Bright ideas: exploring colour in the dining room

In the second of their guest writer posts, Jane Rockett and Lucy St George explore the use of colour in the dining room.

Rockett St George. Photography by Catherine Gratwicke.

As one of the more social areas of the home; your dining space is where you gather around for good food, good company and usually, good wine too! A more formal setting than the relaxed dining spaces of your kitchen, the dining room is somewhere you can embrace colour and drama to create a sumptuous setting for entertaining.

We’re firm believers that fabulous food should be shared with friends and family in an equally fabulous setting and colour is essential for setting the tone in your dining room.

So, whether you’re embarking on a full decoration project or looking to introduce hints of colour to lift your scheme, don’t be afraid to go bold with daring dining room paint colours, patterned wallpaper and colourful finishing touches that excite and inspire…

The home of Niki & Kenton Jones as featured in Rockett St George: Extraordinary Interiors by Jane Rockett and Lucy St George (Ryland Peters & Small, £19.99) Photography by Debi Treloar.

When it comes to the best colours for dining rooms, it’s important to consider the positioning of the room and the amount of natural light available.

In our latest book Extraordinary Interiors In Colour, we delve deep into the world of colour to help you choose the right colours for your home.

Whilst we always encourage following your instincts in design, there are a few key rules with colour – and understanding whether you need a warm or cool colour in your space helps to achieve a warm and inviting atmosphere.

So, here are the basics…

POLE POSITION

Whilst south-facing rooms are a dream and you can get away with almost anything, north-facing rooms tend to be colder and darker and are best suited to warmer colours that will brighten the space.

Trickier still are east-and west-facing rooms as the light changes throughout the day. But the key here is to consider what time of day you’ll be using the room and then choose your dining room paint colours accordingly.

The home of Cowboy Kate as featured in Rockett St George: Extraordinary Interiors by Jane Rockett and Lucy St George (Ryland Peters & Small, £19.99) Photography by Debi Treloar.

Fire things up

Traditionally, Red had been used across decades for the dining room. Red is known to energise and invigorate your space and also inspires lively conversation – a necessity for any dinner party!

Whilst red is a fantastic colour for creativity, it’s worth remembering that red isn’t a relaxing colour so if you love red (more power to you), a better decorating decision might be to use it as an accent and create impact through bold and beautiful pops of colour.

The dining room in El Fenn, below, is the perfect example of this, with neutral walls and natural textures complimented by accents of rich, ruby red.

El Fenn as featured in St George Extraordinary Interiors in Colour by Jane Rockett and Lucy St George (£19.99), © Ryland Peters & Small, Photography by Catherine Gratwicke.

Subtler shades, such as rust and terracotta translate beautifully into interiors, offering an earthy version of red that is adaptable and easy to live with.

A rich tone that can create a warm, grounding and timeless look in your home, Terracotta dining room colours can have a dramatic impact on the feel and energy of your space.

With warming brown or soft pink undertones, Terracotta is a ‘modern neutral’ that creates an energising yet peaceful feel in any dining room scheme.

Rockett St George.

Find the best terracotta paints.

Embrace the blues

One of our favourite colourful dining room ideas from our new book centres around the colour blue. Universally adored for its natural sophistication and restful nature, blue is perfect for any room where you want to relax and unwind.

Considered by some to be an appetite suppressant, blue might not be the most obvious choice for your dining room, but it can be beautiful.

The home of Quentin Leroux as featured in Rockett St George: Extraordinary Interiors by Jane Rockett and Lucy St George (Ryland Peters & Small, £19.99) Photography by Debi Treloar.

Perfect for bright dining room ideas like in Caitlin & Samuel’s beautiful home, blue is a fabulous backdrop for treasured artwork and decorative display’s and it is these finishing touches that can make all the difference in dining rooms that are lacking in natural light.

By introducing bright red, orange or ochre yellow tones through artwork and coloured dining room chairs, a balance between warm and cool can be restored.

The home of Caitlin & Samuel from Popham Design as featured in Rockett St George Extraordinary Interiors in Colour by Jane Rockett and Lucy St George (£19.99), © Ryland Peters & Small, Photography by Catherine Gratwicke.

See these upholstered dining chairs.

Gloriously Green

Green is another colour that looks amazing in the dining room. From painted green walls, to statement dining chairs, tableware or trailing plants, green is incredibly versatile and can be introduced through subtle accents or bold design decisions.

Renowned for its calming effect and connection to the natural world, green reveals both energy and respite and is therefore ideal for laid-back dining spaces.

To celebrate the natural connection, we recommend pairing green with organic textures such as natural wood, wicker and rattan in your dining room. Plus, don’t be afraid to add in a few bright colour contrasts to bring your scheme to life.

Rockett St George.

Check out these natural pendants.

Accent shades

Whilst the rules of colour are important to consider when planning your dining room, there are always ways to work around this through styling.

As a space to celebrate the magic of the seasons and talk late into the night with friends and family, the dining room is the perfect place to display colourful lighting and artwork, lush houseplants and treasures collected from your travels.

Rockett St George.

For more of the incredible homes that have inspired our colour revolution here at Rockett St George, take a look at our latest book Extraordinary Interiors In Colour, published by Ryland Peters & Small.

See more colourful dining room ideas.

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