Obsessed With Gray

Occasionally I get a little design bug in my bonnet (read “really cool hat”) onto a specific colour or maybe an intriguing tile texture or just anything. Right now, my obsession is about utilizing gray in its many diverse forms. Most home owners are hesitant to utilize this specific colour due to the frequent misconception that gray is a “chilly” colour. However, in my obsession I have been working diligently to locate just the perfect shades of gray. The beauty of gray is that it looks great in both paint and a lot of other textures. Gray can be among the best neutrals because it works with almost every other colour on the market. It just depends upon the specific shade, and heat or coolness of the tone.

This ideabook is about how to use gray on your kitchen without creating the room chilly or uninviting. You will see both modern and traditional spaces, talking to the sheer adaptability of the colour.

Nic Darling

A great combination of colours makes this modern kitchen anything but chilly. Cabinets painted in a gray with a bit of brown are paired with a dark wood tone and natural travertine. Splashes of colour in the high screen cabinets and bar chairs add a personal touch.

Frederick + Frederick Architects

Having a super industrial texture, the dark gray cabinetry and corrugated metal insets create such an intriguing combination that one might not notice the amazing fish dangling over the sink. Combining the milder metal together with the darker gray cabinetry keeps the kitchen from feeling overly dim.

Amherst Gray by Benjamin Moore is a great dark gray for kitchen cabinetry.

Venegas and Company

In this conventional kitchen, light gray walls, almost black cabinetry along with the gray rug at the foreground provide mild, light and dark tones of gray.

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Silva Studios Architecture

Nothing sexier than the gray of concrete — there’s nothing about this specific kind of gray that gets my heart racing. Again, the warm wood tones are used in clever ways to counter the coolness of the gray and the glossy white cabinetry. Looking past the kitchen, we see the usage of additional tonal variations of gray, adding to the overall effect.

Fiorella Design

Maybe intentionally, maybe not, this white and soft-gray kitchen is indeed amazingly elegant and feminine. The simple palette provides a gorgeous backdrop to the other splashes of colours in the accessories.

Laidlaw Schultz architects

This modern kitchen is really about the gorgeous wood cabinetry along with the striking form of the raised-bar countertop. Even with all the cold grayness of the cement, the counter stills feels like it belongs as a cohesive part of the overall aesthetic. It plays an important part in creating structure round the staircase, while linking the remainder of the space to the kitchen by taking the flooring materials (and colour) throughout the space.

Michael Abrams Limited

Here is another gorgeous example of how a gray hard surface ties to a very inviting and warm kitchen. The deep reddish brown cabinetry perfectly plays the island off counter to create an environment that speaks to hanging out and enjoying family and friends.

John Lum Architecture, Inc.. AIA

This pretty straightforward kitchen is all about color and texture. High-gloss white upper cabinets have been paired with subtle gray-green lower cabinetry for a real treat. To make it all together, a centre tone of stainless steel is used to wrap the sides of the staircase. Both practical and durable, the tonal quality mixed together with the texture plays a good middleman to the remaining colours and materials.

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