Drama. Sophistication. Sultry vibes. If those are things that you're looking to bring into your home, may we suggest starting with the dining room? Inky black walls provide the ideal backdrop for layers of texture and color, or even for similar shades of black. And guess what? The ebony hue doesn't have to equal depressing or gothic. Instead, it can create a theatrical and luxurious setting prime for entertaining guests. Find decadent inspiration in these eight black dining room color ideas, guaranteed to make every meal an occasion to remember.

1. Go heavy on the accessories.

black dining room color idea with brass lighting and black chairs
credit: 204 Park

Straight up, one of the most important things you need to consider when considering a black dining room color idea is, drumroll please, the styling. Knowing how to finish your room will keep it welcoming and enticing; nobody wants to sit in a dark room with zero personality. This space designed by 204 Park nails the dramatic dining room look with pops of brass from the sputnik-style chandelier, the round brass mirror, and a colorful area rug for good measure.

Get the look: Benjamin Moore Onyx

2. Pull off a high-contrast room.

Proving that a black dining room color idea doesn't have to be dark, Anna Bond utilizes light wood flooring, a white ceiling, and white accents to create a bright and airy space. The contrasting colors are perfectly balanced and complement her home's unique architecture beautifully.

Get the look: Benjamin Moore Onyx

3. Paint the ceiling.

black dining room color idea with black ceiling
credit: Nicole Hollis

Oh, we do love an all-black room, and this space by Nicole Hollis is simply sumptuous. By going dark with the walls, furnishings, and accessories, Hollis has created a room that oozes luxury. The addition of a colorful rug and artwork ensures that it doesn't lose all notion of texture. Thanks to the huge bay window, the space is light-filled enough to handle the darker hues.

4. Incorporate natural textures.

A black dining room color idea is perfect for pulling off an industrial aesthetic. Just add natural materials! Miranda Schroeder has created the perfect ode to all things factory-chic with this black dining room complete with a rustic wooden dining table and metal industrial dining chairs. An exposed bulb light fitting finishes the look.

Get the look: Behr Polar Bear and Limousine Leather in Eggshell

5. Create an accent wall.

If you're having doubts, start small! You don't need to paint everything black in order to amp up the drama — focus your attention on an accent wall instead. Lita from Crave Interiors created a classic black-and-white scheme in her home, layering it with brass accents, pops of color, and sleek wood grain textures. Totally cozy and totally livable!

6. Go luxe with wall paneling.

If it's a classy affair you're after, introduce some wall paneling for added texture. Plus, it will really infuse an essence of grandeur. Shauna from The House of Silver Lining built on her minimal-paneled walls with a tonal black rug, black velvet dining chairs, and gold accents. Downton Abbey, eat your heart out!

7. Bare all with the boho look.

You might not expect a black dining room color idea to work for a bohemian design scheme, but interior enthusiast Keri is here to prove you wrong. The black walls in this compelling dining room are toned down with airy furniture and bright accents, ensuring it perfectly rides the line between dramatic, sophisticated, and welcoming.

8. Try wallpaper instead!

Go for something a little different and bring depth to your dining room with an oversize floral wallpaper print that is guaranteed to make an impact. Veronica from The Design Hunters incorporated the dramatic accent wall that's literally bursting with flowers into Create & Cultivate's dining space, completing the luxe look with a glam chandelier, swanky dining chairs, and large-scale plants.


Emma Jane Palin

Emma Jane Palin

Emma Jane Palin is a multi-award-winning blogger and freelance writer with a penchant for design and interiors.