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Selecting the Ideal Dining Table Colour: A Comprehensive Guide

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Selecting the Ideal Dining Table Colour: A Comprehensive Guide

Your kitchen or dining room table is not just a functional piece of furniture; it's the heart of dining space and plays a crucial role in setting the ambiance of your home. The colour of your dining room table can enhance or detract from the overall look and feel of the room. At Country Life Furniture we often are involved in discussing what would suit a particular room or theme including the rooms colour palette.  

We have summarized what we believe are the key factors when considering and selecting the perfect dining table colour.

Consider Your Existing Décor

The first step in choosing the right colour for your dining room table is to review your existing décor. Examine the colours in your dining room or kitchen and identify any hues that you particularly like, you may even have a mood board. This could include the colour of your kitchen cabinets, a favourite painting, a cherished vase, or even the shade of your windows. Matching your table colour to these elements can create a cohesive and visually pleasing look, bringing balance to the space.

Avoid Matching with the Floor

While it's essential to coordinate your table colour with other elements in the room, try to avoid matching it with the colour of your floor. Matching your table and floor can lead to a lack of contrast, making the table blend in too much. A dining room table should be a standout feature, so choose a colour that complements, rather than mimics, the floor. An idea here would be to have coloured legs and a table base.

Consider Future Flexibility

When choosing the colour for your dining tabletop, think about the long term. If you're torn between a dark oak finish and a light natural finish, keep in mind that it's easier to darken a lighter finish in the future. You can achieve this by applying a dark oak wax, transforming it into a warmer tone. However, going from a dark finish to a lighter one would require sanding down the entire surface and reapplying the finish, which can be a complex task often best left to professionals.

Bright and Dull, Warm and Cool, Dark and Light

Consider the atmosphere you want to create in your dining room. Bright and light colours can make the space feel more open and airier, while dark and warm colours create a cosier and more intimate ambiance. Think about the mood you want to set for your dining area and choose a colour that aligns with that vision.

Bold and Vibrant Colours

If you have a strong sense of personal style and your dining furniture can accommodate it, don't shy away from bold and vibrant table colours. These can add character and a unique flair to your dining room, making it a conversation starter during gatherings.

Matching Table and Chairs

You have the option to match your table colour with your chairs for a cohesive look. However, mixing and matching table and chair colours can introduce visual interest and uniqueness to your dining area. Consider the balance between coordination and personal expression. This could be chairs painted in hues that blend in with your colour scheme in the room.

Protection and Maintenance

No matter the colour you choose, your dining table will need protecting from stains and damage by using tablecloths, placemats, and coasters. These accessories can help prevent scratches and stains, ensuring your table remains in pristine condition.
But also, how you clean and care for the wood is important don’t use sharp implements on the wood and use a good polish to help protect the tabletop.

Ryan's top tip avoid anything with tumeric and party poppers. 


Selecting the table and its perfect colour depends is based on many factors. It’s important to consider your dining space, existing décor, personal preferences, and practical needs when making your choice.

Your dining table should be a reflection of your style and a central piece in your home. By considering all these factors, you'll be well on your way to creating a great space for entertaining, that is inviting, aesthetically pleasing, and functional.