Top Tips to Consider When Painting Your Dining Room

If there is a more challenging room in the house to paint than the dining room, it would be a surprise. “Wait a minute,” you might say, “It is the easiest room to paint!” Yes, it is true that it has furniture that is easy to move and/or paint around and it can seem quite simple in terms of design and décor, but many experts have lots, and LOTS, to say about painting the dining room, and especially about selecting the color.

Choosing Dining Room Colors is a Challenge

Consider that a dining room is supposed to be a space in which we socialize and eat. That means that certain colors will work better than others. For example, selecting a very dark hue can give the room a rather depressing or oppressive atmosphere that does not encourage anyone to talk, laugh or feel lighthearted.

As the experts at Better Homes and Gardens say about dining room colors, “Dining rooms, whether a set-apart chamber or a pass-through area that opens to a kitchen or family room, require color schemes that advance a mood, help define the space, establish a style, and complement hues in neighboring rooms and hallways.”

Now, that’s a tall order, and so we’ll consider a few tips for making the right choice.

Start with Belongings

What is in your dining room? If you are like most, you have dishes or platters, silver or other items you have inherited or purchased as both functional pieces and décor. These items should be used to inspire your color choices. For example, if you are all about the blue and white Staffordshire pieces, you can go with a vibrant blue, a complementary yellow, or even a bolder hue such as pumpkin or green.

Don’t Ignore the Other Rooms

However, please don’t choose a color without first considering how it looks when compared to adjacent spaces. For example, let’s say the living room can be seen from the dining room. You cannot choose a color for the dining room that clashes with the living room.

Think about Size and Light

You must also consider the impact that the natural light entering the room will have on your color choices, and whether the colors will enhance or negatively affect the apparent size of the space. As an example, a darker, and smaller living room without much natural light should not be painted in a darker color scheme as this visually shrinks the space.

Consider the Mood

Color has a significant impact on the mood of the people around it, and so you want to make a point of determining the overall feeling of your dining room. For instance, it might already have a mood because it is full of beautifully dark stained woodwork and flooring of a vibrant hue. That would mean you’ll need to carry that elegant or cozy mood forward with deeper shades like plum, cinnamon, navy, hunger, eggplant or chocolate.

Note that a lot of “food” hues were mentioned? That too is a way to create the mood you want. For example, if your dining room is to have an airier feeling, you can enhance it with pistachio green, buttercream white, sherbet orange, and even cotton candy hues.

Have a Color Scheme

Dining rooms are great spaces when they also have a color scheme. Monochromatic is excellent in other places, but not the dining room. Instead, create visual interest and energy with contrasting hues. Think green with reds and yellows or bright blue with burnished orange and rich mustard. Pops of accent colors and a base color is the best way to build your scheme.

Painting the dining room is the easy part and choosing the colors can be the most challenging. However, not everyone is adept with a paint brush and roller. If you want optimal results, you can always hire a painting pro by clicking here, and they might even help you with suggestions about colors!


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