Recent trends suggest gray is the new beige when it comes to designing interior spaces – It’s everywhere! It’s neutral, it’s complementary, and with an endless number of color options available, it can look beautiful in any space.
Once considered to be only applicable in modern or farmhouse style homes, designers are now reimagining the color to make it work with everything from classical and traditional décor to transitional designs too.
In recent years, gray has seen a large presence in kitchen design – the paint on the walls, the backsplash tile, the countertops and now the cabinetry too. Because of its neutral characteristics and versatility, it can provide a clean backdrop in a room or it can be the star of the show.
Here are 3 things to consider when designing a gray kitchen:
Light gray cabinets pair well with the ever-popular marble-looking countertops and white subway tile, like many kitchens that are designed today. The light gray color allows for subtle interest in an otherwise white kitchen and keeps the space feeling large and airy. Dark gray cabinets are typically designed to create a bit of contrast in a room often making a space feel a little cozier.
Grays can range from icy frost to a warm almost-taupe color, so when it comes to redesigning your gray kitchen, think about what type of gray you want. Cool grays typically pair well with whites and blues and tend to complement contemporary and minimalist spaces, whereas warm grays and taupes are more common in traditional and transitional design and complement earth tones, like greens and browns. That said, warm grays can also be designed with blues and whites too. It is for this reason that trends suggest the warm grays are slightly more popular and here to stay longer than the cool grays.
Grays aren’t only available in paints, nowadays gray stains are becoming extremely popular too. Painted gray cabinets give a crisp and clean look to a space and pair nicely with shaker style doors and simplistic transitional kitchens. While stains also work in a transitional space, they can be perfect for traditional homes as well. The gray stain preserves the beauty of natural hardwood by allowing the grains to be seen, while the gray color of the stain keeps the cabinetry feeling current.
Not sure what style is right for you? Stop by ACo and check out these new grays that just arrived in our showroom.
Complementing their popular lighter gray color, Shale, Graphite is a darker more rich and dramatic tone. Not quite a charcoal, this color works well with both cool and warms tones.
As mentioned earlier, since Shale has been a popular color of choice in Quality’s painted collection, they have now introduced this same color in a laminate. Ideal for laundry rooms and kid’s bathrooms, laminate is a great option when easy clean-up and durability are a must.
The perfect combination of gray and brown, Basalt is a great choice when designing a greige kitchen. It’s grayer than the Pecan stain, but not quite as dark as Dusk and works well with virtually every color. Being a neutral medium stain, it can look darker and warmer in some environments or cooler and lighter in others.
This collection was inspired by the look of weathered elements found in nature and focuses on the beauty of both oak and quarter sawn oak, allowing the wood’s natural grain and character to shine. The color Greystone is the perfect combination of gray and beige and pairs well with the newest darker stain, Smoke, and the classic paint – Irish Crème. Altogether, a showstopping design can be created. See for yourself.
To learn more about ACo’s newest products and to begin designing your own gray kitchen, contact us today complimentary design consultation.