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Medium Gray Color in Kitchens

Elements such as millwork, cabinetry and built ins often comprise large portions of space in residential projects. Particularly in kitchens and large scale wall units or bookshelves, it can be difficult committing to a certain color, style or finish. While darker living rooms, kitchens and dark bathrooms can look elegant and represent a distinct contrast from other parts of an interior, natural lighting, size or layout can often preclude this as an option. Dark accent walls are usually relegated to walls which do not necessitate storage components.

On the flipside there is often a sense that selecting clean, light, modern cabinetry or wall units will leave a living room or kitchen feeling cold or colorless. If you would like to move up a bit from light, neutral colors, here are some beautiful kitchen examples which utilize medium gray color palettes to cultivate a delicate balance of warmth, light and functionality. In the first example the designer selected a medium gray brown color for the cabinetry, medium brown flooring and brown accents. The darker accents are offset by the carrara white marble backsplash and countertop which brightens up the space. The gray color in the backsplash matches the cabinet colors.
Over all the kitchen is has a balanced design where no single element dominates the feel. The second kitchen incorporates a similar combination of colors. As the space is small it still feels open, warm and inviting. The brown accent wall, accent wood elements and dark gray accent lights provide a nice counterbalance with the medium gray colored cabinetry.

Often when new residential buildings are completed, particularly in New York City where it is very expensive to build, kitchens, flooring, fixtures and bathrooms feel modern, cold and functional. Developers will usually not install high or even medium end kitchens due to the expense, at usually between 50-150k/ per kitchen depending on size, it is easy to see why.

medium gray color in kitchens

medium gray color in kitchens

Adding warmth to interiors

Some industrial and residential developments feature natural concrete as an existing component of the design with floors, walls or support structures left exposed. Depending on the amount of exposed concrete it can be a challenge to bring warmth into the space. The first space by Dutch architect Nicolas Schuybroek features a home in Cap d’Antibes, a resort town in Southeastern France. The space features reclaimed wood on a custom coffee table and also as part of the accent wall. The Prouve dining chairs adorn a custom concrete dining table and the sofa is most likely by B&B Italia or Poala Buffa. The gunmetal finish black door hardware matches the existing window frame and is further tied together with the floor lamp and prouvet chairs.

With the amount of concrete it was essential that Schuybroek incorporate components that had warm hues such as off white and brown to offset the gray. To achieve the harmonious look of the ceiling, walls and build in unit it’s possible a form of concrete plaster was used. Plaster can be applied over bricks, cinder block or concrete foundations. It can drastically change the look and feel of existing concrete with a variety of textures, colors and molds, and be used virtually anywhere in a space including bathrooms and kitchens. The third image is a space designed by Jenny Dyer and also features a concrete accent wall. The natural colors on the lounge chairs, side table, rug and lamp are also effective in
bringing in warmth.
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