Slide 1: Gray Dining Room


Layering different shades of gray produces a fresh twist on a traditional look. When mixing and matching grays, be sure the undertones are consistent, urges Sheri Gibson, a designer with Kristin Petro Interiors, in Elmhurst, Illinois. "The undertones in gray can lean toward brown or green or even pink," Gibson says. "Make sure your grays work together."

Set the Tone: 8 Colors for an Inviting Dining Room

The formal dining room is an interior in flux. For decades it was a mainstay of the American home, but in recent years it has often found itself co-opted for a playroom or home office. Today, the dining room is making a comeback, appreciated again for the way it provides a spacious, welcoming environment that brings family and friends together. But successful entertaining requires more than just a dedicated space. In particular, the colors you choose for your dining room go a long way toward setting the tone for your gatherings. Here, design experts share 8 of their favorite hues and tips for using them in your own dining room.

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