How to get this perfect kitchen neutral palette

If you type the word “Greige” into Pinterest the results are seemingly endless and there are many good reasons why. With its roots in high fashion, greige was developed and loved first by the tastemakers of the western world. In the 1980s it was the neutral of choice for houses like Armani, and Chanel popularised it further with the release its wildly popular “Particuliere” nail varnish. However, it’s the fashion magazines’ usage of greige as the backdrop for showcasing the latest trends that rather insidiously anchored it in the popular consciousness as the perfect kitchen neutral.

With its calm and grey base colour warmed with comforting soft brown notes, greige in all of its forms is quite possibly the perfect kitchen neutral. It doesn’t possess the starkness of white, the boringness of beige, or the coldness of grey.

  • It takes the best of these three colours to create numerous shades of which many desire in their kitchen (but may not be able to explain to the salesperson at the paint shop).
  • Greige comes in a variety of shades that range from light rice grain to buff khaki, creamy café au lait to deep fawn. Used as a backdrop for colourful appliances and accessories, or layered with other neutrals, greige’s many variations make it the perfect kitchen neutral.

    Layered with other neutrals, greige’s many variations make it the perfect kitchen neutral. (c) nakedkitchens.com

    Layered with other neutrals, greige’s many variations make it the perfect kitchen neutral. (c) nakedkitchens.com

  • Simply put, greige is in many interior designers’ minds the ideal base upon which any kitchen design can be created. On one hand, greige can be used on large surfaces like walls, floors, or cabinets to warm up a starkly modern kitchen design. If several different shades are used in a more traditional kitchen design however, greige can create a sophisticated and urban edge. Furthermore, greige is a natural occurring colour, so embracing it makes selecting natural tiles for backsplashes and flooring a much simpler business.
  • Aside from its aesthetic virtues (of which it has many), the many shades of greige have a number of practical benefits for kitchen design as well. For a small kitchen, a pale greige is the ideal way to add lightness and sense of space without resorting to the harshness of a bright white paint. Greige is also a very forgiving neutral that is easy to apply to walls, or cabinets without professional assistance. It also won’t show unsightly stains or marks as easily as white, which is especially important in high-traffic kitchens.

Greige proves that when function and fashion collide, good things happen in the kitchen!

For a small kitchen, a pale greige is the ideal way to add lightness and sense of space without resorting to the harshness of a bright white paint such as this kitchen floor. (c) nakedkitchens.com

For a small kitchen, a pale greige is the ideal way to add lightness and sense of space without resorting to the harshness of a bright white paint such as this kitchen floor. (c) nakedkitchens.com