What color to paint my dining room?

posted 4 years ago in Home
Post # 3
9412 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

@Jw1724:  I’d go neutral if you’re going to try and sell it anytime soon, and whatever you want if you aren’t. You can buy small paint cans and paint a strip on the wall to see what you can live with.

Post # 4
233 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I love gray.

Post # 5
1988 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Orange is supposed to help with your appetite so it’s considered a really good colour for dining rooms. But if you’re trying to watch your weight I would steer clear of it, just in case 🙂 

Post # 6
10219 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

The darker the colour the harder to cover.  And some colours still bleed thru, or require several coats of not only Primer but Finish Colour too.

Did you consult with a person in the Paint Dept to get advice help in this ?

As for final colours…


I agree with MrsPanda99:  (Reply # 2) if you have plans to sell or move shortly… then “vanilla” colours are going to be your best bed


If you aren’t… then the world of colour is all yours to enjoy

What is your decorating / fashion style (clothing tells a lot about what you like).

Earthtones are still big in home decor, but Greys and Muted Colours are also big.  Here is the link to Benjamin Moore’s 2013 Colour Trends = http://www.benjaminmoore.ca/en-us/for-your-home/color-trends-2013

and another for Houzz’s 2013 Home Decor Trends = http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/5124171/list/Home-Decor-Trends-2013

Hope this helps,


Post # 7
5223 posts
Bee Keeper

@Jw1724:  we just bought a house in June– but we looked at probably 40 homes in person before making an offer. I cannot tell you how many dining rooms we saw that were that deep red color or some variation of yellow. I personally like neutral(ish) colors for rooms that are central. A lot depends on the lighting and ceilings– is there a big  window or vaulted ceilings? If so, you could get away with something a bit more dramatic like a Sage green or a really pretty gray color. If you’re looking at trying to make the space appear to be bigger, a nice taupe or beige could work.

We painted over our formerly yellow dining room with a dark brown that had a very purple base to it, making it look like a deep eggplant color. It turned great, but we also have a very open floorplan, so the room already had a ton of natural light and open doorways/high ceilings…. if that was not the case, I would stick with something maybe in a lighter brown or a beige with a brown accent wall– if you’re set on using a particular color.


Post # 8
318 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2018

I  have an accent wall in burnt Orange.  Here’s a pic for reference (my  house isn’t finished yet so disregard  the mess!).I love it but I think it would be too much for a whole room.  You can never go wrong with beige or  grey and then have accessories with pops of color

Post # 10
4513 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I really love cool colors in dining rooms. Everyone does warm it seems. Here is a picture of my dining room with one of my favorite paint colors ever – Benjamin Moore’s Wedgewoord Gray. In some lights its blue, sometimes more green and other times grey. I get endless compliments on it.

Post # 11
1584 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@adoc86:  I Love that shade, a lighter shade would be my vote too.

Post # 12
1071 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Greenbrier Country Club

I also agree that neutral colors would be best.
badge, tan, vanilla

Post # 13
4076 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@adoc86:  Ooh, I have been looking for a shade of blue like that, thank you! Is this really your dining room, it looks like a magazine!

Post # 14
4076 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I really love bold colors, and I don’t mind painting, so I went with a lively dark inky blue-purple.

Post # 15
7090 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!

@adoc86:  Like PPs I’ve been looking for that shade too! That room is gorgeous! 

Post # 16
2079 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@Jw1724:  I think a dark orange would look best for warmth. Ours is “Brick Oven” by Valspar, it’s sort of like a rust orange. I like a warm color in the dining room.

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