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


 

source


 

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.