What Dining Room Colors Should I Use?

Need to learn how to paint your dining room? Want to learn how to pick the right dining room colors? Paint your dining room with ease using these step-by-step instructions and dining room paint color tips.

Step 1

Painting Ideas - Choosing Dining Room Colors

The dining room may be a versatile area of your home used for additional functions of studying or entertaining. The treatment of this space can be dramatic and theatrical or soft and subtle. Use dark dining room colors to create drama, or take a chance and pick light dining room colors for airy ambience.

Painting Ideas - Cool & Relaxing Dining Room Colors

If you want a modern look, consider a neutral, blue-gray dining room color such as Lava Gray PPG1038-6 as your paint color for your main wall and an accent wall with another gray paint color like Up in Smoke PPG1010-6. For dining room trim use Tundra Frost PPG1009-1, a perfect off white paint color. Find drapes and decor in gold like Drops of Honey PPG1090-4 to complete the look.
  • Lava Gray PPG1038-6
  • Tundra Frost PPG1009-1
  • Drops Of Honey PPG1090-4
  • Up In Smoke PPG1010-6
Painting Ideas - Cool & Relaxing Dining Room Colors

Painting Ideas - Warm & Inviting Dining Room Colors

Warm dining room colors give off an inviting vibe to guests. Turning Oakleaf PPG1107-3 is a buttercream yellow paint color that looks beautiful in a dining room paired with a soft white like Linen Ruffle PPG1075-1. Find tables and chairs in Salted Pretzel PPG1077-6 and decor and accents in Mecca Gold PPG1209-7 to add depth and color to the room.

  • Turning Oakleaf PPG1107-3
  • Linen Ruffle PPG1075-1
  • Mecca Gold PPG1209-7
  • Salted Pretzel PPG1077-6
Interior Design Ideas - Classic Off-White Dining Room Colors

Interior Design Ideas - Classic Off-White Dining Room Colors

A soft, white dining room color using Delicate White PPG1001-1 is clean and classic. Use subtle off-white paint colors like Sugar Soap PPG1084-1 for trim and Chalkware PPG1087-4 for decor. Details and accents can be added with a medium brown like Conservation PPG1027-6 for a classy complement.

  • Delicate White PPG1001-1
  • Sugar Soap PPG1084-1
  • Chalkware PPG1087-4
  • Conservation PPG1027-6
Interior Design Ideas - Classic Off-White Dining Room Colors

Interior Design Ideas - Use Our Color Visualizer

See dining room colors from these collections on your very own walls by uploading a photo to our online visualizer and virtually painting your room! 

Step 2

Choose the Right Product

PPG Pittsburgh Paints® products will help you transform your dining room, making it ideal for sharing meals and entertaining. These premium products will withstand frequent cleanings and will leave your walls looking fresh and allow you to enjoy your dining room colors for years to come.

Regency<sup>®</sup> Paint + Primer in One Interior Latex Paint
  • Paint + Primer In One
  • Resists Stains
  • MPI® Approved

Regency®

Paint + Primer in One Interior Latex Paint

Our finest interior paint + primer in one with excellent durability that also repels stains.

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Wonder-Tones™ Interior Latex Paint
  • Durable Finish
  • High-Hiding Finish
  • Scrub-Resistant

Wonder-Tones™

Interior Latex Paint

Versatile, all-purpose interior paint with excellent coverage & application.

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Kilstain<sup>®</sup> WB Interior/Exterior Acrylic Latex Primer
  • Seals Many Stains
  • Excellent Coverage
  • MPI® Approved

Kilstain® WB

Interior/Exterior Primer

Exceptional multi-purpose primer with excellent adhesion and coverage that also seals stains.

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Step 3

Choose the Right Paint Sheen

Dining rooms are versatile, and so, the highly-scrubbable satin or low-sheen eggshell are great options. Consider using a flat sheen for hiding surface imperfections and easy touch-ups.

Flat

Flat

Choose a flat sheen as your go-to for dining and living rooms, bedrooms and ceilings. Flat paint is great for hiding surface imperfections and ideal for touch-ups.

Eggshell

Eggshell

Areas with medium traffic, such as dining and living rooms, bedrooms and hallways are great candidates for eggshell’s rich, low-sheen finish.

Satin/Lo-Lustre

Satin/Lo-Lustre

This sheen is not recommended for this project.

Semi-Gloss

Semi-Gloss

This sheen is not recommended for this project.

Gloss

Gloss

This sheen is not recommended for this project.

Step 4

Choose The Right Paint Supplies For Your Project!

Select the right paint supplies to achieve a more professional result and finish your projects more quickly with little hassle. Our PPG dealers offer a wide variety of painting supplies to complete any project.

The Basics

The Basics

  • Paint Brushes
  • Paint Roller
  • Paint Roller tray
Other Items You May Need

Other Items You May Need

  • Caulking & caulking gun
  • Putty knife
  • Sanding paper
  • Masking tape
  • Drop cloths
  • Wiping rags
  • Poles
  • Step ladders

Step 5

Prepare for Painting Your Dining Room

Select the right paint supplies to achieve a more professional result and finish your projects more quickly with little hassle. Our PPG dealers offer a wide variety of painting supplies to complete any project.

Prepare the Room

Prepare the Room

Remove draperies, pictures, chandeliers, and switch and outlet cover plates. Remove tables, chairs and rugs. Arrange drop cloths to protect flooring, remaining furniture and any areas not to be painted.

Fix & Clean the Surface

Fix & Clean the Surface

Fill holes, imperfections, and cracks with caulk or spackle. Use a damp cloth to remove any dirt or dust on walls and baseboards.

Tape off Areas

Tape off Areas

Tape off woodwork and other areas not to be painted at the time.

Prime the Surface

Prime the Surface

Be sure to prime any new or bare surfaces and problem areas. If you have chosen a color that is substantially lighter, you may also need to prime.

Step 6

Begin Painting Your Dining Room

Congratulations on making it this far! You’re ready to begin painting your dining room. Start painting from the top down, working from unpainted areas into wet, painted areas. Oil paints take longer to dry and allow you to brush across the surface several times for a smooth, even finish. Latex paints dry faster and only one or two strokes are needed. Please refer to the Product Label, TDS or MSDS for safety and detailed application instructions.

How to Paint A Dining Room with a Brush

How to Paint A Dining Room with a Brush

For best results with a brush, dip half the length of the bristles into your paint. Tap the brush gently against the side of the can, but do not wipe it across the lip. Hold the handle near the base, applying light pressure with your fingertips to make the bristles flex slightly.

How to Paint A Dining Room with a Roller

How to Paint A Dining Room with a Roller

For best results with a roller, slowly roll it back and forth in the lower end of your roller tray until it is well covered. Then use the ridges in the upper portion of the tray to remove excess paint. Roll on the paint using even strokes to ensure a uniform look and coverage.

Paint the Ceiling First

Paint the Ceiling First

Start with the ceiling first. Using a brush, paint a two-inch-wide strip on the ceiling where it meets the wall. Then, start in a corner and begin rolling across the short length of the ceiling, continuing to where it ends.

Painting the Walls

Painting the Walls

Tape off any woodwork, window frames, and door trim first. Paint a two-inch-wide strip along the areas near the trim with a brush. Then, using a roller, create the letter "M" on your wall. Fill in the area, rolling from left to right until the surface is completely painted. Remember to roll on the paint with even strokes to ensure a uniform coverage.