Dining room paint should be chosen, as with any room paint, with a few factors in mind. Notably, the dining room is a conspicuous room in most houses; accent and create the right balance of warm or cool tones with bright or subdued colors. Pottery Barn suggests inspiring a color decision by getting a comparable or contrasting color to an object in the dining room.
Architectural factors play into the decision of a dining room paint color. For example, is the room well-lit or dim? This is why it is important to get swatches and test colors prior to settling on one or several colors. It is suggested that the color of a room significantly influences the mood of the room and, thereby, influences the moods of people in that room.
It is also suggested, in the interest of developing a captivating room, to paint one or two walls a striking, contrasting accent color. For a dining room predominantly in red, a black accent serves as a severe accent. Noted New York City designer Scott Sanders mentions to HouseBeautiful in an interview that bold colors seem exciting at first but should be used sparingly. It is bold color that tends to fall out of fashion soon, and, as such, it should be used on a single wall.