Your dining room colors will depend to a large extent on factors such as whether it's to be a family room, a special occasion room, or the dining area is part of an existing room such as a kitchen.
You can select your colors so the room blends in with other rooms in your home, or go for a completely separate scheme.
As with any room in your home, base the colors on your own preferences. Fashions come and go. The latest recommended colors from a TV show may look exciting. But you're the one who'll have to live with the results.
Remember that dining rooms can often be decorated in a more vibrant style than you would use for other areas. Eating a meal with others is an absorbing activity. You're not normally paying too much attention to the decor. It should provide an attractive background.
First think in broad terms
If you find making decisions on color difficult, it may help to think in broad terms first, and then narrow down your choice.
This is a popular option for family dining rooms, where it's a casual place to eat. Often you can use the colors of natural materials such as wood and tiles for your inspiration. If your floor tiles have a natural orange or terracotta in them, bring that color out in curtains or seat covers.
Whenever you use natural materials, remember a few indoor plants give a refreshing look the room, especially if they are in attractive pots.
When selecting dining room color for a formal room, decide on the type of effect you want to achieve.
Traditional style? Then go for traditional colors, keeping the furniture of a similar nature. If you use an oriental rug on the floor, then use the colors in that to guide you.
One advantage of a formal dining room is that you can use stronger colors on the walls than you would normally use. Because guests are paying attention to the food and to each other, and often the lighting is low (candles, for instance), the depth of color adds to the atmosphere.
Modern dining room
Modern decor is often associated with living rooms or bedrooms, but not often with dining rooms. But there's no reason why you can't have a modern or contemporary room.
Once you've chosen your modern colors and found the chair covers, window shades and any other features you want to include, if you have trouble finding a suitable table, consider using a glass one. The glass will add to the modernity, but not detract from any of the colors.
Examples of dining room color
Here are a few examples of different rooms to give you some inspiration.
One of the best ways to get inspiration for your dining room colors is to look at pictures such as these and adapt them for your own use. Don't try to copy them exactly, but pick out features you like so you can use the idea in your own room.
For example, in the last photo above you might not have thought of having chairs with arms for your dining room, or having two tall candle holders placed on the table. By examining illustrations such as these you can get inspiration for your own home.
(If you want more information on these ideas go to the dining room decor page.)