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Today is the day.

The day the angels sing and the birds chirp in three-part harmony and brilliant vivid hues burst forth in glorious song and color reigns supreme.

Today is the day to announce the 2020 Sherwin-Williams® Color of the Year.

I never miss a color of the year or chance to makeover a room.

Like this one.

And this one.

Or a piece of furniture like this one and this one.

And this incredible project that’s been featured in several publications, including HGTV Magazine.

All those colors. All those rooms. All those furniture makeovers.

I’ve loved them each and every one.

But now?  There’s a new color in town. One I used to transform my dining room into one of my favorite projects I’ve ever done.

Buckle up buttercup. Here’s a little before and after.

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Here’s what the dining room looked like when we moved into the house. I’m not sure what color the previous owners had painted it.

empty room with curtains

Here’s the other side of the space.

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After we moved in, we painted the room Mindful Gray SW 7016.

I liked it, but it felt too much like the farmhouse.

I wanted to make this room feel different.

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So we changed it again and painted it Extra White SW 7006.

It was pretty and I loved the colors in the new painted dining room, but it felt kind of like the living room. I wanted it to be a little more dramatic and create a space that was different from the rest of the house. When I grew up here, this room was painted a deep maroon and I wanted to return it back to its roots.

And then?

I discovered the 2020 Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year.

Naval SW 6244.

Can you believe it? NAVAL. I literally applauded when I heard it. I LOVE NAVAL. I already use it in the house. I’ve painted the back of a bookcase Naval and the boys’ room upstairs is Naval. And when I heard the color? I immediately KNEW THE DIRECTION FOR THE DINING ROOM.

Are you ready?

empty room with curtains

Here’s the before one more time:

And now?

fancy dining room

Here’s the entrance to the room when you open the French doors.

fancy dining room

And here’s the after.


Nice to meet you.

And the award for the MOST DRAMATIC NEW ROOM goes to my dining room.

fancy dining room

burning candle stick

plates on table

It all started with the beautiful 2020 Color of the Year.

Naval SW 6244.

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Isn’t it the prettiest blue you have ever seen?

It makes the room feel so rich and warm and welcoming and relaxing.

paint dripping off brush

You can see the tone of the color here.

We used Emerald Interior to paint the walls Naval SW 6244. We also used Emerald Urethane Trim Enamel to paint the trim Extra White SW 7006. The colors pair perfectly together. 

It took three coats to cover the space because I went from white to dark.

dining chair pillow

fancy dinner table

corner of chair

The rug in the new dining room is the same rug that I used in this project. I fell in love with it when we were planning my sister-in-law’s space and I knew it would be the perfect foundation for the room.

I also sold the farmhouse table from the previous room on Facebook Marketplace and made enough money to almost redo the entire room.

I found the dining room table at a thrift store for $40.

It was 75% off because one of the legs was broken. We brought it home and completely refurbished it and fixed the legs. Then I recovered the chairs with this fabric that I used long ago to make curtains at the farmhouse.

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dining room

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The original curtains worked perfectly in the space along with the sideboard and the lamps and mirror.

I replaced the plates on the back wall with these floral sketches in blue and white.

The chairs at the end of the table were replaced with the blue and white striped chairs with buttons on the back.

dinner plate

dining table chair

dining room

It’s hard to tell from the pictures, but the walls have a plaster finish with a striae effect that’s created by dragging a comb through the plaster when it’s wet.

When the room was white, you couldn’t really see the striae effect.

But now? With the navy paint? It creates shadows and gives the room a depth that’s both classic and timeless.

dining table

candle stick

dining room

dining room

I’m having my first party tomorrow.

I’ve got the room ready and the table is set and the candles are lit.

The room is ready for it’s close up as it’s vivid hues burst forth in glorious song.

And color?

Glorious, wonderful amazing color reigns supreme.

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  1. Image for Sue osborne Sue osborne

    WOW!!!!!!! Please let me be the first to congratulate you on your fabulous dining room makeover, with that deep, rich, beautiful NAVAL from Sherwin Williams!!!! I remember you saying you were ordering that wonderful rug for yourself, after using in that terrific home office makeover for your sister in law....Was this whole makeover already coming together in your mind back then? As always, my favorite part is how you recycled, rescued and used creativity rather than gobs of money, to make an incredible home.

  2. Image for Cherilyn Anderson Cherilyn Anderson

    Love, love, love Naval! Rich, dark, romantic! Where did you find the carpet? I am looking for a runner for my kitchen!

  3. Image for Jean from Georgia Jean from Georgia

    Love the room. I have just finished my dining room using the same rug you have in your living room - and low and behold you are using the same rug you used in a home office you featured recently and I LOVE IT. Does this rug have a white background or is it grey. I don't love the rug I am now using because there is too much grey. Also, is there enough pink or magenta in the new rug to overcome all the orange? I though I was finished with my dining room until I saw this room. Love it. It is a winner.

  4. Image for Betsy Betsy

    This is why I love you! We did Naval on our front door and shutters and the neighbors couldn't compliment it enough. Now it's going into our powder room. Your dining room is absolutely gorgeous. I picture a candlelight meal there. Just lovely.

  5. Image for Debbie Debbie

    Beautiful transformation! Wouldn’t it be amazing if your table could tell you about all the amazing dinner parties it took part in?

  6. Image for Lyn Lyn

    This is gorgeous! Our painter is coming here today to give us an estimate on the entire interior - would love to do a more dramatic color, but we are planning on downsizing in the next 18 months, or as soon as something comes on the market that we love, so we are going with all light neutrals. The navy with the white trim is very dramatic, but warm and cozy at the same time. The rug is a real highlight, as well as the bright florals. Just lovely.

  7. Image for Marlene Stephenson Marlene Stephenson

    It is a beautiful room, looks like a photo from "Southern Living", i mean wow, it is amazingly so pretty. You soak up all the attention you will get tomorrow, you have earned it.


    WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I literally gasped when I saw it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Love, Love. Love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Image for Carolyn Carolyn

    KariAnne, you have out done yourself once more. Loved the dramatic look the Naval color brought to the rooms. Great fine on that dining room table. I have furnished most of my home from thrift store and flea market finds. Everyone thinks I spent lots of money on those items. Can't wait to see what you do next.

  10. Image for Lynn W Lynn W

    The Naval color is spectacular in your dining room! Such a bright space with all the windows, the color really shines 🤗

  11. Image for jillian jillian

    Drama in dining rooms is always pretty because they are used a lot after dark and that creates a really awesome mood, intimate and warm, especially with the flowers and candles. I like the room color, it looks like you are moving into a more traditional vibe with your new ideas. I was wondering why the walls looked textured, thanks for sharing that info.

  12. Image for Vicki Vicki

    Beautiful room - can I ask the dimensions of your dining room? How tall are your ceilings? Now that I've seen pix I may move forward! Thanks.

  13. Image for Richella J. Parham Richella J. Parham

    YAY!! Or, since the color is Naval, I should say "Hip, hip, HUZZAH!" I love it, KariAnne! I painted my dining room navy blue last year, but it wasn't a dramatic transformation--it was French blue before I painted it. But I'm loving the darker hue. Seriously, aren't SW the BEST paints?

  14. Image for Kelly W. Kelly W.

    I painted my front door SW Naval and it is the best design decision I have ever made! I absolutely love your dining room, it is beautiful!

  15. Image for Kris Kris

    NOW it looks finished! So funny--I liked both of your "befores" but the room always felt like something was missing--and that "something" was Naval. Gorgeous. Thanks for letting us know how you acquired your table, too--it's easy to feel a little jealous of your transformation, but hearing how you went about it in a budget conscious manner makes me feel like I can do this, too, without spending a fortune.

  16. Image for Cheryl Cheryl

    What a dramatic difference! There is so much more depth to the room. You found an amazing deal with the dining room table. Did you have the other chairs, or were you able to get a great deal on those too? I love the fabric you chose for them. I noticed that the legs on the striped chairs are not white anymore. That also helps to bring in more depth. Way to go. The transformation is very warm and welcoming.

  17. Image for Jenn Jenn

    Holy moly! I love this! The table and chairs look so much more at home there! It is stunning! Great inspiration! Enjoy your party in your “new” dining room!!

  18. Image for Ann C Ann C

    I am having my carpets removed and the hardwoods sanded and refinished. I already have my area rug but wondering about a pad. I found felt pads recommended for on hardwoods but they don’t come in the same size as rugs. Are they supposed to be smaller? Or do I buy a bigger one and cut it to fit? I’m trying to imagine your old furniture and rug in the room with the Naval colored walls. It was so casual but now feels very formal. Love it all!

  19. Image for Cathy Cathy

    OH May! I love it. Those chairs are my chairs. Did you get both the table and chairs for $40?? What a steal! Love the new look!

  20. Image for PJ PJ

    This paint is stunning and looks wonderful in your dining room! ( Plus, the name of the color was a sign to go for it.) Hope your sailor likes it too.

  21. Image for Mary Mary

    When I read “naval” I thought I would hate it, but it looks so good! I’m not usually into blues. Your room is light and bright enough to pull it off. And the table is gorgeous! What a deal you got! It looks all grown up now. It should be in a magazine!!

  22. Image for Veronica Nightingale Veronica Nightingale

    Wow! I am almost speechless and for me that's really out of character. I love deep colors and do have my kitchen walls a deep green. As for my other rooms, they are so small I am afraid to use anything but pale hues. I agree that Naval is an extraordinary color!

  23. Image for Rhonda Rhonda

    Wow! Talk about DRAMA!!! I loved your dining room before, but the transformation with the Naval paint and the traditional dining table and chairs is phenomenal! A wonderful, creative mind you have!

  24. Image for Catherine Taylor Catherine Taylor

    We used Naval on our front door and then brought it inside on a few pieces of furniture. I love it. Our daughter works for Sherwin-Williams and she helped us find this wonderful navy. Thanks for sharing!

  25. Image for Liz Thomas Liz Thomas

    OMG, it’s beautiful and my very first thought was: it’s going to be even more gorgeous at Christmas!!!!! Can’t wait!!! Enjoy your party !!

  26. Image for Connie Connie

    Its perfection and so dramatic! I love it and I think it will make your LR stand out more with the navy in the background of your bookcases. Only you can transform a room without spending the big bucks to do it. You are amazing!

  27. Image for Suzi Suzi

    Stunning!!!! My favorite of yours yet!! Very classy and timeless......I love the Navel paint color, I love to go bold!!! Your a bold girl....glad you followed your heart, it’s perfect!! And, you say you got this table for 40.00?? Did the chairs come with it?? If so, you got the steal of the century ☺️ Happy Fall🍁🍂🧡

  28. Image for Mari Mari

    Love that color! And i love, love, the old dining room chairs, I used to have chairs like that and every couple of years I would change the fabric on the seats and the room had a whole new look! I have lovely fiddle back chairs now but have cushions that tie and hate them. I have looked forever for this style but cant find them anywhere, Every antique store has my number!!!

  29. Image for Shirley Black Shirley Black

    Love this dramatic change in your dinning room! The richness of the dark table and chairs makes such a difference in this space. The richness of this furniture against the dark walls, rug and chandelier are WOW! Glad to see someone else use richer looking traditional furniture in a very elegant dining room. LOVE IT!!

  30. Image for Loryl Loryl

    I LOVE IT! I noticed the pattern in your plaster right away. It’s so cool! I have been wanting to paint a room this color for a while now. It’s so dramatic. I’m thinking our front parlor or maybe my powder room. My dining room is wasabi now, maybe it should get this beautiful color too?! Just when I think you can’t top yourself you do! Great job rockstar👍👍

  31. Image for Shirley Black Shirley Black

    Love this dramatic change in your dinning room! The richness of the dark table and chairs makes such a difference in this space. This furniture against the dark walls, rug and chandelier are WOW! Glad to see the use of dark traditional furniture in a very elegant dining room. LOVE IT!!

  32. Image for Corinne Shanahan Corinne Shanahan

    Karianne- your dining room makeover is the biggest “before and after” I’ve seen in a long time! It went from cute, to so sophisticated. And, using that refurbished table makes it look like your dining room has always been that way. Great job lady!

  33. Image for Calypso in the Country Calypso in the Country

    Your dining room is stunning! Not only is the wall color perfect but you styled the room so beautifully. Last year, we also painted our dining room SW Naval and it was the best decision I made. I am sure you will love having a dark and dramatic dining room. So perfect for cozy holiday gatherings. Cheers to Naval! Shelley

    1. Image for Sue Sue

      Hi, Shelley, I just started following your blog, and saw your incredible dining room makeover. You haven't been giving ideas to Karianne, have you, lol? I do love the more traditional furniture and deep wall colors you both used. Just not sure how it would look in my smaller home- possibly overwhelming? Thanks for all the inspiration and dreams. Sue

  34. Image for Charlotte Snodgrass Charlotte Snodgrass

    It is beautiful Karianne! I love a dark color in a dining room and paired with your big white crown molding it is beautifully elegant!! The gold and brass pieces and frames look great with Naval. Your table was a great find. My husband is a builder and we just used SW Naval on the kitchen island with big gold hardware! I love everything about your dining room!

  35. Image for Judy Judy

    WOW just WOW! Of all of your dining room's lives...this is my very favorite. You are not going to be able to get your guests out of this room. They are going to want to spend the whole evening in there. The Naval is just so enveloping...and the touches of red....sorry to repeat myself but WOW!!

  36. Image for Mollie McCune Mollie McCune

    I was so lucky to get to see this beautiful room in person! Thank you so much for hosting our Halcyon group this month! I love Naval! It’s so bold and at the same time subtle enough to allow your furnishings stand out! Gorgeous job!!

  37. Image for Tammy Tammy

    We painted our media room Naval a few years ago and I have not regretted it! We plan on moving soon and I plan on using it in a room there too! Your dining room is fabulous! That rug....

  38. Image for Be Be

    Wow!!! Amazing!!! Such a special room. Everything pops! I know your event will be the best ever. Record alll the oohs and aaahs!!!

  39. Image for Carrie Welborn Carrie Welborn

    Before I read your blog today, I was at Sherwin Williams getting paint samples for the navy to use in my dining room and to paint my kitchen island the same color. I was unsure as to an accent wall in dining room or the whole thing. Your room looks so grown up now! love it.

  40. Image for Holly Holly

    Wow! So sophisticated and elegant but not too formal. I love it! My favorite of all your makeovers! I am inspired to try this color in one of my rooms someday. Thanks for the inspiration.

  41. Image for Linda Linda

    I love it and trying to talk my husband into navy for my dining room! Used it in my powder room and love it! I re-read your post, but have not found a link to the fabric used on the chairs! Could you please share that info. We have no places to get fabric and I love that color/design!

  42. Image for Mildred Hoppe Mildred Hoppe

    I love Naval. My front doors are painted this color. You have transformed the dining room from Farmhouse to Traditional elegance and it's beautiful. Still loving that rug. May just have to get one for my DR.

  43. Image for Gina Gina

    I have always loved the fabric you used to cover the chairs. It pairs so nicely with the Naval. Room looks rich and elegant.

  44. Image for Sherry Sanders Sherry Sanders

    Wow wow wow I love the color and the way the room says you are special come in and enjoy. I see more color coming to your home now that this one is done. 😉

  45. Image for Lisa Lisa

    Now this is what I’m talking about!!!!! I love the wall color so much. It’s extra, just like you my friend. ♥️♥️♥️ Lisa

  46. Image for Rachelle Rachelle

    Toto, I don’t think were in Kansas anymore. Darling girl, this room looks just like you! Sparkling, creative, generous, fun, with red lipstick and dangly ear rings. I had a feeling that color was coming back in vogue- and you are ahead of the curve. Great job!

  47. Image for Tammy Tammy

    My eye ALWAYS goes to that stunning bookshelf with all the milk glass on it in any post. But SHUT. THE. FRONT. DOOR. Wow. Wowwwwwww. This room is stop-breathing-beautiful!!! I love it!!! 💙💙💙

  48. Image for Nancy Nancy

    I am so happy to see this. Normally I do not like dark walls but this works. I like traditional homes and am glad to see any move back to such.

  49. Image for joan clanton joan clanton

    my house is light grey with white and trim and brushed nickel exterior lights and door hardware. I chose naval for my exterior doors. it is a fabulous color that I never tire of.

  50. Image for Nancy Nancy

    LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! I have, navy, lemon grass green and peacock blue in my little in-law so I am a fan of anything navy. Someone once told me there’s something about redheads liking navy. 😁 I also love the drama of the glads (my dad’s favorite flower). Take care!

  51. Image for Sherry Sherry

    Fantastic! Love everything, especially the new table! It looks so warm and inviting. No one will want to leave the table.

  52. Image for Brenda Vincent Brenda Vincent

    Wow! Everything in the room was meant to be surrounded by this color. It’s absolutely stunning! Way to go, girl!

  53. Image for Jlynn Jlynn

    My first impression: it is absolutely stunning! I am a neutral person at heart, but this dark color is beautiful. I love the dark table and chairs as well. Everything looks great together. A mixture of old and new! Simply spectacular!

  54. Image for Ellen Ellen

    Perfection! Such a transformation, it was beautiful before but now is stunning. May I ask where the blue/white striped Parsons chairs are from? They would be the perfect addition to my own dining room makeover, thank you for sharing!

  55. Image for Marion Marion

    I love it! You did a great job -Although it was pretty before, I think this room needed that moody dark color! It is a fresh and new look, yet very inviting and "standoutish" as opposed to some dining rooms feeling too formal and "standoffish". Yes I want to sit there!

  56. Image for Kristen Kristen

    Stunning! I’m now trying to figure out where I can add that wall color in my home! Could you please share the source for the rug? Thank you so much!

  57. Image for Pat Pat

    Looks beautiful in blue, the chandelier sparkles even more now with that dark, dramatic wall color! So glad you kept those cute button back chairs too. xo Pat

  58. Image for Donnamae Donnamae

    Oh wow!! Gorgeous....stately....and yes, colorful!!! I can’t believe the difference ....it’s so...so...stunning!! You’ve outdone yourself. Anyone would be lucky to be dining in that room!!! ;)

  59. Image for Debbie Debbie

    Fabulous! You did the house proud. It is dramatic and traditional while the striped chairs and white side board soften the feeling with their casual vibe. Perfection. A+++++++++!

  60. Image for PJ PJ

    Naval has been a favorite of mine since I painted my California front door that color. When the house was on the market, more than one real estate agent commented on the beautiful, rich color. KariAnne, your dining room is so elegant, yet welcoming and not too serious. Wowser!

  61. Image for JC JC

    WOWZA! This is stunning! It's formal, but warm and cozy. To me it fits the age and style of your home all over again.

  62. Image for Regina Merrick Regina Merrick

    This is perfect. Perfectly beautiful, perfectly YOU! I love navy. And the plaster walls? I thought I could see the texture, but wasn't sure, and then you confirmed it!! Plaster is a blessing, isn't it? Even if it's cracked in spots, it's a blessing. Just like you! Happy day, my friend!

  63. Image for Becky Becky

    My eyes are bugging... THAT IS GORGEOUS! ...hmmm.... could I paint MY dining room navy...??? I mean, WoW. Does it take a bunch of courage to go navy, or is it totally comfortable if it's right? I LOVE it ...but I'm scared to try it myself, haha! Seeing this though... my "scared" is diminishing rapidly... maybe??? 😊 It's so Classy. I see it's even shocked the exclamation points out of me, haha!

  64. Image for Lynn Mosher Lynn Mosher

    Oh...my...gosh! KariAnne!!! You've outdone yourself. This room is jaw-droppin', foot-stompin', eye-poppin', downright outta sight GORGEOUS! I love it so much more than before. You GOOOOO, girl! You are truly amazing. ❤❤❤

  65. Image for Rev. Suzanne Taylor Rev. Suzanne Taylor

    This room is gorgeous. A definite show piece, but so inviting. What a great room to have a ladies tea!

  66. Image for Donna Marie Donna Marie

    It really ties everything together--and drama!!! I used Naval on my back door/front door and it goes so good with all the patriotic stuff I have out there and the white wicker, too!!!

  67. Image for Sarah Towles Sarah Towles

    Love it! I’ve been really stumped on my blah blah boring bedroom. I think I’m feeling a solution! Thank you!

  68. Image for Jaybird Jaybird

    This is the most beautiful room I have ever seen!! I never EVER thought I would like a navy room, but this is gorgeous!! Good job!! Blessings, J

  69. Image for Cheryl Hutchison Cheryl Hutchison

    OMG! I saw the new 2020 color and was curious about it but when I saw it in your beautifully redone dining room, I committed to doing the same in mine! I am implementing this change today!!

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