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Our Modern Farmhouse Dining Room Makeover

Posted on February 20, 2016 by KylieMawdsley


The Evolution of Our Dining Room: From Mossy Gold to Gray

Related post:  Our Kitchen Remodel – No More Maple!

I know, you’re probably thinking, ‘Hey crazy-pants, didn’t you just FINISH your dining room?’ Yes, I did, but that was SOOO last year…

Now this colour palette didn’t just ‘happen’, it was inspired by our stone fireplace in the living room, kitchen makeover (which you will be seeing in the next few weeks) and my obsessively strange passion for change.


When we bought the house (which is my passive-aggressive disclaimer that this is not my decorating).

Open concept kitchen and dining room before makeover

In Between

And then there was the in-between period (more like in-between periods – which is how often I change my style – wink wink).

Sherwin Williams Mossy Gold in dining room that is farmhouse or country style with pine furniture and black chairs

I actually loved this look. The mossy gold walls warmed the cockles of my heart, but once the kitchen got remodelled it HAD to go!

Read more:  Our Farmhouse Style Dining Room

And now…

Benjamin Moore Gray on dining room feature or accent wall. Country or farmhouse style home decor with yellow gold accents and warm, light wood tones like oak

And no, I can’t tell you painful it was for me to edit these photos and see that cobweb on the light – I have some decent editing skills, but not that good…(about as good as my dusting skills so it seems).

I decided to step ‘slightly’ out of my comfort zone this time and committed to a bit of colour.  Don’t get me wrong, I am the FURTHEST thing from a colour-phobe, however, when it comes to my walls, I usually gravitate toward creams and really dense, dark and slightly warm neutrals.

Benjamin Moore Gray, the best paint colour. Country style home decor on a gray painted buffet in dining room with yellow and gold accents and rustic mirror

I got this perfect little buffet style cabinet at Home Sense and my favourite mirror EVAH was on clearance for $77 – BAM! And making reference to a previous blog post on ‘putting the heart in your home‘, there are several items in this one photo that have sentimental value. Well, maybe not the square plates or the dog dish…

Benjamin Moore Steel Wool, a medium tone gray with undertones

The colour I chose was Benjamin Moore Steel Wool 2121-20. Steel Wool is a medium charcoal paint colour with a pretty skookum (it’s a technical term) undertone of blue and purple.  I felt it was just a smidge dense for my space so I had them lighten it by 1/4. You can see it in our entryway as well.

I actually chose the darker version of this colour, Gray 2121-10, for our feature area in our family room (which I’ve since changed to Cyberspace which is even MORE awesome).

Open layout farmhouse style dining room and kitchen with Benjamin Moore Steel Wool, Cloud White and round oak table with home decor in country style

View from open layout living room to dining room with subtle modern country, light woods and farmhouse style home decor by Kylie M Interiors

Modern country or farmhouse style open concept dining room and living room with gray and warm gold and yellow accents. Couch, rug and paint color all coordinate

The view from the living room to the dining room (we have an open concept living/dining/kitchen)

It would actually be impossible for me to tell you how IN LOVE I am with my area rug and the way that it connects with the dining room paint colour. So instead of telling you, I will just drool on the keyboard for a second…Benjamin Moore Gray with cool undertones. Country style home decor on dining room buffet

Soapstone Sequoia formica countertops with cloud white cabinets and countertop decorAnyway, because I am a lover of warm-tones and I was delving into rich, cool depths, I added warmth via texture, wood and accent colours. I also pulled this look through the ENTIRE open concept space by repeating colours and wood tones for a sense of continuity. You will REALLY see this come into play if you check out our Kitchen Makeover which I just finished a post about!

Want to see the most RECENT dining room update? Click here


Chat soon!

Kylie M Interiors Edecor and Edesign

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Kylie M E-design, online paint color consultation expert. Benjamin Moore Sherwin Williams colours


    1. Thanks Dee! I’m LOVING it, I’m actually NOT a blue or purple fan, and with these undertones you’d think the whole palette would throw me off my game, but I LOOOOOVE it….

      Chat soon!


  1. I love the new look! Everything about it.
    And…..yikes…..do I ever like the work you did for your parents.
    One of these days I’ll be asking for your help. Wish I lived closer, I’m in Minneapolis.
    Your style, sense of humor, and dusting skills have won me over.

  2. Yes. I too prefer the new look. It looks soft and cozy and feels so airy. The wood in the table, the colour of the walls, sofas and mirror and, of course, rug blend in so seamlessly. Ah! Got a glimpse of a blue/gray kitchen chair. Can’t wait for your next reveal!

  3. I like both colors, but the gray is a winner! I recently moved out of a home that I painted the master Benjamin moore’s stonington gray, and the great room revere pewter, both turned out beautiful and the house was sold within a week. Now I have the task of choosing paint colors all over again in my new home.

  4. I like the gray a lot better, but I am partial to gray. To me, it looks updated and yet, still has warmth. Love the mirror, for sure! Do you remember where you got the chandelier? Love that t

  5. I love both looks! I prefer the warm to cool look, however, it may be because I have reddish oak in my home and need to always sway that way. I do love the mossy gold color! Fabulous and rich. What is the cream color you have coordinated with it?

    1. Hi Kim! The cream colour is my FAAAAAVE ever – Benjamin Moore Gentle Cream – I’ve used this colour for years as my ‘transition’ colour, this way I can change feature walls/rooms without EVER having to change this lovely heavy cream colour!

  6. Loved your old look so much, but understand why you had to change things. Just not a fan of gray despite the current craze.

  7. I love it!!!! Fine job (as usual). The new paint color does amazing things with your wood tones. I love everything right down to the pretty area rug. It’s warm (and cool lol) and inviting. And smack dab on trend and classic all rolled into one. Did I mention I love it? Lol

  8. Just looked through your posts of the new bathroom, kitchen, living room and dining room. Loving all of them! We have oak cabinets and darker laminate counters in our kitchen/dining room, which I still like. But, the white/greige/gray combo is definitely swoon worthy! Feeling inspired to maybe try that look in our bathroom.

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