Green dining room ideas – 10 ways to use this natural color

Create a beautiful design inspired by nature with our green dining room ideas

Three examples of green dining room ideas. Botanical mural and green striped tablecloth. Striking green leaf wallpaper. Two shades of green painted on walls.
(Image credit: Future | ARTE | Little Greene)

Green dining room ideas can help to create a comfortable and calming ambience when entertaining and relaxing with friends and family.

From vivid, bright shades such as lime and chartreuse, perfect for bright, modern rooms, to more relaxed options like moss or emerald, which suit cozy spaces used mostly in the evening, these dining room ideas are perfect for homes of any period or style, and for kitchen diners, too.

Decorating with green can be a versatile option for the home. Often associated with the beauty of nature and being in the great outdoors, working with green in a dining room can create a sophisticated, grounding space.

Green dining room ideas – 10 inspiring looks for your dining space

From beautiful botanical wallpaper designs, to creative paint ideas, we have curated a collection of green dining room ideas to help you create the perfect green scheme. Whether you want your dining room color ideas to be bold or subtle, there are many green dining room color ideas to choose from.

1. Keep your dining room light and bright

Dining room painted a light green shade, dining table with light wooden tabletop and black metal frame, matching bench, carl hansen wishbone chair at head of table, textured, basket style pendant light over dining table in natural finish, gray concrete style flooring, plant in basket in corner of room

(Image credit: Crown Paints)

A great option for small dining room ideas, using a pale, light green shade can make a space feel bigger and brighter.

This dining room has been painted with Mellow Sage by Crown Paints, and does what it says on the tin - literally - as the result creates a calming, mellow space where natural palettes and textures work in harmony. 

Complementing your green dining room ideas with the use of natural materials and textures can create an inviting, indoor-outdoor environment that is utterly timeless.

2. Combine contrasting patterns and prints

Dining room with textured, white and green botanical mural, white and green striped tablecloth on dining table, two traditional light wooden chairs, one painted green wooden dining chair,two low hanging glass pendants, table dressed with flowers, plates and glassware

(Image credit: Future)

The dining room is often a busy, social space full of life and excitement, so why not reflect this atmosphere with the use of bold, playful patterns and prints. 

This dining room incorporates multiple green textile designs to create an inviting, comforting and stylish space. A hanging wall mural embodies an intricate, green leaf print, elegantly contrasting with the striped tablecloth. The overall pale green and cream palette unite the different shapes and objects together as one, creating an elegant dining room design rich with texture and personality.

3. Pick a stand out piece of furniture

Neutral dining room space with textured, beige painted walls, mint green, rounded dining table with wooden dining chairs with webbed seat and back, low hanging white lantern over table, table dressed with vases, glass and plats, two decorative plates with faces mounted above each other on wall, gray concrete style flooring, light wooden sideboard unit in corner of room

(Image credit: One Represents Ltd)

You do not have to cover your dining room in green paint or wallpaper for green dining room ideas, thinking about using color for larger furniture pieces and accessories can create a striking, modern look. As Helen Shaw, Benjamin Moore UK Director states, 'a pop of color can also be added to a dining room via furniture and accessories,'

The glossy, mint green dining table truly takes center-stage in this dining room. Establishing a striking statement within the neutral space, the use of green adds a playful pop of color, beautifully drawing you to be seated at the table. 

The dining table is often the central piece of furniture in a dining room, so why not enhance its importance and presence through unique color choices and materials, ideal for modern dining room ideas.

Plus, if you are embracing green kitchen ideas, and want to create a subtle visual link between the two spaces, this is a great way to do so.

4. Uplift a traditional space with green paint

Traditional kitchen-dining space with green painted walls, stone flooring, dining table with white tablecloth, dark wooden dining chairs with rattan seats, light wooden bar stool, green pendant, looking through to hallway with brown front door

(Image credit: Little Greene)

'If you are looking to spruce up a traditional dining room with paint and color, green can create the perfect balance between classic and contemporary,' says Jennifer Ebert, Homes & Gardens' Digital Editor.

This dining room, painted in Garden Green by Little Greene, is given an uplifting and fresh makeover with the use of paint. The green shade adds a modern edge to the space without being too overwhelming or conflicting with the original features, perfectly complementing the natural materials, such as the stone flooring and wooden dining chairs.

Using paint is a simple way to transform your dining room, and as shown here, the use of green is an adaptable choice for spaces of all ages and styles - one to remember for traditional dining room ideas.

5. Take inspiration from nature

Dining room with green, botanical leaf print wallpaper, rectangular, concrete-style dining table, wooden dining chairs with black leather seats, table decorated with green vases and ornaments, traditional stone gray flooring

(Image credit: ARTE)

The color green represents the beautiful natural elements found in the outside world, such as flowers, plants and trees, so why not elevate this connection by using stylish botanical designs and displays in your dining room.

This space uses the stunning Selva Abanico wallpaper by ARTE to bring the beauty of the outdoors indoors. Inspired by the pandan leaves found in a tropical jungle, the design is defined by a vertical pattern of a collage of leaves in different shapes and shades of green. 

This green leaf wallpaper design beautifully adds height and depth to this dining room space, an elegant example of dining room wallpaper ideas.

6. Incorporate a secondary color

Dining room with walls papered in bold green foliage pattern, matching curtains, table laid for dinner and pink upholstered dining chairs.

(Image credit: Simon Brown)

A well established feature of interior design, secondary and accent colors can help to create a balanced color palette, and a design that is both visually appealing and harmonious - for more guidance, see our exploration of the 60-30-10 rule.

When planning your green dining room ideas, incorporating other colors into your scheme can make way for beautiful color pairings, and establish a stylish contrast.

The beauty of working with green for your dining room is that it can be combined with an array of different colors; from a bright yellow to a calming cream.

In this dining room, the bright pink dining chairs add a playful element of color and contrast to the space, with the overall look creating an inviting mix of the classic and the contemporary.

7. Use more than one shade of green

Green dining room painted two shades from little greene, wall paneling on walls, black wooden dining table, cesca chair in black and rattan, dining table dressed with ornaments, plates and plants, candelabra on wall

(Image credit: Little Greene)

If you are struggling to decide on what shade to use for your green dining room ideas, why not use more than one? 

With so many different shades available, you can create beautiful color combinations for your green room ideas.

In this dining room, the paneled walls are painted in two colors by Little Greene. The darker Sage Green creates a grounding atmosphere, with the lighter, Book Room Green adding a sense of lightness to the space. Creating a colorful, contemporary look, this pretty palette of greens shows just how versatile this color can be for dining room paint ideas. 

8. Enhance your green dining room with accessories

Dining room inspired by nature, with leaf pattern wallpaper, rustic upcycled dining table, bench seats and chair on hessian rug and green ceiling lights

(Image credit: Chris Everard)

'A place for conversation and entertainment, you want your dining room to be a welcoming area in the home that reflects your character and style identity, so do not forget to incorporate accessories and unique decorative pieces to really make the space your own,' says Homes & Gardens' Editor in Chief Lucy Searle.

In this dining room, the green scheme is enhanced by the two, low hanging pendant lights and the high shelf decorated with green plates and ornaments. In perfect view of the dining table, the shelf and its contents can be easily taken in and appreciated when seated - one to remember for dining room wall ideas.

Matching your accessories and dining room lighting ideas with your green scheme can create a harmonious and well-considered design.

9. Bring in an element of contrast

Colorful dining room decorated in blue and green, blue and green floral wallpaper, dark wood rounded dining table, four upholstered dining chairs in blue and green zig-zag pattern, natural texture rug, metal and blue glass sculptural hanging pendant

(Image credit: Chris Everard)

As we have discussed, accent and secondary colors are key when planning your decorating ideas for a space, so why not take this one step further by incorporating a bold element of contrast in your green dining room.

You know the age-old saying, 'blue and green must never be seen', well, that no longer applies. Color clashing, great for maximalist decor ideas, can create an adventurous, striking design - and is proving quite popular in recent interior design trends.

Whether you layer pattern on pattern, like in the dramatic dining room above, or mix old and new designs, bringing in a striking element of contrast to your green dining room can create a truly characterful space.

10. Choose a vivid, bright green

Interior designers reveal their favorite shade of green paint, green in a dining room

(Image credit: Little Greene)

A dining room is a great place to be daring with color, not used as often as some of the other rooms in the home, create an unforgettable dining experience with a brave color choice.

This vibrant dining room has been decorated in Sage & Onions green by Little Greene, with Tea with Florence blue on the dado rail. The room feels full of energy and life, and makes colorful, contemporary statement.

Is green a good color for the dining room?

A truly versatile shade, green can work wonderfully in a dining room. 

Whether you want to create an enhanced feeling of relaxation and calm with the use of pale green paint and natural materials, or establish a bold, unique design through striking color combinations and vibrant patterns, there are green options for all. 

As the color has a deep connection with the natural world, it really is a timeless choice for your interior designs, evoking feelings of peacefulness and tranquility like that found in nature.

Design Director Tom Howley states, 'as a color we associate primarily with nature, this grounding shade has an incredible way of reconnecting us with our surroundings, creating moments of calm and positivity.'

Zara Stacey
Managing Editor

Zara is the Managing Editor at Homes & Gardens. She joined the brand in February 2022 as an Interiors Content Editor, specializing in writing content on interior color trends, decorating ideas and design inspiration. After studying English Literature at University, she worked as an Ecommerce Website Editor, Content Writer and Buying Intern at multiple independent businesses within the luxury retail and lifestyle sectors. She enjoys nothing more than discovering new trends, brands and products, whether that be in fashion, interior design or lifestyle.