When it comes to paint colors, gray is one of those tones that never falls out of trend. One of the most versatile neutrals, gray can be cool or warm, tranquil or moody, and can add a touch of elegance to any room—especially your dining room.
The right gray can make a dining space feel soulful and soothing, or fresh and contemporary—sometimes all four at once. When it comes to dining rooms, gray is a tone that can either take the spotlight or act as an accent color to more powerful hues, depending on the shade.
Here are 20 of our favorite gray dining rooms to help inspire your next makeover project.
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A Modern Farmhouse Gray
Lighter hues like the one seen in this dining room from lavenderbrookfarm are perfect for pairing with a modern farmhouse look. This neutral shade is cool and subtle enough to play well with the natural wood and tan shades in the room. When picking a color for a modern farmhouse dining room, focus on cool, lighter shades of gray that won't overpower a room.Continue to 2 of 18 below.
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Pair Your Gray With Artwork
One of the best things about choosing gray in your dining room is that you can sprinkle in other, bolder colors throughout the space. This contemporary dining room from bradleystephensdesign features a medium, neutral gray with a bold blue painting, and they work so well together.Continue to 3 of 18 below.
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Consider Gray Wallpaper
If you're worried gray is not visually interesting enough for your space, consider a graphic wallpaper like this one from emptynestglam. Not only do we love using wallpaper in a dining room, but the gray hues in this one allow the vibrant pattern to provide texture without overpowering the modern space.Continue to 4 of 18 below.
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A Blueish Gray Shade
This dining room from revivalhomedesigns features Benjamin Moore's Steep Cliff Gray, a medium gray with blue undertones. This color adds depth to this farmhouse-inspired dining room and lends a soothing look and feel. If you want to experiment with gray, consider a shade that leans blue or green for a little more vibrancy.Continue to 5 of 18 below.
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Try a Greige ColorContinue to 6 of 18 below.
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A Modern Space With Black and Gray
If you want to get that monochrome look in your home, but don't want the space to feel stark or uninteresting, consider a black and gray pairing. We love this cozy little modern dining room from kuick_home_diaries that features a light gray as a base color with bold black throughout the room.Continue to 7 of 18 below.
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Try an Almost-Black GrayContinue to 8 of 18 below.
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Keep it Modern and Airy
This light and airy hue from malin_home is a great choice for minimalist homes with a modern flair. It's a bit more interesting than a simple white paint but doesn't take away from a minimal or neutral look and feel.Continue to 9 of 18 below.
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Opt for Different Shades of Gray
Here is a modern space from hejmonica that features a variety of gray hues that all play wonderfully together. When decorating with gray, don't be afraid to mix and match lighter and darker hues from the same family.Continue to 11 of 18 below.
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Gray in an Artsy Space
Gray is a great background color for bold, bright hues in any room. In this dining room from home.at.goldlay, a cool light gray acts as the canvas for bold oranges, yellows, and reds throughout the space. Opt for a cool gray instead of white if you want a color that will add a little depth to your space, but won't take away from the bolder colors in your room.Continue to 12 of 18 below.
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Navy and GrayContinue to 13 of 18 below.
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Pair Gray With Neons
Gray may not strike you as the most obvious choice to pair with neon greens or yellows, but this dining room from lisaweaverhome proves these colors can work together wonderfully. Pick a light, cool gray that will allow the bright colors to take center stage.Continue to 14 of 18 below.
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Try a Gray Textured Wall
When decorating with a subtle, neutral gray like this one from numberoneredwood, a textured wall is a great way to add even more visual interest to your dining room. The paneled wall in this room give the otherwise minimal space a pop of personality and act as a focal point in the room.Continue to 15 of 18 below.
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A Gray Barn Door
Check out this dining room from homecrushdecor that features a dark gray barn door that is the perfect mix of form and function. A dining room barn door is a great way to section off an open concept home and picking a shade such as dark gray gives the space a pop of color while still feeling elegant and sophisticated.Continue to 16 of 18 below.
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Pair Gray and Tan
There's just something so inviting and calming about a light gray and tan color palette, and this dining space from changoandco proves why this combo works so well together. Plus, the sprinkle of peach in the artwork add just enough color to keep the space from feeling too neutral.Continue to 17 of 18 below.
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An Almost-White Gray
Can't decide between gray and white? Consider a barely-there shade of gray like this one from greysonhome. This light and airy hue makes any space feel bigger and brighter, but adds just a hint of color to give the room depth. This is a great choice for open concept dining rooms.Continue to 18 of 18 below.
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Experiment With Patterns
Gray is such a subtle and easy color to work with that it can be the perfect shade for trying out wall patterns in your dining room. Whether you consider a striped look like this one from caffeineandcacti or you stencil a wall with an even more intricate pattern, it's a great way to give your dining room a pop of personality.