Dining Room Paint Color Ideas

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    Color Schemes You Can Duplicate for Your Dining Room

    Brightly Painted Orange Dining Room
    Glow Decor / Getty Images

    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 and promote sociability. Browse this gallery of colors of nationally available paints to find what might be the next new color for your dining space.

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    True Blue

    Blue Dining Room Color

    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 too over the top—but when kept light and airy, blue can be an especially refreshing choice. 

    This highly complex scheme comes from Olympic Paint & Stain, using the following colors:

    • Aqua Smoke
    • Brown Clay
    • Rattan
    • Blackberry Jam
    • Moroccan Moonlight
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    Brown dining room
    Ralph Lauren Home

    A relaxing brown dining room from Ralph Lauren Home. The appropriately-named wall color, Sisal, is a brown-verging-on-neutral that is conducive to pleasant mealtimes. Add in a Crescent Moon trim for a clean contrast

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    Stark White Classic

    white dining room farmhouse color
    Ralph Lauren Home

    This color emphasizes the clean white of Ralph Lauren Home's classic Picket Fence White. Offsetting the wall brightness is the darker door (in the color Walnut) and the even darker trim (in Warwick Lodge).

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    light green mossy dining room paint colors
    Dutch Boy

    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.

    • Woonsocket Bronze
    • Dancing Leaf
    • Cypress
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    Red and Tan

    Red and tan dining room
    Benjamin Moore

    Red is a stately, regal color. With Benjamin Moore's dustier muted red, Raisin Torte, 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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    Shiny Red Apple

    Red Delicious paint color dining room

    The effect was muted and graceful ​in the red dining room from Benjamin Moore. Not so with this paint from Glidden! This is full-on red. It's called Red Delicious, and it's sure to stimulate appetites and conversation alike.

    Note how everything in the room—chairs, table, lilies, and flooring—pop out in contrast to the vibrant red.

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    Warm and Tawny

    Dining room with tawny paint color

    Tawny is the inspiration for this dining room color. 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:

    • Tawny Bluff
    • Waft
    • Sunwashed
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    Bluest Blue

    deep blue dining room
    Dutch Boy

    How blue can you go? Apparently, very blue. Even though blue is a dicey proposition as a dining room paint color, Mosaic Tiles 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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    Pumpkin for All Seasons

    Dining room with orange wall

    Glidden whipped up a palatable pumpkin-y color that you can live with all throughout the year. It's a muted orange called Pumpkin Patch that injects instant cheer in your dining room.

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    Striking Gold

    soft yellow gold dining room color

    Not a fan of yellow paint? Well, this is one you just might like: Dusty Gold from Glidden. It's yellow with rich gold touches added for a more classic look.

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    Old-Fashioned But Modern

    red and white dining room paint colors

    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, this time in the form of crown molding—completes the picture.

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    Who Says Ceilings Have to Be White?

    different dining room ceiling color
    Benjamin Moore

    While the default paint option of most dining room ceilings is white, why choose what everyone else has? This ceiling paint—Chestertown Bluff—is the true star of the room with the neutral Delaware Putty on the walls hanging back, both paints by Benjamin Moore.

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    Plums and Violets

    plum and violet dining room paint colors
    Dutch Boy

    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:

    • Watercolor Lilies
    • Traffic Jam
    • Eclectic Plum
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    Minty Green and White

    Minty Green and White Dining Room Colors
    Devoe Paints

    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—this might be the one for the homeowner looking for a green that isn't imposing.

    The default coordinating color is white, and this one is called White on White.

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    Tan and Fancy

    Tan Dining Room Colors
    Devoe Paints

    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 by 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.

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    Dining Room Colors in Gray and White
    California Paints

    Gray and white is certainly a popular road for dining room color designs, but you can hardly go wrong with it if you're looking to introduce a stately, elegant feeling to the room.

    From California Paints, this is Wells Gray with Modern White. You may even notice a bit of orange peeking out from the adjoining room (Bronzed Plate)!

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    Cool Gray

    grey and white dining room
    California Paints

    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.

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    Go for the Gold

    Bright Orange and Gold Dining Room
    California Paints

    There's nothing shy about this paint scheme. The wall color (Highlight Gold from California Paints) first captures your attention, then your eye immediately zooms upward to the fantastically sock-you-in-the-face orange of the ceiling!