The way people use their dining rooms has changed. Many people still have formal dining rooms, but they're not used as often as they'd like. Eating has become a more casual affair, but your dining room still plays an important role in the style of your home.
Dining rooms are fun to decorate because you can be a little more free with your color choices. There is an expectation, much like a powder room, that the dining room will be a little more bold, or even fancy. Rich and dark colors that overwhelm a living room where you spend more time may be appropriate in a dining room that has limited use and can handle those darker colors.
If your dining room is adjacent to your living room or kitchen, you'll need to sample your paint near those other spaces. The colors don't have to be similar, but they should coordinate in some way. The undertones of your paint colors should be compatible, at the very least, to keep the rooms looking harmonious.
The key to creating the perfect color atmosphere in your dining room is a combination of paint color and lighting. Because a dining room often holds only wood furniture, with limited upholstered pieces and accessories, the wall color plays the most important role. Your lighting will illuminate your rich colors so be sure to experiment with lighting to set the right mood. Using dimmers is a smart way to set the right tone for your new dining room color. Don't forget that adding side lighting can brighten up a deep wall color, as well. Create a beautiful glow with buffet or floor lamps to show off your wall color. A sparkling chandelier in the dining room is almost a requirement for a luxurious dining space.
Here are six stunning Benjamin Moore dining room colors.
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Red has been the popular color of choice for dining rooms for over a decade. Many believe that it inspires conversation and appetite. The red dining room may need a little update by now. Benjamin Moore's Raisin Torte is a gorgeous and rich red that has a burgundy vibe. This color would be perfect with white millwork and a sparkling chandelier.
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Gray for a dining room? Sure, if it's the right gray. Benjamin Moore's Rocky Coast is dramatic, but not stuffy. Though this is definitely a dark color, with the proper lighting and accessories, it can look fresh and bright. Pair this gray with pale blue accessories for a sophisticated look.
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This is such an appealing orange color. But Benjamin Moore's Buttered Yam is not for the timid color-lover. A spirited orange like this is a great alternative to the typical red dining room in homes everywhere.
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Keeping your dining room neutral gives you so much flexibility with accessories and dining chair upholstery. Revere Pewter is one of the most popular paint colors from Benjamin Moore. This is a stunning greige color.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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Rustique has the excitement of red with the elegance of a rich neutral. A warm color such as this works well with dark wood furniture and light accessories.
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Pale blue can be a completely elegant choice for your dining room. Pair with brushed silver metals and charcoal gray accents for the ultimate in sophistication. This is a great color choice if you're concerned about available light.