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The Best Two-Tone Dining Room Colors

By Linda Grass August 24, 2021, 10:27 am

There are countless color combinations that you can use to decorate a dining area. In this article, we will round up the best two-tone dining room colors that will reinvigorate your dining space.

See below ideas of delicious color combinations that you can use when redecorating your dining room.

Two-Tone Colors With a Chair Rail

Dining rooms may have chair rails installed around the perimeter to protect the walls of the room from furniture that hit against it. Made of wooden trim that is painted to match or contrast with the wall colors, it adds an additional decorative element to a room.

The chair rails may also be part of wainscot or panelling installed on the bottom half of the wall, giving it a finished appearance.

Deep Red and Tan

Dining room with deep red and ran colors Source:

Carrie Anne Dame for DesignFolly.com

You may not think red and tan go together, but in the right application, it is very sophisticated. Try using the chair rail and two paint colors with light on the bottom and the dark color on the top. In this traditional dining area, the combination of dark red above with tan color below, works beautifully.

Tangerine Orange and Off White

dining room with tangerine orange and off white colors Source:

Ursula Page from Adobe Stock

Peach orange walls paired with the off white wainscotting on the bottom, brings energy into the room showcasing the quiet elegance of this classical style furniture setting. The vibrant color of the walls balances perfectly within the space of this elegant dining room.

Pale Gray and Bright White

Dining room with pale gray and white colors Source:

Ernest_Roy from Pixabay

This lovely appointed transitional dining room with pale gray and bright white wall colors opens up the space, making it appear larger. The large wooden table paired with the off white upholstered chairs anchors the room in place.

Blank Canvas: Cream and White

Dining room in cream and white colors Source:

Ernest_Roy from Pixabay

Using a rich cream color on the walls, combined with matte white wainscot chair rail on the bottom is a great backdrop to use for many different design styles from farmhouse to traditional décor. The light two toned walls are a blank canvas where many styles can be showcased well, like the rustic farmhouse style featured above.

Inspiring Brown

Dining room with rich brown and white colors Source:

Curtis Adams from Pexels

You may think brown would be too dark or drab to use on walls. Draw inspiration from works of art or decoration in the room, and draw a shade of color from that particular piece. The above combination of two-tone brown and white colors complements the artwork presented and warms the room.


Dining room with gray on gray colors Source:

Infinite Views on Unsplash

Two tone dining room wall paint colors can be understated, like these gray-on-gray walls with glossy white chair rail used to break up the wall surface. It creates a refined and polished look, which works perfectly in this urban contemporary dining area.

Dramatic Black and White

Dining room with black and white colors Source:

Erica Marsland Huynh on Unsplash

Black walls can be dramatic and bring a richness to a dining space. Contrasted with the white chair rail and beadboard panels on the bottom in this design, ties the farmhouse style dining room together nicely.

Subtle Pale Green and Crisp White

Dining room with pale green and crisp white colors Source:

Halsey-09 by Arto Brick

The use of light and pale colors that have just a hint of color can draw the decor of a room in an intuitive and subtle way. Two tone dining room paint colors, like the elegant pale green walls on top of crisp white painted paneling on the bottom shown above, are an excellent example.

Two-Tone Dining Room Colors Without a Chair Rail

Two tone dining room colors are not limited to the walls. In this section we will show how two predominant colors can be applied using chairs, tables, and décor to carry out the dual color scheme.

Glamorous Silver and Gray

Dining room with silver and gray colors Source:

ErikaWittlieb from Pixabay

Using medium toned gray walls and upholstered chairs, along with a silver wine cabinet matched with metalic décor, is the ultimate in sophisticated glamour. You can easily introduce additional colors as accents into this monochromatic color scheme.

Gilded Gold and Textured Gray

Dining room with gold and gray colors Source:

Max Vakhtbovych from Pexels

Golds paired with grays is an extremely chic look. The gilded gold framed chairs and furniture shown above look striking against the gray stained wood floor and the focal wall done in a gray textured wallcovering.

Classically Modern Black and Tan

Dining room with black and tan colors Source:

Spacejoy on Unsplash

A modern classic, this harmonizing dining room with black framed chairs and sideboard, along with tan, cream, and black woven rug, brings the room together in a delightful design ensemble. The rustic feel of this room along with the woven textures adds depth, highlighting the black and tan color tones.

Rich Brown and Cool Gray

Dining room with rich brown and cool gray colors Source:

Spacejoy on Unsplash

A refined transitional look with a splash of industrial feel blends gray walls and furniture with supple brown leather upholstered chairs and an ample wood table stained in a rich brown tone. The depth of textures on the chairs, table, and rug enhances the brown and gray color scheme.

Deep Blue and Crisp Cream

Dining room with deep blue and crisp cream colors Source:

Carrie Hays on Unsplash

This focal wall uses the wooden chair rail trim in a unique way by angling the trim, it adds dimension to the cream-colored walls. The dark blue upholstered chairs as well as the abstract painting composed of blues perfectly balances with the crisp cream walls.

Elegant Teal with Gold

Dining room with teal and gold colors Source:

Zhu Difeng from Adobe Stock

The elegance of the gold chandelier suspended above this dining table with chairs upholstered in teal blue, exudes warmth. The color scheme creates an inviting atmosphere to entertain your guests in this contemporary setting.

Apple and Mint Greens

Dining room with apple and mint green colors Source:

Camella Homes on Unsplash

Bright white framed ladder-back dining chairs upholstered in crisp apple green fabric are featured in this French country dining room, surrounded in soft mint green walls. The mixture of greens truly complements one another.

Dark Gray and Light Gray

Dining room with dark gray and light gray colors Source:

290712 from Adobe Stock

A monochromatic color scheme with light gray painted walls, includes upholstered chairs, drapes, and wooden dining table finished in a slightly darker shade of grey. This well-dressed dining room makes it easy to entertain dinner guests for a variety of occasions with its understated, welcoming ambiance.

Final Thoughts

Using a combination of two colors is a good place to start when you are ready to redecorate your dining area. By developing your two-tone color scheme, you can add and incorporate accent colors in your decor to make it your own to showcase your style and taste.

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