Color Feast: When to Use Green in the Dining Room

You may have been told at some point not to use cooler colors — greens, blues and purples — at a dining area as they are thought to be appetite-suppressing hues. Warmer colors, such as red, orange and yellow, are considered appetite stimulants, making them more popular choices.

But only as your doctor directs you to eat your greens, I’m going to encourage you to maintain an open mind about injecting greens into your dining space. Have a look at my green paint picks as well as suggestions on the best way to produce green an appetizing colour in your home.

Jennifer Ott Design

Green paint picks for dining rooms (clockwise from top left):

1. Green Highland 6007-5A, Valspar
2. Celadon Green 2028-60, Benjamin Moore
3. Tidal Foam 17-30, Pratt & Lambert
4. Hyde Park KM3905-1, Kelly-Moore Paints
5. Crystal Oasis 403-3, Pittsburgh Paints
6. Lime Rickey SW6717, Sherwin-Williams
7. Kiwi Breeze 076-5, Mythic Paint
8. Tart Twist A0904, Glidden

I really like lime, if in a margarita on the rocks (with salt) or on the walls in a space. It’s a fun, playful shade that adds zest to a dining area.

Robin Bond Interiors

For a softer, classy vibe, then go to get a dining area palette of cooler bluish greens. I really like the mix of this celery-green wall color and watery blue-green floor-to-ceiling drapes in this gorgeous dining area. It’s a palette that is brilliant but also very soothing.

Jo Alcorn

Not for the timid, chartreuse continues its run as a favorite hue for interiors. It appears superfresh here, mixed with white, stainless steel and wood. Just keep in mind that a little of the bold hue goes a long way. It’s a wonderful choice for an accent wall in an otherwise mild and neutral dining area.

Mackenzie Collier Interiors

Leafy greens remind us of character and give away a happy vibe in the home. This is a really appetizing green that is simple to integrate into any style of dining area. It works nicely with cooler colors, like blues and grays, but also stands up to warmer oranges, yellows and reds.

Willey Design LLC

Acid green is a stunning dining area color choice here. I like how the upholstery on the chair backs up picks on the vibrant color, but it is all grounded by the abundance of warm neutrals through the mild wood flooring and table.

Take it down a notch with greens. This green works as a neutral. It’s a great solution for people who aren’t lovers of bright and bold color palettes, but that are wanting to break up an all-white or all-beige room.

Gallery Direct

The golden green on this wall is just another color that plays nicely with a variety of hues. Here it bridges the different warm wood tones, the arctic blues of these dining seats as well as the powerful grays and blacks of the fireplace surround. It’s a contemporary take on a retro color palette.

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