10 green dining room ideas that will lift a tired space

Our green dining room ideas will have you reaching for the color chart in no time

Two green dining rooms with tables and cabinets
(Image credit: Barrett Oswald / Tim Lenz, Farrow & Ball)

Our green dining room ideas will showcase the scope of this versatile color. There's a huge array to use, from barely there mint to punchy brights and deep emeralds, there's something for everyone. 

Green goes well with other colors — pink being one — a winning combination for most rooms in the house especially if you opt for a sage, or team with crisp white for a refreshing scheme. Navy is for those who love an edgy look.

Dining rooms are a place to relax and entertain. Whether yours is part of the kitchen or has its own dedicated space, these dining room ideas will certainly get your creative juice buds flowing!

10 green dining room ideas

Green is an incredibly versatile color. It can calm a room or lift it up depending on what shade you pick. It looks great with other colors and you can add accents in the form of accessories. And the best bit is that it works in both traditional and modern homes. 

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1. The palest mint

Dining room with pale green cabinet with glazing, black wood table and benches, vintage chair, rug, plates stacked on table, glasses, pendant light,

(Image credit: Barrett Oswald / Tim Lenz)

If you love green but want to keep it quite subtle then opt for a pale shade like mint. Easy on the eye but still impactful, it will create a calming feel in your dining room, even if it's on the small side. 

"Incorporating a green shade into your dining room is a confident design decision that pays off," says Barrett Oswald, partner and principal designer, Barrett Oswald.

"Whether you choose to go bold with a saturated sage green wall, or focus on a brighter chartreuse green in accents, be sure to balance the color with some natural elements like wood or rattan. The complementary combination adds a grounding effect to any setting."

For a touch of drama, add a black dining table (try Wayfair's Baraga dining table) and chairs for contrast. 

image of interior designers Barrett Oswald, two women standing together one wearing black, the other black top and jeans
Barrett Oswald

Barrett has always had a passion for style and design. Her love of interior design has been a natural progression — from a teenager who mixed toile wallpaper and band posters in her bedroom to a graduate of the Fashion Institute in NYC, and eventually to the stylist of a commercial, oceanfront condominium in Florida.

2. Sage green

Sage green dining room walls with white ceiling, table and globe lights, wood and metal chairs, fireplace with flowers and art

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Sage green has very much been the top player over recent years — versatile and with a hint of yellow, it warms up cool rooms and creates a cozy feel.

"Dining rooms are often more formal and used at night and for celebratory occasions. If this is the case, make sure to look at your paint colors in the evening light. Greens will work a treat, especially at the darker end of the family. Calke Green will make a perfect bedfellow to traditional brown furniture," advises Patrick O'Donnell, brand ambassador at Farrow & Ball

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Patrick O'Donnell

Patrick O’Donnell has been bringing his impeccable eye for color to Farrow & Ball since 2012. Over that time, he has been a showroom manager, global color consultancy manager, and now brand ambassador.

3. Emerald green

Navy kitchen diner with green walls, open shelving, long table and benches, metro tile backsplash, ribbed sink, open shelving, chandelier,

(Image credit: deVOL Kitchens)

Emerald green is easy to use and works well in elegant settings like period properties. Patrick says "Think about the style of the room and the architectural interest that you might want to play with and accentuate. What time of day are you likely to spend here?"

Whether your kitchen is also your dining space, emerald green is a good shade that looks great in both settings, team with dark blue and white for contrast, and use brass to add a warm glow. 

We've sourced three of our favorite tableware accessories that would look fabulous in this setting.

expert headshot of Helen Parker, creative director of deVOL Kitchens, a blond woman standing in a kitchen with a white shirt on
Helen Parker

Helen Parker is deVOL's creative director. Joining in 2004 as a kitchen designer, by 2011 she had become responsible for deVOL's style, creating one-of-a-kind showrooms, sourcing antiques and gifts, and designing new pieces of furniture and accessories.

4. A swathe of dark green

Dark green walls and matching drapes, pale wood furniture, huge pendant lights above the table, upholstered dining chairs

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When we look to nature for inspiration there's a huge variety of greens to choose from. 

"The sense of wellbeing that we gain from time outside in the natural world has resulted in a desire to re-create this sense of connection and positivity in our homes, driving a renewed love for greens of all hues. Because greens are fairly neutral, (they often contain both blue and red) and come in varying undertones and depths, they are incredibly versatile, working wonderfully in any room to serve as a natural extension of the exterior, giving the impression of bringing the outside in," says Ruth Mottershead, creative director, Little Greene.

Dark greens look fabulous with pale wood, it adds a real contrast that adds interest to a scheme. To keep this in balance in a dining room take the colors into other other areas like upholstered dining chairs. Check out Wayfair's Tavira green stripe fabric for a similar look.

expert headshot Ruth Mottershead
Ruth Mottershead

Ruth Mottershead, creative & marketing director of Little Greene, has been working in her family’s business for 12 years. She writes content for the company’s marketing material, manages photoshoots and communicates with Little Greene and Paint & Paper Library’s customers. 

5. A hint of apple

White and green dining room with a hint of pale green, large chandelier, vintage style chairs, rug, table and vase,

(Image credit: Benjamin Moore)

If the thought of an all-over green in a dining room feels too much, then use it as an accent instead. Helen Shaw, director of marketing (international), Benjamin Moore, explains:

“Green is a hugely versatile color, whether you want to use it as an accent or let it take center stage, there is a shade for everyone. Here it adds a subtle pop of color, yet leaves you feeling grounded due to its connection to the outdoors, making it the perfect backdrop for a dining room for a relaxing atmosphere. Pair with natural accessories such as rattan and linen for the ultimate peaceful haven."  

Ruth agrees, "Green is a wonderful shade to embrace in any space, from bedrooms to bathrooms or kitchens and dining rooms, green shades work beautifully in every room, whatever its style."

A picture of Helen Shaw in a blue shirt
Helen Shaw

Helen Shaw is part of Benjamin Moore's UK division. Color expert and international marketing director, Helen and her husband Craig are founders of Shaw Paints, acquired by Benjamin Moore in 2020.

6. Shades of green

green dining room ideas, green forest wallpaper, walnut oval dining table, grey and wood chairs, white cabinet, retro lighting, wood floor

(Image credit: Jaclyn Christensen Design / Christopher Stark)

It doesn't have to be all about paint when it comes to green dining room ideas. There are some fabulous wallpapers on the market that will tick the 'green' box. 

"I had so much fun working with these clients because they have such great style. They wanted me to create a sense of surprise throughout their home, and I think the dining room was the perfect room to pull it off. I used this incredible Forest Greens wallpaper by Cole and Son. The dining room in this house is a main passthrough, so I loved the idea of having this unexpected burst of whimsy in the room that's the center of the home," says Jaclyn Christensen, founder of Jaclyn Christensen Design

Wallpaper gives a room an exciting feel, especially if it's got a great visual design. Use it as a focal point for your dining room if plain green walls aren't your thing.

7. Chalky khaki

Green dining room with chalky pale green painted panels, pink dining table,

(Image credit: Annie Sloan)

For a low-key scheme look out for chalky finishes, they visually soften a space and the subtle texture is calming whilst adding depth.

"In a Scandinavian-inspired dining room with khaki and pink tones, incorporating Château Grey can significantly impact the overall ambiance. Whether used on walls or furniture, this hue brings depth to the space," explains color and paint expert, Annie Sloan CBE.

These pretty blush pink pasta bowls from Nordstrom will look great with khaki walls. 

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Annie Sloan CBE

Annie Sloan CBE invented her revolutionary furniture pain, Chalk Paint™, in 1990. She is widely considered one of the world's leading authorities in paint, color and style. 

8. Nearly neon

Color drenched bright green walls, upholstered metal chairs, rug, circular 70s white table, white pendant, vase of foliage,

(Image credit: Little Greene)

Color drenching is a big (and lasting) trend and if you adore green and find a shade that sings to you, then take it from floor to ceiling and all the woodwork in-between. 

“A bright and bold green will create a vibrant and energetic feel. Adding green to your interior will change the atmosphere creating a restful, positive space that will feel nurturing, harnessing the calming effects of nature indoors," says Ruth. 

Break it up with white and a spot of print — rugs and patterned vases (we love Anthropologie's Lyla vase) are good alternatives if the budget won't stress to reupholstering chairs. 

9. Forest green

Emerald green dining room with painted wall panels and window frames, large rectangular table, black chairs, artwork, glass pendant lights, black and white floo

(Image credit: Ikea)

There's something very grounding about deep dark shades and green is no exception. Ideal if you love a more dramatic look, use wall paneling and woodwork to highlight as a feature.

"Opt for a deep emerald shade — reminiscent of the Renaissance period, this adds depth and a luxurious feel to a scheme. Finish with staple vintage style pieces for a timeless yet fashionable design statement," says Helen Shaw. 

10. A variety of greens

Green mural, bright accessories, huge amount of plants

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There are several ways to add green to your dining room, it can be paint, wallpaper, a mural or simply decorating the space with plants. Choose similar shades to the walls and pick a variety of potted and hanging varieties (check out Target's large artificial trailing Gentian plant) that will really bring nature in and all those fabulous shades of green that come with it. 

Murals tell a story and in this space, it sits on one wall – the nature aspect of it literally comes forth and envelops the dining room making it come to life.

"Dining rooms are one of the only rooms where furniture is often pulled back from the walls, giving you the opportunity to appreciate and enjoy a scenic design from floor to ceiling. A mural design will also be a wonderful talking point for you and your guests, transporting you all to rolling hills, verdant valleys, and magical gardens," says Stefan Ormenisan, creative director and co-founder of MindTheGap.

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Stefan Ormenisan

Stefan Ormenisan, creative director of MindTheGap founded the brand together with business partner and friend Victor Serban in 2016, in their native Transylvania. 

Nurturing and calming, green is color that we really love for dining rooms, it has a wide spectrum of shades and tones to choose from and is earthy and natural.

"Green is a wonderful color to bring into a dining space, it carries with it the joy and wellbeing qualities of being in nature whilst creating a wonderful neutral backdrop for decorative pops of color and pattern on textiles, rugs and accessories," says Stefan.

Sophie Warren-Smith

Sophie has been an interior stylist and journalist for over 22 years and has worked for many of the main interior magazines during that time both in-house and as a freelancer. On the side, as well as being the News Editor of indie magazine, 91, Sophie trained to be a florist in 2019 and launched The Prettiest Posy where she curates beautiful flowers for the modern bride.