint so in a few years when you're bored, just change it.
And I love wainscoting. We have wood in our living room & I keep debating on whether or not to paint it. We're getting wood floors put in this Spring so we'll see..

sarah said...

I love the striping-it's so classic and pretty.

And I am a HUGE fan of the wainscoting. It'll definitely define the space without doing some kind of drastic color change.

Southern Champagne Wishes said...

Sheen striping = fabulous! I hope you go for it - I love it (and it's easy to change if LC happens to hate it).

As far as the wainscotting - I love that, too, but to me, the more, the better, so I may not be the best to ask on that one haha.

Patience said...

I love the sheen striping. I think it will look amazing and not be too over the top for your husband. I am also a big fan of wainscotting, we have it in our formal dining room and we love it. Please post pics on what you decide to do.

nauticalandsouthern said...

I love the sheer striping idea--vertical stripes will make the room look even bigger (maybe you can sell him on that). Also love! wainscoting, it adds architectural interest and looks so classic. Good luck--

B.E.A said...

Yes to all!! The blog-Thrift Decor Chick has so many great ideas on wainscoting and trim. She will definitely get you inspired!

Lil' Woman said...

I think both styles would look good! :)

thepreppyprincess said...

We like both treatments, depending upon the room, and knowing you, either would be applied in moderation and they would look outstanding.

Tell LC to remain c-a-l-m.........breath in.....breath out....slowly. Heh-heh-heh.

It is just so cool that you are actually in the house!
tp

short southern momma said...

I love the striping girl! My friend did her little girls room in Pink's and it looked fabulous! I would say go for it! Loving your house! Hope your having a great day! xoxo

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Classy Fab Sarah said...

I LOVE me some sheen striping but we had problems when we tried to do it - it just didn't turn out right.

But I think it's a beautiful effect!

chrisy said...

I also love the sheen striping. My husband was reluctant as well. So I just did it one week when he was out of town. It turned out beautiful and he loved it. Go for it!!

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