While grays are uber-popular now, as a Paint Color Consultant I typically steer clients clear of gray for dining rooms. Here’s the reason: dining rooms are typically full of wood furnishings. Neutral grays don’t work well as a backdrop for wood tones – the space goes dead, in my opinion.
The exception would be if you used lots of white in the room – in fabrics and/or painted casegoods, as well as some pops of a specific color in the space along with the gray.
If my clients want gray, I encourage them to think about color families they are open to. Grayed down versions of a color can give them a “gray” look without making the wood look drab.
grayed green walls
Greens and blues as a backdrop for wood furnishings actually makes the wood appear richer and more alive than do neutral tans and grays.
So grayed-greens, grayed-blues, and grayed-lavenders are really good choices for a beautiful dining room.
grayed lavender walls
I realize that some people may not agree with me. But just because a color is popular or trendy, doesn’t mean it belongs just anywhere. So what do you think?
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