Array
Kitchen & dining

Mini Makeovers: An Elegant and Dramatic Dining Room

University professor Marco Gutang transforms his energetic dining area into a calmer space that still exudes loads of personality

Shares
Photography: Tammy David

Peace Studies professor Marco Gutang’s dining area has undergone a lot of changes, thanks to his designer-partner Grace Moslares. “Before, we had a small round table. We even had a long plastic table when we stayed here,” says Marco. The wall used to be red that veered towards a fluorescent pink. Marco kept the walls in that color the past ten years, and until recently he felt the glaring color needed to tone it down. “Nagsawa na ako, so ginawa naming black.”

 With a matte black wall, the dining area exudes a sleek, sexy mood that is punctuated with an ornate mirror and different wall art, like paintings by Ricky Ambagan, Ogie Salmorin, and Grace. A photo of Marco as a child together with his dad also graces a corner of the dining area. This, plus a number of accessories on the table, creates a dramatic vignette that sets the area apart from the rest of the house. “The black wall, I really like it. It’s more subdued. Now that I’m 40, it suits my mood better. The all-red, sobrang gising na gising ako, which I liked before. It was energizing. But now, mas toned down na ako,” he says.

More on Realliving.com.ph

Shares

Latest Stories

Clutter-Busting Organizers Below P300

Some are below P100! And you can get these organizers at your fave stores.

Here's How To Care For Your Non-Stick Pans So They'll Last Longer

Are you afraid that the non-stick surface on your pan might get scuffed off? Here's how to avoid that.

How To Create A Bedroom If You Live In a Studio Unit

There are several ways to create a private bedroom, even if there's no room at all!

Should You Switch to Natural Cleaning Products?

Are you ready to make the big change? Let this list help you decide.

Zanjoe Marudo Is Building A Rest House in Batangas

It will be finished in October

The Secret To A Beautiful Garden: Make A Focal Point

If a garden is a show, the focal point is the main act. Here's how to add interest to your own garden.

Do You Know What Food Items To Throw Out After A Power Outage?

Keep food safety a priority in times of natural disasters

7 Things To Remember When Buying Segunda Mano Items

This handy guide will help you enjoy your next trip to yourl local ukay-ukay or garage sale

5 Effective Tips on Maintaining a Minimalist Makeup Collection

You'll be surprised how easy it is to quit your hoarding habits!

We're Crushing on this Calming 34sqm Condo Unit in BGC

It has a soothing color palette that will make you feel like you're in a park

Boring Bookshelves? Use These Accessories To Jazz Them Up

Don't just load your bookshelves with books; add accessories and decor for visual interest

How Do You Find The Right Architect For Your Dream Home?

Here's how to choose the best professional to help you achieve your dream house
Load More Stories

Get inspiring design ideas and handy hints.
Subscribe to our newsletter now!