Be inspired by the kitchen shade of the moment - Grey

by Amy Biddle on Tuesday 21st April 2015

Amy Biddle

No longer considered drab and boring, grey is the new neutral. It’s modern yet traditional, warm and cool, it mixes well with timber, can take a bright accent colour and lends itself to so many different looks.

Here’s our guide to using this wonderfully versatile colour in the kitchen.

​Choose two hues

If light is a issue paler shades can be easier to live and you can add variety with a darker shade in small doses, such as on island where it won’t appear overpowering.Farrow and Ball’s Downpipe is a popular choice.

A feature wall is a great way to introduce grey to the kitchen, deep charcoal shades such as Lamp Black by Little Greene are a great way of adding a sense of drama. Or you aren’t ready to commit to wall colour you could add definition with some charcoal pendants.

​Get the industrial look

Grey cabinetry are a great choice if you like the look of industrial style. Combine with white metro tiles, distressed wood with a natural grain, painted or waxed floorboards. You could also add a touch of wire mesh through seating and kitchen accessories and opt for factory-style pendant lights.

​For a more traditional feel

Channel a farmhouse look with Shaker-style units in a pale French grey shade. Give it that relaxed, mismatched feel by combining elements of timber with a large farmhouse table.

​Use contrasting colours

Grey is a brilliant backdrop to make other colours really sing. Lime green any bright citrus shade or pillar box read will work really well. You can introduce it in small doses using bar stools, canisters, mugs or plates & bowls. Or perhaps opt for one large standout time like a retro fridge freezer or a range cooker.

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