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DECOR SCORE- Adding a Dash Of Glamour to Dinner PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rose Bennett Gilbert Creative Syndicate   
Thursday, 18 October 2012 03:01


Set for sparkling dinner conversations: dining room goes glam with high-gloss finishes and crystal lighting.

Q: I'm moving into my (second) husband's apartment and he's agreed to let me do some redecorating.

The apartment is in an historic old building built in the Art Deco style. We plan to entertain a lot and I want to make it glamorous, even sexy, especially the dining room, but I can't find many glam dining rooms to inspire me.

A: Then you haven't yet seen a new book by designer Amanda Nisbet, aptly named "Dazzling Design (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, publishers)."

Based in New York City, Amanda knows glamour ... Art Deco, too. Just seeing the Chrysler Building gleaming on the skyline is inspiration enough. The dining room we show here could inspire yours, with its deep, rich color scheme and high-gloss sparkle.

Amanda custom-designed the black glass-and-brass dining tables — a second mirror-image dining arrangement sits just out of the photo to the left, so there's ample room for eight swellegant dinner guests.

There's also another pair of those vintage crystal light fixtures hanging from the ivory-painted ceiling she had lacquered highgloss to bring "sparkle to an already-sexy room."

More ideas to investigate: the dramatically scaled abstract art on the wall echoed in the rug; the banquet seating that wraps one end of each table, balanced by pull-up chairs; her inspired use of color "that effectively functions as an architectural element by influencing the ways in which the room's tectonic properties are perceived."

In other words, if you know how to harness the power of color, you can visually raise or lower a ceiling ... push walls back or bring them closer ... smooth out architectural eccentricities, such as niches and load-bearing beams ... energize or pacify the overall attitude of a room.

Here's the key: dark colors "advance." That is, they make surfaces look closer to the eye. Light colors recede, so things look further away, ergo, more space. Matte (flat) finishes work much like dark colors, while glossy finishes act like mirrors, creating more space than what actually exists.

Colors also have attitude: the warmer the hue (think sunshine-hot yellows, oranges, reds), the livelier the space. The cooler the colors (think ice blue and green, blue-white and frosted yellows and pinks), the more serene the scene. Back to the subject of glamorous decor: the last word may be the Swarovski fireplace (introduced by Napoleon Fireplaces & Grills,

Available in one- or two-sided versions, the limited edition comes with a bed of authentic precision-cut crystals that shoot "sparks" when you turn on the fireplace lights. Q: I'm looking for something new in cabinets for my kitchen, which is contemporary.

I am bored with stainless and don't want painted cabinets — or do I?

A: High-gloss painted cabinets, say in dove or charcoal gray, black or bright white, would be smart in an hautecontemporary kitchen.

New and even newer-looking: check out the textured high-pressure laminates about to be introduced by one top cabinetry company (woodmode. com). The surfaces are textured to look like real, raised wood grain, giving cabinets the look and feel of weathered wood that also promises to wear like iron.

Vanguard Plastic Texture Laminates will be available in four natural-wood-look colors in December.

Rose Bennett Gilbert is the coauthor of "Manhattan Style" and six other books on interior design.


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Last Updated on Thursday, 18 October 2012 03:04