Dining room decorating inspiration gallery

Below are a collection of dining room projects completed by keen DIY'ers.

Click on a picture to find out more about the project or search the Gallery using the search function. If you’d like to submit your project into this decorating inspiration gallery we’d love to hear from you. Simply email information about your project and your images to Every project featured will receive a small gift from Resene.

Haven of tranquility - dining
Haven of tranquility
Bringing the colour of the bush inside by using Resene Pacifika... more
Colourful personalities
Colourful personalities meet colour
Miranda’s circa 1890s villa survived the earthquakes... more
Bach conversion to family home
Bad bach no more

This small but perfectly formed home, was once a ‘1980s bad’ bach... more
For the family
For the family

A splash of colour and to indulge a love of blue... more
Getting creative with paint - dining
Getting creative with paint

Adding the stripes to the living room wall in Resene All Black... more
Punchy colour to cook with and dining
Punchy colour

A very soft contrast to the kitchen area, complemented the soft greys... more

A helping hand with colour

Expert colour advice, has helped them to make their colour choices... more
Colour brings character
Colour brings character

A soft palette that has a relaxed vintage feel... more
Bursts of colour
Bursts of colour

Using Resene colours extensively, particularly as highlights... more
Beach house in the city
Beach house in the city

Resene Quarter Bianca for a light bright feel... more
Homely and bright colour
Homely and bright colour

Using a neutral base for internal walls with added colour on feature walls... more
A touch of colour
A touch of colour

Using shades of white and an accent colour... more
Unified from inside out
Unified from inside out

Highlighting traditional bungalow features that had been painted... more
A dream home
A dream home

Using bold neutrals with a feature wall in Resene Tax Break... more
A labour of love
A labour of love

The warm happy embrace of Resene Smoke Tree... more
Separating spaces with colour
Separating spaces with colour

Black is the perfect backdrop for their Mexican wall, and bright... more
Topped in black
Topped in black

A clean look of black and white with metallic accents... more
50s inspired diner
50's inspired diner

Obsessed with the 50s style, garage meets diner... more
Resene Half Pearl Lusta in the lounge
Accenting the timber

The fresh calm of Resene Half Pearl Lusta in the dining room... more
Resene Jalapeno
Feature wall

The dining room has a feature wall of Resene Jalapeno... more
Resene Jalapeno
Deep green walls

Resene Black Forest on the dining room walls... more
A serene interior
Serene interior

She uses a black, white and green palette throughout her home... more
Resene Gravel with a retro wallpaper
Retro wallpaper
The dining room features Resene Gravel with a retro wallpaper... more
Painted floors
Hand painted tiles
Wegner chairs add a mid-century touch... more
Resene Hot August feature wall
Making a statement

Resene Half Kumutoto and wallpaper... more
Resene Alabaster on the wall
One room at a time

This room features crisp Resene Alabaster on the wall... more
Resene Quarter Cloudy and Resene Quarter Merino
Fresh and airy

Resene Quarter Cloudy walls and Resene Quarter Merino trims... more
Resene Bokara Grey lower walls
Feature in lounge
Chimney is in Resene Bokara Grey... more
Resene Tango
Art deco dining

Resene Tango features in this dining room... more
Resene Vesuvius
Colour for warmth

Resene Vesuvius is an orange dining room feature wall... more
Resene Tea
1920s renovation

Dining room, Resene Tea walls and whitewashed floors... more
Resene Tia Maria and Resene Pacifika walls.Colourful dining
Resene Tia Maria and Resene Pacifika walls... more
Resene Quarter Periglacial Blue
Resene Periglacial Blue

Pippa has painted furniture too - the side board is Resene Pearl Lusta with Resene Olive Green... more
Resene Colour Me Pink and Resene Sweet Pink table in the living/dining room
The pink table
Resene Colour Me Pink and Resene Sweet Pink were the perfect pinks... more
Resene Chilean Fire in diningroom
Colour lover

Resene Chilean Fire injects a wow factor into the room as their house was very cream... more
Resene Quarter Tea
French living

Resene Quarter Tea makes everything look amazing with the French furniture... more
A moody Resene Zeppelin dining room
Colourful rooms

As part of a colourful palette, moody Resene Zeppelin is in the dining room... more
Resene Tulip Tree dining room
To the max

The dining area is Resene Tulip Tree, a vibrant shade, as this room is in the middle... more
Resene Lemon Grass in diningroom
Slight Japanese theme

The dining room is painted in Resene Lemon Grass and skirting boards are in Resene more
Resene Double Perfect Taupe in dining room
Stylishly relaxed

The room has Resene Double Perfect Taupe on three walls with a feature wall of wallpaper... more
Resene Black White
White on white

Resene Black White walls, floors and ceiling created a seamless flow... more
Resene Bitter Lemon dining room
Retro right

Resene Bitter Lemon is a bright warm statement in the dining room... more

The kitchen/lounge/dining features Resene Gunsmoke, Resene Half Napa, Resene Milk White... more
Open flow kitchen/living area
1950s brick and tile

They created an open flow kitchen/living area and have a spacious, warm home... more
Resene Pirate and Resene Fruit Salad on chairs and Resene Rice Cake on walls
Punches of colour

Revamping the existing dining chairs with Resene Pirate and Resene Fruit Salad... more
Resene Licorice feature wall in dining room
Outdoor colours

Resene Licorice adorns a feature wall in the living/dining area and the entry wall... more
Resene Mantle on walls in dining room
Providing the pop

Resene Mantle was half strength in the sitting room and dining room as these rooms... more
Resene Merino dining room
Splashes of colour

The dining room walls and ceilings are painted Resene Merino... more
In the dining room Resene Pompadour works well with Resene Half Pearl Lusta
Happy place

Their bold Resene colour scheme makes their hearts sing. They never tire of it... more
Resene Roasted Orange
Rug inspired

Inspired by the dining room rug, this wall is painted rich and warm Resene Roasted Orange... more
Resene Fuscous Grey
Colour updating

Resene Fuscous Grey was the winner, contrasting perfectly with Resene Double Alabaster... more
Dining room painted in Resene Maxwell Smart
Pride in paint

The living and dining rooms are painted in Resene Maxwell Smart... more
Resene neutrals as a background for art work
Mix and mingle

The open-plan dining room needed to be kept fairly neutral to allow their various artworks to shine... more
Resene Celery in diningroom
Letting loose with colour

They colour-blocked with sandy beige, celery green and spicy orange... more
Coloured dining room

Resene Disco, Resene Meteorite and Resene Citron on three of the doors. Resene Blackjack... more
Resene Half Ash dining room
Grand old home

Dining room walls and frames, doors and windows are finished in Resene Half Ash... more
Resene Wasabi against neutral walls
Model house

Light and colours feature in every room, including Resene Wasabi doors to the kitchen... more
Resene Domino Diningroom
Home makeover

The dining room is painted in Resene Domino, a colour theme continued into the lounge... more
Resene Bullseye in diningroom

A brave and bold choice of Resene Bullseye is on the dining room feature wall... more
Resene Surrender in diningroom
Complete makeover

Resene Surrender complemented by a feature wall of Resene wallpaper... more
Resene Sisal in a diningroom
Complementing the view

Resene Sisal on the walls tied in well with the nature outside the windows. It also created a cosy room... more
Resene Tea in a diningroom
1920s bungalow

Resene Tea and other neutrals with splashes of colour... more
Dining room with polished wooden floors
1930s bungalow

Polished wooden floors in the dining room are teamed with Resene Stonehenge walls... more
Resene Half Pearl Lusta in diningroom
1923 bungalow

They chose Resene colours that matched the natural golden tones of the rimu... more
Resene Double Tea in diningroom
Tone on tone

Resene Albescent White on the ceiling and Resene Double Tea on the walls for the dining area... more
Dining room with Resene Dynamite
Inner change

Resene Dynamite is working well with other walls of Resene Quarter Spanish White... more
Country style dining room
Country style

Creating a country feel in the dining area gave a sense of continuity. A soft country colour... more
Glowing Resene Persian Red dining room walls
Liven up

In the dining room they decided to choose glowing Resene Persian Red... more
Retro wallpaper used for the splashback became the base for their colour scheme
Wallpaper inspiration

Retro wallpaper used for the splashback became the base for their colour scheme... more
Resene Sisal on dining room walls
Cosy vibe

Yellow and Resene Hippie Green feature in the dining and kitchen areas... more
Resene Sisal dining room walls
Built in 1867

Resene Sisal dining room walls next to a Resene Pohutukawa feature wall in the lounge... more
Resene Gimlet dining room walls
Resene Gimlet walls

Resene Gimlet and white trims looks sharp and works well with their wooden blinds... more
Resene Avacado Paint
Fashion colours

Resene Half Bronco ceilings in the dining room enlivened with a splash of Resene Avocado... more
Resene Iron in the dining room
Animal friendly

The finished home now boasts a range of colours – Resene Iron in the dining room... more
A restful Resene colour scheme
Country view

They love their colour scheme of Resene Sea Fog and Resene Half Napa as it is restful... more
A Resene Tea based colour scheme
Resene Tea palette

Resene Tea walls, Resene Quarter Tea windows, Resene Triple Tea doors and... more
Dining room

The blue green statement of Resene Surfie Green in the dining room... more
Dining room
Room mix

A leaf border brings together the sponge effects mix of bold greens and contrasting yellow/oranges... more
Resene Merino
Natural look

Resene Merino, a pretty off-white, with a feature wall of Resene Malachite Green... more
Dining room
1903 villa

Renovating the inside of the villa in a style which is a good mix between modern bold colours... more
Dining room
Warmed up

The aubergine colour scheme is very calming and serene to live in... more
Dining room
Coastal heritage

Resene Merlot provides a rich warm dining experience... more
Calm and serene dining room
Half strength

Her 55 year old bungalow was small and untouched. The challenge was to create flow... more
Dining room
Waikanae beach bach

Resene Tea walls and ceiling in the dining room create a soft warm elegance in a simple home... more
Resene Tasman creates a relaxing dining room
Resene Tasman

Resene Tasman creates a soothing and relaxing atmosphere... more
Dining room
Cottage to home

They used Resene Tea on all the walls and Resene Quarter Tea on the interior trims... more
Dining room
Dream home

The dining area is Resene Bermuda Grey complemented by Resene Parchment cabinetry... more
Brightly painted extension of the kitchen's colours.
Slim budget

Resene Cha Cha feature wall in the dining room and kitchen... more
Dining room
Fresh faced

A new and elegant colour scheme, rather than antique, to lighten the rooms... more
Dining room
Resene Jonquil

Simple and crisp Resene Jonquil, Resene Rio Grande and Resene Midnight... more
Dining room
Head to toe

The lush Resene Burnt Crimson walls and Resene Alabaster ceiling in the dining room... more
Resene Mojo yellow dining room
Radiating warmth

Yellow based hues starting with Resene Mojo in the dining room... more
Effective striped dining room
Striped wall

Resene Drover walls with 40cm wide Resene Energy Yellow stripes... more
Dining room
Warm welcoming red

Resene Contessa features as a warm welcoming red in the dining room... more
Dining room with Resene Hathaway
Natural mood

The large foyer, hall, living room and dining area were finished in Resene Hathaway... more
Dining room with Resene Jazz walls
Landmark house

The dining room features Resene Jazz with ceilings in white and walls of Resene Milk White... more
Dining room with Resene Mexican Red walls
Brand new

Resene Mexican Red walls set against a base of Resene Texas Rose... more
Resene Midnight Express and Resene Putty dining room colours
After midnight

Dining room walls are Resene Putty and the ceiling is Resene Midnight Express... more
Wallpaper texture accented with paint.
Painting wallpaper

The dining area had bland white textured wallpaper, now painted Resene Haystack and... more
Resene Equator coloured dining room
Extra care

The dining room and entranceway are in Resene Equator... more
A villa restoration with Resene Black Rose in the dining room

Resene Black Rose in the dining room continues the theme of lightening the rooms... more
Resene Lusty has created a warm and welcoming dining room
Personality plus

Resene Lusty gives wonderful warmth accentuated by finishing touches of candles and china... more
Resene Laser dining room
Knock out

The kitchen and laundry were moved and walls knocked out before painting began... more
Resene Red Devil and Blanc Paint

A new colour scheme of Resene Red Devil and Resene Blanc would work well... more
Paint and polished woodwork.
1929 bungalow

The plaster and beam ceilings were sprayed with Resene Half Pearl Lusta to lighten the whole house... more
Resene Shiraz works brilliantly in a dining room
Zing thing

Originally not a lover of red, she thinks the Resene Shiraz works brilliantly in her home... more
Resene Rob Roy and Resene Genoa green and gold dining room
Colourful artwork

Resene Rob Roy, a lovely rich gold, with a Resene Genoa feature wall... more

Dining room ideas from NZ House & Garden magazine

Modern day wall coverings can work as well as being decorative
Walls that work

These days paint finishes can work to keep things cooler, deter mould, moss, bacteria and flies... more

Dining room ideas from Food magazine

Use colour to define the dining area in an open plan room
Defining the dining

Use colour to give open-plan dining areas a sense of occasion... more

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