After a decade of white and gray walls, designers are ready for a little color — but not too much color, mind you. Greige perfectly combines taupe and gray to give you a hint of earthy interest without sacrificing your neutral color scheme. Painting your dining room greige warms up the room while keeping the space airy and bright.
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But beware: Like gray, greige tones can vary tremendously based on how much sun your room gets. Depending on your windows, furniture, and decor color choices, you may find it veering too far toward taupe or gray. Don't skip swatches — you'll want to make sure the greige you've chosen suits your space.
1. Complement natural materials
The hint of taupe in classic greige shades lends itself well to natural accents. Interior designer Christina Goldsmith pairs Behr's Wheat Bread with a rattan lamp, natural wood chairs, and hints of greenery to create an earthy breakfast room. Sheer blue curtains add just enough color to keep the eye interested.
2. Hint at elegance
No shade suits a classic, elegant dining room than the perfect greige — like PPG Paints' Whiskers, pictured here in Simplicity for Designs' living room. The natural woven rug and fiddle-leaf fig keep the space grounded, but the tufted bench and upholstered chairs add unparalleled elegance and luxury.
3. Mimic a serene retreat
Who knew a dining room could feel so serene? Blogger Jillian Lare's funky blue-and-green bird print — a framed tea towel — perfectly suits this greige space, painted in Sherwin-Williams' Worldly Gray. The large sliding door brightens up the space and brings out the taupe hues of this gentle shade.
4. Paint luxe accents
Not ready to take the full-room greige plunge? Start with smaller accents — like the doors and trim in Jenna Sue Design's glitzy dining room. The buttery greige of Sherwin-Williams' Loggia makes a surprisingly stunning accompaniment to the luxurious pink velvet chairs and the oversized statement chandelier.
5. Get that French country look
The dividing line between "rustic" and "French country" might just be a supple greige. Erin at My Texas House painted her dining room in Sherwin-Williams' Repose Gray, instantly transporting any dinner guests to a glorious countryside estate. The coup de grace is the tall mirror, which reflects light and helps the space feel airy.