In our first home I knew before even setting foot in the door that our dining room would be red...because that's just what color dining rooms are. However, I quickly learned that while warm colors may indeed stimulate the appetite and inspire conversation, dining rooms in small homes are multi-tasking beasts and often call more a more serene palette.
Depending on the space and your personality, red may suit you just fine for a variety of occasions. But the more people I talk to, the more I discover that it is not usually the kind of color that inspires one to spread out the morning paper and enjoy a leisurely cup of coffee...even on lazy weekends when you might actually have time for such a luxury. It certainly wasn't for us. In fact even though our house was tiny, we rarely entered our dining room before the dinner hour.
For those who don't have an additional breakfast nook or a cozier casual eating spot, creating an understated dining room that can easily transition to leisure space, craft area, or work table seems like a wonderful option. Soothing colors and simple unfussy furnishings are key for the look. For fine dining, you can always glam up the room with candles, dim lighting, and fresh flowers.
Too spare, or just right?
(Images: 1: Atlanta Bartlett, 2: Jacobsen Architecture, 3: Domino, 4: Anna Kern via Decor 8, 5: Southern Accents, 6: via emmas blogg, 7: via desire to inspire, 8: Design Sponge, 9: Marie Claire Maison, 10: Living Etc. of Baileys Home & Garden)