Gwyneth Paltrow's simple kitchen island color is a masterclass in a sleek aesthetic that designers love

Easy, cool colors shine in this neutral kitchen – designers explain why this shade makes such an impact in the space

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Gwyneth Paltrow's kitchen is a seemingly endless source of interior design inspiration. From the Portuguese tile backsplash to the glass-front cabinets, to the parquet floors, we can't get enough of the stunning space. Now, a new Instagram video has given us something new to admire: Paltrow's kitchen island.

The Goop founder's kitchen has a white base with a natural wood, gray-stained top. Because of the light gray paint, the texture of the natural wood shines through, bringing a warm, rustic feel to the cool color palette. It's the perfect complement to Paltrow's otherwise white, blue, and natural wood color scheme.

Interior designers love the kitchen island and how it fits into the rest of the actress's home. Kathy Kuo, NYC-based interior designer, says: 'Grey is always a chic choice when you want a neutral color that is versatile as well as sleek and upscale.' It gives her room a cool, cozy, and stylish feel.

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Kathy Kuo

Kathy Kuo is a celebrated interior designer and international guru within the home and lifestyle space. She has 20+ years of experience in the design industry. 

Furthermore, designers love how the island fits into the rest of the gray kitchen idea. Melissa Read, London-based principal designer at Studio Burntwood states: 'The subtle grey tones of the island harmonize with the warmth of the herringbone wooden floor, creating a visually cohesive and inviting space. The off-white cabinets and panel detailing add a touch of elegance, complementing the island's modern yet timeless design.'

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Melissa Read

Melissa Read is a leading Interior Designer and Founder of Studio Burntwood, a London-based interior design studio, specializing in luxury residential design for clients across the UK and globally. Their focus is on crafting timeless spaces that enhance clients' lifestyles.

She continues, 'Positioned strategically opposite an open fire and next to a generously sized dining table, the island invites gatherings and conversations, creating a relaxed atmosphere perfect for entertaining or enjoying family time.'

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The kitchen hardware and appliances add more style to the actress's kitchen. 'I love how Gwyneth's grey kitchen island coordinates well with her silver kitchen appliances so the whole space feels very unified,' says Kuo. She continues, 'The way she's accessorized the island with just a slight bit of contrast with the white stone decor pieces is also a very nice visual touch.'

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The combination of gray and natural wood is always stunning, and Gwyneth Paltrow takes it to the next level.

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I am a London-based News Editor at Homes & Gardens. My interests lie at the intersection of design and popular culture focusing on trends and celebrity homes. Before joining Future, I worked as a Content Writer and Communications Lead for Fig Linens and Home, a luxury linens and home interiors brand. I have a BA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and an MSc from the Oxford University Department of Anthropology.