Yes, you read that right. 1991. 20 years ago. I was on the cutting edge of home decor back then. People thought I was crazy to think of putting such a dark color on my dining room walls, but I knew it would work.
And it did work. It worked in that house, and in my next house, and in my next house, and finally in this house. The red has changed a bit over the years, of course. Here it was Ralph Lauren's Balmoral Red:
I loved the subtle striping on these walls. I achieved that look by painting the whole wall in the flat color, taping off stripes with painter's tape (using a level to make sure they were straight), and painting over every other stripe with high-gloss in the same color.
In this house I used Sherwin-Williams Roycroft Copper Red. It's a deep brick red with brown tones.
But the time has come. After 20 years of having a red dining room, I'm ready to change. My color inspiration came from my dining room rug. It's the Floral Kirman rug from the original Karastan collection, and I love it just as much today as when I bought it years ago.