Using Paint to Update a Room

In the Dining Room

Prefer a traditional dining room? Paint can still have a big impact. Install a piece of molding to act as a chair rail and choose coordinating colors for the top and bottom – try a dark gray on the bottom and a lighter neutral above. Then give your space a little something extra by painting the ceiling a pale green, light aqua, or sunny yellow for a contemporary look that won’t compete with your grandmother’s heirloom table and chairs.