Style Watch

Rich color and custom paint make for a dramatic dining room

The recently relocated homeowners wanted their Newton Victorian to be both stylish and family-friendly.

Michael J Lee

Boston-based interior designer Nicole Hogarty’s clients, who recently relocated to a Newton Victorian, wanted their home to be both stylish and family-friendly. The focus of their previous residence, a Boston penthouse, was the view. In their new place, Hogarty used color, texture, and accessories to achieve drama. Since the homeowners were nervous that wallpaper might not hold up to heavy use, Hogarty commissioned decorative painter Pauline Curtiss of Patina Designs to create a dramatic backdrop. Hogarty says, “The dining room is glamorous and full of energy, but in keeping with the home’s traditional style and its young inhabitants.”

1. The soft curves of the chandelier, with a glamorous finish and acrylic beading, are an unexpected counterpoint to the modern dining table.


2. Curtiss used a white glaze on a smoky violet ground for the inkblot-like design on the walls. “The negative and positive spaces of the pattern hold equal weight,” she says.

3. The paint on the music room walls, Benjamin Moore Cheating Heart, is similar in saturation to the color of the dining chairs. “In an open floor plan, it’s important that rooms speak to each other,” Hogarty says.

4. The broadloom carpet with leather binding and serge-stitch detail has a bit of shimmer but doesn’t distract from the walls.

5. Hogarty transformed existing chairs with luscious blackberry crushed velvet on the fronts and irregularly pleated satin on the backs. “They provide a burst of color,” she says.

6. The oval Saarinen dining table, which belonged to the homeowner’s mother, allows for smooth circulation in a relatively compact space.

7. Consultant Libby Silvia of Artstyle suggested the painting to add color. “Its symmetrical composition doesn’t compete with the wall treatment,” Hogarty says of the Logan Ledford abstract.