Lighten Up: How to Brighten Any Room on a Budget

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Lighten Up, fine dining, white dining room with blue curtains and pink flowers on table
Michael Partenio

Fine Dining

After brightening up the dining room table with a few buckets of creamy white Sherwin-Williams paint, and the chairs with a cheery shade of periwinkle, Talley turned to the window treatments, replacing the dated floral curtains with budget-friendly blue-and-white checked panels from Country Curtains. Because the ready-made panels were just a hair too short, Talley added inexpensive fringe to the bottom edge, which also added a finishing touch. Handsome wrought-iron rods and rings from Smith + Noble give the treatments a tailored look. Custom chair pads were fashioned from a complementary blue-and-cream striped fabric from Calico Corners. The original black iron chandelier was too harsh for the room's lighter palette, so Talley painted it a metallic gray for an aged pewter look and added inexpensive chandelier shades from Target. She also lowered the fixture about two feet to make the dining area more intimate.

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