Roman couch

Roman couch by rjknits
Roman couch, a photo by rjknits on Flickr.

After all the Thanksgiving feasting going around here, I’m thinking of paint colors for the dining room. I think we can skip the reclining couches in a “U-shape”, as done in a triclinium in Roman days. But the spare design, the red background, and the way the frieze “pops” — don’t you think the museum (the Walters) did a marvelous job showing a room that someone (we’ll call her Octavia, and imagine she had the same hairstyle as her namesake, Marc Antony’s third wife) took pride of place in? The red color would be quite daring and inappropriate for my very un-Roman home. But still better than “oatmeal paste” which  the previous homeowner painted with. My dining set would look quite overwhelmed though. If you’ve ever decorated with this level of drama, did it sit well with the other rooms in your home, or did you feel overwhelmed too? Inquiring minds want to know.

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2 Responses to “Roman couch”


  1. 1 rethoryke December 2, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    I’m not at all attached to the current dining room set, so don’t let _that_ stop you! But we would need a real chandelier and better side lighting if the walls were red.

  2. 2 Anne Bonney December 3, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    Red is good.


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