Navy Dining Room Reveal – One Room Challenge

Thankfully, I survived the 6 weeks and finished my navy blue dining room!

Yes, It’s reveal day for the guest participants of the Spring One Room Challenge!  I must say, there’s nothing like a deadline to get me moving…

Navy Dining Room Reveal:

Navy Dining Room Reveal

In case you are not familiar with the One Room Challenge, it is a biannual event created by Linda Weinstein of Calling it Home, where bloggers challenge themselves to transform a space over a 6 week period.  On Wednesdays, twenty designers share their progress and on Thursdays, the guest participants (anyone with a blog) can share.

Like I said, this time around I chose to update my dining room for the One Room Challenge.  After living with a red dining room for about 15 years, I was ready for a new look…and I was ready for a navy dining room!

Let’s take a look back at the dining room before we painted it navy…

Red Dining Room Before Photo

Apparently, I only photographed the room at Christmas time…

If you want to see details of this Christmas table setting, you can read this post.

Red Dining Room Before

Since my husband would never agree to changing the furniture, I had to work around what I had.  Which was fine since I was up for a “challenge”…a One Room Challenge that is – lol!  Thankfully, my husband wasn’t opposed to a navy dining room.

Luckily, just painting the wall color navy gave our cherry furniture a whole new look!

For my navy blue wall color, I chose Sherwin Williams Naval.  In my opinion Naval is the perfect navy blue!  For the white wainscoting we used Benjamin Moore Decorator’s White which is my go-to trim color.

Navy Dining Room - Color - Sherwin Williams Naval

As part of the makeover, I switched the fabrics on the chairs to this navy and white stripe.

Dining Chair Seatcover update

Since we painted the walls navy blue, I wanted to keep the chair fabric on the lighter side.  After obsessing about fabric choices for weeks, I realized I was running out of time to order.

As a last resort, I ended up buying Ralph Lauren sheets at Homegoods and using them for the seats.

I know, how blogger of me…They are a cotton polyester blend and hopefully they will hold up for awhile.  The pattern is subtle but picks up the navy from the walls.

As you can see, I also changed the oriental rug to a seagrass one. 

This seagrass rug is definitely not as soft as the previous rug but it gives the dining room the coastal/traditional look I was going for in here.  As you can see, the seagrass is also a great contrast to the navy blue walls.

Navy Dining Room British Colonial Style

On the windows, I hung neutral curtain panels which work well with the seagrass.

Originally, I thought I wanted plain white ones in here to go with my whole blue and white look.  Unfortunately, the day I hung the white, I wasn’t happy.  Luckily, I had these panels sitting in the closet for a few years just waiting to be used.  They are from Homegoods.

Blue and White China and Gold Bar Cart

In the back corner, I rehung my shelves and added some Lenox and Blue Willow china.

As you can see, I also bought a new bar cart.  You might notice it does not show up in all the pictures because I had my son put it together just last night!  Nothing like waiting until the last minute.  Better late than never…

Pottery Barn Round Gold Bar Cart

Seriously, the bar cart could be my favorite thing in my new navy dining room!

I have been wanting one of these forever and when it went on sale at Pottery Barn, I ordered it using a gift card from my American Express points.  That counts as being free, right?

And speaking of Pottery Barn, I also snatched up these green patterned napkins just yesterday.

Since they were on clearance, I thought it would be fun to add a little green to our navy dining room.  I love blue and green together!

Green and Blue Table Setting

Originally, I was going to leave the table unset but decided it needed to be dressed up for the big room reveal!

Navy and Green Coastal Table Setting

The navy and white striped place mats are also from Pottery Barn (from a previous trip).  In my opinion, they help keep the table looking a little more casual and cabana-like.

Console Table with Lamps in Navy Dining Room

On the other side of our navy dining room you can see my new console table.

After visiting every furniture and consignment store in the entire state of New Jersey, I finally settled on this one from Pier One.  Seriously, I just couldn’t justify spending a lot of money for this piece but I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted.  I figured I could make this one work.

The top is glass and I had this vision of myself attaching caning under the glass…and then I had this vision of myself crying because I messed it up!

Needless to say, I decided to leave the glass for now.  In my living room, we have a coffee table with caning and I’d love to repeat that somewhere else in the house…

Blue and White Porcelain

Wouldn’t caning look great under my blue and white porcelain, though?  Maybe someday I’ll add it to continue the British Colonial vibe in the room.

Caribbean Map and Cherry Console Table

The Caribbean map used to hang over our piano in the living room but I like the way it looks in here more.

The lamps are from Homegoods.  With the dark navy blue walls, I really needed some extra light in here besides the chandelier.  I like how the white really brightens up the space too.

Navy Dining Room with Seagrass Rug

As you can tell, it’s not very easy to photograph a navy room.  Of course, it also doesn’t help that it was cloudy when I took some of these photos.

Navy Dining Room Coastal Style

Light artwork and bright plants definitely help brighten things up, though.

Coastal Art in Navy Dining Room

And what’s a coastal inspired room without a few nods to the sea?  It’s about time I finally hung up the shell artwork I’ve had laying around.

Tropical Traditional Navy Dining Room

For someone who tends to work on rooms slowly and let them evolve, the One Room Challenge is a great way to push myself out of my comfort zone (aka procrastination zone).

There’s just something so satisfying about having a room finished!!

And in my opinion, there’s nothing like a navy dining room!

Gold Bar Cart in Navy Dining Room

I hope you enjoyed the tour of my navy dining room reveal!

Cheers to everyone who completed the One Room Challenge!

Thank you to Linda Weinstein, of Calling It Home, the creator of the One Room Challenge.  Thanks also to media partners, House Beautiful and Home Love Network!

Be sure to visit the other guest participants in the Spring 2018 – One Room Challenge – Week 6.  You will be blown away by the talent out there!

In case you would like to get caught up with my project, here are the links to each week:

Week 1 / Week 2 / Week 3 / Week 4 / Week 5

This is the second time I joined the One Room Challenge.  If you would like to see my home office that I decorated a few years ago, click here –Home Office Reveal.

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*Update – If you want to see how I’ve accessorized my navy dining room since this makeover, read – Dining Room Ideas for Every Season.

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  1. OMG…Shelley! I love love love it. Everything came together beautifully. I love the traditional mixed with the coastal casual. A great mix. And blue, white with a bit of green has always been a favorite color combo of mine. Well done friend.

    1. Thank you so much, Lauren! I was hoping to pull off the traditional/coastal mix so I am glad you like it!

  2. Oh I love the navy, such a fresh change and your furniture and accessories are fabulous.

  3. Shelley this room came out so beautifully! You know I am a huge fan of seagrass, especially with traditional furniture, I just love that contrast and it looks so British Colonial to me like something out of the Williams Sonoma Home catalog! I love what you did with your table too – the striped placements, woven chargers and green and white napkins are so pretty with your china – you're so good at tablescapes! Hope you and your family enjoy this refreshed space and have many good times ahead in this room!

    1. Wow – Williams Sonoma Home…thank you so much, Lisa! I am thrilled that you think my room looks like that! It feels so good to be finished and I am sure you feel the same about your beautiful room!

  4. Shelley, I love the navy blue. It reminds me of my old dining room color, but my ceiling was also navy. Great transformation!

    1. Thank you, Kim! I will have to take another look at your old pictures now that mine is done. Thanks again!

  5. I love this! The new wall color made such a difference with the look of the dining table. The bar cart is so fun, and I love all the coastal decor!

    1. Thanks, Tanya! Yes, paint can really transform a room. I know I didn't "need" a bar cart but it's just so much fun to decorate! Thanks again!

  6. Shelley, the room looks amazing! I think you did a gorgeous job! I love the paint color and the seagrass is the PERFECT touch! It does look slightly British Colonial, which I adore. And I think the console table looks so good! I'm sure you're happy with it, and I have to say, you should be! Congrats to you on another ORC successfully completed! :)Happy weekend!Sheilaxo

    1. Thanks so much, Sheila! You are always so supportive with your positive comments. Yes, I am glad you think it looks slightly British Colonial. I love that look but I didn't want to go overboard with it. I am so happy to have a room finished…as I am sure you are too! Cheers, my friend!

  7. You did a beautiful job, your whole room is lovely. You are right, just changing the color on the walls can give the furniture a different look. I like the touches of light on the dark walls.

  8. Shelley, I really love your dining room! The navy walls are stunning and allow your furniture to shine! The bar cart and rug are both the perfect touches! Great job and congrats !

    1. Thank you, Pam! I needed the 6 week deadline to make those decisions! Glad you like it!

  9. Shelley, I love love the navy paint! The seagrass is a great juxtaposition to your lovely traditional furniture. Blue and white pieces are a favorite of mine and look great in your space. Awesome job!

    1. Thank you so much! I had been wanting to switch to navy for awhile and I am so glad I did! Thanks again for your kind words!

  10. Shelley, I love your new dining room! The navy blue gives it a totally different vibe. The seagrass and all the accessories are perfection. I need that bar cart!

    1. Thanks Cristina! I am really happy how the navy turned out. I had a hard time deciding on bar carts since there are so many cute ones available these days! Thanks again!

  11. I think it looks amazing, Shelley! The navy really does make your furniture look richer in color….very beautiful!Have a great week!Carol

    1. Thanks so much, Carol! I was pleasantly surprised at how much better the furniture looked when the room was done.

    1. Thank you, Laura…what a nice compliment! I really needed that deadline to get myself motivated!

  12. Congratulations on your completed room; it's gorgeous! I think I'd recognize this room as yours even if I didn't know. It has your special flair!

    1. Oh you are so sweet, Laurel! I love that you think I have a "special flair"! Thank you, my friend!

  13. Shelley, the room is just lovely! You did such a great job pulling the colors through in all of the details. Congratulations on the completion of the ORC! Love that bar cart and sisal rug 🙂

    1. Thank you, Tracey! The biggest change was definitely the color so I am flattered that you think I made it work. Gotta love those bar carts! Hope you are enjoying yours as well!

  14. Shelley, this weekend I remembered your navy dining room project so I had to pop in here this morning and peek. It turned out so pretty! The walls are gorgeous. The console table is perfect. Love the curtains and all the little details. The room looks amazing and timeless.

  15. Oh my goodness what a transformation! Your furniture even looks different with the paint color. Fabulous job!AmberFollow The Yellow Brick Home

    1. Thanks so much Amber! Yes, my husband was thrilled that I was suddenly happy with my furniture again!

  16. I LOVE this room and my husband and I would love to copy your paint colors. Thank you for listing the navy color. I was wondering if you knew what white you used on the bottom portion of the walls and the ceiling?

    1. Thank you so much! The bottom is Benjamin Moore Decorators White. The ceiling is just a basic flat ceiling white.

  17. I’m so glad I stumbled upon your site!! I love your dining room makeover!! The dining room in my new house is similar in layout and style and I haven’t done anything with it for 2 years now. But I now have lots of inspiration. Thanks!!

  18. Hi! The room looks great and I’m planning to do the same for our dining room on! What white paint did you use here to pair with SW Naval? There are so many shades of white I’m not sure what will go with the navy blue best!

    1. Thanks so much! I guess I need to go in and update my sources…the white trim is Benjamin Moore Decorator’s White. Hope that helps!

  19. Beautiful…think we have the same exact taste. We built our home in 2006….in my dining room, we painted it Brown Tepee which is a claret, dark red. Two years ago, I painted it Hale Navy
    Cheers and Happy, Healthy New Year🎉🍾

    1. Thanks so much, Joanna! Yes, it definitely sounds like we have the same taste! Cheers to navy blue – and happy new year to you too!

  20. HI Shelley, I love it and judging by the comments so does everyone else! I have a navy dining room and I love it! Great job and I need a new rug and agree sisal works with the navy! Looks amazing! laura in CO

    1. Thanks so much, Laura! My dining room used to be red and for awhile I thought I’d go lighter. But as soon as the navy paint went on the walls, I knew I made the right decision!

    1. Thanks Virginia! I think I bought mine at Ballard but Bellacor and Overstock carry it. – Feiss Chateau 6 light mocha bronze chandelier. Hope that helps!

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