Time for a dining room re-do? You can drastically change the look in a room just by painting the walls and adding some coordinating colors. Remember, though, that the colors you use in your dining room should help whet the appetite, rather than suppress it. After all, this is the room where your family gathers to eat the food that has been prepared for dinner -- not to just push it around your plates. Let's use the psychology of color as an aide in choosing a color palette for the dining room.
Cool and calming greens help aid digestion, according to color psychology. Sage greens are overused in today's home decor, though. On the other hand, moss green is a great color to use in the dining room, along with a couple other earth tones of your choice. Moss green is a medium to dark hue with yellow or golden undertones. Pair this color with an earthy brown for a rich, comforting feel, or couple it with a rich red to achieve contrast.
Green is not the only earth tone you can use to decorate your dining room. Look outdoors for your inspiration: Bright, sky blues and rich brown hues look great together, and they will give your eating area a warm, cozy atmosphere. Other earth tones you may choose include: warm reds, golden yellows, amber and so on. When paired together, you can achieve a stunning design with nearly any earthy color combination.
Yellow and cream
Yellow is a bright, hunger-inducing color, which works in a dining room setting. If you want to tone it down a little, go for a cream instead. Pair yellow or cream with deep brown or rich burgundy for a tastefully elegant feel. Both colors work well with nearly any color you might choose: violet, navy, sapphire or even an emerald green. And you don't necessarily have to use yellow as the main color -- use it as an accent color, and work up a coordinating color scheme from there.
In color psychology, orange is the color best known to make people hungry. This is why it is used by fast-food chains everywhere as a main color in their interior decor. Orange can be outrageous when used in its purest form, even for a dining room; however, it is easily toned down. Burnt orange is not quite so outrageous, but is still pretty bold. Instead, why not go with a warm red that has orange undertones, or simply use orange as an accent color in a more neutral color scheme.
Colors to avoid
Psychology says there are certain colors that should be avoided in a dining room, unless you are trying to suppress hunger in an attempt to lose weight. Blue is one of those colors. Known to be somewhat depressing, blue will oftentimes suppress the appetite during mealtimes. Of course, it is fine to use these colors in moderation, like as an accent. If you are trying to diet, perhaps it would be more efficient to use blue plates during meals, instead.