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Designing a Romantic-Style Dining Room

Host Susan Blake and makeover designer Robert Fountain discuss the makeover based on interior designer Stuart Piontek's romantic-style dining room.

Host Susan Blake introduces designer Stuart Piontek, who created a rich and romantic look for a dining room, using a bold red and gold palette accented with a soft green. Contemporary furniture is combined with more traditional accessories for an interesting mix. Expensive fabrics and dramatic furniture add up to a look that is both playful and sophisticated.

Makeover Room, before

Transforming the Makeover Room

Ahead are the steps designer Robert Fountain took to transform a rather sparsely furnished dining room into a romantic space.

Makeover Room, after: $1,700

  • Painted the walls a soft beige (Benjamin Moore: HC-93 - Carrington Beige).
  • Hung dramatic red dupioni silk curtains at the window.
  • Added a cherry dining table finished in a deep mahogany tone.
  • Placed upholstered chairs in a cream and taupe diamond pattern around the table.
  • Refinished an armoire with a diamond pattern paint treatment and added silver hardware.
  • Hung a vintage Chaplin print with vibrant red background above console.
  • Accessorized the console with a black lamp with drum shade, red glass vase decorated with gold paint, white flowers, dome-shaped sugar and creamer spray-painted red and gold, and red votives
  • Dressed the table with gold placemats, a gold square charger and red glass plates with gold embellishments, flatware with handles painted gold, gold napkins in wire and bead napkin rings, flutes with a gold design, matching goblets and clear goblets, gold candlesticks and rose petals.

The Bottom Line

To see where the savings are, take a look at this direct cost comparison of some Inspiration Room items and the creatively comparable ones used in the Makeover Room:

Roll-back mahogany chairs, $1,900 / Reupholstered chairs, $100

Diamond pattern cabinet, $5,600 / Refinished armoire, $450

Caricature art, $700 / Chaplin print, $59

Console accessories, $3,700 / Console accessories, $130

Table Accessories, $3,000 / Table accessories, $300

The $500 Challenge

If you have only $500 to spend to create the rich, romantic look of the dining room, designer Robert Fountain suggests you start with the tabletop: invest in red and gold dinnerware and accessories. Then add the rich red curtain, which has a lot of bang for the buck. Finish with sleek accessories like the lamp and sugar and creamer on the console. The greatest savings in the Makeover Room came from using the original console and painting the armoire with a custom diamond pattern.

Charlie Chaplin print - Eurographics
Will Rafuse print, Dancing Couple print, scarlet shiraz silk panels - Z Gallerie
cherry wood memory box - Bombay
cream and taupe diamond pattern chairs - Cort Furniture
iron candlesticks, place settings (Hampton Silversmiths / Avante Frosted) - Marshalls
wineglasses and champagne flutes with gold scroll detail - Pier 1 Imports
white wineglasses with gold leaf overlay - Ross Stores
gold plastic chargers - Cost Plus World Market
red glass salad plates - Crate & Barrel
gold synthetic organza placemats, napkins, metal canister sprayed red and gold, lampshade, butter knives, curtain rod with brass finish (Umbra) - Linens 'n Things
black obelisk-shaped lamp - Target
red plastic bowls - Pottery Barn

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