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Color Schemes You Can Duplicate for Your Dining Room
Dining rooms can do a lot of things...blend in, serve as transitions or have a personality all their own. And nothing sets the tone of a dining room like the right wall color.
Should you go bold with blue? Yes, blue—normally a relaxing color—is considered bold when it comes to dining rooms, as it is so rarely used.
What about an earthy brown, like the designer paint Ralph Lauren Sisal?
Reds and oranges are lively, promote sociability.
Any color you want, browse this gallery of colors of nationally available paints to find what might be the next new color for your dining space.Continue to 2 of 19 below.
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A blue dining room? Conventional wisdom doesn't exactly say, "No," but rather, "Be careful, if you do." It's often said that if you want to lose weight, put some blue food on your plate. The same might be true for a blue room that's over the top. But when kept light and airy, blue can be an especially refreshing choice.
This highly complex scheme come from Olympic Paint & Stain, using the following colors:
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- Aqua Smoke
- Brown Clay
- Blackberry Jam
- Moroccan Moonlight
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A relaxing dining room brown from Ralph Lauren Home. The appropriately named wall color, Sisal, is a brown-verging-on-neutral that is conducive to pleasant mealtimes. Add in Crescent Moon trim for a clean contrast.
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- Wall: Sisal
- Trim: Crescent Moon
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Stark White Classic
This color emphasizes the clean white of Ralph Lauren Home's classic Picket Fence White. Offsetting the wall brightness are the darker Walnut door and even darker trim.
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- Ceiling and Wall: Picket Fence White
- Door: Walnut
- Trim: Warwick Lodge
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Can there be too much brown in a dining room? Not so with these colors from Dutch Boy. These tones incorporate tints of bronze to make for a more lively color scheme. It doesn't hurt to have the lighter-colored crown molding to add a visual "stop" for the verticals.
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- Woonsocket Bronze
- Dancing Leaf
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Red and Tan
Red is a stately, regal color. With this dustier muted red, Raisin Torte, from Benjamin Moore, the color is authoritative without being overbearing. Painting the wainscot in Jackson Tan with White Dove accents further lightens the mood.
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- White Dove
- Jackson Tan
- Raisin Torte
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Shiny Red Apple
In the red dining room from Benjamin Moore, the effect was muted and graceful. Not so with this paint from Glidden. This is full-on red, called Red Delicious, and it's sure to stimulate appetites and conversation.
Note how everything in the room—chairs, table, lilies, and flooring, alike—pop out in contrast to the vibrant red.Continue to 8 of 19 below.
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Warm and Tawny
Tawny is the inspiration for this dining room color. Tawny is kind of yellow and kind of brown. Defined by Webster's Dictionary as "a dark yellowish or dull yellowish-brown color," tawny is a nice brown for your dining room that has just enough warmth to keep it lively and interesting.
From Valspar's Earth Elements Collection:
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- Tawny Bluff
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How blue can you go? Apparently, very blue. Even though blue is a dicey proposition as a dining room paint color, this one from Dutch Boy brings it down to its darkest level. The splash of Ultra White on the trim helps to freshen up the paint design.
Coordinating blue with deeper tones, such as the chairs and flooring, imbues it with an added richness.
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- Mosaic Tiles
- Ultra White
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Pumpkin for All Seasons
Glidden whipped up a palatable Pumpkin that you can live with day after day, all throughout the year. It's a muted orange called Pumpkin Patch that injects instant cheer in your dining room.Continue to 11 of 19 below.
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Not a fan of yellow paint? This is one you might like, Dusty Gold from Glidden. It's yellow with rich gold touches added for a more classic look.Continue to 12 of 19 below.
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Old-Fashioned But Modern
When you paint your dining room red, consider an option like this: a red that's not a lot of red. Red is so strong that even limited areas can carry the load. Here, the walls are mainly Valspar Craft White. Then, Calico's red in the upper third of the dining room wall--and topped by another line of Craft White, in the form of crown molding—completes the picture.Continue to 13 of 19 below.
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Who Says Ceilings Have to Be White?
While the default paint option of most dining room ceilings is white, why choose what everyone else has? This ceiling paint is the true star of the room—with the neutral Delaware Putty on the walls hanging back and letting the star shine.
Paint is from Benjamin Moore:
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- Delaware Putty
- Chestertown Bluff
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Plums and Violets
Now, is this or is this not a vibrant and electric dining room paint color? Admittedly, it takes guts to put Dutch Boy's Eclectic Plum on your dining room walls. But who ever said that this room had to be a shrinking violet?
The colors are:
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- Watercolor Lilies
- Traffic Jam
- Eclectic Plum
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Minty Green and White
Devoe Paints: the Freshmaker? Well, minty-green is what we feel when we look at this paint scheme. It's called Elysian Fields, and while we don't find it the most appetizing color—it feels a bit medicinal—for the homeowner looking for a green that isn't imposing, this might be the one.
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Tan and Fancy
It's funny the way a mere coat of latex, just a fraction of a millimeter thick, can entirely dress up a room. Yes, that's the power of room paint. The house here is a regular suburban home. But with the addition of this deep-tan color (Beacon Hill/Devoe) in the dining room, along with coordinating black furniture with white upholstery, and the white marble table with the black base...Well, now it's a lot more fancy.Continue to 17 of 19 below.
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Gray and white. Yes, it's a "path most traveled" for dining room color designs. But you can hardly go wrong, at least if you're looking to introduce a stately, elegant feeling to the room.
From California Paints, this is Wells Gray with Modern White. You'll even notice a bit of orange peeking out from the adjoining room (Bronzed Plate).Continue to 18 of 19 below.
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In contrast to our earlier (also California Paints) photo of a gray and white dining room, this one flips the colors around. Now, gray (Quincy Granite) is the dominant field color, with their Sensible White being used for ceiling and crown molding.Continue to 19 of 19 below.
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Go for the Gold
There's nothing shy about this paint scheme. The wall color (Highlight Gold) first captures your attention. Then your eye immediately zooms upward to the fantastically sock-you-in-the-face orange of the ceiling.