Where Gray Works in the Kitchen

January 26, 2013



Gray… at least 50 shades of it,  is still going strong in DC interiors these days. And suddenly, everyone seems to want “Tuscany” out of the kitchen.





I view gray as a neutral, but it can be tricky to work with.  When layering grays and other neutrals, there are those pesky undertones that come into play (grays have an undertone of either violet, blue or green). But another important factor to consider when “going gray” in a kitchen is how to balance it with warmer elements so you don’t end up stirring your marinara sauce in what feels like a chilly operating room.  Here are 15 “gray” kitchens that manage to achieve that balance.



via Willow Decor


This is one of my favorites– designed by Jeanne Rapone and Bronwyn McCarthy Huffard. The weight of the dark cabinetry is balanced by the soft, light floors and a fabulous pop of yellow on the door and rug (below).


via Willow Decor



Here, the austerity of the gray and stainless steel surfaces is balanced by the texture of baskets and rustic wood floor.



via House and Home



Pattern comes into play with this gorgeous marble backsplash and  chevron rug. But the warm orange tone of the floor pairs perfectly with the soft blue-toned gray cabinetry.


via Design Sponge


There is nothing soft, warm or quiet about this next kitchen… but what fun!  The Decor Demon is obvioulsy no “shrinking violet”.


via Decor Demon



via Casa Suga



The  kitchen below is uber elegant  and soft with glints of polished chrome– but the sight lines take us into what looks like a warm wood paneled library.


via Better Homes and Gardens



Again, wood floors are an important component here.  Cabinetry (below) is painted in Benjamin Moore Gentle Gray, with uppers lightened by 50%.



via Remodelista



From across the pond, the sublime work of Plain English.  The soft chalky finishes on floor and cabinetry are just beautiful.



via Plain English



Below… a two-toned cabinet treatment with walls and upper cabinets ‘Lime White’; lower cabinets,  ‘Mouse’s Back’ ; window sashes and doors, ‘Stoney Ground’ (all Farrow & Ball).



via Urban Grace Interiors



Below, Benjamin Moore ‘Storm’  is paired with a warm gold wall color and chesnut flooring. Works.


via Benjamin Moore



And here, a subtle treatment of Benjamin Moore ‘Gray Owl’ on the cabinets with a warm, rustic wide-planked pine floor feels warm and cozy.



via A Perfect Gray



And Martha always gets things right in the kitchen.  Here, cabinets are painted in Bedford Gray.



via Martha Stewart



This Sally Wheat  kitchen (below)) went viral in the blogosphere for a reason–  cabinets painted in Benjamin Moore ‘Fieldstone’.


via Cote de Texa


And next, a warm gray marries beautifully with an antique pine table  (I love this one).





There are many good tutorials out there on painting kitchen cabinets. One of the better ones is here. Most major cabinetry lines are now offering a nice range of gray finishes.  Crown Point Cabintery  offers beautiful custom painted finishes in the Farrow & Ball range.  And appliance manufacturers are getting in on the act.  GE has debuted a new finish called  “Slate”



via Plain and Fancy






But of course another way to get gray into the kitchen is to pair a great gray wall color with white cabinetry. Another post. Another day.






Until next time… thanks for dropping by!




The Palest of Pinks

July 29, 2011




Just a whisper of   ~ pink ~



Kristen Buckingham


That complex pale color you would find on the outer edges of a conch shell where the color fades just slightly from pink to buff.



Carol Felton




Elle Decor

And here, the pink shifts ever so slightly to violet…an ephemeral off-white from Donald Kaufman Color



Martha Stewart


Martha Stewart can get away with this….I have yet to convince a client to go this pink in a living room



Phoebe Howard


Phoebe Howard uses a gentle hand to create a quiet and serene space using just a hint of pink.




Victoria Pearson/House Beautiful



Wedding Bee

My top picks for the palest of pink in paints~




Benjamin Moore’s Antique White, Evening White, Onyx White

C2 Paint’s Sashay, Wink

California Paint’s Vanilla Blush

Farrow& Ball’s Pink Ground



Have a sweet weekend,  my dears.