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25 Elegant and Exquisite Gray Dining Room Ideas

The charm of gray is something that simply refuses to go away, and the world of interior design has fully tapped into the potential of this hot neutral in the last few years. Gray is the ‘go to’ color for designers and homeowners across the globe these days, and it has definitely replaced the white and beige trend of the 90s and early 2000s. What was initially dubbed a passing fad has now turned into a lasting ‘style statement’, and if you have not already dipped into the magic of gray, then 2015 is definitely the time to get started. And today we are shining the spotlight on gray in the dining room.

Dark gray walls and royal blue accents in the classy dining room 25 Elegant and Exquisite Gray Dining Room Ideas
Dark gray walls and royal blue accents in the classy dining room [Design: Green Couch Interior Design]

Gray and the dining room might seem like an unusual combination at first, but as you will see below, there are plenty of ways that the color can be used to create a gorgeous dining space that varies from the formal to the playful in style.

Stylish Shades of Gray

The many versatile shades of gray ensure that you can easily use it as both a soothing, neutral backdrop and a stylish, dark hue that highlights the architectural features of your choice in the dining room. Many homeowners prefer a tone-on-tone approach to gray, as it is easy to work with, gives the room visual intrigue and breaks away from monotony. Picking a shade of gray for your dining room depends on a variety of factors, including the size of the space, the available natural light, and even the climate of the city you live in. That’s right, if you happen to reside in a wet, dreary corner of London where heavy rains and cloudy days are all too common, we suggest you stay away from dark gray walls!

Eclectic dining room with dark, refined appeal [From: Sarah Greenman]
Eclectic dining room with dark, refined appeal [From: Sarah Greenman]
Gray is an ideal backdrop for open plan living spaces [Design: Ana Donohue Interiors]
Gray is an ideal backdrop for open plan living spaces [Design: Ana Donohue Interiors]

Walls in lighter gray give the room a less serious and more cheerful look, and such rooms seem far more inviting on cold, dark winter nights. Those living in the tropics and blessed with ample sunlight all year long can use the darker shades of gray with far more freedom, as natural light and wonderful ventilation balance the setting perfectly.

Interesting use of gray and blue in the dining room [Design: RSVP Design Services]
Interesting use of gray and blue in the dining room [Design: RSVP Design Services]
Light gray and red make a brilliant combination in this traditional dining space [From: Houzz / Becky Harris]
Light gray and red make a brilliant combination in this traditional dining space [From: Houzz / Becky Harris]
Smart dining room in gray keeps things simple and stylish [Design: Barlow Reid Design]
Smart dining room in gray keeps things simple and stylish [Design: Barlow Reid Design]
Transitional dining room has a serene, calming vibe [Design: Urban Home Magazine]
Transitional dining room has a serene, calming vibe [Design: Urban Home Magazine]

Texture and Pattern

Adding gray to the dining room does not naturally equate to a paint bucket, as some people tend to believe. Think of other equally impressive ways of adding gray to the room. If we were talking about red or yellow dining room ideas, this would be the point where we would talk about chairs, accents and vases. But with gray, this seems far less appealing. Instead use elegant gray wallpaper and grasscloth wallcovering to bring both color and texture to the room in a distinctive way. Stripes in gray are another popular choice, and by creating a lovely neutral backdrop you can let your favorite accent additions in bright colors shine through.

Brilliant combination of gray, black and white in the dining room [Design: MB Jessee]
Brilliant combination of gray, black and white in the dining room [Design: MB Jessee]
Gray and white provide the perfect backdrop of brilliant accent hues in the dining room [Design: Cynthia Mason Interiors]
Gray and white provide the perfect backdrop of brilliant accent hues in the dining room [Design: Cynthia Mason Interiors]
Refined dining room with gray, blacks and royal blue accents [Design: Atmosphere Interior Design]
Refined dining room with gray, blacks and royal blue accents [Design: Atmosphere Interior Design]
Silk wallpaper adds texture to the modern dining room [Design: Bruce Norman Long Interior Design]
Silk wallpaper adds texture to the modern dining room [Design: Bruce Norman Long Interior Design]
Stunning Mediterranean style dining room in gray [Design: Jennifer Bevan Interiors]
Stunning Mediterranean style dining room in gray [Design: Jennifer Bevan Interiors]
Wallpaper in gray adds pattern to the exquisite dining room [Design: Martha O'Hara Interiors]
Wallpaper in gray adds pattern to the exquisite dining room [Design: Martha O’Hara Interiors]

Throw in Some White

Much like plain white or beige walls, a backdrop that is completely draped in gray can be difficult to pull off and will soon seem boring. While you might be looking at gray as an alternative to white, do not completely discard the latter. Instead, use white to cleverly delineate spaces and give better definition to the gray dining room. White trims are incredibly popular in gray dining spaces, as they bring along with them a sense of refinement and elegance. Use white judiciously and in a limited manner to enhance the appeal of gray in the room.

Highlight wall art or a sculptural masterpiece with a gray backdrop [Design: Jane Lockhart Interior Design]
Highlight wall art or a sculptural masterpiece with a gray backdrop [Design: Jane Lockhart Interior Design]
Lovely charcoal gray dining room with acrylic chairs and wooden table [Design: Avenue B Development]
Lovely charcoal gray dining room with acrylic chairs and wooden table [Design: Avenue B Development]
Extensive use of gray in the transitional dining room [Design: E.V.M. Bespoke Design]
Extensive use of gray in the transitional dining room [Design: E.V.M. Bespoke Design]
Dining space seems like a natural extension of the living area [Design: DW Homes]
Dining space seems like a natural extension of the living area [Design: DW Homes]
Light gray in the dining room is perfect for those who prefer a more airy ambiance [Design: Jane Lockhart Interior Design]
Light gray in the dining room is perfect for those who prefer a more airy ambiance [Design: Jane Lockhart Interior Design]
Graphite gray backdrop allows the pendant to shine through [Design: LGB Interiors]
Graphite gray backdrop allows the pendant to shine through [Design: LGB Interiors]

Lighting and Beyond

We already talked about the importance of natural lighting when it comes to gray dining rooms, but artificial lighting fixtures are equally vital. Since the gray background in the dining room offers a lovely canvas, think of your lighting choices as standalone decor additions that will make a big impact even when they are not switched on. Combine lovely pendant lighting or chandeliers even with ambient lighting to ensure that there are no dark corners. Throw in a rug in gray or even some velvety drapes to complete a look of opulence.

Drapes add to the gray aura of the dining space [Design: S&A Decor]
Drapes add to the gray aura of the dining space [Design: S&A Decor]
Stylish chairs and a gorgeous gray backdrop shape the contemporary dining room [Design: ONEinteriors]
Stylish chairs and a gorgeous gray backdrop shape the contemporary dining room [Design: ONEinteriors]
White trims bring added beauty to the gray dining room [Design: Board and Vellum]
White trims bring added beauty to the gray dining room [Design: Board and Vellum]
Modern minimalist dining room in classy gray {Design: SchappacherWhite Architecture]
Modern minimalist dining room in classy gray {Design: SchappacherWhite Architecture]
Ceiling brings an interesting dynamic to the dining room [Design: 2 Design Group]
Ceiling brings an interesting dynamic to the dining room [Design: 2 Design Group]
Sophisticated dining room in black and gray [Design: A.LONDON by Accouter]
Sophisticated dining room in black and gray [Design: A.LONDON by Accouter]

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