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Create a Dining Room with Paint Colour

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Do you want a formal dining space but your home's design doesn't include a separate room for it? Sharon Grech has the solution to your problem!

Before you start building any walls, consider a more fun, creative, and much less expensive way to define a beautiful dining area that feels like a separate space: the strategic placement of paint colour.

Selecting the right paint colours and using them in the right areas can bring your ideas to life and create a dining room that feels like a special space for mealtime gatherings.

First, determine which wall is the focal point in the dining room. Dress this wall up with a strong splash of colour that is unique to the space. This will give the dining area a distinctive look, visually separating it from adjacent rooms.

What are some of the most popular colours for dining rooms today? Well, red continues to reign as the most popular choice. It has a strong personality, yet is both elegant and inviting.

And although reds tend to take centre stage, they do allow the glitter and sparkle of crystal and silverware to come to the forefront in the room—especially if you use candlelight and other forms of soft, intimate lighting.

I like Benjamin Moore's salsa dancing (AF-280) and raspberry truffle (2080-10), two of their most popular reds.

Although reds and colours that are close to them—like oranges and golden yellows—tend to be more popular, I also like to use dusty, sophisticated, complex greys to give a more contemporary touch to a modern, dramatic dining room.

Greys might seem like an unexpected choice for a dining room, but they make a strong statement when dressed with glittering silvers, golds, and crystals.

I recommend Benjamin Moore's knoxville grey (HC-160), with its green undertone, and smoked oyster (2109-40), with its subtle mauve undertone.

Use decorative accessories, window treatments, and large works of art to finish the look of your perfect new dining room.

And don't forget the chandelier—a dining room these days just doesn't look complete without one!

See how colours will look on your walls before you purchase the paint with our Personal Colour Viewer™.

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