Post # 1
Hi Bees, advice needed as while I quite like my personal tastes and style, I’m not always the keenest around about what styles and looks are cohesive and complimentary. So, without further ado….we are having our kitchen redone. This is what it will look like when finished :
Gray cabinets, white tile backsplash with dark gray grout, white marble counters, and gold hardware. The kitchen is open concept and will lead into the living/dining room. It is a really lovely, bright space and I would like to find a paint color to use in both rooms to keep the light, bright feeling. One of my favorite paint colors that I’ve used in other rooms through out my house is “Grayish” by Sherwin Williams, a really nice neutral gray (PERFECT if you want a warmer, soft gray!). It’s a little darker than what I’d like for such a big space, and almost the exact color of my cabinets, so it’s a no go…but, I was wondering about using a color that’s a shade or two lighter on the color card (“Snowfall” by Sherwin Williams, extremely light gray). Is that okay, can I have Gray cabinets against lighter gray walls? If this is not an okay look, then what paint color should I use? I’m okay with almost any tone or shade as long as it’s super light. My decor style in general tends to be light, warm neutrals. I’m open to a great white if I could find one that is warm enough to compliment my style without making the white details in the kitchen look dingy. I should also add that the kitchen itself will have hardly Wall any paint, and none visible on any walls with cabinets.
So designer/painter Bees, any advice is appreciated ☺️. Thank you!
Post # 2
I think the pale gray will be fine. I like a bit of color, so I would probably choose a pale green or lavender, but if gray is one of your favorites then I think it will look lovely.
Post # 3
Hmm, I’m thinking a warm off-white, or maybe the Sherwin Williams Alabaster (lol we are looking at paint colors there too). I think something like that would go well with the cabinets and backsplash and also work in the living room area.
I’m honestly not the biggest fan of the gray wall trend, but the light warm gray looks nice on those cabinets.
Post # 4
I love grey too, and am very jealous of your cabinets!
I think grey walls would be too much though… I would go with pure white to match the tiles, or pick out a pale shade of a colour that will already be in the room (utensils/pictures/dishes/soft furnishings etc).
Post # 5
We used a yellow ochre type color in our kitchen. Our counters and black and our appliances are stainless steel. I’m thinking about painting our cabinets dark grey and the island a lighter grey (havent had time). I painted the window sill a bone white too which I really like.
I personally would use a slightly darker color on the walls to make the gray cabinets pop.
What about a ‘shark fin grey’?
Post # 6
I think you will need a touch of color to break up the neutral tile and cabinet colors.I’d go for a very pale mint green or a very pale blue, personally.
Post # 7
I’m a huge fan of gray, but I think multiple shades of gray might be too much.
Personally, I would go for a nice soft yellow. But I also think that lavender, mint, or a pale blue would look quite nice too.
Post # 8
I think gray walls might be too much. White would work if you’re into a more clean, modern look. Personally, I’d pick something with just a hint of color.
Bonsai Tint : a pale, neutral sage green (great if you have plants around, or pale wood furniture, or a modern minimalist style)
Demure: a soft, barely-pink shade (could work well with a mid-century modern decor, clean lines, metallics, etc.)
Post # 9
Kitchen twin! My kitchen looks exactly like yours will, with the exception of nickel hardware (the hubs won that battle- I was pushing for gold!) my walls are bright white- no undertones, crisp and clean. It extends into my open floor plan as does yours. Neutral yet modern!
Post # 10
Thanks ladies. Okay, I think the general consensus is that gray walls would be a bit much. I’m not opposed to color so much, as long as it’s super light, I also like the idea of doing a white with a very strong undertone. I am looking into all paint colors mentioned here, thanks again ☺️.
Post # 11
picked up a paint sample of this today, I really like! Thanks.
Post # 12
I would go with white walls and a light robin egg blue ceiling (if the ceiling for that room is contained and doesn’t continue into another room). A friend of mine did this–not everyone even notices it, it’s a wonderful surprise and makes for a happy space.
Post # 13
I would do a lighter grey. I think a color would not look good with your palette.
Post # 14
Cottonball, Dove White and Swiss Coffee are whites I love from Benjamin Moore. Cotton ball being the truest white but very warm & clean & cheery. Dove White has warm grey undertones (it came to mind first with your pretty cabinets). Swiss coffee is a warm off white that makes everything pop & is works really well with varied neutrals.
Post # 15
Funny story… When we redid our kitchen we were looking at the same color gray cabinets for our island, and white for the rest. Our cabinet company screwed up the order and we ended up with all gray – which was so serendipitous, because a gray kitchen is GORGEOUS.
At first we had the walls a pale green, when we thought the cabinets were going to be white, and then when we ended up putting up the gray cabinets they were super washed out by the paint. We ended up repainting, and used Ben Moore’s Edgecomb Gray. It’s super super pretty – light and airy, neutral with just enough color, not gray but not brown. I ended up loving it so much I used it in the upstairs hallway as well. We also did white subway tiles, and we did a white and super pale gray quartz, with brushed nickle pulls. We also have very little walk color for the kitchen, and it’s open to our living room (that pale green I was going to out in the kitchen) . It’s seriously amazing, and I love coming home to my kitchen!
I’m not at home right now, but when I am tomorrow I’ll post a couple of pictures so you can see what the paint color looks like with the gray cabinets, white subway, and a light counter!