Paint Color Ideas for Wooden Tables


There are many color options for painting a table. Any paint color that can be used on a wall can be used for a table. The best way to determine how to find the best color for a table is to base the color selections on personal taste, function and colors already present in the room. With these criteria in mind, choosing a table paint color is an easy process.


  • Probably the most common way to paint a table uses neutral colors. White, cream, brown and black give a table a similar look to the original finish, but without visible wood grain. These colors of paint are typically used on older tables whose finish has come off, or on wood that is of a lower quality. Some people prefer the appearance of painted wood because it presents a smoother appearance than stained wood. If there is no other wood in the room a painted table may also blend better with the décor.


  • Use pastel colors. Light blues, greens, yellows, pinks and purples transform a wood table into a table suitable for nurseries, children’s rooms, light-colored rooms and more. Pastel tables help the table to feel soft and inviting. Pastel colored tables are also often used in the shabby chic style of decorating with distressed corners.


  • Bring as much color into a room as possible. It is not unusual to see red, dark green, blue, yellow, orange or even brighter colors, such as teal and bright pink. These table colors can overwhelm a room, so it is important to only use them when the rest of the room is largely monochromatic.

Painting Options

  • The best way to determine the color to paint a table is to match it to other colors in the room. If your room has black accents, then a black table might look good. A room with almost no color may benefit from a brightly colored table. Some people choose to paint the table partially, leaving some of the natural wood on the table. Other people choose to paint patterns or scenes on their tables, like flowers, vines, hearts or lighthouses. When paint is used, the sky is the limit.

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