Use the trendy neutral to full effect as your kitchen colour of choice
While pristine white kitchens have been popular for at least a decade, grey is now the new white according to industry experts, with architects and designers from all over the world embracing this trendy tonal hue. This neutral is one of the most versatile shades out there, as it can be used in a multitude of ways to enhance your kitchen design. Here are some designer favourites:
Complement a grey backdrop with bright accents. As you would do in any space, a neutral base, such as grey, is often best used as a background for touches of vivid colour and bold prints. Dining chairs upholstered in trendy fabrics or a splashback created with brightly coloured tiles are obvious ways to add bold accents to a grey kitchen. A splash of warmth and character creates a rich space everyone will love.
Let quality materials do the talking. When using premium materials like marble and rich natural timbers, contrasting colours can be a distraction. To ensure your luxurious finishes remain the focal point of the kitchen, maintain a simple palette of grey and other neutral tones.
Pair a grey kitchen design with matching (or contrasting) appliances. With a multitude of finishes available, it’s clear that appliances are no longer just functional fittings – they’re part of the design, too. Stainless steel is of course the ideal option to maintain a streamlined look. Grundig’s Grey Line is also a natural choice. On the other side of the coin, popular retro-style appliances like stand mixers, toasters and ovens in classic shades can be a welcome kitchen idea.
Use lighter shades of grey in small spaces for an open look. Though white is often considered the fail-safe colour for visually enlarging a small space, pale grey can produce the same effect but in a more interesting way. Unlike white, grey is a less sterile option and much more forgiving when it comes to showing common kitchen stains. Choose a red-based grey such as a mushroom or taupe to give a north-facing room or darker space warmth.
Brighten up a grey kitchen with smart lighting. While many designers have adopted the ‘grey is the new white’ line, the colour can be perceived as cold, which is why lighting is key. Fittings that contrast with the kitchen style will provide added interest and act as a focal point. For example, in a contemporary kitchen, choose a show-stopping chandelier (go antique for added panache), while in a classic-style kitchen, industrial fixtures like factory lights and filament light bulbs will instantly turn it into a trendier space.
A non-intimidating neutral kitchen colour looks great in virtually any setting – big and small, traditional and modern – grey really is the ideal colour that any homeowner will be comfortable with using as part of their kitchen colour planner. Whether a small part of your walls, or maybe the colour of your cabinets, using grey as both a primary or accent colour will bring a soothing quality to your kitchen without making it too dark.