The Psychology of Grey Cabinets (and the Hardware to Match)
Something about grey works just perfectly for kitchens. The color teeters between a relaxing neutrality and an exciting warmth, managing to provide the best of both worlds. Of course, depending on what shade of grey you choose, your kitchen could be closer to one end or the other.
Why Do We Love Grey Cabinets?
Grey is the perfect color to choose for your kitchen remodeling project, whether you want to contrast brighter hues on your floor or fabrics, create textured variations in your kitchen space, or create an exciting yet relaxing space. Areas where we are starting to see more grey cabinetry is in kitchen and bathrooms, the most accented rooms of a home (or so we think.)
The most stereotyped reason that home owners do not use grey in their home for cabinetry is because they see it as gloomy, dull, and boring. On the contrary, grey cabinetry is the perfect color. It matches every accent you could possibly have in your home, there are literally HUNDREDS of shades of grey that you can choose from, and it can be updated quickly just by changing your cabinet hardware or even adding a different finish. It all depends on how you mix and match.
Grey Cabinetry in Kitchens and Bathrooms
At first glance, grey seems like an odd color to choose for the kitchen, an area that is often associated with bright and overly warm colors. If this is the case, why is grey becoming a popular trend among 2018 cabinetry? The answer is simple; it matches literally everything. (Also, french grey which are warmer can still give you that warm kitchen feeling.) We are talking about using one aspect of the kitchen, the cabinets, to create the perfect décor for your cooking space. The psychology of grey is very powerful, and can often be seen as a pick me up for a busy home.
How Grey Cabinets Enhance Your Home
- Grey cabinets build anticipation for other aspects of the kitchen. In a way, grey allows other elements of your room to stand out. It’s the perfect time to buy that brightly colored throw rug, a metallic mirror, decorative Sapphire cabinet pulls, or go gallery shopping for a new accent artwork. Instead of boring, gray actually makes the room more exciting.
- An atmosphere of style and luxury. Step into a grey-themed kitchen and you will think you are in some high-end condo. Grey has an unmistakable feeling of classic style and unmitigated luxury (because it is such a clean and versatile color).
- Relaxing yet exciting. There is a certain hard-to-explain way in which gray causes a deep sense of relaxation yet sparking excitement through its contrast with other nearby colors and textures.
What Shade of Grey is Best for Your Cabinets
Paint companies (basically all of them) stock more than a dozen variants of grey, each with its own character and effects. For example, Neutrals by Sherwin Williams has a huge variety of grey, off-grey, and other neutrals that look amazing in kitchens and bathrooms.
Pro Tip: Make sure that you test out different shades in different lighting situations. Most paint suppliers provide samples so you can test your color with different light – you wouldn’t want to have to repaint your cabinetry.
Best Cabinet Knobs to Match Grey Cabinets
One popular option is grey and white kitchen cabinets, which creates a gentle contrast. You can go for grey cabinets and a white countertop or grey lower cabinets and all-white upper wall cabinets. We love what Hans Krug, a fine European cabinetry company, has done with their grey kitchen cabinetry (and quite the modern twist!) You can also choose grey painted cabinets to match a grey floor, making sure to choose contrasting shades of grey for both surfaces. For instance, a light grey wood tile floor could work well with dark grey cabinets. Grey does not have to be boring, dull, or safe. It can be fun, exciting, and even unique. To prove it to you, here are some amazing grey cabinets that work perfectly for the space they are in.
Home Hardware Plus offers a huge selection of cabinet hardware to match these grey cabinets. Our two lines, Sapphire and Omnia, have selections in every finish and style you can imagine to highlight your ‘new’ grey cabinets!