Grey dining room ideas – for an easy-going look to effortlessly captivate

Grey is the versatile and much-loved neutral that will work well in any room
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  • Looking for grey dining room ideas? Grey is still very much the colour of the moment, and it is a shade that works perfectly well in the dining room. Thanks to it’s versatility it’s the ideal hue to dictate what you want your dining space to say.

    Breathe new life into your dining space by choosing a grey combination to suit your style. From moody dark grey to light pastel grey, here we show you how to choose and update your dining room with grey.

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    1. Add depth with strong saturations of grey

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    Add depth and warm to your dining space by choosing a darker accent grey. Not only can darker warms help to add ambience, especially when dining by night, they can help to make your dining room furniture choices stand out. Take for instance how well this shade of Trilby by Earthborn paints helps to accentuate the lighter wood and honey leather tones. Creating an entertaining space with warm, gentle colours and honest materials will give your home a style and quality that transcends trends and creates a sense of calming wellbeing.

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    2. Match walls and floors in the same shade

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    Create a cohesive look by matching the grey walls perfectly with the flooring. A pale grey parquet-style flooring can be reflected by a matching paint shade on the walls. The uniformed look can create a bigger sense of space, as the eye will be drawn seamlessly upwards from the floor.

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    3. Pair cool grey with pops of bright colour

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    Inject a touch of vibrancy to your grey dining room by adding brightly coloured accessories. Cobalt blue is a dreamy accent colour to stand out against cool shades of grey, as are fuchsia pink and emerald green. The cool nature of the grey allows the accents colours to really pop.

    4. Add another dimension to a monochrome look

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    Make grey the third colourway in a black and white monochrome scheme. Here grey wood panelling and a grey concrete floor provides the perfect backdrop for a monochrome patterned rug and dining furniture that mixes natural materials and black iron.

    A soothing grey helps to add an effortlessly sophisticated feel to this laid-back Scandi style decor.

    5. Pair grey with gold for glamour


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    Celebrate in a grey dining room that’s smart and opulent. Dark charcoal grey makes a sophisticated backdrop, brought to life with gold accents such as upholstery, frames, furniture and a statement clock.

    6. Create a bright, fresh feel

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    Frosty shades of pale blue lay beneath these calming, cool grey hues. Cool, light greys are perfect for a small but sunny room where the light can make deeper colours too intense, while boosting its feeling of space. Be inspired by Nordic country interiors and use warm mid-grey on the walls in a dining nook as an alternative to white. Add natural rustic elements for texture and warmth, such as wooden candlesticks and a selection of hand-made tableware.

    7. Pick the right shade

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    For an off-white option, soft dove grey is an understated yet smart backdrop for other monochrome shades in a dining room. Team greys with plenty of natural wood and muted accessories for a smart, chic feel.

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    8. Go for a darker shade of grey

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    Grey is the perfect backdrop for a gallery of cool and quirky artwork. To recreate this look fill empty wall space above a dining room cabinet with an arrangement of artwork. Create a triangular display, lining up the bottom row with the top line of the furniture, then filling in above with frames at staggered heights. A grey scheme works particularly well with a bright, punchy colour. Yellow is my personal favourite, as shown in this room.

    9. Combine grey with wood

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    We have seen the revival of grey in interiors over the last seasons but this time it’s combined with wood tones to instantly add warmth and depth. Grey can give a calm and relaxed feel to the home, and is a fresh alternative to the classic neutral palette and acts as a great backdrop to introduce splashes of other colours.

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    10. Think about position

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    Grey has many different undertones depending on the shade. Rooms that are south-facing are full of light throughout the day making them warmer in tone. To maximise the space you have, grey colours with hints of soft blue are a great way to accentuate the room even further as they contrast the natural warm tone. North facing rooms have a slighter colder light throughout the rest of the day and as such, could benefit from using a warmer tone. Think about the placement of your room before you reach for the paint can as the overall look of one paint will be completely different in two rooms of opposing sides.

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    11. Pare it back

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    Opt for pared-back furniture and accessories. Grey teamed with wood has a naturally Scandinavian feel, so select pieces that will complete the Nordic look. Choose simple, clean lines when mixing two contrasting tones for an elegant, unfussy look.

    Learn how to paint with grey. READ: The best grey paint – how to choose the right shade for your walls

    Will you be giving the grey trend a go with these grey dining room ideas?

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