I was inspired by a chipper yellow table runner and a fiery pendant light to make a warm-blooded dining room mood board just for fun. Whoop, here it is:
1. The wall color could be a soft olive-khaki tone, like the stripe in the background of the mood board (try Benjamin Moore’s Limestone 513) with browns, oranges, deeper olives, pops of yellow, and some crisp white in the furnishings/accessories. Maybe even a smidge of navy if you’re into that sort of thing. And now that I see that stripe of olive-khaki, big wide horizontal tone-on-tone stripes might be pretty fun for the walls if you’re feeling feisty (try Benjamin Moore’s Limestone 513 and Flowering Herbs 514).
2. These Target chairs are $70 a pop, and the Ikea table is under $300 (but you could always find something on craigslist and refinish it for even less if that’s your jam).
3. This Stacy Garcia pendant (along with the fun chevron runner) were the inspiration for this entire board. Isn’t the geometric kinda Moroccan-ish pattern fun? It’s down from $225 to $149 with free shipping for anyone interested. I wonder if you could search for a coupon code to take it down even further.
4. Yellow mug = happy life forever. At least that’s a theory I’m working on. Who can sip from this guy and not smile? He’s even called the beam mug.
5. Klimt has always been a favorite of mine. I have another theory that his painting called The Kiss is akin to the movie Titanic (it makes all the ladies swoon). And this lesser known garden print is painterly and soft – which makes it a nice counterpart to the graphic pops of pattern in the chevron runner and the geometric pendant. I also love that it has olive, orange, white, and even a dash of navy. Holla.
6. This giant braided jute rug from Overstock would bring in some natural texture to balance the graphic patterns and sleek dining table (it’s $230 for an 8 x 10 and has tons of 5 star ratings).
7. These bright little appetizer trays ($2.95 each) would be so charming mixed in with crisp white china, a few of those yellow mugs, and the sunny chevron runner.
8. Here’s that chevron runner (from etsy for $15) that started it all (well, I guess he’s in cahoots with the pendant, who also sparked this board). Cute, no?
Anyone out there doing some dining room makeover-ing? Or sipping from a happy yellow mug? Either way, it sounds like a good time.
Psst- See 150+ other mood boards (and sort them by room or color) here. Oh and we just heard the new 376 page (!) Ikea catalog is out here.
Kai B says
This looks like my living room!
I was just looking at yellow chevron fabric earlier this morning. It’s a top contender for our playroom windows! What a coincidence!
Yay, I’ve missed your mood boards. That pendant lamp is awesome.
I love the art that you choose for your mood boards. Do you have any tips on how you find pieces that flow with other components you’ve chosen?
I usually just search by color and type (ex: orange abstract or blue photograph) to see what comes up. Sometimes I click those “if you like this you’ll like these” buttons that lead me somewhere else too! Hope it helps!
Love those firey tones!! Ikea catalogue here I come!!
Love this! I have a very similar set of table + chairs so might use this as inspiration. I just moved into a new house and am decorating room by room. Currently working on the living room, completely inspired by this pillow, in Meadow: http://www.westelm.com/products/bulls-eye-pillow-cover-r928/?pkey=csilk-pillows
I’ve got a work in progress moodboard, but I’m having trouble deciding between bright blue walls, or neutral walls with bright accessories. Decisions!!
Patti – Depending upon how much light comes into your space, navy could be a great wall color for this – it could read as both a neutral and a color. Just a thought!
Oooooh navy. I second that motion.
Yeah, I’m thinking a dark & bright blue to match the stripe in that pillow (it’s a weird hue of peacock/teal blue, hard to tell online). My downstairs is open floorplan with stark white cabintes in the kitchen, so I think some bold blue in half the open area could totally spice up the joint!
Big fan of bold use of color, so the board appealed to me. But more than that, your boards encourage me to be more of a planner when I redo rooms. Too often, I am shooting from the hip and a bit haphazard in my approach. I really appreciate that you post such a wide variety of topics and that you take such care to make your posts lively, insightful and well crafted. Interesting writing takes time to craft. So, with all the home projects you do, I imagine you to be two very busy people. thanks!!
I can imagine that, posting 8+ times a week is exhausting. I like this mood board and more importantly, I got to check out Gustav Klimt, someone I’ve never heard of and now I’m obsessed. So, while this post isn’t a complete room makeover like some may wish. I was inspired. And to anyone disappointed by this post…just remember how much work is involved in coming up with blog ideas while working on home improvement projects, blog updates, comment approval, writing, photographing, editing and continuing to find more things to blog about. Keep on keeping on J&S!
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Oh the colors are so nice! I really don’t know why people want to post comments that are not nice. Just don’t comment at all and if you are not happy reading the posts just don’t go to their blog anymore. No need to be mean or insulting.
Thanks for the post! I’m in love with Klimt’s garden paintings… Seriously, I think I could buy copies of them all… but never know exactly how to use them in my space. So this was a fun way to see them in an actual room!
LOVE the chevron table runner! I saw the same print done as curtains and was tempted to create a concept board as well, but this one is much better than what I had in mind!
YEA!! for a new mood board! I sure did miss them, they are like little yellow coffee mugs. They make me smile.
Danielle D. says
Every morning I start my work day with a cup of coffee and YHL. This morning was no different and as I lifted my coffee mug to my mouth I choked in surprise because my coffee mug is the chipper yellow mug you included on the mood board! I drink out of this mug every morning when I read your blog and I think its just a fun coincidence that I thought I’d share :) Thanks for making my mornings start with a smile!
Hilarious! I love it. And I’m jealous of your mug. I think we might spring for some. My own just for fun mood board has me shopping now. Haha.
oh I love this!! I have been pining over what to do about our living room/dining room convo for quite some time. I am NO designer, and just can’t decide what to do, also have decorator’s ADD lol. I have red, brown, barley, basically neutral except the red in those rooms. I have an IKEA photo http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/20150946
in the dining room and a HUGE mirror (which my aunt bought my mom from who knows where and was given to me) I have been toying with thoughts of green and orange for sometime, but just couldn’t decide. Oh, I also have an accent wall in red(not quite fabulous red, but close). Do you think the yellow, green and orange will go with the red as well? That it won’t be over-doing the colors a bit? I love bright and cheery, but I really just haven’t invested much into decor just yet…
It sounds pretty! How about posting a photo on our Facebook page so we can all weigh in? Hope it helps!
Rachel Tatem says
What a fetching spread! Love number 5!
Ah, Sherry, you’re the best! I’ve been trying to convince my husband that yellow and orange go great together as accent colors, and he hasn’t been believing me. Now I just have to show him this post and he’ll finally see the light! :)
I loooove this board. We just bought and are fixing up a house that has not been touched since it was built in 1977 so I need all of th inspiration that I can get.
YES! Now we’re talkin’!
I love that you two are exploring color more and more.
And specifically the colors that speak to me!
The moody and sultry oranges, yellow, and greens = love!
I’m currently in the middle of redoing our dining room > http://bit.ly/pSjHll baby steps but I think I can see the finish line. Didn’t go with the sunshine yellow but still got a bright pop of color in the room. :)
GORGEOUS! Those lamps? I die. The knobs? I die again. Obsessed.
thank you! that means so much coming from you!! :)
Hooray for mood boards! I am still kicking myself for not enlisting your services to create a mood board for my living room, when it was avaialble :-)
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Funny how you mention Klimt adoration because I’ve always liked his work too! Oddly enough, for my wedding I got ready in this old home of a family friend in the French Quarter that had Klimt (replica) paintings hanging in the main room and entryway. The paintings are in the background of many of my pre-wedding photos! And I love that garden print!
I love the colors too and the fact that they are a bit retro but I still can’t stand brown and orange in the same room. I like the little bit of orange in the art work but I think you can still obtain a warm feeling without using the orange, the yellow works but I just love a creamy white paired with the olive green you selected!
Love the mood board! I’ve been following your blog for almost 2 years and this is my first time commenting. I have a question regarding those J&S hooks that you placed on the back of your bathroom door in your old house. I’d like to do the same for my bathroom, but have hollow-core doors. Will it work or is there another option to attach these hooks? Thank you for YHL, as it is the only blog I faithfully follow. :)
Ours were hollow core so it definitely works! You can use a dab of Liquid Nails behind the hooks to hold them more firmly to the door along with screws or anchors. Good luck!
Sherry, love the mood boards. What do you use to create them? I’d like to try to make my own with some of my current colors. Thanks!
I use Photoshop but I’ve heard good things about mydeco.com and polyvore.com (they’re both free programs). Hope it helps!
Yay! Love mood boards!!! I’m putting pops of orange in my new kitchen to cheer it up :)
Love you guys, the blog and every post you write. The mood boards are some of my favorites since I desperately need to start making our four-years-lived-in-house a home.
So far I have done nothing. Because, I’ve been too busy attacking project like trying to teach my dogs how to bring me my slippers and trying to teach my husband how to empty the dryer lint tray for the love of god.
Erin @ One Project at a Time says
I wish I would have seen that rug before we just purchased one from Ikea. Oh well, hopefully ours will stand up to the traffic.
PS- Cheers to you guys for laughing through snarky and opinionated comments. Why is it when people get behind the safety of a computer screen or in a different car, they treat people and act in a way they would never do face to face? So disappointing.
Paula M. says
I love that Stacey Garcia lampshade — and looking at it just gave me a completely wild thought: Have you ever seen ceiling A/C outlets that look like three plates or circles of varying size set within each other? (odd description, I know) …
My condo complex from the ’70s has those. I think they’re peculiar as can be (though I’ve also seen them in an upscale restaurant) and very distracting. I wonder if it’d work to somehow attach a lampshade (without the light) to the ceiling around the A/C outlet … so you would not see the A/C vent (unless right under it), just the pretty shade.
I’m guessing there are probably at least a couple reasons NOT to do that (how to affix to ceiling and how much would it interfere with the A/C in summer and the heat in winter, and could that even be hazardous) — but it sure is tempting.
I would totally try it. I’m crazy like that. I’ve attached drum shades to fans to hide the ugly bulbs and I loved it!
Well, as one who “complained” about the recent posts, I would like to respond. I do not think I was rude or snarky, I was just offering input! I like seeing their renovations! So many blogs out there offer mood boards and filler posts. YHL is better than that, and that is why I am loyal. And tolerant, I haven’t ever complained before! It’s just that there have been so many of them lately!
Did you not see the post they put up five hours after this one? It’s a project.
Jen C says
This week of posts has been one of my favorites. Everyone has different opinions, so just because you think talking about breastfeeding or creating an image gallery might be filler, there are 1000 combined comments on those posts from people who love them.
ahhh thank you, Sherry! I was trying to figure out how to transform our den (which was becoming very “autumn” each day) into something a little lighter and I think this mood board might have just hit the nail on the head! Plus our den’s walls are clapboard so I might try the strips on the main wall!
Susan Borland says
AAAAH! My husband and I HAVE this dining room table. It’s amazing. But we have 4 different chairs sitting at it. so one never looks awkward when they’re pulled up!
Here’s the thing. We got ours at the IKEA as-is department at $139. HEllo! It has a a 1 inch scratch on it. But mom gave me great advice, she says buy things discounted that have some scratches, because if someone else scratches or knicks it, you won’t kill them. She’s right.
Haha- great tip!
This is awesome-it’s almost our dining room :) Our paint is Village Square (Behr), table is same dark wood (World Market), lamp shade from Lamps Plus (same colors but horizontal stripes)…and just the other day I picked that Klimt print out for the adjoining room! Love it!
That’s too funny! I’d love to see pics of your room if you feel like posting one or two over on Facebook!
Hi, I wanted to personally thank you for featuring my chevron table runner in your mood board! This is my first time checking out your blog/site and I think it is wonderful- so many great ideas, things to see and projects to do! I’m addicted already and I’m keeping you in my “favorites”. Your great work is truly appreciated!
Aw you’re welcome Mary! Your runner is stunning and totally inspired this whole board (along with the orange pendant).
Paula M. says
What’s this? Do I detect some controversy in the comments thread about the mood boards?
I love the Young House Love mood boards! For readers, they’re a fun, fast way to get some inspiration and leads in a heartbeat, without sifting through a lot of unwanted hoohah that one may see on some other sites.
The great thing about Young House Love is the way you mix it all up — tutorials, mood boards, house crashing, etc.
Some of the YHL posts get a little, ahem, wordy … but what the hey, I read fast, and there’s so much good info on here and your site is so well organized. I’ve been on a LOT of DIY and home decor, redecorating, remodeling sites since buying my condo, and I still think YHL’s is one of the best.
Yay! I was just thinking to myself recently that it has been awhile since you have put together a mood board. I love looking at these – whether they are for you or a real client or completely imagined. Thanks for posting! I would love for mood boards to make a more regular appearance around here!
I! LOVE! MOOD BOARDS!!
OOOOOhhhh, I miss mood boards so much!!!! Thank you for popping one in! Can’t wait for more! :)
Love that Ikea table. Probably because I own it! And I found it on Craigslist actually so it’s funny that you mentioned that. Great colors.
Thanks for mentioning Klimt on your moodboard! I looked up “The Kiss” and love it! May use is as the additional splash of color in my bedroom since I have deep taupey walls & reds in it anyways. Do NOT read any art analysis on that painting though! Creepy…=/ LOL. PS… I have that happy yellow mug too! It rocks!
Haha, that totally makes me want to read every art analysis on it now. Must. Restrain. Myself. Haha.
Great mood board Sherry! I miss your boards – it’s so great when you break one out!
I’m loving that mug and the painting. Oh, to sip tea while staring at it!
Those colors would go perfectly in my dining room! If I had a dining room… we live in a very small townhouse and the kitchen opens up right to the living room so all we have is our couch and the coffee table to eat on. But it would look great in my imaginary dining room :)
I am so buying that runner! Would it work on an oval table???
Oh yeah I would think that would look pretty!
excellent, thanks…..off to Etsy!!!
ah, klimt! i knew it was him as soon as i saw it! i’ve been recently thinking of getting a klimt print for our bedroom–either the “tree of life” or “the family”. i’ve never seen a piece of his that i didn’t love.