A few years ago I noticed a trend in the shelter magazines and the design blogs I was reading. Golds, beiges and tans were being replaced with whites, shades of grey, soft blues and greens. Around the same time we started to see a huge surge in requests for painted kitchen and bathroom cabinetry. When we painted our own kitchen cabinets, we chose a soft glazed grey. I get a couple of requests a week from people wanting information on how we painted our cabinets. You can read about that HERE.
I suggested to Brooks that it would be a good idea to have a few grey cabinet samples to take out to consultations.
I get a lot of people who want to see the grey samples, but in the end they end up going with our most popular option, “vanilla with a chocolate glaze”. This fall we had the pleasure of working with a wonderful adventurous family who was totally on board with the idea of a grey kitchen. They had just purchased a new home with gorgeous cabinets, but the kitchen needed some updating. On our first consultation I made some suggestions that I thought would bring the kitchen up to date.
The stove hood had great potential. It could be a focal point in this kitchen but the crackle texture and the obscure sconces had to go. We smoothed the crackle with a light layer of joint compound, lightly sanded and applied a grey that was a shade darker. Removing the grape vine trim took the kitchen from Tuscan Villa to Stylish and Modern.
We left the island as it was and think it adds an inviting warmth to the kitchen.
We painted the inset paneling the same darker shade of grey as the stove hood to create some contrast.
A new pendant light over the island was just the finishing touch this kitchen needed. The cabinets are painted in Sherwin Williams 7045 Intellectual Grey. The stove hood and insets are painted in Sherwin Williams 7046 Anonymous. All the cabinets received a light distressing and a smoky glaze.
We also updated the master bathroom vanity with a stained wood finish we call “Rustic French”. It pulls the whole bathroom together now and works with the granite and the tile to warm up the former cold space.
So, are grey kitchen cabinets right for you? I’d love to bring a few samples over to let you find out. Please fill out the form below to receive a free email estimate and set up an onsite consultation.