This Designer Created a Warm and Inviting Dining Room from a Bare Space

Clean and modern dining room with wooden table.

Angela Grace Design

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“My goal was to create a comfortable yet stylish dining room to host brunch and dinner parties," interior designer Angela Scaletta says. "Built in 1903, in the true Craftsman style of the time, this home exudes pure California charm. The dining room, in particular, has the original hardwood flooring, windows, steam-heat radiator, high ceilings, and beautiful trim details.”

Meet the Expert

Angela Scaletta is a San Francisco-based interior designer whose California roots, including natural materials and finishes, are evident in each of her designs.

Before:

Before shot of empty dining room.

Courtesy of Angela Scaletta

“The room’s bones were good, and there wasn’t a lot of rehab as we were dealing with an empty space except for an odd ceiling pendant,” Scaletta notes. "The biggest challenge was the layout —we wanted a table to seat 6 to 8 people comfortably yet the 13’ x 13’ room was relatively small. We also needed to come up with storage solutions for wine and dining essentials.”

After:

Rustic and chic dining room.

Angela Grace Design

“Many elements helped create this inviting, light, and comfortable room,” Scaletta shares. “Painting the walls in a warm greige, adding a large metal globe-shaped ceiling pendant, and hanging white linen curtains really warmed up the space. The redwood table and mango wood console incorporate touches of a California aesthetic while a durable rug and slipcovered white chairs add to the non-fussy feel. Lastly, a sizable buffet helped to satisfy the much-needed storage requirements.”

What Changed:

  • Color theme:  Soothing neutral shades of white, tan, and beige mix with vibrant pops of metal.  
  • Dining table: The table’s top was created by a local craftsman out of a fallen redwood tree. 
  • Chairs/benches: Slipcovered chairs are paired with a table-matching redwood bench to create a unique blend of seating.  
  • Buffet: The cane matting on the doors make this mango wood sideboard a standout.  
  • Wall art: Wood conical blocks give off the appearance of bells and pop against the gray wall paint. 
  • Bar cart: The gold and glass bar cart doubles as a music stand, displaying a record player and albums.
  • Ceiling pendant: The rust-colored globe-like steel chandelier is made from hand-bent, retired Napa wine barrel rings. 
  • Gallery wall: Images of nature are showcased in light frames with white mats.
  • Mirror: The emerald cut mirror has a bit of an art deco feel, adding sparkle to the walls. 
  • Rug: A super durable Tulum oriental rug ties all the room’s neutral colors together. 
  • Curtains: Crisp white linen curtains add a softness to the room. 
  • Walls: The walls were painted in Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter in a flat/matte finish. 
  • Wall art: A modern take on a Japanese woodblock print, the unique red, white and black image provides a pop of color in this mostly neutral space.
  • Plant: A palm plant introduces a natural element to this space.

Shop the Look:

Corner of dining room with bar cart and plant.

Angela Grace Design

Dolores Cane Console Table
Pottery Barn Dolores Cane Console Table $1,499
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“This cane-front buffet looks right at home in a dining room but goes just as well in a bedroom or living room,” Scaletta suggests.

Faceted Wall Mirror, Emerald Cut
West Elm Faceted Wall Mirror, Emerald Cut $299
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“This mirror has emerald cuts, which do a good job of reflecting light and making any space feel bigger,” Scaletta shares.

Castelli Oriental Beige Area Rug
Langley Street Castelli Oriental Beige Area Rug $560
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“This rug plays off the neutrals in the room, tying everything together,” Scaletta says. 

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