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How to warm up a gray and white kitchen with yellow and green

"What can I do about my gray and white kitchen? It feels so cold."

Here's a question, I get a lot, "What can I do about my gray and white kitchen? It feels so cold, almost institutional." Homeowners fall in love with pictures of gray and white kitchens, build their new kitchens around those pictures, and feel disappointed by the results. That's the bad news. The good news? It's easy to warm up a cold, gray kitchen.

If your gray and white kitchen looks cold, add color

If your kitchen has a distinctly "hospital look," try adding color. Any color or combination of colors will work with gray and white.

Look what happens when you add yellow and green to gray and white. The gray cabinets don't feel heavy against a glossy green backsplash. And, a modern floral fabric with hints of yellow ties the color scheme together.


Gray, Yellow and Green Kitchen Tile, Custom Cabinets, Plumbing

Get the Look: Custom Gray Cabinets

I love this dark gray stain on maple by Lectus Cabinets. You see some of the natural wood grain, but it's subtle. If your kitchen works hard - you like to cook or have an active family - think about a gray stain instead of paint. Marks and small nicks really stand out on painted cabinets. They tend to blend in on stained cabinets.

Custom Kitchen Cabinets in Maple with Dark Gray Stain

Get the Look: Deep Green Backsplash Tile

This green subway tile with white grout feels fresh, and the glossy finish is a nice contrast to the matte finish on the cabinet doors. 

(Tip: If you opt for white grout, choose an acrylic that repels stains because dingy grout is not fresh.)

Green Gloss Subway Tile Hand Made Look

Get the Look: Modern Floral Print Fabric

You might be saying, "Fabric? In the kitchen?" Kitchens are full of hard surfaces, and I like to soften those edges with fabric.

Think beyond dish towels. What about a tailored window treatment or fun seat cushions?

This stylized floral by Robert Allen is modern and crisp. The hint of yellow in the flowers is enough to brighten a whole room. A little yellow goes a long way; more on designing with yellow here.

Fabric Stylized Modern Floral with Black, Gray, Yellow and Green 2-3

Get the Look: Black Faucet

This gooseneck faucet by Brizo picks up the black in the fabric and provides contrast. When you're trying to create a clean, crisp look, you need contrast.

Matte Black Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet Brizo Odin

Want to experiment with colors and finishes for your kitchen?

That's my take on a gray and white kitchen with yellow and green accents. Do you want to experiment with colors and finishes for your kitchen? Click this link to reserve design time at our Reno, Nevada studio. We'll set you up with space to work and access to all of our samples - cabinets, tile, plumbing, paint, wallpaper, and fabric. I can't wait to see what you create!
Jackie Lopey, Certified Interior Designer & Founder of Wide Canvas

She didn't know it, but Jackie Lopey's days as an advertising executive were numbered when she bought and renovated a 1950's bungalow. She soon went back to school and started her own design studio. Jackie is an award-winning, certified interior designer and the founder of Wide Canvas, a kitchen and bath design studio in Reno, Nevada.


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