Refreshing ideas for decorating your breakfast room or dining room for spring in transitional cottage style using blue and white.
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For a long time I’ve decorated my home with mostly neutrals, but as I’m transitioning my home decor from farmhouse style to transitional cottage style I’m finding that I’m ready to incorporate more color. And after a gray, drab winter, what colors could be more refreshing and spring’ish than blue and white?!?
Before I share my spring decorations with you, I want to let you know that this is an exciting week! My friend Marty, from A Stroll Thru Life, is hosting her annual spring tour where a slew of my blogging friends will be sharing their spring decorating ideas all week long!
If you’re coming over from Pink Peppermint Design, welcome! If you haven’t already, you want to be sure to check out Tammy’s spring tour. I’ve found so many great ideas from her. You’ll find links to everyone else’s home tours down below.
I’ve always been a huge fan of all the shades of blue – it’s probably my favorite color! After incorporating it into my Christmas decor this past year (for the very first time), I honestly couldn’t figure out why I haven’t been using blue on an everyday basis all along.
You may have read about my breakfast nook makeover plans that I shared several days ago. In that post, you’ll see that this fabric is what has inspired the colors that I’m using.
I truly adore all of the different shades of blue in this fabric and it has given me so much inspiration for decorating my breakfast room!
I still have quite a bit to do for the makeover and have had to make a few plan adjustments because of furniture and upholsterer availability, but I decided to go ahead and incorporate the changes the I can do now into my spring decorations.
My plan is to leave the dresser that I use for a sideboard as is, but to paint the shelves white and to use gold Rub n Buff on my diy brackets. I debated over replacing the shelves with a hutch of some sort, but I don’t think that’s necessary to give me the transitional cottage vibe that I’m working toward.
I don’t know exactly when the shelf painting will happen, so I decided to go ahead and decorate them for spring anyway. I’ll simply add my same decorations back to them once they’ve been painted.
I think that having white shelves is going to give this side of the room a whole new look!
I’m especially drawn to the cobalt shade of blue, that can be found in my inspiration fabric, and incorporated quite a bit of it into the decor on my shelves.
I honestly think this whole look will carry me all the way through the summer. And believe it or not, I’m already thinking ahead to decorating for fall and how that will look with blue.
If you’ve been following me for a while, you already know my K-I-S-S decorating method and how I use it to make decorating so much easier. My method works especially well on these shelves because they normally get changed up several times a year.
Because there’s quite a bit going on on the shelves, I kept the spring centerpiece fairly simple. I think that my “artfully arranged” square blue and white seersucker tablecloth makes a great base for the centerpiece.
The light fixture is one of the items that I wanted to change as part of the makeover. I still loved the other one, but I just don’t feel like it worked well with the style that I’m transitioning to in my home.
The new light fixture is everything that I’ve ever wanted! It gave the entire room an instant transitional cottage feel as soon as it was in place. Let’s just say that you would have enjoyed being a fly on the wall watching the hubs and I hanging this thing by ourselves.
You’re seeing my table and chairs in its mid-makeover state. I’m planning to keep my dining table, but am changing the chairs. I’ve already received the new side chairs that I ordered, but unfortunately, the end chairs are majorly delayed. So I cancelled the order and am going to keep the ones that I already have and hopefully be able to make them look right with the new chairs by giving them a little makeover too.
My hope is that I can pull them all together with fabric and paint. I’m not sure exactly what I’m going to do. I’m considering painting the chair frames blue or only painting the end chairs or just reupholstering the seats. We’ll see.
I considered moving my dining room chairs in here just for this tour, since the current chairs aren’t in their completed state yet, but you know what? I decided to keep things real and show you the room the way that it really is right now. There’s usually at least some part of our homes that is a work in progress – right?
Another one of the changes that I’ve already made to the room is to change the draperies. The lighter color of the new ones has completely changed the way the space feels and brightens the entire room!
The draperies are another work in progress though. I still need to train them and I think that I also need to move the drapery rod brackets farther apart. I’m also considering adding trim to both sides of each panel, which would give them a little more definition and would reinforce the blue color that’s in them. I think something as simple as a pretty grosgrain ribbon down each side would work nicely.
I hope you’ve gotten a few ideas from my work-in-progress spring breakfast room tour! What colors do you like to decorate with for spring?
Now, be sure to go visit Marty at A Stroll Thru Life. She always has inspiring seasonal decor and does such a great job of showcasing her beautiful home!
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