Design Decisions

Designing Our Dining Room Finishes

We’ve been taking one room at a time in the new house and choosing all of the finishes such as lighting, flooring, and wall and ceiling accents. We recently tackled the dining room.

Even though there is not a lot going on in this room compared to others, we want to make sure we get it right!

Our dining room extends off from the kitchen to the back of the house. Just like the kitchen, it has a 17ft vaulted ceiling. Here is a shot of it from the kitchen.

It has plenty of windows, including a huge 9ft tall window, that provides great views of the surrounding trees. From the dining room, there is also access to the covered porch.


We struggled in deciding what type of beams to do in our kitchen and dining room, and even posted the question on Instagram to get a little input.

Getting feedback from so many people really helped and the overwhelming majority thought that we should have the beams follow the vault of the ceiling, I have to say that we agree! I think this will add just the right amount of visual interest to the high ceilings. See the image below for an idea of what they will look like.

We briefly considered doing solid reclaimed beams, but their beauty far outweighs their practicality. They are super expensive to buy and install. So we’ll be constructing the box beams on site, and staining them so they have a light weathered look.


Since the scale of the dining room is large, we knew that we would need a large light fixture in the middle of the room hanging over the table. We chose the Huxley pendant from Troy Lighting. It’s 44 inches in diameter and has a nice woven organic look.


The hardwood that we’re using throughout the majority of the house will extend into the dining room. It’s called Sea Smoke by ADM Flooring. It’s a light colored 10″ wide oak plank.


In the dining room, we’ll be doing wood planks on the walls, but not the usual nickel gap boards that we commonly refer to as shiplap. It will be more like what you see on the walls and ceiling of this living room:

Project by: Christopher AI Photo by: Luker Photography

I like the irregular gaps and spaces that are created with this type of board.

In the dining room, as well as 90% of the rest of the house, we’ll be using Sherwin Williams Pure White on the walls ceiling and trim.

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  • Reply Tiffany

    How do you feel about the sea smoke that is in the oil finish vs the lacquer finish?

    December 26, 2019 at 4:24 pm
    • Reply Brooke

      Hello Tiffany! We are just now installing, but we are loving the way they look. I’ll get back to you in a few weeks on exactly how they hold up.

      January 6, 2020 at 1:44 am
  • Reply Fab5Baitys

    Hello! New here and first time commenting…we are looking at ADM Flooring (we live in Central California) and also wondering if you have an update (maybe pro’s and con’s) of the Sea Smoke oil finished flooring vs. the Padua UV Laquer finish.

    Thank you, and I’m sorry if you have already done this and I just missed the article.

    July 26, 2020 at 7:30 am
    • Reply Henry

      Hi! So far we don’t have any cons to mention about Sea Smoke. We’ve spilled things on it (eggs, grape juice, etc. Lol!) and no staining. We absolutley love the floors.

      July 27, 2020 at 2:43 pm

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