Dining Room

he dining room functions as a place to enjoy family meals and casual get togethers, through to celebrating special occasions and entertaining on a more formal level. It must therefore be adaptable


These changes can easily be made through table dressing, cutlery and decoration but the colours must be able to pull all of these things together. Of course like all rooms there is no hard and fast rule, but there are a few tried and tested colours that work well –   


Warm Yellow

A colour to stimulate the conversation into action. This can be the ochre of dried Mediterranean clay, the waxy stalks of corn or the subtle dried yellow of the haybale. With highlights of gold on china, gilding on frames and mirrors and the flame of candles, the sun will appear to glint throughout the room keeping the talk going well into the night.


Rich Red

A colour to stimulate the appetite and invoke the intimacy of sharing a meal. From deep burgundy to bright scarlet and orangey terracotta, this hue will give the space a feeling of warmth and depth, an enclosure in which to indulge the senses. This works well when teamed with dark wood and leather for a feeling of luxury and opulence, especially when brought together with white linen, crystal and glass to catch the light.


Shaker Blue-Green

For a more restful experience, chose a chalky blue-green that is neither one colour nor the other. This will work well with the earthenware colours of natural pottery and is a subtle background for pretty china in blues and pinks and white.


Clotted Cream

Like pale farm butter it is a softer version of yellow. Not so dramatic, much more understated in its elegance and character. It is a perfect partner to florals and yet will also compliment the blue of Wedgwood. It produces a lovely feel of the country kitchen garden that evokes a simple timelessness.


Soft Stone

Another neutral putty shade that works excellently with traditional furniture. Stone can be categorised as falling somewhere between grey and cream. It will give a contemporary feel, especially when used with plain china and neutral fabric upholstered chairs.


Old Porcelain White

A classic look that can adapt to any style. Softened down from the traditional brilliant white this can create anything from beach house to French chateaux to old country house grandeur. It is a colour well suited to panelled walls, especially when decorated with plenty of framed pictures.


If you are lucky enough to have a room for dedicated dining and intend to use it mostly for night time dining, then you take away the constraints of light balance during the day.


As you will most likely occupy the room for relatively shorter periods than say the living room or bedroom you can afford to be slightly bolder and make a stronger statement. The important thing to remember is – view the colour in the light it is most likely to be seen. If you want to enjoy candlelit dinners, then it is not advisable to decide the colour by daylight, fluorescent, or even centre light bulb.