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5 colour ideas for small dining rooms

Dining room in need of an update, but redecorating isn’t on the agenda? The simplest way to make your space feel brand new is a splash of colour. We know, neutrals make a small dining room seem bigger, but we’re all about breaking the rules. Here are five easy ways to add colour, without getting your paintbrush out.

1. Colourful dinnerware

One way to up your dinner party game? Get creative with a colourful dinner set. Ingram steps up to the plate, and will give your dining room a Michelin-star makeover. Plus, for midweek meals and catch-ups with friends, a coordinated set will make it feel like you’re eating out, when you’re chilling in. If you want a look that’s slightly less polished, choose cool tones, organic shapes and arty, speckled designs. The mood? Sunday brunch. And when the plates look this good, no one will notice the food. (You know, just in case.)


2. Velvet dining chairs

Best seat in the house? Hello, velvet dining chairs. These smooth operators will amp up the comfort and colour levels at the same time. Win win. Burgundy? Rust? Navy blue? We can’t decide either. But whatever you go for, a bold choice will work wonders for your Insta feed. Really want to impress your guests? Choose a hue that complements your dinner set. The best part is (and you’ll want to be sitting down for this) velvet chairs = luxe looking, but affordable. Shh, we won’t tell.


3. Dining table

Neutral backdrop feeling a little bland? Turn up the heat with a rustic wooden dining table in mango, walnut or pine. Or, show off a warmer wall colour with a dark, industrial style. Have you met Boone? It’s the kind of dining table that’ll make your friends ask where it’s from. (Yeah, we know you love it when that happens. So do we.) And it’ll really make your dinnerware stand out. The perfect accompaniment to a commanding table? Wooden dining benches, draped in a snuggly throw. How cosy. Cheese and wine night at yours? We’ll be there.


4. Area rugs

After-dinner drinks is prime time to kick off your shoes and snuggle into something that feels good under foot. A rug helps to define the dining area, and gives you the opportunity to introduce a brand new hue. Want to create the illusion of more space? Choose something subtle, like blush pink and cosy-looking cream. Or dial up the luxurious looks with antiqued gold. Fancy. For retro 70s vibes, go bright, colourful and patterned. The bolder the better. It’s a rug revolution, and we’re sinking our toes into Estelle.


5. Tonal accessories

One way to pull your colour scheme together? All the trimmings. Well, all the accessories. Feast on delicious decorative pieces in complementary hues. We’ve got lots on the menu. Think tonal vases, sparkling candlesticks and jewel-toned glassware. The kind of trinkets your guests will be ‘gramming. Add to the hygge atmosphere with the warming glow of statement lighting. Industrial? Metallic? Glass pendant or floor lamp? We’ll take them all. Now the room’s ready, it’s time to eat. Bon appétit! 

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