From the February/March 2007 Issue:

Designers' Favorite Dining Room Wall Treatments

What paint color and/or wallpaper would you choose for your own dining room and why?

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enlarge | Benjamin Moore Straw, left, Benjamin Moore Sugar Cookie
I would choose yellow for several reasons: Benjamin Moore Straw is very cheerful, it works well with so many different color schemes and, because it’s neutral, it would flow with the colors in the rest of the house. To set it off a bit, I would create tone-on-tone stripes of equal widths using the same color in alternating matte and semigloss finishes. I would paint the moldings in Benjamin Moore Sugar Cookie with a semigloss finish to add another dimension. The matte finish can become a jumping off point for the rest of the house.

Sheila Rich, Certified Interior Designer, IIDA, ASID, Sheila Rich Interiors LLC in Monmouth Beach; 732-870-3012,

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enlarge | FARROW Y BALL Brockhampton Star #BP506, left, Benjamin Moore Mayonnaise, center, Benjamin Moore Super White, right.
A wallcovering called Brockhampton Star from Farrow & Ball is a simple gold stylized star on a creamy white ground. I’d use it for the walls above a chair rail. Below the chair rail, I’d use Benjamin Moore’s Mayonnaise in a flat finish. The crown molding, chair rail, baseboards, and casing would be Benjamin Moore’s Super White in a semigloss finish. The result would be a classically elegant and
soothing room for dining and entertaining my guests.

Roberta Sloan, Allied ASID
Roberta I. Sloan Interior Design in Princeton; 609-430-0450,

Ronald Redding’s Isabelle wallcovering is perfect for me. The camel-color trellis pattern set against a robin’s egg blue creates an open and light French feeling that I would embellish with elegant champagne silk window treatments and a classic marble fireplace.

Gwen Nagorsky, CID, ASID
Directions in Design Inc. in Long Valley; 908-852-4228,

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enlarge | Jaima Brown #7705-454. left, Benjamin Moore Cranberry Cocktail, center, Jaim Bown Imperial Tile #7711-409, right
“I would paint the walls of my dining room in Benjamin Moore’s Cranberry Cocktail in a flat finish because it’s such a rich, classic color. For wallcovering, this Jaima Brown floral print has a timeless quality, and many colors can be used off of it. On the ceiling, I’d use Jaima Brown Imperial Tile wallpaper, which is bronzed and embossed to look like an old-fashioned tin ceiling.”

Jill T. Ryan, CID, Allied ASID
Morrissey & Thompson-Ryan
Interior Design LLC in Colts Neck;

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enlarge | Innovations in Wallcoverings Pearl Wood Ultramarine
“Many people have an increased interest in trying recipes they see on television for friends and family, usually in a relaxed, casual atmosphere. The dining room I envision is a backdrop to great food served in a quietly elegant way — casual with a hint of sophistication. Pearl Wood wallcovering in ultramarine from Innovations in Wallcoverings Inc. creates a serene surrounding and is a responsible choice. It’s made from fast-growing, renewable Paulownia trees in a hand-woven design and has a soft glow accomplished with natural and non-toxic dyes. Picture it with espresso-tone furnishings and sparkling lighting. This would be an inspired space to share fun and companionship!”

Rona J. Spiegel, ASID
Lifestyle Interior Designs Ltd. in
Englewood Cliffs; 201-568-1769,

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enlarge | Benjamin Moore Whispering Spring, left, Benajin Moore White Ice, center, Benjamin Moore Miklyway, left
“The walls, ceiling, and floor of our dining room would be painted to create a light, inviting, and sophisticated room with a contemporary French feel. We would depict a Parisian countryside landscape on the walls with tree branches extending onto the ceiling in a palette of pale blues and creams. The floor would be cream.”

Davis F. Tamburin, R.A., A.I.A.,
and Kenneth J.P. Wilkinson III
Kenneth/Davis Inc. in Pompton Plains;

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enlarge | Benjamin Moore 1103, left, Benjamin Moore 1106, center, Benjamin Moore 1100, right
“Color has always been my focus in interior design. For my dining room, I would select Benjamin Moore’s 1100 family because of its ability to bring warmth and life into any space. For a faux wash, for example, I use 1100 for the base and 1103 for the top coat. I love working with this color palette because it never fails to give me my desired effect.” - DNJ

Ria E. Gulian, ASID
Interior Designs by Ria in Long Branch;