The combination of these two rooms is my all-time favorite dual-use room hybrid ever. I would love to dine by candlelight surrounded by the warmth of books and dentil mouldings. When this room is not being used as a dining room, oversized books and a collection of curiosities, perhaps procured through travel, can serve as an interesting tablescape.
Look at the detail in this room, not only in the mouldings, but the nail heads and placement of the books and objects throughout the room. Also note how contemporary art looks amazing in a traditional setting- this juxtaposition happens to be my favorite way to play with art and the interior environment. Also notice how all the color and texture comes from the furnishings, books and accessories. The ceiling, walls, and mouldings are white. The dark floor grounds the space and acts as a canvas for all the furnishings. This balancing act keeps the space fresh and crisp. When you look at an interior, and nothing can be added or taken away to make it better- that is an indicator of good design.
Note: All of my inspiration images have been personally collected since I was a teenager. I do know know the designer or publication from which this photo came. If you are the designer or photographer, let me know so I can lend proper credit!