Whether you’re a regular entertainer or someone who goes all out for the holidays, you need a well-designed dining room to wow your guests. Fortunately, it’s easy to revive a staid dining room with a few coats of paint. Your dining room paint color can set the tone for dinner parties and family gatherings, so it’s important to consider what kind of mood you want to create. If you’re going for high drama, try a deep shade, such as the rich black Frédéric Malle used in his New York dining room. Pastels and neutrals bring a sense of calm perfect for nightly family dinners.
A dining room also is an excellent place to show off your art collection, so you may want to find a color that complements the pieces you plan to display. The grassy green designer Muriel Brandolini chose for her Hampton Bays dining room highlights the colors in the space’s Thomas Trosch painting, proving that you don’t have to turn your home into a stark white gallery to showcase art.
Moldings and trim paint colors can make a big difference in creating a formal dining space. White-painted baseboards, crown moldings, and mantels add a traditional vibe when paired with color, such as in the Louisville, Kentucky, dining room architect Joel Barkley and designer Todd Klein renovated for clients. The space features soft pink walls, crisp trim, and a glossy white ceiling—a trick Klein picked up from Albert Hadley.
Since people generally spend less time in the dining room than, say, the kitchen or the living room, many designers see it as a place to take risks. David Kleinberg went bold with the color and finish of the walls in a Manhattan apartment, choosing a shiny bright blue lacquer. Adding color to your dining room will make every meal a memorable one.
- 1 Pink Dining Room Inspiration
- 2 Green Dining Room Inspiration
- 3 Black Dining Room Inspiration
- 4 White Dining Room Inspiration
- 5 Purple Dining Room Inspiration
- 6 Blue Dining Room Inspiration
- 7 Gray Dining Room Inspiration
- 8 Yellow Dining Room Inspiration
- 9 Brown Dining Room Inspiration
Pink Dining Room Inspiration
Architect Joel Barkley and designer Todd Klein used a soft pink paint in the dining room of a stately Louisville, Kentucky, house.
Green Dining Room Inspiration
At interior designer Muriel Brandolini’s Hampton Bays home, green walls echo the landscape visible through the window and provide the perfect backdrop for the painting by Thomas Trosch.
Black Dining Room Inspiration
Black walls—a bold statement—complement the Roberto Matta painting and 19th-century English chairs in the New York dining room of perfumer Frédéric Malle.
White Dining Room Inspiration
The Dutch floral painting inspired the red palette of the dining room at royal portrait painter Richard Stone’s house in Colchester, England.