Grey kitchen ideas –for timeless, classic schemes

Grey kitchen units can transform a kitchen design, adding character, individuality and a timeless elegance.

Grey is still very much the neutral of the moment and looks smart and crisp paired with white but can still benefit from a little extra colour. Our selection of the best grey kitchen ideas will help you on your way to planning and designing the grey kitchen of your dreams.

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If you hold together a fan of grey paint charts, you’ll see how widely the tones vary. The cool end of the spectrum has blue undertones, passing through tints of green and yellow, ending up at warm shades with red bases that give them brown, pink or purple tints.

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IS GREY A GOOD COLOUR FOR THE KITCHEN?

Grey works particularly well in a kitchen as not only is it modern and contemporary, it is also timeless, classic and surprisingly easy to live with. In fact, grey is even whispered to be the new white when it comes to interior design.

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HOW DO YOU ADD WARMTH TO A GREY KITCHEN?

Wood is a wonderful way to add a level of warmth and cosiness to an otherwise cold, dark kitchen.

'Grey kitchens will always be popular, but where it gets interesting is how the popular grey tones support the trend for smoked and treated wooden finishes. Different types of grey will bring out the richness of smoked oak or walnut. Using these treated woods as internal accents within your cabinetry (like drawers or shelves, for example) will add another level of luxury. Imagine opening your matte grey double pantry to shelves and drawers and spice racks in an elegant wooden finish,' says Tom Howley, Design Director, Tom Howley.

GREY KITCHEN IDEAS

Read on for our favourite grey kitchen ideas and inspiration.

1. GO WITH THE GRAIN

A grey scheme doesn't have to take the form of paint. Look to a pale ash wood or laminate for a similar effect that is great for more contemporary spaces.

Beautiful wood is a timeless choice for your kitchen. Pick woods with mid-tones such as pale ash for a timeless look.

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2. LOOK OUT FOR LUXURY

Dark greys look instantly dramatic – pair with a thinly-veined marble work surface for a truly modern design. Coveted for its subtle tone and beautiful veined effect, you can see why marble is such a hit – it looks good wherever it’s put and will continue to look striking year after year.

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3. BE BOLD WITH COLOUR

We have seen the revival of grey in interiors over the last seasons but this time it's combined with wood tones to instantly add warmth and depth. Grey can give a calm and relaxed feel to the home, and is a fresh alternative to the classic neutral palette and acts as a great backdrop to introduce splashes of other colours. A vibrant red really sings out against the grey walls.

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4. OPT FOR STATEMENT STYLE

If you are cautious about going all-grey, then isolate it to just the kitchen island. This will make a stylish statement, and can be changed as often as you like, with little effort.

'Grey paints are warmest when they’re a mix of blue and orange pigments, rather than black and white. Using these will make the kitchen feel more homely,' explains Pip McCormac, Executive Editor.

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5. PLAY WITH PATTERN

The wonderful thing about grey is that you can pair it with just about any other colour. Here, the strong black, white and grey palette, echoed in the undercounted curtain, rug and cabinetry, is lifted by pops of green gingham upholstery.

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6. CHOOSE A PALE AND INTERESTING HUE

Whether it’s pale or slightly darker, dove grey is a great all-rounder. You can dress it up with silvers and metallic shades for a luxe look or keep it simple with natural colours and earthy textures.

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7. MARVEL AT THE WONDER OF WOOD

Grey might be on trend, but its elegance and design flexibility give it a timeless quality. Use either as a feature colour or to complement another finish –wood grains look especially dramatic against a smoky grey tone.

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8. ELECT A WINNING COMBINATION

A match made in heaven, cool shades of grey bring out the warmth and beauty in natural wood. This is a great combination for kitchen cabinetry – suiting both classic and modern styles –but it also works well for accessories. For the perfect accents, add splashes of mustard yellow and pale marble, to play with the cool and warm on a whole other level.

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