From family meals to intimate gatherings with friends, the right hue can instantly elevate any occasion. To create a warm and welcoming space, start by choosing colours that invite you and your guests to the table. Drawing from the energy of a warm colour palette and layering textural finishes, you can make your dining space the best seat in the house. Here are some ideas to help you set the tone in your dining room with inviting colours.

Set the Tone in Your Dining Room with Inviting Colours

Incorporate Rich, Earthy Shades of Brown

For fans of intimate dinner parties that last into the evening, incorporate rich, earthy hues into your dining room. For instance, Barista AF-175 or Black Bean Soup 2130-10.  These enveloping shades of brown will encourage your guests to linger at the table just a little bit longer. Even during the day, in rooms with lots of natural light, brown feels bold and stylish.

Use Colour Blocking to Create a Defined Dining Area

If you don’t have a separate dining room, you can easily create a space that celebrates dining at home by colour blocking a portion of a wall or a recessed area. Just like a plate focuses the eye on the meal, colour blocking helps focus the eye on one specific section of the space. This helps to create a defined area, even when you have an open concept floor-plan.

Draw Inspiration from Food

Bring the restaurant experience home with paint colours that draw inspiration from food! For example, two of my favourite reds from Benjamin Moore, Rosy Apple 2006-30 and Caliente AF-290. These reds will make food look almost too good to eat and ensure your family and friends are left craving more. Pair red walls with white furniture for a crisp contemporary look or amp up the warmth with wood and cozy, traditional furnishings.

Warm Up White on White with Textures and Finishes

Even white on white can be warmed up for a sophisticated dining experience with the right mix of textures and finishes. Panelled walls and mouldings enjoy a contemporary twist when painted in a monochrome fashion. Adding antiques or vintage furniture to your dining collection will warm up the clean, modern lines in contemporary design. Mix in natural wood with painted pieces for variety.

By Sharon Grech, Benjamin Moore Colour and Design Expert and regular guest on CityTV’s Cityline.

Benjamin Moore’s vision is to inspire and transform our homes, our communities, and our lives one brushstroke at a time.

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