Grey kitchens are popular because they are timeless. There are lots of different shade variations of grey and people generally paint their walls in a lighter colour, especially in an open-plan kitchen-living-dining area where it is one of the main sociable spaces.
When choosing grey, you want to create some contrast between your wall colour, work surfaces, tiles, and more. Therefore, grey is a great colour as it is a ‘soft monochrome’ rather than black and white. For example, you may have a slightly off-white wall, but a slightly darker contrasting cabinet. As a base, it is a really good choice for longevity.
It is also a nice colour to mix in with other materials and finishes to elevate the space and to add personality. Matte black hardware works well, creating contrast and a bolder statement. Equally, a burnished brass finish would work, making the space feel slightly more timeless. Contemporary options such as copper and smoked bronze are also a great pairing.
Grey is a soft neutral palette, therefore lots of surfaces complement. It is important to add contrast between the drawers and the countertop, so mixing a lighter or darker material such as ‘Pietro Grey’ will make it feel like one piece of furniture. Handles are also a great way to add another layer of interest, elevating the look.
For a subtle contrast, choose quartz or marble, and pair it with brass hardware to provide a more luxurious look and feel.
Choosing accessories to complement your grey kitchen
When choosing tiles, accessories, and paint to compliment your grey cabinets, it is important to consider the overall look you are hoping to achieve in your kitchen. If you want a more modern look, try pairing your grey cabinets with white or black tiles and accents. For a softer, more traditional feel, opt for neutral-toned tiles and accessories with pops of colour. Ultimately, the best way to choose complementary colours and materials for your grey cabinets is to experiment until you find a combination that you love!
Tips and tricks for making the most of your grey kitchen cabinets
If you’re looking to add a touch of colour to your grey kitchen cabinets, there are a few options available. Brown and beige tones work well together, while green and blue can help brighten up the space. Green also adds biophilic elements. To create a focal point in your kitchen, try placing items that are taller or larger than the rest.
Finally, if you need some extra advice on how to make the most of using grey in your kitchen Kate Watson Smyth Mad About The House blogger and Interiors Journalist has written a book ‘Shades of Grey – Decorating with the most elegant of neutrals’
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