Good Questions: Cold Feet - What Color for the Dining Room?

Good Questions: Cold Feet - What Color for the Dining Room?

Maxwell Ryan
Jun 29, 2007

Hello AT, My boyfriend and I just moved into our first condo together. Although it's a rental, we have freedom to improve most anything we'd like. First on our list was painting over the dark navy walls in the dining room that made the whole living room & dining room area feel like a cave...

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I love the color orange and have bits of it in the living room, so that was going to be our color choice for the dining room walls. But now that we have a coat of the primer up and I need to choose paint, I am having second thoughts. Since I don't want a sherbet color, I'm worried that a darker orange will produce the same cave-like effect of the original navy walls.

I had thought about doing alternating vertical stripes in light & dark orange, but I don't want it to turn out looking like a circus tent. Any suggestions you have would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks, Carrie

Dear Carrie,

We'd recommend trying a few colors on your wall (in 1'x1' swatches) to see what will really work well before you commit to anything.

We like your idea of organge and also of a limey green (very popular). If you worry that any color you choose will be too strong, we'd recommend only painting on accent wall, that being the one on the left. It's really the natural accent wall anyway and the wall with the door in it could return to match the rest of the room.

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