If you’re hosting friends and family for the holidays, your dining room is sure to be the center of attention. And now’s the time to give it a beautiful, new paint color. But what if you tried something new and went for two paint colors instead of one? Here are 8 two-toned dining rooms just waiting to inspire you.
If you have molding, wainscoting, or built-ins (or all of the above), show them off by painting them a bold white. Then contrast them with darker wall paint. A mid-tone neutral, like this hot-chocolate hue, really plays up the beauty of the architectural details.
Faux Finish Accent
In this dining area, carved out of a large loft space, the brick wall creates the feeling of an actual dining room. Even if your home doesn’t have an exposed brick wall, you can create the same effect with brick wallpaper or a beautiful faux finish. Instant loft!
In a small home or apartment, make the most of your dining space by adding a bold wallpaper accent wall. This great trick draws the eye, making the whole area feel more significant.
Black Accent Wall
Another trick for open-concept homes is to paint an inset wall a different color than the rest of the space. Here, the inset behind the sideboard is a vibrant, inky black. The rug, artwork placement, and white furniture work together to create a pleasing, Scandinavian palette.
While this isn’t a two-toned dining room, it gives the same effect. And you can copy it easily, just by painting the rooms within the dining room’s sightline a different color. An easy way to pick the colors is to choose two of the same color swatch, one light and one a few shades darker.
If you have a dining room that’s partially open to the rest of the house, it can be hard to create a sense of privacy. Do so by creating a nest of warm, welcoming color. You can also use this technique to balance cold and warm hues, giving the effect of a two-toned space. For instance, the gray color and brick entry wall might be too cool on their own. But when paired with the burst of terra cotta paint color and furnishings, the whole house warms up.
In a room with a striking tray ceiling and a lot of doors, it can be confusing knowing where to focus. Play up the flow by painting one end of the room a rich jewel tone, like this teal. Then let the ceiling and the rest of the space flow with the same color as the room beyond. Pick up your accent color in the chairs and rug for a together look.
Farmhouse kitchens often have chalkboard paint walls. But not everyone wants walls they can write on. So get the look without the chalk by hanging wallpaper or adding a faux finish that has the look of an erased chalkboard. Not only is it timeless, but it also grounds the room — and in this eat-in kitchen it also picks up the silver in the pantry shelves. (A good tip to consider when choosing your furnishings.)