I loved my casual farmhouse dining room but it was just too dark since I have recently gone all white in my living room. The thought of starting over with white furniture was financially impossible and painting everything white seemed daunting. Besides, I still liked the black - it just needed to blend in better with my romantic living room whites. My fix? I purchased white plates and cups to put in the black china cabinet and added chair back slipcovers in a natural light fabric. Lauri Evans over at www.2chippys.blogspot.com made them for me after I saw one in her booth at the Lakewood Market last month. I'm making a few other changes like lighter lamps and accessories. It's been a frugal way to transform to a softer, lighter look.
Before: My dark country lookAfter: A softer and lighter look..