Today's dining rooms are much less formal in nature, which is a great thing, because it means that going all out with color is A-OK! While dining spaces of the past frequently featured wood furnishings, traditional accents, and little to no pops of bright hues, the times have changed—majorly.
One of our favorite colors to use in the dining room? Blue. There are so many directions that one can take with this magical color. Pale blue, turquoise, cornflower blue, and navy, just to name a few shades, all evoke such different types of feelings. Whether your style is coastal chic or you can't resist anything glam, there's no reason you can't have fun working a bit of blue into your space.
Here, we're sharing 40 blue dining rooms that we greatly admire. Note that if you're willing to tackle your walls, that's one easy way to add blue to your dining space—but those who would prefer not to paint or wallpaper will still find tons of inspo from the pictures we've rounded up here. The right seating, upholstery, and accent pieces can go a long way, too.
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Rockin' Robin's Egg Blue
Blogger Erika Conner of Olive and June Home crafted a geometric accent wall in her dining room, which she then painted a lovely robin's egg blue. Her wooden furniture, which she had also used when the space was painted yellow, looks lovely against the soothing hue. The wall pattern also adds a major on-trend element to the space and really draws the eye to that section of the room.Continue to 2 of 40 below.
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A Bright Mix
There's no need to purchase a matching set of chairs—combining a few existing sets can actually make for a stylish setup. Decor and the Dog's Michelle Scheibe shows us that bright yellow chairs can pair wonderfully with a bold blue backdrop. She designed this space to reflect a rustic aesthetic, but the blue walls keep the room ultra current.Continue to 3 of 40 below.
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Blue and purple are wonderful colors to use together, and here, in this room by Etch Design Group, a muted purple is the answer. Various blue tones take the spotlight while the purple chairs make for an elegant complement.Continue to 4 of 40 below.
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A blue-gray color shines in blogger Erin Spain's dining room, which is made even more lovely with the addition of a gallery wall. There's no need to fill an entire open space with pictures—rather, a well curated collection of six or seven pieces is all you need for a showstopping design moment.Continue to 5 of 40 below.
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Home stylist, decorator, and blogger Katherine Medlin really gave her dining room a major makeover, painting it a happy blue hue and adding crown molding, which adds a sophisticated touch. Like we see here, mixing various shades of blues within a space is a total win—a cobalt blue bar cart in the corner provides added function and charm.Continue to 6 of 40 below.
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Blue and Black
Blue and white is a timeless combo. If you want to go for a moodier look, make like blogger Megan Duesterhaus and add some deep black accents, too. Wooden pieces will also complement the palette wonderfully.Continue to 7 of 40 below.
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A Bit of Orange
Thou Swell's Kevin O'Gara shows us that mixing a variety of colors within a space can look absolutely stunning. While the walls in this dining room are a crisp blue, orange, red, and green accents also look incredible styled throughout the space. A bold, modern light fixture draws the eye upward and is truly a work of art.Continue to 8 of 40 below.
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Party in the Back
Choose upholstery that isn't only fun to look at from the front but has something to offer in the back, too! Designer Kelly Finley chose fabric with a beautiful wavy blue print that can be appreciated even when the chairs are pushed in.Continue to 9 of 40 below.
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Instagrammer Cony Maradiaga's dining room makes blue and gray look ultra glam. If you're looking for more ways to incorporate a particular color into your dining room, don't forget about florals. Whether real or faux, they'll draw your guests' attention right away.Continue to 10 of 40 below.
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By the Beach
Designer Rachel Shingleton created a coastal glam look in her dining room, which incorporates turquoise, navy, pale blue, and more. It instantly transports us to a luxe beachside retreat.Continue to 12 of 40 below.
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Red-y or Not
Blogger Sonya Barker shows us that blue and red can make for a fabulous pair! While Barker opted to paint the upper portion of her walls in a calming shade, she went bold when it came to the room's furniture and textiles. And we love the combo, which has some retro flair.Continue to 13 of 40 below.
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Curated Yet Chill
Nishia at Stay Interiors design studio paired blue walls with a white marble table and leather chairs for a contemporary setup that looks curated yet chill. A funky brass light fixture is a fantastic finishing touch.Continue to 14 of 40 below.
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We always love the idea of painting the backs of built in shelving a pleasing color that isn't just a plain white. Here, blue is a winner! White pottery really stands out against the contrasting backdrop in this space by Bees Knees Interior Design Studio.Continue to 15 of 40 below.
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Nailhead chairs look fantastic in a number of styles of spaces and are roomy and soft enough to please any guest. Here in Instagrammer Eunice's space, they have a glam look paired with the sparkling chandelier above.Continue to 16 of 40 below.
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No Paint Necessary
If you don't want to paint your walls, there are still many easy ways to add pops of blue to your dining room. Blogger Jen Woodhouse had fun with blue chairs and a colorful rug that liven up her space. Tableware is also a simple way to play with color—choose placemats, napkins, and glassware in the shade of your choice, no major makeover required.Continue to 18 of 40 below.
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In a similar vein, pottery and other accessories can be a great way to add instant color to any dining setup. Blogger Amy Havins styled a ginger jar centerpiece that is ultra charming alongside her blue and white seating.Continue to 19 of 40 below.
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Home consultant Sarai Reed went for a two-toned look in her modern dining space. Above the table, she grouped together geometric shelving for some extra storage that doubles as art!Continue to 20 of 40 below.
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Designer Danielle Chiprut made her dining room look nice and cheery. The space features so many of our favorite hues throughout—a bright blue, of course, but also gold and pink!Continue to 21 of 40 below.
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This blue, so deep that it almost looks like black, stands out in this sophisticated space by Urbanology Designs. Bohemian touches, including a blanket ladder, sheepskin through, and pops of rattan add texture and personality to the room.Continue to 23 of 40 below.
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Why so serious? There's no reason not to add a little whimsy to your walls! Ultra formal dining rooms are so yesterday, after all. We love the pattern that Etch Design Group chose to implement in this space.Continue to 24 of 40 below.
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Blogger Tasha Agruso had so much fun incorporating the color blue into her dining space that she even added it to the ceiling! Ceiling accents, whether in the form of paint or wallpaper, are majorly in style and add so much intrigue to a space. Your friends won't be able to stop commenting on them when they visit.Continue to 26 of 40 below.
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Chinoiserie lovers will fall for blogger Emmie Ho's dining room, which features floral curtains, a classic hutch, and of course, lots of gorgeous china. If you have a great collection of plates or glassware, don't forget to use them as decor, too.Continue to 27 of 40 below.
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Designer Carla Aston's dining room has a casual yet crisp vibe. A jute rug and grasscloth wallpaper bring coastal flair to the space, which is ultra welcoming and comforting thanks to the plush seating.Continue to 28 of 40 below.
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Royal Wall Treatement
Blogger Chrissy Marie Serrano also used grasscloth wallpaper in her dining space, opting for a navy blue. Paired with board and batten, it really makes her walls sing!Continue to 29 of 40 below.
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Dainty floral prints are a great way to spice up a blank wall without making a space look too busy. These, like the rest of the items in this room by Smitten Interiors, lean a bit more modern when placed in sleek black frames.Continue to 30 of 40 below.
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Don't Forget the Floors
A rug is a great way to easily liven up a space with color. Instagrammer Alison chose a sweet blue and white print for hers, which adds some welcome pattern to the room.Continue to 31 of 40 below.
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Have Fun With Velvet
Velvet is a great way to add texture to your space while ensuring it remains nice and cozy. These blue chairs in Instagrammer Rebecca's dining room lean modern, but other velvet picks can veer more traditional, meaning there are options for every style preference.Continue to 33 of 40 below.
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Deck Out the Door
When going for a two-toned look, take it to the next level by incorporating your door, too. Instagrammer Sam's dining room looks nice and funky with this clever twist. Just don't forget the painter's tape to ensure your lines are even!Continue to 34 of 40 below.
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In Instagrammer Becky's dining room, a board and batten wall painted blue and two blue chairs provide the color, while wooden furnishings and sheepskin add an organic touch. The best of both worlds! And remember that greenery always makes for excellent decor, so let those plant babies shine.Continue to 35 of 40 below.
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Not Just Neutrals
Yes, you can love black and white and also have some fun with blue. There's no need to stick solely to neutrals, after all. Instagrammer Vicky definitely did in her dining room, mixing a blue accent wall in with black and white artwork, chairs, and a rug.Continue to 36 of 40 below.
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When in doubt, bust out the disco ball! No, seriously, do it—Instagrammer Natalia incorporated two in her dining room, and they shimmer and shine so nicely against the deep blue walls.Continue to 37 of 40 below.
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This dining room by designer Sara Hillery makes us think of springtime, but of course, it's surely a wonderful place to gather all year round thanks to its delightful colors. Again, we see a fun statement ceiling at play—painted a swimming pool blue.Continue to 39 of 40 below.
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This family-friendly dining room incorporates a cushioned bench at the table, which will encourage everyone to kick back and stay awhile longer. Blue walls, chairs, and accent pillows contribute to this preppy space by Bees Knees Interior Design Studio.Continue to 40 of 40 below.
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Add pizzazz to an empty wall with a sculptural accent as Etch Design Group did here, then have fun with curtains and piping to work some other hues into the mix!