Grey Wash Dining Table Set: What Designs Look Best in Neutral Shades?


Most modern houses don’t have a separate area for a formal dining room. With the popularity of open floor plans, homes have fewer rooms than they used to, with the dining area being incorporated into the larger floor plan. This means that using neutral colors for your dining room furniture is a better option to create a more cohesive experience. Thus, more people are turning to a grey wash dining table set when choosing their dining room furnishings.

Grey wash dining table sets provide a better choice – whether you’re looking for an eight-piece or a 24-piece dining set – as they are lighter in color, they match easily with most decors, and they serve a dual purpose depending on the event. They can be elevated in appearance for more formal dinners or dressed down for casual, daily meals, even for items like dining chairs or accent chairs.

What Is Grey Washed Wood?

Natural aged grey wash light wood

To obtain a grey wash look, mix light grey latex paint with water in equal parts. By watering down the paint, it gives the paint a more washed or distressed appearance. The paint becomes more translucent and opaque. Even if paint is applied over a stain, you’ll still be able to visually see the wood grain.

This type of look using solid wood is perfect for rustic, farmhouse, country, or farmhouse chic designs. You’ll fall in love with the distressed appearance and warm feel.

Why Use a Grey Wash Dining Table?

As mentioned, these types of tables – and accompanying furniture, like dining chairs – can serve a dual purpose. They are versatile enough to be dressed down for cozy family meals, while being elevated for formal entertaining. The grey color blends with everything and works exceptionally well with open floor plans and rustic or farmhouse designs.

This type of furniture offers more of a smoky appearance that is fresh yet sophisticated depending on the design chosen. The only thing you need to watch out for is that the room doesn’t look too cold.

Grey is a cool color, so it doesn’t pair well with other stark colors in cool shades. You might want to pair it with a warmer color to make the room appear more inviting and less sterile. However, grey is a popular color because of its versatility and contemporary appearance.

Grey Wash Dining Table Set

Best Overall: Merax 6-Piece Rustic Style Rectangular Dining Set

This dining set provides a more rustic yet traditional appearance. Finished using an antique grey wash coating, this style creates a warm appeal with a hint of cottage charm. It consists of excellent quality rubber wood legs, along with an MDF table top. This set is strong enough to hold 250 lbs and will last for many years.


  • Cushions are comfortable and breathable
  • Has four chairs and a bench for ample seating
  • Easy to assemble


  • None that we’ve found

Best Rustic/Country Chic Dining Set: 6 Piece Dining Table Set

This dining set is rectangular in shape and contains a dining bench along with four wooden chairs. The distressed look of the tabletop adds that perfect homey, country chic flair to a dining room while being completely stylish. This set is durable and lasts for many years.


  • High back rests provide back support
  • Chair weight capacity is 210 lbs and table top is 250 lbs
  • Clean line style
  • Easy to clean


  • Makes a cracking sound

Runner-up: Zenvida Dining Table Set

This five piece set is composed of vinyl and strong steel along with an MDF construction. The top is a nice, grey washed, smoky grey and looks perfect in a rustic dining area. It contains a small footprint, so it can be used in square dining spaces, small rooms, or for a rustic décor. The color adds an inviting flair to any eating area.


  • Easy to assemble
  • Good for small rooms
  • Comfortable
  • Easy to clean


  • Chairs are a bit too hard
  • Dining room table slightly wobbly

Great for Small Spaces: Safevieh Home Forest Traditional Dining Table

This round table is perfect for square rooms or dining rooms with limited space. It creates a warm, cozy, inviting atmosphere in any room, but especially for your dining space. The gentle curvature of the legs provides an elegant appearance to a room while the wicker chairs provide added durability. This set is perfect in establishing an intimate environment in a small space.


  • Company has manufactured tables for over 100 years
  • Table is portable
  • Made from wood
  • High quality and stylish


  • Difficult to clean

Honorable Mention: International Concepts Round Dual Drop Leaf Table

While this isn’t a dining room set, it was worth an honorable mention. The table is a simple, yet elegant design that looks great with any style of décor. The oval shape of the table makes it perfect for smaller rooms and square dining spaces. It can either be left intact with the dual leaves extended, or compacted for a small, rectangular table.


  • Created from parawood (rubberwood) and is environmentally-friendly
  • Easy to assemble
  • Good value
  • Great finish


  • Drop leaves sometimes wider than middle section when extended

Final Thoughts

When it comes to grey wash dining table sets, you want to be sure that you don’t incorporate too many cool colors into your design. Grey is considered a cool color, so placing it in a room without neutral or warm colors will make the room appear too formal, cold, and sterile.

For country, farmhouse, farmhouse chic, shabby chic, or vintage styles, you will want a dining set to add more of the warmth to the room. It needs to be inviting and have charm. Therefore, it is necessary to pair it with a warm color in the design.

Grey washed design is a wonderful way to add either a vintage or distressed look to your dining area. Most of the designs support a rustic look, but there are a few that are taking a more traditional approach.