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How to choose a dining room colour scheme

Whether it’s your everyday hangout for family dinners, or a space for special occasions, your dining room’s got a lot of needs to cater to. How to make sure it’s serving everyone? A coordinated colour scheme. Here’s our step-by-step guide to take your dining room from sub-par to five star. With some helpful décor ideas thrown in. Gather round, dinner time just got more delicious.

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1. Choose your interior style

Want to update your dining room but not sure where to start? We’ve got you. First things first, pick your interior style. Use our clever tool, or just let your dining table do the talking. Feeling retro revival vibes? Look for bold hues, luxurious textures and antiqued wooden furniture. As for colour, no rules apply. Burnt orange velvet? Bright blue dinnerware? Clashing patterns? You bet. And, if there was ever a time for dining room wallpaper, this is it. If moody, industrial interiors are more your thing, stick to earthy materials and dark, stormy shades. The palette? Matte black, slate grey and shiny metallics. Or, perhaps you’re a sophisticated Scandinavian-type? That’s where muted tones, neutral furnishings and cosy textures come in. Hello, hygge.

2. Decide how you'll use the space

 Before choosing a dining room colour scheme, think about how you use the space. Will you be hosting big family feasts, or enjoying cosy nights in for two? If it’s a welcoming, family feel you’re after, pair a neutral palette with rustic furniture that’ll work no matter what your plans are. Think pastel walls, a wooden dining table and classic white dinnerware. One for entertaining? Be it intimate dinners or big celebrations, special occasions call for a dramatic colour combo your guests will envy. Our favourite? Black and gold. Why? Metallic accents add to the festivities, and a dark backdrop really makes your dinnerware pop – especially if Krisha’s aqua hues are on the menu. Amp up the drama with an industrial glass dining table and velvet dining chairs in emerald green. The mood? 1920s glamour.

3. Pick tones that suit the space

Our trending colour ideas will make your dinners look Michelin-starred, no matter the size of your space. Good colours for small dining rooms? Grey, white and beige. And choose visually lightweight furniture to create the illusion of more space. In bigger rooms, you can get away with a darker palette, so be bold with navy blue, hunter green and plum. Craving more colour? That’s where decorative objects, lighting and dinner sets come in. There are rich pickings in our kitchen accessories, just take a look. Our colour heroes? Mustard yellow and turquoise blue, with splashes of brassy gold to set the scene for festive shindigs. And if you’re in need of more room: meet the extendable dining table. Because when 2 becomes 12, all you need to worry about is the food. We’ll do the rest.

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