Choosing the ideal accent wall color for your dining room

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Your dining room is one of the few places in your home where ambience and food go hand in hand. That is, whether you’re entertaining guests or just sitting with your family, the way the dining room feels creates an enjoyment around your meal. One way to create a beautiful dining room is to place a decorative wall that attracts attention.

Decorative walls are usually a color that combines or contrasts, but stone, wallpaper or other finishes can also be used to differentiate them from the rest of the walls of the dining room. If you’ve been looking at your dining room and are trying to think of some unique accent wall color ideas, here are a few to kick-start your creative juices!

 Choose the atmosphere you would like to create in your dining room

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Select an environment you would like to create:

When you dine at your favorite restaurant, part of the experience is how pleasant the food and service is, but another important factor is the atmosphere. Selecting an environment for your dining room will help you create the ideal sensations in your space. For a formal dining room, consider using a wallpaper with a bold print or a deep, dramatic color like brown, red, green, or any deep color that feels dramatic and sophisticated.

For a more casual dining room, choose lighter colors that feel more natural and organic to create a natural, less formal dining experience.

 Dark colors for your accent wall add dramatic nuances

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Lighter, more energetic colors can create the perfect casual room

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Illuminating your decorative wall:

While you may think that color is the only way to draw attention to a decorative wall, the other way is to add beautiful light! Candles, lighting fixtures, pendant lights, or even directional lighting highlighting your favorite artwork hanging on a decorative wall can attract instant appeal to your dining room wall.

The colors of the decorative walls can be reproduced with the lighting source you use. Wall shelves in deep woody browns or small rock shelves from a slab accent wall or natural stone may be the extra shine you were looking for to enhance your dining room.

A simple square wall sconce like this from Amazon can brighten up a decorative wall

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Accentuate shared dining spaces:

If your home has a dining room that shares walls with other rooms, such as the kitchen, living room, or hallway, you can still create a focal point and accentuate a portion of the wall that shares the dining room space. Look at the natural architecture of your rooms and decide where the direction of the wall breaks, or create your own visual division by stopping paint and color in the corners and intersections of the walls.

This will help bring your multiple rooms together functionally, but it will also help the two spaces complement each other in color while sending a message to the view that your dining room has its own unique personality.

 A shared dining room can still have a beautiful decorative wall

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Your dining room should be a room that loves to serve your favorite holiday meals, or your family gathers every night for a home-cooked dinner. Adding ambience with a decorative wall is the perfect way to create the ambience that matches your design style, but also your family’s lifestyle.

Next time you sit down for dinner, look around your dining room and see if you could benefit from a large accent wall.

How is the decorative wall of a dining room decorated?

We love bold and bold decorative walls to set the design tone for your space. Here are some tips for creating an eye-catching wall that gives your dining room all the feels.

Well-made decorative walls in your dining room

  1. Become daring with Color.
  2. Use a striking pattern.
  3. Add some 3D texture.

What do you put on a characteristic wall of the dining room?

  • Enjoy the darkest colors. (Image credit: Simon Bevan)
  • Be bold with wallpaper.
  • Make the room shine with a mirror.
  • Fill a formal dining room with classic paneling.
  • Add shine with bright walls.
  • Use curtains to keep it cozy.
  • Use light colors to take you from day to night.
  • Engage your guests with artwork.

What is the rule for decorative walls?

It is usually best to follow the 60-30-10 rule which states that 60% of the room should be the dominant color, 30% should be the secondary color, and 10% should be an accent color. So, when choosing a color, you’ll want something that’s different from the 60% and 30% colors to make it stand out.

How to decorate a small dining room?

Give your dining room a cocoon feel with a folding screen that can be easily moved from room to room. Make the most of every inch of your space with integrated seating. Combine it with your favorite printed cushions, a decoration trick that design professionals trust. Mirrors can help a cozy space feel much brighter.

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