Welcome to our collection of gray kitchen designs and ideas. Check them all out below. I’m a big fan of gray color schemes for interiors.
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By NV Design
By Joie Wilson
Gray is a surprisingly popular kitchen design, with 11.67% of our respondents finding it desirable. Unlike white, gray can’t be paired with any other color in your kitchen design, so you’ll have to pay extra careful attention to any gray kitchen design ideas that you come up with.
Gray can be hard to turn into coziness. If you overemphasize gray surfaces like cabinets, tables, floors, or even ceilings, all of the other features of your kitchen will seem to have some of the life sucked out of them. This goes double for gentle pastel colors that aren’t highly saturated like sky blues or pinks.
If you’re going to use gray in your kitchen design, you need to know where and how to use it. Often, gray works best to provide a colored yet muted backdrop for something that’s extremely saturated in its colors or extremely complex in its textures.
Use a gray countertop to make your hot rod colored appliances stand out. Don’t use gray cabinets to contrast with a muted tone in the ceiling or floor—it’ll just blur together.
Using Light To Your Advantage
Especially with gray designs, lighting is extremely important. Grey will impartially reflect artificial light but tends to dampen natural light that filters in. Use this information to your advantage by setting up areas of the kitchen with a warm artificial light and gray surfaces that are beneath waist level.
By putting your gray surfaces closer to the ground and letting them reflect the warm artificial light that hits them directly, it’ll make your kitchen’s pathways seem cozier rather than dreary.
Sometimes Neutral Moods Are Good Moods
If you’re a chef who prefers to cook in a space that offers minimal distraction and allows your eye to become more sensitive to the color of the food that you’re preparing, gray kitchen schemes might be right for you. Gray surfaces contrast extremely effectively with the colors of food like bright greens, deep browns, or the textured beiges of bread.
Gray Isn’t Very Plant Friendly
It can be a bit tough to introduce other elements of color to gray themed kitchens, especially natural elements like plants. The greens of most plants end up having their color sucked away by the gray, so ultimately it’s probably for the best if you keep the amount of gray in your kitchen design to a minimum.
If these ideas don’t appeal to you, check out our larger gallery of custom kitchen design ideas.