Sometimes, all a space needs is a lick of paint. However, with a plethora of paint color options, and not to mention finishes (matte? glossy?) and trims, which option is best? And once you've chosen your paint, how will you execute the project? When it comes to the dining room, for example, the best paint color should feel inviting and keep the focus on the main event—namely, tucking into delicious meals with loved ones.
To help you choose the best dining room colors before the painting starts, we rounded up 12 trending paint colors that will bring your dinner party to life. From warm, welcoming hues to cool, dark tones and trusted neutrals, these are the swatches you'll want to pick up from the hardware store.
Read on for the best dining room paint colors to try right now.
Benjamin Moore Porcelain
This color by Benjamin Moore is an almost-gray, dusty-pink tone that looks moody and modern, especially when paired with a contrasting trim color.
Benjamin Moore Dinner Party
The name says it all. This Benjamin Moore color is perfect for the dining room. Use it with pinks and marigolds for a modern look.
Benjamin Moore Sea Life
This otherworldly color is a deep purple-gray that strikes the right balance between cool and warm tones. It transitions from day to night beautifully.
Serena & Lily Pink Eraser
Looking to create a subtle, romantic dining room? You can't go wrong with pastel pink. "I love the softness and sophistication of this color for summer," says Caitlin Murray of Black Lacquer Design. "Super-subtle pastels feel so fresh right now, but they also offer a timeless quality (and are safe since they read as neutrals)." Serena & Lily's pink is a soft and sweet shade that looks best with warm camel tones and other dramatic neutrals.
Farrow & Ball Yeabridge Green
This rich tone is reminiscent of an Old World library and looks fantastic in a home with dramatic crown molding. Pair it with deep aqua hues to give it a fresh spin.
Pair this warm color with black, white, camel, and cognac tones to create a rich, neutral haven.
A mid-range warm gray, this Sherwin-Williams tone is cozy but modern—the perfect mood for a dining room.
Benjamin Moore Sea Star
As one of Benjamin Moore's trending colors, this blue-gray is a great shade used on its own or to highlight trim in a more neutral room. "When you don't want to go as neutral as white, but need a subtle touch of depth and drama, add gray!" suggest Meghan Hackett-Cassidy and Erin Hackett of Hackett Interiors.
Farrow & Ball Pitch Black
Not for the faint of heart, Farrow & Ball's true black looks great as a half wall or full one. If you're afraid of the black, don't be. Queer Eye’s Bobby Berk created a “classic yet edgy” dining experience in his own home with the hue. “It doesn’t have to be scary," he advised us.
Benjamin Moore Salamander
Green is having a moment in interior design, and forest green pairs well with crisp white marble and polished brass.
Farrow & Ball Purbeck Stone
This Farrow & Ball staple is a rich, warm gray that will add moodiness to your dining room. Use it on the doors and trim as well to create a modern, uniform look.
Sherwin-Williams Star Dew
An almost blue-gray color, this Sherwin-Williams tone is a great shade to try as a half-wall or to create a monochrome theme on walls, moldings, trims, and the ceiling.