The dining room colour scheme

Bored with your plain white dinner service that seemed like a good, sensible idea at the time? Are you tired of being so level-headed and want to inject some serious fun and colour to your dinner times? Use this helpful colour guide to create just right mood for your next dinner party or indeed any redecoration project around the home.

Red is the strongest of all the colours, it stimulates the senses, expresses excitement and high energy. Red lovers are often bold, impulsive, and energetic. Great for entrance halls, warm reds give an intimate feel to dining rooms

Green represents nature, growth and relaxation. Harmony, balance, compassion and concentration are often linked with people drawn to green. Green goes with most colours and in its darker shades it works as a neutral. Try using shades of green to create a fresh, clean kitchen.

Blue is calm, restful and relaxing. People drawn to blue are dependable, yet strong and authoritative. Tints of blue can help to make a room appear bigger than it really is.

Yellow represents happiness and optimism and often appeals to those with an optimistic and joyful nature. It is the most difficult colour for the eye to process and see. Yellow is a good colour to use in a room that does not receive any natural daylight, such as a dark hallway.

Brown conveys contentment and comfort. This earth colours attracts the affectionate and kind-hearted. This subtle colour is good for a den or study.

Orange reflects spirit, warmth, comfort and action. It appeals to extrovert, jovial and happy individuals. Orange can work well in family room.

Purple conveys wisdom, loyalty and spirituality. It's also a regal colour, which can point to nobility, dignity and luxury. Individuals drawn to purple are philosophical, passionate and romantic. Deep purple or plum works well in guest rooms ' your visitors feel like they're getting the 'royal treatment'.

Black is bold, sophisticated and glamorous. It often appeals to powerful individuals and is also associated with elegance, confidence, creativity and minimalism.

White indicates purity, virtue, and cleanliness, and represents the innocent and young at heart. White rooms tend to be very dramatic and create a feeling of quiet luxury.

Use china, candles, placemats or a vase to introduce these colours to your dinner table. You should also try to create harmony between the table décor and the surrounding furnishings, fabrics and window treatments.

For harmony think lilac lounge curtains and purple placemats. Or if you would like a little more vigour think black Venetian blinds set as a backdrop to zingy orange tableware. This kind of holistic approach ensures maximum impact for your efforts and keeps your dining room feeling fresh and up-to-date.

Remember, a dining room is a room for fun and socializing, it isn’t generally used day to day. You can therefore afford to be a little more daring in your decoration. The more fun you have whilst designing it, the more fun you and your friends will have eating in it!

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