Dining Room

Dining Room Draperies & Walls (Narrowed Down To Two Options)

It’s a good thing that my dining room walls and trim are taking way longer than I had anticipated, because I’ve had a heck of a time narrowing down all of the options that I’ve considered and shared into one cohesive design plan for this room. But it’s really down to crunch time, and a decision needs to be made because I need to get fabric and drapery hardware ordered ASAP.

After many people telling me that my striped drapery option for my dining room wasn’t right for that room, I started doubting my decision.

dining room - mock up of window treatments - draperies and roman shades

I knew they would be very bold in the room, which is why I had decided only to use them on the fireplace wall, and just use Roman shades on the front windows. But the more I considered them, and the more comments I read telling me that they were the wrong choice, the more I started to see what so many of you were seeing. Plus, it’s strange that I, a person who loves draperies so much and wants them on ALL of the windows, would consider leaving them off of the main windows in my dining room, right? Even if the striped draperies on the fireplace wall turned out looking fabulous, I think I would have regretted only putting Roman shades on the front windows and not having draperies on those windows.

So I went back to the drawing board. And for the record, I’ve also ruled out two other options that I considered for the room. First, a black fireplace.

dining room with black fireplace and black and white striped draperies

As much as I love black and dark charcoal fireplaces, this option just hasn’t felt right for my particular room. My room is small, and I have 8-foot ceilings. A black fireplace just seems like it might be way too imposing in the room.

To be honest, the idea of a green fireplace was my favorite.

dining room with green fireplace and black and white curtains

It’s different and eye-catching. It’s bold without being dark and imposing. And I love green. But in the end, I ruled it out, too. My kitchen is green, and I think it’s gorgeous and fabulous. While I do want to bring that green into the dining room somehow to make the rooms cohesive, I think painting another LARGE item green is out of the question. The more large things I paint green, the less unique and special that green looks on my kitchen cabinets. I’m okay bringing that color in with fabric, but not on any more painted items.

So my fireplace will be white. I think a classic, clean, bright white fireplace is the best option for my room.

And that brings me to my two new window treatment options. After looking at every single fabric (in stock and special order) at both Hancock Fabrics and JoAnn Fabrics and not finding even one single printed fabric that I liked for draperies, I decided to stick with my absolutely favorite, tried and true, linen fabric in a solid color. And to bring in that bold pattern that I wanted (that I was trying to achieve with the bold stripe curtains), I’ll use a black and white Greek key accent along the leading edge of each drapery panel.

So this should come as no shock. I’ve narrowed it down to either green linen, shown with my dining chair fabric and my kitchen cabinet paint color…

green linen for dining room draperies

Or black linen, also shown with my dining chair fabric and my kitchen cabinet paint color…

black linen for dining room draperies

For the Greek key trim, I couldn’t find any actual trim that I liked. So I ended up purchasing three yards of this fabric

premier towers fabric that I'll use as Greek key trim along the leading edge of my drapery panels

And I’m going to cut it and use it as the trim, just like these curtains with the navy blue and white Premier Prints Towers fabric used as trim…

white curtains with navy blue and white greek key trim from Something Is Done blogvia Something Is Done

And these curtains with the pink and white Premier Prints Towers fabric used as trim…

white curtains with pink and white greek key trim from Dwellings By Devore blogvia Dwellings By Devore

And these cream curtains with the blue and cream Premier Prints Towers fabric used as trim…

white curtains with bue and cream greek key trim on leading edge, from Amanda Carol Interiors blogvia Amanda Carol Interiors

You get the point. 🙂 But white and cream draperies, as beautiful as they are, just really aren’t me. I want black or green, and I think that that the black and white trim will look great on either one.

So those are my two options, and this decision has consumed my mind for so long that I’m really not willing to even consider anything else at this point. It’s going to be one or the other — either black or green–and I just need to make a decision.

I love the green because, well, green is my favorite color and I think it breathes life into a room. My concern is that it’ll be too much of a good thing — and entire green kitchen right next to a dining room filled with green drapery panels. Plus, I think if I did the green drapery panels, then I’d have to go with a neutral wall color, and we’ve already discussed my issue with light neutral (other than white) wall colors.

So at this very moment, I’m leaning towards black. I think it will look fantastic with the black and white Greek key trim, plus it will complement my black and white music room very nicely. On top of that, black draperies won’t force me to use a light neutral wall color. I could still use the super light green color that I want, and it would also look great with the bright and bold dining chair fabric I’ll be using. And the black also won’t compete with the coral buffet in my entryway the way that the green curtains might.

Yep, I’m pretty sure black is the right choice here. And I’m pretty sure I need to just go ahead and place my order today before I think this thing to death (as if I haven’t already) and come up with ten more options that I’ll spend the next month torturing myself with. 🙂

Now I just need to get all of this wall trim finished. It’s starting to feel like a never-ending job.

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    Lisa E
    February 10, 2016 at 9:00 am

    Go with your gut Khristi. Order the black. All of the samples that you show have the same colors in the Greek key as in the draperies so I think it will be sharp.

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    February 10, 2016 at 9:06 am

    I say black, then you can do your green walls and you get the best of both worlds!

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    February 10, 2016 at 9:28 am

    Black! I love the combo of the black with the black and white trim! It will look amazing!!

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    February 10, 2016 at 9:29 am

    How about finding a Greek Key stencil and stenciling a green Greek Key pattern right on the fabric? 🙂

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      February 10, 2016 at 9:31 am

      I already bought the Greek key fabric. I had a much easier time making that decision than deciding on anything else for this room! 😀 I did consider some painted options, but I’m not sure how well that would hold up to dry cleaning in the future, and I definitely want something dry-cleanable.

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    February 10, 2016 at 9:30 am

    I’m so glad you talked yourself into using the black. As I was reading the post it just seemed right to go with the black. Can’t wait to see the next step. Blessings for your day.

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    February 10, 2016 at 9:38 am

    I say black, too, for the drapes. But personally I think the walls should stay white. I’m sure it will be beautiful either way.

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      February 10, 2016 at 9:50 am

      IF it were my house, I also would keep the walls white, and perhaps continue trying to find a subtle print for draperies, but Kristi has a different vision and I totally respect that.

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    Sheila F.
    February 10, 2016 at 9:38 am

    I often need to talk things out to clear my head. So, I get that writing about this decision helped you make the right one. I am glad that you chose black. Every room need that anchor. And green is a hard color to match. So having it as accents in the room with your Coral buffet will be beautiful!

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    February 10, 2016 at 9:42 am

    I don’t think you’ll be sorry going with the white on your fireplace. Wise choice in my opinion. Of the two drapery colors you’ve shown, black would be my choice also, but will it suck up the light you so wanted when you replaced the Windows? Go with what you love and it will be a nice hug each morning when you enter the room:)

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    Cindy S.
    February 10, 2016 at 9:42 am

    I honestly love the striped curtains and I also LOVE the green fireplace. I’m going through a navy and green spell myself. My husband and I are getting ready to have a DIY Valentines Day weekend together redoing our living room with these colors and of course white. We’re doing board and batten through the living room and long boring hallway/entrance way. That will be white and then we are doing a navy on the upper portion of the walls. I can’t wait! I love how you weigh your options all the time. I know, from personal experience, that it’s hard to commit sometimes to the “pretty” things in the design of a room. But go with your gut! It’s your home and make it how YOU want it. I can’t wait to see the progress continue.

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      February 10, 2016 at 10:34 am

      A DIY Valentine’s Day sounds lovely! I should have suggested that to my husband.

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        February 10, 2016 at 1:42 pm

        I got Kristi’s miter saw for Christmas and already know that the mason jar spray gun is coming for Valentine’s Day. Secretly hoping for the orbital sander, too!

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    February 10, 2016 at 9:42 am

    Keep leaning towards black linen curtains Kristi. I think that they will look sensational in your dining room with the colorful chair fabric, plus they will maintain the green kitchen’s uniqueness.

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    February 10, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Then black it is! I love the idea of the crisp white fireplace, black drapes and black and white trim. Pair that with the lovely green walls and you have a winner.

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    February 10, 2016 at 9:52 am

    I’m so glad you decided to go with all white on the fire place. I really think you should wait to paint your walls until you have at least two curtains completed. When you place them in the room along with the gorgeous dining room fabric spread out, it will give you a better sense of what color walls will enhance and really work with those two bold beauties.

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    February 10, 2016 at 9:55 am

    May we see ALL of your Dining Room “stuff” together in one picture? (i.e. the light green paint on a stick, the captain’s chair fabric, the coral buffet, etc.) Actually, in two pictures…one with the green window treatment fabric and one with the black? I can’t visualize everything you are doing anymore! 🙂 Whatever happened to that green fabric that you were once going to use on the edge of your drapes? It kind of had the same pattern that your sliding doors have. Are you going to use it somewhere else? Or is it still going to be used somewhere in your dining room? Everything looks gorgeous! I just want to see it all together! Thanks!!
    P.S. What about black fabric with that green fabric border? 🙂

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      February 10, 2016 at 10:22 am

      I second this idea (about seeing all of the details together)!

      Also, is it out of the question to wait until you have your chairs, wall color, table, and many other details complete and in the room to decide on which drapery color? It doesn’t seem necessary that the drape color be chosen at this moment, as it won’t stop you from moving forward with any other particular piece of the room. Just a thought! 🙂

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    February 10, 2016 at 10:01 am

    Sorry to rain on your parade, but I don’t like the idea of black drapes at all. It will make the room way too dark. I thought you liked light and airy. But, I’m sure whatever you choose will be beautiful. I really, really enjoy your blog and think you are amazing. Keep on working on that room, can’t wait to see it all done.

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    February 10, 2016 at 10:02 am

    While I will mourn the loss of your striped window draperies and Roman Shades, I think the black will look good with the trim, the lighter green walls and that pretty chair fabric.

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    February 10, 2016 at 10:03 am

    Kristi…I hope this is truly your gut, and not letting people get to you again. I love the black drapes, white fireplace etc, but, bottom line…it is your house and you live with it. Go with what makes you happy!

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    February 10, 2016 at 10:04 am

    My vote is for black curtains with the Greek key trim. The green accent will already come from your chair upholstery and the black with also tie in with music room.

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    February 10, 2016 at 10:08 am

    I agree with using black fabric, not green. I could also envision a pristine white linen drape bordered with an eye-popping green Greek key design.

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    Kelly B
    February 10, 2016 at 10:10 am

    Love love love the black with the greek key trim!!!! Will be a sharp look with the walls, whatever color you choose to paint, and the other fabrics in the room.

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    February 10, 2016 at 10:12 am

    Go with your heart! My opinion is the green would take away from your awesome kitchen. Would you consider Roman shades on the fireplace wall? I think it might lighten it up in there. Good luck, can’t wait to see what you do.

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    February 10, 2016 at 10:12 am

    I personally like the green the best. I think the black would make the room to dark, but this is my opinion on it. I would go with the green with black trim or even find a fabric that is coral and use the black trim with it. I love black, but not on curtains. I think it would shrink the size of the room down.

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    February 10, 2016 at 10:14 am

    I think that in combination with the greek key pattern, the black is much better suited as it matches on of the two pattern colours. As a fan of black, that would have been my choice, anyway, even though I could see the temptation of the green fabric. however, it’s only drapes and if you don’t like them after a while, you can change them fairly easily!
    I think that also in combination of what you have planned or done for that room already, black is a great choice, because it’s kind of neutral thus matching the coral buffet and the patterned fabric for your chairs and allows you to go with your pale green walls which I cannot wait to see executed, I like that idea so much!

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    February 10, 2016 at 10:24 am

    Just found your blog and I love it! Definitely white walls, green curtains with black and white key detail and keep the roman shades! Layering window treatments is perfect for a formal dining room! Good Luck and no matter what you decide will be awesome!

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    February 10, 2016 at 10:26 am

    I always agree with whatever you say (kinda like a good husband)….so black is best! Can’t wait to see them up!

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    February 10, 2016 at 10:30 am

    I like the idea of the black draperies with the Greek key trim. I think it will look stunning. My concern would be at night, when you have them closed, that is a lot of matte black surface area that won’t be reflecting any light back into the room. Perhaps it won’t be an issue since this is a dining room and won’t require even lighting throughout.

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    Susan Bell
    February 10, 2016 at 10:34 am

    I am not sure I get it. What was wrong with your striped drapes? Why couldn’t you put them on all the windows? I think that would have looked wonderful. Or with the roman shades? Again, wonderful. You were able to get your dark and light and airy in one swoop. Go with what you want and not what people are saying.

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    February 10, 2016 at 10:39 am

    I am just curious Kristi – wouldn’t the black curtains be imposing in the same way as a black fireplace? The total area of the curtains when opened is about the same of the area of the fireplace. If closed, the black area would be even bigger.

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    February 10, 2016 at 10:41 am

    Love all your ideas…from the first round last summer to the current one. The Greek Key design is very cool!

    Not questioning, but wondering…last July you’d found a green fabric with a similar motif as your Music Room doors… is that out of play? Would look stellar on the black (as will whatever you choose)!

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    February 10, 2016 at 10:43 am

    Have you considered ombré fabric? It gives you the black, without too much of it, it’s kind of a nice in between of stripes and solid with a softer look.

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    Mary Anne Looby
    February 10, 2016 at 10:44 am

    Of the black and green, I prefer the black. I too love green, however that green is just too green for the room. It looks like St. Patricks Day. I love the green in the kitchen, you have so much white breaking it up, that it is not overwhelming. Plus you have the brass accents and gold trim. I love linen drapes, but do you really have to have linen? I would imagine it is quite expensive. They must have a black blend that would be less costly. I assume you will be lining the drapes (also love that you ditched the roman shades on the front windows). Glad that you are going white on the FP. I can no longer remember what you will be doing above the mantle. I thought you had decided on no ship lap, and just one large picture frame molding, however, I very easily could have missed something. Are you still planning on a black and white stripe rug? I have recently purchased something I thought I would never in a million years buy, shag rugs. I bought one in grey for the lounge, but it ended up in the guest bedroom. It is so soft when you walk on it. I also bought some in a dark beige for my husband home office. Now that he is home for good, we had to make that room over. I was the exercise room, so now it is combined. It is plenty big for both and the two rugs break it up. I am amazed at how much I like these rugs. So different from my Persians and other patterened rugs. Have you ever looked on Overstock.com. I have gotten some good deals there. One other thing,, I think if you are going with the black linen, they would be stunning on their own, without any border. I would try them plain first, or how about a single or double row at the bottom? Just some ideas.Blessings

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    February 10, 2016 at 10:45 am

    How much sun comes into that room? Black will fade pretty quickly if a lot of sun. Also do you have hobby lobby? They have very inexpensive Greek key trim I added to some pottery barn linen drapes. I enjoy your adventures and look forward to the reveals!

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      Rebecca B
      February 10, 2016 at 12:44 pm

      Good point. Fading is a problem. Kristi do you have any plans for protecting your investment from sun bleaching?

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    February 10, 2016 at 10:51 am

    It’s always nice to read your thought processes as you plan or revise a plan, Kristi. Your professional eye and point of view are alway interesting. I’m glad you abandoned the idea of the striped curtains. I felt the room would have too much weight on one end. And I agree completely that the featured front window shouldn’t be shortchanged. I am a bit concerned that the black draperies might weigh down the room as other readers have mentioned. I’m trying to imagine the scale of the other elements in the room against the black fabric. I imagine they will be open most of the time, so perhaps not too imposing. The Greek key border from print fabric is inspired! I absolutely love it. Luxe for less!

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    February 10, 2016 at 10:54 am

    Can you do blind stitching with your sewing machine?

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    February 10, 2016 at 10:54 am

    Love it! So glad you are going with the black linen. Fabric and paint aren’t the only way to bring green into the room – use plants! I’m always amazed at the transformation a simple plant or tree will make.

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    February 10, 2016 at 11:14 am

    It is going to be fabulous. You know how to balance everything just right so that it looks wonderful. Have fun with it!

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    February 10, 2016 at 11:33 am

    Go for it. Cannot wait to see the results. What is the name of your chair fabric?

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    Ellen W.
    February 10, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    Oh! I really liked the black and white striped drapes (and the Roman shades on the front windows). Am sorry to see them go. My only concern with the black linen would be the prospect of it fading in the sunlight. Just going from clothes that I’ve owned, black can fade easily – don’t know why. But your ideas will all look beautiful.

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    February 10, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    I would have stuck with the black and white striped curtains! They would be both classic and dramatic! If you google images of them in dining rooms I dare say you will love them. lol…. I think the people who didn’t care for them, couldn’t get pass the image of a unfinished room. If they saw the finished room, it probably would change there mind. I wouldn’t want to be a blogger and have to read all the different comments, they would make me doubt my choices!! Hope everything turns out fantastic!!!

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    February 10, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    Love the black curtains with trim, white fireplace and pale green walls!!!!

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    February 10, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    I like the black. It’s classic and goes with anything. It also allows you to change your color scheme whenever you want with the paint and other accessories, yet still look fabulous. My advice is to go to a store that sells pre-made curtains and get a pair in black to hang, just to show yourself how great they look. You can quickly return them and get a refund.

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    February 10, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    I agree, the black linen will be most complimentary. I’m so excited to see this come together! Have you considered doing decorative cornices in your dining room? I can just imagine how beautiful that would be with the Greek key. Could even add gold nailheads if you wanted to be fancy.
    Loving the choices you are making.

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    February 10, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    White linen with black and white key edging is my choice. White is lighter, won’t fade and will make the room feel bigger and airer. Use black on the wing chairs and print on the dining room chairs with wood table and floors.

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    C Hays
    February 10, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    I think purchasing black drapes may be a good idea to try it on for visual effect. I am concerned that the dark fabric whatever color is going to make this corner of the room very weighty in comparison to the other side. An ombré fabric might be option but of course it will have grays in the middle. I actually was beginning to love the stripe drapes as long as the neutral in the stripe was the same color as the neutral on the walls. So hard not to be there and visualize it all together in person. Love that the fireplace is going to be white because it shows all the beautiful work you have put into it. Please , please , think carefully that your decision is yours and not influenced by our comments. So many times the joy can be sucked out of something we love by comments from others.

    Just my two cents is finish your room minus drapes ( since they are so expensive to do over) , prime walls, Paint trim ,bring in finished dining table with chair fabric , buffet, and major artwork then decide on drapes, wall color, and rug.
    Wishing you a light bulb comes on, non stressful ,bam this is it choice for this room.

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    February 10, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    Bless your heart, black can’t be beat and it’s only fabric and money. I think the Greek key will look stunning. You go girl!!rebecc

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    February 10, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    Hi Kristi.
    I just read all of the comments. I really enjoy hearing other people’s vision and perspective, do you?
    When your fans (yes, we are fans) comment about the drapes being wrong, or the color of the wall being off….
    how do you give those opinions ‘weight’ if you haven’t seen their canvas(home)? We all are so wonderfully and uniquely created that no two homes should be the same. Don’t second guess yourself.
    I agree with another poster when they said to wait. Finish the table, fireplace, chairs, then work on drapes. It WILL unfold.
    Continue being your awesome self sister!

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    February 10, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    I too love the idea of the black and white and think it will tie into your music room beautifully. Can’t wait to see it all come together!

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    Alta Craig
    February 10, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    Kristi, I think the black draperies will weigh the room down. A soft off-white with the greek-key band will work very well without competing with your upholstery fabric. You can bring the green into the room with accent pieces. Just my two cents’ worth.

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    February 10, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    Not that you need it, but I affirm your choices. 😊 I think the black drapes will look great and when they’re closed, it’ll give the feel of black walls, without the commitment. I think it’ll be awesome — classy and classic.

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    February 10, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    so glad you’re headed toward the black option… I loved it at first sight! …but I’ve come to the conclusion that I would and will really like any final decision(s) you make!

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    February 10, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    I love the Greek key fabric. I would consider that fabric for the window treatment. I’d also do Roman shades instead of drapes. I can tell you from experience that black drapes will fade a lot from the sun. Ultimately, it is your home, so do what speaks to you. I admire your skills and abilities.

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    February 10, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    I loved the green fireplace, but understand why you chose to go with white. I think the fabric you have chosen for the chairs would make fabulous drapes. My favorite color… any shade as long as it is green! It really doesn’t matter what us readers think will look good, it only has to be what you and your sweetie love.

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    February 10, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    While the black and green are stunning, perhaps wait to finish them later? The construction dust will really be noticable on those lovely drapery panels.

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    February 10, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    I am sad to see the striped curtains go! I think they would have been lovely on the fireplace windows, especially with the white fireplace, and on the front windows as well. Pale green walls, the printed fabric…all so classic with a colorful punch! I am having trouble understanding/ envisioning how the black with black & white key design will be different. I know you will work it all out & make it beautiful. I will be watching & waiting!

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    February 10, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    As much as I love love love that shade of green…my mother used to call it “kelly green” I think you are right..cant go wrong with the black and white….I cant wait to see the finished product…

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    February 11, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    I like either color but think that which ever color you use you should pipe either side of the Greek key border in the other; especially if you choose the black.

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    February 12, 2016 at 11:49 am

    Black with the Greek key will look beautiful.

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    February 28, 2016 at 1:48 am

    Hello there Kristy
    Hey!!! The words ‘Black’ ‘green’ ‘greek key’ – jumped out at me! I just have to send you this link (one of my longtime faves)


    ATB I can’t wait to see what you do, it will be beautiful for sure 🙂

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