One of the most popular trends in kitchen design these days is gray kitchens. They’re versatile options that can look modern or classic, contemporary or traditional. Below are some important considerations to assist you in determining whether this new hot look is right for you.
Dark or Light
The hue you pick for your gray kitchen depends on the space you’re working with and your personal preference. If your kitchen has limited natural light or is small in size, a dark gray color will make it feel darker and smaller. Deep, saturated hues absorb light and light gray shades reflect light back into the room and as a result amplify the brightness of the space.
Cool or Warm
Although gray may at times appear to be a straightforward color, it’s actually deeply influenced by blues, reds and yellows. The influencing undertone or hue can make the gray color appear warmer or cooler. For instance, a gray with a red-undertone will be a putty tone and a gray with a blue undertone will be a steely-shade. If you want to understand how the gray shades will work in your space, you should tape paint chips of a few gray shades to your wall and them examine and compare them throughout the day.
Painted or Stained Gray Kitchen Cabinets
Painted cabinets offer an even crisp coloration, and can be easily wiped down. Stained cabinets have a visual texture which highlights the wood underneath. With a proper protective coating, stained cabinets can also be easily cleaned.
Virtually all kitchen countertops color looks good with gray kitchen walls and cabinets. You have limitless options due to the fact that gray works well as a neutral hue similar to tan, white and brown. You can also pick a bright countertop color, like aqua, or choose a sophisticated monochromatic-look using stainless steel or slate. Natural stone, such as marble and granite, is one of the popular complements to the gray kitchens because there are often gray flecks or veining in the stone.
A Mix of Colors
Another popular trend in the design of kitchens is combining 2 colors in the same space, it works perfectly when gray is one of the colors. This is due to the fact that gray is a neutral shade; hence it pairs well with nearly all colors and complements all hues. For example you can stick to similar intensities and shades, such as dove gray and butter yellow, for a cohesive look.
Gray And White Kitchen
Choose a white and gray color scheme for a contemporary kitchen design. Gray kitchen cabinets look appealing with stainless-steel appliances because the gray tones create unity and harmony in the space. You can warm up your kitchen with antique-white or linen walls. Soft white helps the gray kitchen cabinets stand out as the main attraction in the room and also offer subtle warmth.
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