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Gray Dining Rooms
Whether you love rustic, modern, or mid-century, the dining room is one of your best opportunities for showcasing your sense of style in your home. But it's such a furniture-centered space that often it's easy to overlook the potential of other ways to distinguish it.
Even something as simple as a coat of paint can take your dining room in an entirely new direction—giving a sense of color and sophistication that usually isn't possible with furniture alone. And creating an impact doesn't require a bold or overpowering color. In fact, one of the best colors for a dining room is gray. From it's lightest tones to it's moodiest shades, gray is a color that never fails to add drama to everything else you do in a space. Here are some of our favorite dining rooms in this mysterious neutral shade.Continue to 2 of 25 below.
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For rooms with classic architectural elements, gray is especially good for highlighting the details. Even without an abundance of furniture, the character of the room is defined by the color of the walls and floor and the built-in design of the room.Continue to 5 of 25 below.
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When using gray in a space, look for useful contrasts with brighter tones. The mix of colors in this room tempers the vibrancy of the yellow while energizing the relatively subdued tones of the rest of the space.Continue to 6 of 25 below.
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Dramatic and Bold
Gray is good for much more than a paint color in your dining room. The gray present in the furnishings and represented in the art give this dining room from Karen Fron an undeniable air of quiet dignity.Continue to 7 of 25 below.
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Here again, we see gray used in several parts of a room's design from Classical Addiction. The lamps, credenza, and even the floor tie together their gray shades with the dining chairs while contrasting with the lighter tones of the doors and table. It's the perfect color palette for a space with such a classic aesthetic.Continue to 8 of 25 below.
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Whenever you are using one color as the main influence in your space, it's always good to find interesting ways to break up the blocks of color. In this room from DecorPad a whimsical leaf-pattern wallpaper in gray maintains the color story while adding a fresh pop of pattern. If you can't match the colors as exactly as you'd like, use stencils and paint to get the look you're after.Continue to 9 of 25 below.
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Gray is a cool color, so any time you have a big infusion of a warm color, like the painting seen above, you have the perfect recipe for a big visual moment.Continue to 10 of 25 below.
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Pink and Gray
For a modern take on color, pair a classic neutral like gray with one of the new neutrals, such as pink. It's a natural combination that will create a soothingly pretty environment.Continue to 11 of 25 below.
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Mid-Century Modern Style
As a neutral, gray doesn't have to be overpowering. Mixing lighter shades of the color and layering them through the room will give you very much the same effect as having white walls, but with just that little added bit of character.Continue to 14 of 25 below.
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Every shade of brown (especially the bookshelf) in this room just jumps off of the gray backdrop. If your dining room includes a lot of wood tones, then a darker gray is an excellent choice for taking what might look like an ordinary table or chair and turning it into the eye-catching center of attention.Continue to 15 of 25 below.
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If you're mixing gray with a brighter contrasting color you've got a few options. One is to mix a lighter shade of gray with a darker shade of the other color—like the yellow in the dining room seen here. This accentuates the contrast by reinforcing the gray as a neutral, backdrop color.Continue to 17 of 25 below.
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Whenever you can mix gray with other colors in a single piece, such as art or a rug, it's a good thing. It can either bring the colors you have in the room together or set the stage for adding new colors to the mix. In this room by Boca Do Lobo, the gray rug ties in the blue chairs with the gray walls and even the silver overhead lighting.Continue to 18 of 25 below.
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Have Pops of Color
The pop of color provided by these flowers is made even more appealing by the patterned backdrop provided by the patterned drapery. The white space in the drapes keeps the all-gray space from looking too color-blocked and enclosed.Continue to 19 of 25 below.
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These large metallic lights absolutely shine in this space from Floriane Lemarie. Their warm sheen cuts through the gray space making it an instant focal point.Continue to 20 of 25 below.
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Just because you use gray on the walls in your dining room doesn't mean that it has to cover every wall. Using gray as an accent color in a predominantly white room makes both neutral colors shine. With each of them picking up other tones in the room like the rug and the door, the layering of colors almost takes care of itself.Continue to 23 of 25 below.
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Simple yet elegant, gray is the perfect shade for a minimalist dining space.Continue to 24 of 25 below.
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The simplest and best way to keep a dining room with gray walls—especially in darker tones—from becoming too overpowering is to fill those walls with art. The white space in the artwork shown in this dining room from Bored Art creates a break in the gray while the red adds a striking contrast that energizes the feel of the room.