09/15/2014 11:40 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

The Best Dining Room Paint Colors

Before you buy that dining room set, decide on the rich hue for the walls.

photography by MIKKEL VANG

Pick the perfect dining room color with these bold paint colors that are guaranteed to transform any dining area from okay to extraordinary.

photography by PAUL COSTELLO

Don't be confined by the architecture.
The dining area is painted a high-gloss lavender--because there's no distinct threshold, the walls stay consistent--which extends to the ceilings. With a moldingless space, it looks less prefab to treat the ceilings as well.

Paint color: "Raspberry Ice" Impervex latex high-gloss enamel by Benjamin Moore

photography by ISAGER DITTE

Shot of Yellow
The optimistic citrus textured wall is the highlight of this otherwise spare dining room. Any potential cuteness is thwarted by the linear black notes, which give the space gravitas.

Paint color: "Sunshower" by Olympic paints

photography by MIKKEL VANG

Deep Purple and Cream
This regal hue can easily overwhelm a room, but when it works, it's both rich and livable.

Paint color (walling and paneling): "Early Morning Mist #1528" by Benjamin Moore

Paint color (paneling): "Embassy Purple #TH59" by Ralph Lauren Homes

Paint color (molding): "Soft Chamois #OC-13" by Benjamin Moore

photography by LAURA RESEN

Inject Grandeur
Painting a pale blue in the dining room is the perfect backround to these completely unmodern accessories--a '20s Empire chandelier, '30s bronze sconces and an artfully tarnished mirrored console (Barrie's own design) topped with brand-new Chinese vases--inject grandeur.

Paint color: "Quiet Moments #1563" by Benjamin Moore

photography by MAX KIM-BEE

A mix of organic material with a few glam flourishes is as good for you as the best farmers'-market fare.

Paint color: "Wind chime" by Benjamin Moore

photography by ANGELA MOORE

Saturation Inspiration
A gutsy dominant color in every room creates a happy cohesive space.

Paint color: "St. Patty's day" by Benjamin Moore

photography by PAUL COSTELLO

Hit the Floors
Painting the floor with strong hues stenciled in a classic Moroccan tile design and light, neutral furnishings bring a casually exotic feel to a breakfast nook. Tip: The bright boarder in a reduced scale draws the eye to the room's edges, making a small space seem grander.

Paint color (green): "Blarney stone porch" and "Floor latex satin" by Glidden
Paint color (sandy white): "Egret porch" and "Floor latex satin" by Glidden
Paint color (blue): "Regatte bay porch" and "Floor latex satin"by Glidden

photography by PAUL COSTELLO

Introduce a Neutral
A rich chocolate brown paint for the back of built-in bookcases, adds drama and depth to the background of this multi-functional dining table.

Paint color (trim): "Feather down" by Benjamin Moore
Paint color (bookcase back): "Rockies brown" by Benjamin Moore

photography by MIKKEL VANG

Chic Black Dining Room
The noir paint job gives the 8' x 8' breakfast nook instant drama, enhanced by a steel hanging lantern that Ingham designed (it's one of her store's best-sellers).

Paint color: "Soot #2129-20" by Benjamin Moore

photography by PAUL COSTELLO

English Country
A warm pea-green paint makes Indian floral textiles jump out, drawing attention to the personal touches displayed in the room.

Paint color (front wall): "High noon sun" by Pratt & Lambert
Paint color (back wall): "Fennel" by Pratt & Landlambert

photography by MAX KIM-BEE

Brownstone Classic
This soft brown-gray was stopped at the base of the molding to give the ceilings dramatic height and leaving white space to offer some air.

Paint color (molding): "Classic" by Behr
Paint color (walls): "Mocha cream" by Benjamin Moore


Dynamic Duo
A new way to do neutral? Pale, creamy walls uplifted by a dreamy blue ceiling.
Tip: Paint moldings and walls the same color for a modern look.

Paint color (ceiling): "Skylit accolade" by Pratt & Lambert
Paint color (walls): "Lambswool accolade" (flat on the walls and satin on the trim) by Pratt & Lambert


Instant Architecture
Give character to a featureless room with this modern take on Colonial-style wall panels. It will look as if the place has been around for ages.

Paint Color (walls): "Mustang regal" by Benjamin Moore
Paint color (molding): "White dove" by Benjamin Moore

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