Home design ideas: Bringing bold color and wallpaper to a dining room – The Boston Globe

Kim Macumber’s clients, a young couple with two little boys, wanted a dining room with drama. Not the easiest feat for a nondescript suburban home in Southborough. “We used wallpaper throughout the house to create personality where there wasn’t any,” the designer says. “It cocoons the dining room beautifully and adds a lot of color, which they love.” The lively wallpaper also addressed another tough request: that she incorporate a mid-century modern hutch that the wife had inherited from her grandfather. “The wallpaper provides balance so the hutch doesn’t burden the space,” Macumber says.

1 Cane-back chairs aren’t fancy but look beautiful around the couple’s table. “The caning adds a natural element that knocks all that brass and gloss back down,” Macumber says.


2 The embroidered vine of the Robert Allen drapery mimics the flow of the wallpaper, albeit in a much simpler pattern and palette. Samuel & Sons grosgrain ribbon adds definition to each edge. “The drapes are so light and airy that they needed some visual weight,” Macumber says.

3 Macumber chose the Currey & Company chandelier for its mix of black and gold. “I love the way the arms