Amaranth makes for a dramatic backdrop for any dining room. Using dark purples like this creates a cosy, intimate space for entertaining in. Harness the richness and grandeur of this deep shade by adding hints of gold or metallics, and strike a balance by offsetting them with natural, earthy hues.

Expert tip:

Painting your woodwork, dado rails and doors the same colour as your walls gives your space a contemporary look. It’ll also give your space the feeling of more space, despite the dark shade.