Your dining room might be that lost room in your house simply because you only use it a few times a year. Even if you have a small budget or no budget at all you can make your dining room into something special with just a little bit of paint. Here are a few tips for choosing paint colors for dining rooms.

Pick a color that is appetizing. There is a reason why restaurants always seem to be decorated with reds, oranges and yellows. These colors help stimulate appetite. However, your dining room might be open to the rest of your house and you just aren't sure about painting a bold color in there. Plus, it doesn't matter if everyone is hungry if the paint color is giving them a splitting headache. You can just find your favorite shades of paint that have a warm undertone. If you want a neutral color look for a cross between a taupe and a gold that will still be cheerful but will also match the rest of your house. If you want a more dramatic neutral find a chocolate brown with a hint of red to it so it looks mahogany.

Paint isn't just for the walls; you can redo your dining room furniture. This is especially important if you've inherited pieces that you don't necessarily like or just aren't in the best shape. Sure, it seems like painting furniture would be a lot easier than painting the walls but you'll have to sand and prime it first. Plus, all those spindles and legs on chairs can be a lot more difficult than painting a basic flat wall. This is why it's important to choose a paint color for your dining room furniture that you can live with for a long time.

Convey a theme with your dining room paint colors. For a country, traditional or shabby chic look paint your tables and chairs cream. Sure, there is a lot of different design styles listed so the overall effect will really depend on the style of your furniture. If the legs are straight and the chairs are simple then paint it black for a modern style. Curved legs will look elegant or shabby chic.

You can use paint to change the feeling in your room. You might not be thrilled with your dining room because it just seems too formal. You can try creating a casual air by going with a subtle beach theme. Try painting the walls in a golden sand color. Put flowy white drapes on the windows or French doors. Bring in a modern capiz shell chandelier for sophisticated sparkle. Accessorize with rustic wood furniture. Theme rooms don't have to be expensive. Actually you'll probably have a more successful theme room if you have a smaller budget. If you have a lot of money you might go overboard with accessories but a small budget makes sure that you keep things simple and prioritize so you only get the pieces that make the biggest impact.

You can makeover your dining room with just a little paint. Use a coordinating color palette to get an entire different feeling in your space.