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Four Easy Ways To Select The Right Dining Room Color Palette

Give your dining room the proper color for creating the perfect setting

The dining room is a space with purpose, so it makes sense that the colors you use should be as functional as they are beautiful. Remember, people gather in this space. Holidays are enjoyed here and celebrations are shared with loved ones inside these walls. You want to create a dining room that welcomes and encourages all those who enter it.

Stimulate conversation

Warm colors like reds, oranges and yellows are popular for dining rooms since they evoke energy and creativity, but can also be luxurious and dynamic. Red, specifically, is a popular choice for dining rooms since it stimulates conversation and appetite, but no color is really considered off limits for a dining room. Find colors that excite conversation in you and use them to encourage others.

You can see some gorgeous red paint colors used in real-world settings by visiting our Luscious Reds Inspiration Gallery.

What can change vs. what can't

Before finalizing your color scheme, look around your dining room. Consider the colors of things you can’t change, such as:

  • flooring
  • window treatments
  • furniture
  • features made of stone or brick

Remember to work these existing and unchanging tones into your color scheme. They should compliment the new colors you introduce to the dining room. Also consider the unique lighting conditions of your dining room before finalizing your color palette. Different bulbs and light sources bring out dramatically different looks from the very same paint.

Test your color

Check your colors by holding paint chips against your walls and existing elements, or by painting a small area with an actual sample of your choice. These small tests will give you the truest color representation before you begin painting. You can find samples of all your color choices in convenient 8 oz. sizes to simplify testing.

Paint your room before you paint

One safe method for testing color options is our digital paint visualizer tool. It allows you to see your dining room with every color in the Olympic® Paint palette, without applying a single stroke of paint. Digital color is applied to the photograph of your choice, so you get instant color feedback on your ideas.

Simply upload a photo of your dining room to our digital paint color visualizer and easily preview your dining room in any of our colors.


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