Over the past two years, many dining rooms have been used a lot less than previously without the pressure of regularly hosting dinner guests. Not only that, but many people place a table, chairs, and perhaps a buffet or cabinet into their dining room without additional consideration toward the overall design style of the space.
But we think it’s important to give this space a little love! After all, it’s where you share family meals, host loved ones, and in many homes it’s open to other spaces. So, it’s just as important to fully design this room as any other space in your home.
Whether you’re starting your dining room design from scratch or just want to add a little bit of visual “pop” to your space, we’ve got you covered. When designing your dining room, start with the dining room furniture essentials, like a table, chairs, and overhead lighting. Then, start focusing on the accents—like dining room wall art and paint colors. And if you really want to make a bold statement? Try out a dining room accent wall, which is a great way to add a bit of extra style and personality to this functional space. This is fast becoming one of our favorite ways to give dining rooms a quick and easy facelift.
Want some dining room design ideas for accent walls? Read on for some of our favorite dining room paint colors, as well as some other creative ways to create a visual accent in your space.
Paint a Dining Room Accent Wall in a Bold Color
If you want to add some visual contrast to your dining room, pull out the paint! Accent walls add just the right amount of depth and drama to a space without overwhelming it. (Not to mention painting one wall is a lot easier than painting four!) Scroll down for some of our favorite dining room accent wall colors. And before you put any color on your walls, be sure to check out our tips on how to paint a room!
Bachelor Blue, Benjamin Moore
Bachelor Blue is an ashy grey color that adds color to your dining room without being overwhelmingly saturated. It works beautifully when paired with high-contrast neutrals, like the black and white palette in this breakfast nook. This is a great dining room accent wall color for modern and transitional styles.
Black Satin, Benjamin Moore
Black Satin is a deep charcoal color that adds an edgy vibe to a dining room—yet it still feels sophisticated and modern. While this color is statement-making on its own, it also makes other design elements in the space pop, like this marble table or a large houseplant. And we love it as a backdrop for a modern gallery wall!
Rose Silk, Benjamin Moore
A pretty and soft pink, Rose Silk adds warmness and a sense of whimsy to a dining room. This is a great color for well-lit spaces with tons of natural light. It creates a light and playful look, which we love for eclectic and boho spaces. And we LOVE this color in a little dining nook, like the one pictured above, which adds just the right amount of soft contrast to the surrounding white walls and cabinets.
Canary Yellow, Valspar
A fun, cheery paint color, Canary Yellow adds energy and light to a dining space. However, as a brighter and more saturated yellow, a little goes a long way. This color could be visually overwhelming for all four walls—which is why we love it as an accent wall color. Here, we used it on a wall of built-in cabinetry, with the white cabinets helping to break up the bold yellow and visually balance the space. This color goes particularly well in eclectic spaces, since it’s such a playful and unique shade of yellow!
Tate Olive, Benjamin Moore
An olive green like Tate Olive is an earthy tone that is at once sophisticated, modern, and timeless. This is a great muted color choice for a variety styles—but we especially prefer it in modern dining rooms, where adding an earth tone can make the space feel more approachable. When paired with wood tones and other colors, this shade of green can almost read as a neutral, which makes it very versatile. And can we just say that we love how the gallery wall pictured here pops against the green?
Kendall Charcoal, Benjamin Moore
Kendall Charcoal is a rich shade of gray that is deep but doesn’t read as black. It’s a great accent wall color for dining rooms with a more neutral palette. Anything lighter you put in front of the wall with pop, like the honey wood dining table and white captain chairs in this dining room. Deep, bold, and rich, this is a great color for adding depth to a dining space.
Hunter Green, Benjamin Moore
Hunter Green is a deep and calming color—great for grounding a large dining space. Green in general is a versatile color that looks great with a variety of styles—and this shade of green is no exception. We particularly love it in a modern rustic dining room. It looks great with neutrals and natural materials—and looks very crisp against white trim and accents!
Gallery Gold, Behr
A sunny and warm color, Gallery Gold adds beautiful warmth to a dining room. It looks great with other warm neutrals, like rust, tan, and creamy white accents. This is a great accent wall color for rustic and traditional styles.
Biscay is a fun, bright, poppy color that looks beautiful with eclectic and coastal styles. In the teal/turquoise family, it’s a bold color that offers enough of a “pop” without additional art on the walls. (Though, it does look great as a backdrop for plants!) This is an energizing color to put in a dining space, so it looks best in a dining room that gets a lot of natural light.
Create a Patterned Dining Room Accent Wall with Wallpaper
Patterns can be just as impactful as color for an accent wall. And hanging wallpaper is a fun way to add that pattern (and color!) to your dining room walls. Applying wallpaper to just an accent wall rather than the whole dining room is sort of like putting a giant piece of art on one wall. It creates a focal point and visual interest in the space without overpowering the style of the room.
When picking out a wallpaper pattern you can go bold and highly patterned, or you can opt for something more subtle—like this blush and white striped wallpaper. Whatever you choose, just make sure it’s balanced in the room with other patterns and colors to avoid any clashing.
Not ready to fully commit to wallpaper? Try out peel-and-stick wallpaper, which is less permanent but makes just as much of a statement!
Give Your Walls Some 3D Texture
Another way to add visual interest to your dining room? Create a textured accent wall, either with panelling, other millwork, or with wall art.
Update the Millwork
If you want to design a dining room accent wall that offers a bit more depth, and texture, try updating the millwork. (What’s millwork, you ask? It’s the collective name for trim, paneling, and wainscoting.)
You could do an accent wall of shiplap panelling or board and batten—either painted the same color as the rest of your walls for more subtle texture, or painted a bold color for some extra drama and impact.
However, the addition of wainscoting, a chair rail, or ornamental wall molding, like the dining room pictured above, are all great ways to add a traditional or classical vibe to your dining room. (Though, typically you’d add this kind of millwork to all four walls, not just an accent wall.) Additions like these add visual texture and impact but in a way that feels more timeless and subtle than other accent wall ideas. And they also make your dining room look much more custom!
Create a Gallery Wall
If you live in a space where you can’t change the wall color or hang up wallpaper, try adding visual impact on one wall by creating a gallery wall. This is a great way to add color, texture, and patterns to an accent wall—no paint or wallpapering required. If you want it to be high-impact, consider choosing enough pieces to span the entire width of the wall where you choose to hang your art. You can opt for a themed gallery wall, or go totally eclectic. Not sure where to start? Check out our guide on how to create a gallery wall.
Hang a Large Tapestry
Want to keep it more simple than a gallery wall? Try hanging a large woven tapestry. A tapestry can add texture and pattern—and it’s a great way to add color to a room without painting if you opt for a more colorful weaving. However, even a neutral tapestry like this boho macrame wall hanging has the same effect as an accent wall because of its size. Talk about visual impact!