Colorful dining room ideas – 10 designs that will inspire you to make a cheerful color choice

1. Mix Color With Multiple Patterns

'The dining room is a great way to add color and be bold since it's typically a space used for special occasions,' says Anne Hepfer, interior designer and author of Mood.  'For this particular project, our clients were super open to color and multiple patterns. The muted teal-painted dining table paired with floral multicolored skirted chairs and the block print patterned curtains make this room bold, inviting and vibrant. I love the mix in this space.'

2. Use Primary Colors

It is not a traditional dining room approach, but using primary colors in interior design can be done subtly and elegantly to create bright – but understated – spaces.

3. Choose A Colorful Wallpaper As The Starting Point

Searching for dining wallpaper room ideas is a real pleasure – in our opinion. Of all the rooms in the home that deserve some indulgent decor, the dining room is out in front.

4. Use A Pastel Pink To Ground The Scheme

The renaissance of this color is not surprising, and this subtly sweet color really comes into its own in the dining room.

5. Go For Muted And Stylishly Subtle Colors

'A colorful dining room doesn't have to be full of bright colors, it can be subtle with a mix of prints that work together because they're of the same tone,' says Andrea Childs, editor, Country Homes & Interiors. 'This Charleston-inspired space is united by the sage green that runs through the wallpaper and woodwork and is enhanced by the red check rug, chair, and seats of the dining chairs, the result is an eclectic mix that's full of color.'

6. Mismatch Colors Intentionally

'High contrast color choices demand attention and bring a visceral sense of excitement and joy to a home,' says Annie Sloan, color and paint expert. 'Particularly perfect in dining spaces where conversation and energy are key. Think of clashing floors, chairs, tables, or walls rather than a few mismatched candle sticks. Surprising and invigorating color combinations will spark conversation and create atmosphere.'

7. Take The Maximalist Approach

'Color in a dining room should be warm and cozy, bearing in mind it will be used mostly in the evening but should also be sunny and cheerful for use in the day,' says Penny Morrison, interior designer and founder of Penny Morrison Fabrics, Wallpapers and Home Accessories. 'If only used at night I love lacquered rooms or gloss painted in a dark color to reflect lights and candles.'

8. Layer Two Similar Colors For A Fun Celebration

'I am a big believer in layering the dining table with colorful linen, and where better to display my passion for block printing than across the table itself,' says Molly Mahon, founder of Molly Mahon. 'A bright cloth that picks out the colors of my drapes and lampshades, topped off with a joyful hand block printed runner and lots of colorful flowers picking out the pinks of the textiles.'

9. Choose One Dominate Shade And Add To It

This project is a perfect example of the homeowner having complete trust in the process. We took what was previously a white box (albeit with beautiful bones) and touched every single surface.

10. Embrace Color In A Kitchen Diner

When your dining area is in the kitchen you can embrace the colors you have there and pull them through into the rest of the scheme.

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