For dramatic dining room inspiration, restaurant decor is a good place to start. Restaurants invest lots of time and money into creating the perfect atmosphere for eating and conversation, and (depending on the food and the style of the place) this often involves romantic lighting, dark colors, and opulent details. Click below for a few high-drama Chicago restaurants from our archives...
Wow Factor: Chandeliers at Sepia
Bronze and Gold: Relax Lounge
Velvet Drapes, Intricate Moldings, and High-Back Sofas: The Violet Hour
Drama on a Budget: Opulent IKEA Frames at Epoch/Pie
Subtle Colors and Antique Furnishings: m.henry Restaurant and Cafe
Top Photo: Sepia