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Gray Kitchen Schemes: How to Do it Right


Gray Kitchen Schemes: How to Do it Right

A kitchen with a predominantly gray scheme does not have to look like a cold, rainy day. Like other neutral colors such as black, white or brown, gray is a color that plays well with others, and a gray kitchen can inspire a peaceful mood that makes people wish to linger in it, or calm down an area of the room that’s an otherwise too-vivid primary color. Indeed, since the kitchen is the heart of many homes, a gray color scheme can provide a respite from other rooms that are a bit too “noisy.” Another thing about gray is true about most other colors. Light gray makes a small kitchen look bigger, and a darker shade of gray makes a kitchen look a bit cozier than it is.

The kitchen does not have to be contemporary or Euro-modern to take advantage of the color gray. Gray goes well with a kitchen designed along Victorian or more traditional lines. Following are some ideas for a beautiful, predominantly gray kitchen:

• A kitchen with a backsplash made of gray subway tiles and white floor and wall cabinets makes a sophisticated statement when they are joined by a large, celadon blue kitchen island with a white marble top and black stools.

• Another kitchen has glossy white subway tiles for the backsplash, though the cabinets are gray and the wall cabinets have clear panels that allow a view of the dinnerware.

• Stainless steel is an effortless way to introduce gray into a kitchen’s decor. One contemporary kitchen has a split-level island with stainless steel countertops that echo a simple, stainless steel pillar and the stove vent hood. The windows have black frames and mullions, as does the crown moulding on the ceiling. The one pop of color is a bright orange corner cabinet that keeps the room from being a bit too industrial. Instead of orange, red, blue, yellow or green would be just as effective.

• Gray cabinets with black hardware are found in another kitchen with black counters and a brown kitchen island that’s lit by pendant lights with gray metal shades.

• Stainless steel is a large part of one kitchen with gray-painted wooden cabinets. Stainless steel is seen in the range and the wall ovens. All of the gray is balanced by areas of blue, including the subway tile backsplash and glimpses of blue dishes and cookware. Another kitchen is dominated by stainless steel counters, sinks, vent hood, stove and even a stainless steel toaster. But the frameless cabinets are mustard yellow.

• A homeowner who wants to go full on gray might take an idea from one kitchen that uses several shades of gray to make a statement. This room has a light gray ceiling, hardwood floor painted dark gray, a white subway tile backsplash, pale gray cabinets and darker gray countertops. A robust kitchen island is painted a light purplish-gray, as is the wine cooler beside it. Above the island hangs a heavy, old fashioned gray lantern that looks like it was borrowed from the outside. The roll-up shade over the window has a pattern of different shades of gray.

No homeowner should be afraid of a gray kitchen!

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