30 Jan 2014

Gray, the “New White” in Kitchen Design

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By Sindy Sink

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Gray is everywhere, not just in the winter skies overhead. It’s the “new black” in fashion, and undoubtedly the “new white” in kitchens. It is totally ubiquitous. Google “gray kitchens” and hundreds of options appear. Every decorating blog and magazine is featuring gray rooms. The past weekend, I visited a new pastry shop in a neighboring town and the walls were gray. So chic!!

As the Laboutins and Love fashion blog reports, “Whenever I see a fashion show, I always try to remember my first impression and sum it up in one word, preconceived trends aside. For the Michael Kors Spring 2014 runway show, I decided that word would be ‘gray’.” Take note of the shades of gray, and the play of sheer and opaque; it’s what you want to see in your kitchen, too.


Decorators are celebrating gray, whether on the walls, upholstery or window treatments. Designer Charles Spade’s living room is a prime example of gray perfection. As the JPD School of Design blog says, “Gray brings to mind everything from rainy days to sexy industrial lofts. The neutral tone has been a decorating basic for centuries. Gray is totally hot now as the intense, crazy, superbright colors of the last decade have exhausted many of us.”


And in kitchen design, gray’s range is amazing—from zen to contemporary and even to a classically traditional look, it feels just right. Go pale, like this ethereal one by Keith Fennelly of Woodale Design.

http://www.cultivate.com/blog/14-glamorous-shades-gray-your-kitchen photo by Rory Carrigan

Or get a more urban feel with darker gray cabinets, like these in an urban kitchen designed by Home and Stone in Brooklyn. The hefty, dark wood island serves as a major anchor and centerpiece. Softer shades on the countertops and floor lighten things back up.


Don’t be timid about combining different shades of gray in a kitchen, or even using two cabinet door styles made from different materials, i.e. metal with wood. Just make sure the grays are compatible, like these Bellagio Aluminum Frosted for upper cabinet doors (right) and Mission Oak Harbor Mist (left) for the base cabinets.

Paint color? Try Benjamin Moore’s London Fog.

Countertops? “Calcutta Marble” laminate from Wilsonart combines just the right tones with subtle gray and taupe veining. The paler background unifies all the gray shades and lightens the room. If you prefer actual marble, check local stoneyards or quarries for something similar.


And the sink? Soft satiny stainless, with a wonderfully textured drainboard, at Elkay (of course),

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No kitchen is complete with a little jewelry—the same concept as finishing the look of that perfect little gray dress. Lighting sconces are the easiest accessory, especially if they’re as unique as these, made from hand-carved wooden bowls from the Turkana region of northern Kenya. Each has individual surface texture and markings.


Hand-formed Tuscan “Lastra” stoneware plates from Vietri have organic shapes, the perfect foil to the gray geometry of the kitchen, and yet another artful (and practical) accessory.


Last touch? Tuck a comfortable gray linen midcentury-styled armchair in the corner and you’ll never leave the kitchen.


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