There are few places in the home where you can feel free to work a show-stopping colour scheme. The dining room is one of those few places. Frequented but not for long periods of time, it can handle something a little more dramatic, a little more creative and a little more daring.
Designers’ dining room colour schemes offer no end of inspiration. Discover some of our favourites dining room colour combinations right now. For inspiration on other rooms, read our guides to Living Room Colour Schemes and Bedroom Colour Schemes.
A Helen Green-designed dining room pairs ginger-hued parquet flooring and the medium wood hues of its dining table and sideboard with equally evocative yet calming natural dining room colour scheme. A deep green is picked out of a vibrant canvas for the buffet table lamps and the space is lightened by creamy klismos-backed dining chairs. Deep brass metalwork and a rich grey wallpaper adds a luxe appeal.
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A clever mix of gold, silver and white tones makes this Katharine Pooley-designed dining room colour scheme the interior equivalent of a jewellery box filled with glistening precious metals and pearls. The use of white walls and mouldings elevates the space beautifully, tying in the springtime beauty of the cherry blossom wallpaper and giving a modernity to the decorative ceiling motifs. A delicate chandelier hangs overhead, offering an airy presence.
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Rich layered purples transforms this Taylor Howes dining room colour scheme into a decadent space fit for a sumptuous feast.
Helena Bell, Director at Taylor Howes tells us, “The aubergine dining room colour scheme at [One Kensington Gardens] was a huge success. The richly textured dark purple wall covering, acts as a perfect backdrop for the crystal pendant which appears to float above the glossy lacquered mahogany table. Lots of polished and reflective materials create the feeling of glamour and opulence.
Since the dining room was not for everyday use, it was important that the clients could wow their guests and provide an impressive talking point over lavish dinner parties and this dining room colour provided just the answer. This dining room was all about creating a boldly dramatic focal point within an otherwise light and spacious apartment that guests and owners alike will continue to talk about for years to come.”
Giving a sophisticated edge to a classic colour duo, this Helen Green dining room colour palette revives hues of powdery blues and inviting neutrals to create a timeless dining room colour scheme which is both relaxed and elegant. Deep neutral drapes trim the windows and even deeper woods are used for the doors and dining table.
We love to see designers using warm and cool tones together in modern ways. In this dining room colour scheme, a saturated grey wallpaper is offset by golden brass tones and balanced with pale blush drapes and neutral upholstery. Textures are subtle but the rippled glass panes of the unique chandelier and the visually textured rug and Hermes-patterned roman shades add just enough.
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A darkened dining room colour palette can be as inviting as a lighter dining room colour palette (if not more so for those atmospheric evening dinner parties) and it can be used successfully with a few smart design moves.
A Yabu Pushelberg dining room contrasts a matte black wall panelling with a high-gloss black dining table, visually recognising the changing characteristics of colour when used in different finishes. The use of high gloss (and a glistening chandelier) also prevents the room from feeling heavy – instead the arrangement looks smart and sophisticated. The chairs pick up on a lighter grey from a nearby Chinese design inspired artwork, which also includes flecks of greens for an organic element.
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Black isn’t to be feared, especially when for dining room colour schemes. In fact, dining spaces benefit more than any other room from a black colour palette. Its drama and intimacy are both desirable moods for dinner parties whilst its use in an occasionally-used room makes it entirely liveable.
Jessie D. Miller pairs semi-gloss black wall panelling with a jute-like neutral ceiling tile and neutral stone flooring which balances the contrast effectively. Modern Platner dining chairs which surround a high-gloss dining table are a directional choice and offer a desirable visual lightness required of such an intense dining room colour palette.
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Monochrome never goes out of style and, as this smart dining room colour palette of charcoal, white, black and silver proves, it’s one of the best choices for a sophisticated and subtly layered palette.
New York interior designer Jennifer Post works double duty in this dining room with two, almost identical dining arrangements. Bronze-based dining tables with a blackened patina by Jiun Ho anchor each surrounded by cut-out back chairs and topped with Sciolari-inspired chandeliers.
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When done incorrectly, contrasting dining room colour palettes can be a little overwhelming but, when done well, with carefully chosen colour pairings, suitable ratios and lots of neutrals to break up the colour intensity, their colours invigorate each other. “The dining room in this central London project has vast floor-to-ceiling French windows bringing lots of light and warmth into the space, so it was perfect for a cool dining room colour scheme of fresh off-white and soft green-blues”, explains Paolo Moschino, the designer behind the space, “We incorporated the tones through the teal of the dining chairs which we designed and upholstered in Duoro-Lac by Lelièvre. Silk green-grey window furnishings and the soft blue-green in the holographic portrait of the Queen, “Lightness of Being” by Chris Devine, continue the theme. The cool colour tones are balanced by the warmth of the ebonised oak parquet flooring and dark stained oak in the furniture, and pops of vibrant burnt orange in the client’s own vases.”
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Dariel Studio uses a lush green and neutral dining room colour palette in this ultra-modern riverside apartment. Offsetting the space’s sharp lines and contemporary shapes, the colour palette creates an unusually welcoming and homely vibe in such a modern space.
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In a landmark Victorian Italianate home, Australian designer Brendan Wong livens up a grey dining room colour scheme with a shot of lustrous emerald green. But the colour palette isn’t the only contrasting technique by the designer. Juxtaposing the traditional bones of the space, he adds modernity with iconic Atollo lamps in slick black, white high-gloss sideboards and a contemporary mirror above a classic black marble fireplace.
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Showcasing the beauty of layered neutrals in a dining room colour scheme, Design Haus Liberty pairs a warm mushroom accent wall with grey and white walls for an interesting light play.
“The concept was to add old-world character that will complement the high ceilings, white walls and enormous windows. A contemporary and antique mix gave the design distinct, playful personality and a cool, understated bonhomie feel. [A] custom-designed light and installation create interesting vistas inside, while maintaining an air of simplicity and openness,” the studio reveals of the design.
Modern dining chairs by Galotti&Radice flank a lacquered steel-based Eliot Keramik dining table by Cattelan Italia. The custom-designed glass bubble chandelier suspends gracefully above the arrangement, contributing a playful, informal aesthetic.
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Neutral and blue rooms have proven themselves a favourite of London homes for many years because of their timeless, unisex and calming nature. Channeling the city’s favoured colour palette, the dining room scheme of Oliver Burns’ Beau House project has dining chairs upholstered in a smart patchwork of satiny blue tones matched with a soft brown sycamore wood and walnut hued drapes. The result is mature and sophisticated – perfect for a bachelor pad or townhouse.
Some of the most unique dining room colour schemes are found in the world’s luxurious hotel restaurants. The burnt orange and turquoise contrast in the Langham Ningbo’s Ming Court proves that contrasting colour palettes can be elegant, the fireplace’s patinated metallic finish standing in contrast to the delicate turquoise hand-painted wallpaper. Monochrome chairs inspired by the ancient klismos prevents the look from becoming too lively, thus maintaining its refined atmosphere.
Again, the Langham displays its prowess in the form of the pearl blush and grey-white dining room colour scheme at its Sydney hotel’s Bistro Remy. Both on-trend and brilliantly enduring, the unexpected pink addition is nothing short of masterful. The bistro’s designers understood the importance of creating a fresh design (particularly true for hotels which are renovated, on average, every five years) but using unconventional accent colours in areas that can be changed easily over time – the chairs can be switched out or reupholstered when needed. Using a warm wood table topped with a clean white stone provides a stylish compromise – it adds warmth to the grey-hued space and remains in keeping with the room’s overall style.
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A more intense version of the Beau House dining room colour scheme, this London apartment dining room by Spinocchia Freund adds glamour and drama with the addition of black and silver touches. The sumptuous blue velvet of the chairs and a large black and white photograph advance from the sandy walls giving them pride of place. A dark wood flooring grounds the scene.
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Heavenly is the only way to describe this Leyla Uluhanli space. The ivory dining room benefits from the subtle layering of off-whites from bluish to creamy whites, resulting in a perfectly timeless and distinguished space which suits its formal styling and graceful wall panelling. Contemporary dining chairs and abstract artwork offer a less traditional sensibility which counters the simpler dining room colour palette with a sense of progression.