Before you choose the colour palette of your kitchen, think about grey? Grey can as feel like an odd colour that’s usually associated with cold dark and dull spaces; and can leave a modest and depressing impression. But somehow, something about grey just works perfectly in kitchen designs. Because it is a very versatile colour, it is able to adapt to a variety of styles and spaces. The colour teeters between a relaxing neutrality and an exciting warmth, it all depends on what shade or tone of grey you end up using.
Instead of using grey tones for the walls or floor finishes, more and more homeowners are opting out of the popular all-white or wood-brown kitchen cabinet styles to try out grey kitchen cupboards. Grey cabinets build anticipation for other aspects of the kitchen. In a way, grey allows other elements of the kitchen to stand out. Instead of boring, grey actually makes the kitchen more exciting.
Grey is a neutral colour and has a variety of different shades; from a brown to a blue, a green to a taupe. It can appear serious and cold compared to other colours and using grey tones can be tricky.
Go light or go dark
The hue you pick for your grey kitchen cupboards depends on personal preference, but it also has a bit to do with the space you are working with. If your kitchen is small or has limited natural light, dark grey cupboards (or any other dark tones for that matter) will only make it feel smaller and darker.
Remember that contrasting colours are energising, while complementary colours are calming. Soft, pale greys tend to work well in smaller kitchens, where larger kitchens may need a bolder colour to prevent the scheme looking bland. Mix pale greys with deep navy, red, orange or yellow to create a warm and inviting space. If you tend to gravitate toward brighter hues, grey paint with a hint of blue is a great way to add a pop of colour that won’t feel dated in a few years.
Pair cool greys with warm materials such as wood, brick or other natural materials to create an interesting and beautiful kitchen. By mixing in some wood, you can create a positively warm and cosy look. The trick is to find the right shade, and mix in the right tone of wood. For instance, pale oak countertops works well with almost purple-grey kitchen cabinetry.
One of the most popular combinations is grey and white. One can create a gentle contrast with grey coloured floor units and white wall units or grey cupboards and crisp white countertop. If you want to make your kitchen look bright and spacious, a dark shade of grey on the cupboards may not be your best option. Rather opt for lighter shades and paint the walls white, this way the décor will be bright and airy.
If you’re looking to create a cohesive feel in this kitchen opt to use layers of grey for the cupboards, floors and wall finishes. Just make sure to choose contrasting shades of grey for the surfaces (two different shades of the same calm colour tend to work better on cabinetry than three or four, which can look like a mistake). For instance, a light grey floor tile works well with rich charcoal grey cupboards. Or, an island painted in a deeper grey to that of the wall cupboards will make it a focal point in your grey kitchen.
Grey has an unmistakable feeling of classic style and unmitigated luxury. It all depends on how you mix and match the different tones and textures. If you are not sure how to incorporate some grey additions to your kitchen, we are always here to help if you need help with advice or ideas. Also have a look at more Grey Kitchen Ideas on our Pinterest Board https://za.pinterest.com/ergodesigns/grey-kitchen-design-ideas/