Eating is about so much more than just putting nutrients in our bodies. It is about flavor and fun, aesthetics and ambiance. When we sit down to eat in our dining rooms, we want the whole experience to be pleasing, from the aromas to the artwork. How does interior paint fit into this? While it doesn’t do anything to the taste of the food, it definitely contributes to the overall experience.
What are some paint color ideas you could use to enhance the pleasure of dining in your home? Let’s take a look at some color and design options for your next interior house painting project!
Many color experts agree that the best colors for an eating area are those that we associate with foods. In fact, most restaurants follow this advice at least to some extent. We associate green with herbs or veggies, of course, and red can remind us of many fruits and sauces, as well as some meats. Tans and browns call to mind a variety of breads and grains, while yellow makes us think of butter, corn, and egg yolks. On the other hand, there are some colors that we rarely associate with foods, such as blue, gray, black, and pink.
When you choose interior paint colors for your dining room that evoke thoughts of food, it enhances the appetite and gives a more complete experience to the aesthetics of the meal.
Tranquility or Energy with Paint Colors
Among the colors just mentioned, there are many different moods that can be cultivated. For example, earthy tones like tan, beige, and brown have a sedate feel to them. They can create a sense of stability and sensibility, and they coordinate well with many other colors and styles.
Cool colors, such as sage green or spinach green, create a calm, tranquil atmosphere. Blue is the most classic color choice when this is the vibe you are aiming for, though it is not one of those typically associated with foods. Even certain deep reds, though technically a warm color, also evoke this sense calmness.
On the other hand, if you are looking for a more energetic color to promote lively socialization over the dinner table, warm colors are usually the best choice. Yellows, reds, and oranges are all popular dining room paint colors for this reason, and there are hundreds of individual shades to choose from! For a more offbeat, eclectic kind of energy, you can even go with a lime green or a vibrant purple!
Is It Too Much?
Just as a good flavor can ruin the food if it is out of proportion, a great paint color can be overwhelming in certain spaces. If you choose a bold interior paint color for your dining room, will it be too much? Well, it is definitely possible. However, there are ways to provide balance, so that your vibrant colors give just the right amount of zest to your dining room!
One way to do this is by having two different colors in the room (not including the trim and door(s), which will probably be white). Some people do this by painting two walls a gentler color, and two walls a bolder color. Another option is to paint the lower half of the walls one color, and the upper half another. To do this well, you need a piece of horizontal trim (called chair rail) to provide the border between them.
Another way you can get away with a dazzling color choice is if you have large windows or other items that reduce the amount of wall space. Some elegant dining rooms have so many windows that there is little wall space left, at least on the most prominent wall. In a room like this, a bold color is definitely the way to go!
No matter what your desire is for your dining room style, Sundeleaf Painting can help you make that vision a reality! For over 90 years, Sundeleaf Painting has been serving discerning homeowners throughout the Portland area. Owners of high-end homes trust us to provide premium interior and exterior painting, with unbeatable craftsmanship and exceptional customer service.
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