Here we go, my friends. I’m finally jumping in and taking the plunge…or, at least I think I am. To paint or not to paint our black dining room walls a new refreshing grey paint color has been on my mind (or in the back of it) for months. I shared my dilemma in my Instagram stories recently, and so many people still love our black walls! I still love our black walls. I’ve been torn, and have flip flopped for so long now. I know black walls are super on-trend right now, so they definitely have that going for them. Black walls are different and unconventional, and grey walls can seem well…ordinary. They’re also in almost every home you see lately. That said, we already have a warm grey paint color throughout most of our home anyway, Collingwood by Benjamin Moore, and I am still very happy with it, eight plus years later. The main reason I wanted to paint, is that I’d like to visually open up the room and bring in more natural light. I’m also craving change, and I think this is the perfect room to do it in. I’ve been seriously eyeing some new pieces for our dining room as well (check them out here), and with a lighter table and new rug – fingers crossed, I think the grey paint will be the perfect choice. So…thinking about trends, popularity, the updates I want to bring in, and the natural light I’m seeking, I think I just need to dive in and go for it.

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I’m sharing a few angles of our existing dining room from a few different seasons as well as my favorite Benjamin Moore grey paint colors, that I am considering for this space. I’m hovering between a very soft light grey to a more full-bodied medium grey. Some of these are warm and some are cool, and I’m trying to decide which route I want to go down.Benjamin Moore grey paint color

The one thing I do know for sure, is that I’ll need to test the three or four final color choices we narrow it down to. Trust me on this one – you always need to test your paint colors before painting the entire room. In my many years of painting multiple rooms, homes, and furniture pieces, the color never, ever, EVER looks like it does on the swatch. I’ve made this mistake more than once! So many reasons that happens… Light exposure being the most important one, especially with lighter paint colors. Have you ever seen your walls change color with the seasons and time of day? We live in a wooded northern climate, so our colors change quite drastically throughout the year. Here’s a before shot that I shared recently in my Favorite Makeovers Part 1 post (click here), where I shared this room’s evolution. Pretty basic and bare bones with Ikea Rtiva drapes and a zebra jute rug that’s way too small!

Dining room makeover before photo

This color is a soft black, it’s warm and brings a lot of depth to our little dining room. It’s called Cracked Pepper by Behr, and it’s the same color that we have used on all of our interior doors also. Below is the most recent look I shared with you this past summer, with a collected and curated table that creates a casual feel in the space. You can read more about this look here. Oh and don’t you love Oscar? He’s our lion head bunny for those of you who don’t know him. He’s my little cutie.
Dining room, black walls Cracked Pepper Behr

Here are the few new things I’m looking to do in this room:

  • PAINT THE WALLS A GREY COLOR (if I actually take the plunge)

  • ADD MOLDING ON THE UPPER WALLS (like we did in our master bathroom)



  • CHANGE THE TABLE FOR A LIGHTER STAINED ONE (or brave it and paint our existing one!)


Dining Room update, grey paint color

When I first revealed a more neutral palette in this space (read it here), we had updated the rug, and hung my original Ikea Ritva drapes (I had a totally different look in here at one time that was pattern galore!) that finished off the look. We’ve since added custom drapes with a more tailored look and they’re perfect, so they won’t be changing. I do still love this rug, and at the time is was perfect for what I wanted to achieve in our dining room, but since then, we updated our entryway (see the reveal here) with a new rug (shown below), so now I’m looking for something a little more complimentary with a vintage feel, also in greys.

Entryway looking into dining room. Grey paint color

Our light fixture was updated about two and a half years ago, and I still do love this too! I love the clean, modern lines and I added the shades to dress it up a little bit, a little styling trick if you want to customize your lighting. You can read about more simple tips to update your lighting here. I think I’d really love to dress the room up a little more, with a chandelier that’s a little more refined. I’m crossing my fingers I will be able to get the one I’ve been dreaming about!
Cracked Pepper Behr paint. White drapes. Lantern pendant lighting.

The only thing that makes me nervous about taking the plunge and painting, is that I’m afraid I’ll miss the gorgeous contrast these black walls give our home. This is the view from the entryway and I really do love it…
Dining room with black walls, Cracked Pepper by Behr.I also love how it picks up on our interior doors, which are also painted the same color. Neutral dinging room, grey paint color

There’s no doubt, I’ll miss this beautiful black statement in our home, and it’s going to take a lot of courage for me to paint these walls a new grey paint color! But I’m also excited, and I think the updates I want to make, if we do them all, will be absolutely fabulous in here. Tell me what you guys think? Do you like my grey paint color selection? Do you think I should bite the bullet and go for it? I’m almost there, but I’d really love your insight too! Thanks for reading with me, and as always, I love to have you here! xo

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  1. I love your black walls! They give your dining room an elegant feeling and must be wonderful in the evening with candles lite. Your new chandelier is gorgeous! It would cast a lovely glow onto your black walls. I vote to change your rug for a darker grey, vintage look rug the new chandelier and table. It would be amazing! So many bloggers have grey or all white. Stand out with your black walls! Besides, grey is waning as THE color.

  2. I love your dark walls…because we just built a new home and I painted all the downstairs walls BM Newburyport Blue, aka navy blue with lots of whitewainscoting and trim. My exterior is Coventry Gray, front doors Whythe Blue. I hope I don’t get tired of it. I’ll never hear the end of it if I do! 🙃

  3. tamaraanka says:

    Thank you, thank you! I’m so happy you like it…like I said before, this is going to be tough! I love these walls too!!

  4. tamaraanka says:

    Darlene, thank you for the great advice! I know so many people want me to keep them as is…I have a very hard decision pm my hands!!

  5. tamaraanka says:

    I literally just answered another comment about painting the ceiling black – my sister in law did it in her home and it’s stunning! I’m sure your’s is gorgeous too! I’m glad you like the greys…I’m so stumped I can’t tell you, so many people are telling me not to do it! But I love your idea of the black accents – so chic!

  6. I love your black walls, but I totally understand the desire to have changes inside your home! I painted my ceiling last fall with an off-black and I love the statement it makes and how it visually lifts the ceiling. I am attracted to warm greys and love all your choices! Black accents might be fun I.e., pillows, table linens and throw blankets! Can’t wait to see your magic!! Xx Lisa

  7. Keep the black it is elegant and stunning! Grey is ordinary! It makes your home look absolutely fabulous. Change the light and carpet but keep the black.

  8. Love the elegance of the black walls, my vote is to keep. Grey is so ordinary, the black is a wow!

  9. tamaraanka says:

    That’s a gorgeous shade too! It can go with so many different spaces! I hear you on this black…you and so many others are making me possibly want to keep it! Thank you for your input!

  10. tamaraanka says:

    OH yes! Finish can change the color too! It’s crazy how many factors affect the outcome! Your color sounds beautiful I will have to look it up for sure! I totally agree about paying a little bit more for the right result too, and I’m so happy to hear you love it! Thanks so much for your kind words and for stopping by!

  11. tamaraanka says:

    I change my accessories too! And whichever you go with I think will be fabulous! I really love the coventry gray also, it’s very rich and I like that it’s a medium tone too. Thanks for your help!! I have a big decision to make!

  12. tamaraanka says:

    Stacy, so may people love the black! I do too, it will be a tough decision and I will miss them no doubt…my sister in law painted her ceiling black and it’s spectacular! She’s super talented…I should steal her idea!

  13. tamaraanka says:

    You’re not the first person to tell me to go with a darker grey! Ahhhhh…so many decisions to make! I just thought the light walls will breathe life, but I’m still stumped!

  14. tamaraanka says:

    You are not the only one, my goodness so many people want me to keep it! This is making it so hard to choose! Thank you for your kind words, I really appreciate it!!

  15. I love the black walls! They really make a statement with the black doors. Change the rug and chandelier if you want a change…even the table…but leave the walls black. They are just…wow!

  16. I think when I read the beginning of the post, I was envisioning a graphite grey. Something still darkish.
    The lighter colors are pretty. It will be a big change for the room. Good luck :)

  17. Love, love, love your black walls. They add a real designer element that puts your house above others. My votes is too keep : )

  18. Nicole MacDonald says:

    The Coventry grey is a great shade of grey. I just painted my living room and I am quite pleased with it. I have a great room to paint as well but I am torn between the Coventry grey and a warm white. I like to change up my accessories with some seasons and wondering if a warm white will be better for that ! Good luck with your decision!

  19. We painted our great room walls this Jan. I picked out the color two years ago. You are right; the swatches and even the sample color in a can don’t always tell the story. My painter used a flat enamel that was different from the sample can and it made a big difference in the color of the wall. I had to have them change the color when they had painted half the room! I then picked Dunn-Edwards Silver City and could not be happier. It has a slight blue tinge to it, but mainly looks silver. It was worth having to pay more to get the color I am so happy with. After all, we have to live with it. BTW, all your home is lovely, so I am sure your instincts about your chosen color are right on. Good luck!

  20. My favourite color is BM Grey Owl. I’ve painted several houses that. It reads towards green or blue in different lights which goes with my decor.
    Having said that I really like how your black walls tie in with the black doors and provide the drama for the dedicated dining room.

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