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Having made the decision to paint your dining room, you may be pondering what color to select for the space. Before embarking on a discussion of some specific colors that tend to work well in a dining room setting, you need to keep one point in mind.

There are indeed some paint colors that are recommended by interior designers. In the final analysis, however, you have the ultimate say on the color of paint you want to use for your dining room. Although the color names listed below are rather specific, you can search for these names and choose a variation that best suits your space.

Truffle Brown

Truffle Brown provides something of a dignified, staid look to a dining room. This is a particularly effective color if there are different wood tones in the room.

You can extend the use of Truffle Brown to include not only the walls, but to elements like panel and crown molding. The windows can also be trimmed with this color. This results in a dining room having a seamless look.

If using Truffle Brown, consider white paint for the ceiling. This gives the room something of a lift and an airy feel as well.

Spicy Orange

Spicy Orange provides a hue that is a tremendous update for a room featuring a traditional dining set. With that noted, Spicy Orange also works nicely with a modern dining set as well.

The color is considered something of a caramelized shade. It is nearly as warm as a deep red, but with a more unconventional feel.

There is a risk that Spicy Orange can feel too intense — as can happen with red as well. This can be avoided by infusing a dining room with plenty of natural light. In addition, a pale colored flooring also makes sure that Spicy Red doesn’t overpower the space.

Midnight Sky

Midnight Sky is a hue that is lightly tinged with black and green. It is considered to be something or a sophisticated shade, well suited to a dining room with more traditional furnishings. Furnishings in shades of linen and espresso brown work well with this color of paint.

Midnight Sky works well when it is offset by crown molding and chair rail that are painted in a clean white. The contrast between the two proves brilliant.

Apple Green

A crisp hue, Apple Green provides energy to a dining room. It can be used to give a more formal space a vibrant look. For example, it can be used to compliment more ornate stained woodwork oftentimes found in a dining room.

If used to cover walls from the floor to ceiling, Apple Green balances out darker flooring and furniture. It also draws attention to lighting fixtures, like a chandelier, that enhances a dining room.

Citrus Yellow

Citrus Yellow is a bold, vibrant selection, and definitely not for the faint of heart homeowner. There are ways to temper the vibrancy of Citrus Yellow. For example, this hue can be used to mediate between a darker flooring and a white ceiling. Taking this approach results in Citrus Yellow and the other colors featured in a dining room a sense of welcoming as well as a natural feeling warmth.

This color paint works in both traditional dining rooms as well as with a modern, trendy design. Thoughtful application and balancing with other colors featured in the room are key to making Citrus Yellow really work in a space.

Deep Red

Deep red in dining rooms in the United States can be traced back to the Colonial Era. Before the days of central heat, Deep Red was used to “raise the temperature” in a dining room, as well as other rooms in the residence.

Paired with white, Deep Red renders a room feeling quite cozy. In addition, it is a classic approach to dining room decorating today.

Charcoal Purple

Charcoal Purple is oftentimes described as being a velvety plum. With its blue-violent undertones, Charcoal Purple is a rich color and well suited to a dining room. This color of paint can enhance the intimacy of a dining room.

In order to make the most out of this color of paint, it can be paired with lighter colored furniture. It also contrasts nicely with darker wood floors. The combination of all three makes for a stunning dining room.

Aqua Blue

Aqua Blue is a pale version of the color and works magnificently well with dark brown furnishings, flooring, and accents. Aqua Blue works well in an otherwise “stuffy” traditionally designed dining room. It lends a sense of life to a more traditional dining room, rendering it more comfortable.

Grass Green

Grass Green is a hue that is found on the paint spectrum between olive and emerald. Grass Green is a smart selection in a dining room intended as a space in which people can relax. Grass Green is a fresh color that harmonizes nicely with pale furnishings and clean white trim.


Jessica Kane is a writer for Silver Superstore, home of the internet’s best flatware.

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