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Dining Room painted with a delicate lilac hue

Whether you’re someone who prefers simple suppers or extravagant evening feasts, the dining room is probably an important part of your home. As such, you should be paying it more than a passing thought when it comes to interior design and decorating. 

Many people play it safe with neutrals when decorating dining rooms. If you want to try something different, why not try using purple paint colours to transform the space where you eat, entertain and unwind. 

A light purple paint colour will instantly enhance dining room walls, without you having to make any fundamental changes to your furniture and decorative accents. For a more dramatic redesign, go with a deep purple paint shade and marvel at the majesty of this dramatic colour family. 

Of course, these are only two extremes. There are countless purple hues to try before you settle on the right fit for your dining space. Lighten things up with lilac, play around with peony, or get creative with the cool-toned amethyst. 

In a smaller dining room, a more subdued take on purple is a good design choice. A light amethyst purple like Orchid Mist is ideal if you want to bring some elegance to your dining space. This understated purple is very versatile, while a hint of grey makes it a welcome addition to any contemporary home. 

It’s also fairly light, meaning you can even entertain the idea of a purple ceiling. Pair it with cool grey shades or more intense purples when putting together a colour palette for your room. As far as furniture is concerned, dark woods always strike the right note in a purple room. 

Looking for lighter shades for your dining room redesign? Water Iris is a pale and delicate purple with a hint of amethyst. It’s perfect if you’re not keen on plummier purples and want something a bit closer to blue

Light and fresh, it’ll work well in smaller dining spaces, especially those that are used more in the morning and afternoon. While it’s fairly subdued, you’re free to bring in other purple notes to add complexity to your room palette. Not sure which colours to go for Mauve, violet and peony will all work nicely. 

If you want to go soft and feminine with your dining room wall colours, think about giving Violet Vogue a try. Bringing together elements of peony and violet, this pale purple is a stylish choice for a more contemporary interior. 

While there’s a lot of colour complexity going on here, you still have a remarkably versatile hue that can work in just about any space. Use it as a backdrop for antique furniture and sideboards in a formal dining space, or pair it with cool greys and minimalist dining sets for a more modern aesthetic.

If you’d rather go with a richer purple to decorate your dining room, a shaded hue like Frosted Lilac should catch your eye. While it's a more intense take on purple than many other paint colours, it’s fairly soft, making it very easy to work with. 

It will look sensational in a dining space with dark wood furniture, although it can also prove a beautiful backdrop for more modern pieces made from glass and metal. You can stick to this as a single colour when decorating your room, or bring in more majestic shades of purple like amethyst, lilac and lavender.

Just because a paint colour is understated, doesn’t mean it can’t bring plenty of complexity to your dining room walls. A soft mauve like Jam Session is proof of this, with this silvery hue also boasting bold hints of magenta that make it an eye-pleasing addition to any dining room colour palette. 

Despite its depth, it’s still a fairly understated choice, so it will work alongside a whole host of colours. If you’re keen to stick with purples, try pairing it with more intense shades like fuchsia when decorating your dining space. Alternatively, use classic complementary colours like off-white and grey for a look you’ll want to replicate in your living room and elsewhere in the home. 

If your dining room is a little bigger than most, dark purple paint is something to seriously think about. A shaded violet like Pastel Plum makes a real impression, with this intense pigment guaranteed to turn a drab dining room into an entertaining space you can be proud of. 

A hint of mauve brings some colour complexity, which you can use as inspiration when selecting other shades to build your room palette. Don’t think your dining space is ready to accommodate such a dramatic colour choice? Use it to create a beautiful feature wall instead. 

Which Colours Work Best in a Dining Room with Purple?

Despite its difficult reputation, it’s not actually that hard to match purple with other colours. One of the easiest pairings of all is purple and pink. You’ll find these two gorgeous shades alongside each other in many flowerbeds and they’re just as picturesque when used together in a dining room colour scheme. 

Blue is another good choice of accent colour in a purple-infused dining room. As with pink, blue flowers are often found blooming next to purple ones, while the two colour families are direct neighbours on the colour wheel. Tonally, they’re almost twins, while they can be effortlessly blended together in layered decor schemes with minimal effort. 

While you won’t see too many grey flowers around, this colour does work beautifully alongside purple. The two colours might not seem like a good match at first glance, but grey has a grounding quality that balances out the intensity of more saturated purple tones. However, this only really applies to lighter greys. The closer you get to charcoal, the more likely your grey is going to clash with purple. 

Another popular colour pairing is purple and yellow. Again, they’re not an obvious partnership, but yellow sits on the opposite side of the colour wheel to purple, making it a complementary shade. Use these two hues together and you’ve got yourself a bold design statement. 

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