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Pattern and color give a Sudbury dining room pizazz

After reconfiguring the space and creating a butler’s pantry, the design team connected the spaces aesthetically with color.

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The owners of this Sudbury Colonial wanted to be able to comfortably accommodate a crowd. “The family entertains regularly,” says interior designer Kalah Talancy, who collaborated with her architect husband, Kevin ten Brinke (the duo runs Sudbury-based KT2 Design Group), to reconfigure the first floor of the home. While the footprint remained the same, walls were moved to make the kitchen and dining spaces airier and more cohesive. The reconfiguration created a new butler’s pantry adjacent to the dining room. Talancy connected the spaces aesthetically with a color palette that emphasizes green, yellow, and gray tones. “Green feels fresh and bright,” says Talancy. “It’s nature-inspired, so it never really gets old.” She also infused the rooms with a burst of pattern, lively accents with understated whimsy, and a few antiques.

1. The custom wall color in the dining room takes its cue from the soft gray hues of the window treatment in the butler’s pantry.

2. The homeowners already had the vintage glass-topped console with brass legs. “It was in another room, and we re-imagined it for this space,” says Talancy. It holds serving dishes and glassware when the family entertains.

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3. The birds of paradise prints were scored from an antiques dealer in Connecticut. “We didn’t want them to be too green, so we selected birds with yellow with some red, colors that are also found in the wallcovering and drapes,” says Talancy.

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4. The brass chandelier and sconces are from Visual Comfort. The black starburst mirror has a gold center, says Talancy, “adding another layer of cohesion with the light fixtures and black dining chairs.”

5. The antique round table seats eight.

6. Vintage bamboo chairs belonged to the owners. Talancy had them dip-painted black and the seats reupholstered in a textured vivid green fabric.

7. A sisal rug in a natural-toned chevron pattern adds an earthy element. “It was important that the rug didn’t compete with the drapes and wallpaper,” says Talancy.

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8. The roman shade is made of fabric by Seema Krish. “The room had a feminine feel with the wallpaper and light fixture, so we had the shade be more masculine to balance the space,” says Talancy.

9. The small-scale crystal flush-mount light fixture, from Restoration Hardware Baby & Child, was the perfect size for the compact area.

10. The Schumacher “Chiang Mai Dragon” wallcovering acts almost as artwork for the butler’s pantry, says Talancy. “We initially thought the marble penny round tile on the wall was going to be enough to carry the space. But we realized we needed something to add punch, and the wallpaper is fantastic.” The same pattern was used for drapery in the dining room.