So, the time has come to give the heart of your home a much-needed makeover. And after doing your due diligence, you’ve been won over by the trend in cool chic which is taking the interior design scene by storm and decided to opt for dark gray kitchen cabinets. But just why is dark gray all the rage in kitchen décor circles right now? You could say the answer is in the eye of the beholder.
The New Black
It’s official. Dark gray is the new black. Once considered too solemn and somber, dark gray is fast becoming a favorite foundation neutral for the scope of décor options it affords homeowners.
The beauty of this regal but underutilized neutral is that it works with virtually any hue as well as a range of textures and materials, including wood, ceramic tiles, granite, marble, leather, and metallic finishes and fittings. So, it comes as no surprise that dark gray is an increasingly popular choice for kitchen cabinets.
Industrial Allure – Gothic Appeal
With its nod to uniformity and air of contained aloofness, dark gray is like the Switzerland of the color spectrum. On the one hand, it is cohesive, uniting your chosen palette, however without becoming involved and losing its sense of discipline and mysterious remove.
Bordering on the far end of the spectrum dark gray reminds one to slate and precious metals like silver and platinum, conjuring an ambiance of steely resolve with an overtone of distinguished elegance.
Dark gray reaches beyond the austerity of black to give your kitchen an industrial appeal, an almost Gothic allure.
This dynamic neutral is compatible with a range of style concepts from ultra-modern to transitional to a contemporary interpretation of the country theme.
Its versatility emanates from its capacity to amplify the surrounding hues. As dark gray tends to absorb light, it works best in spacious kitchens with lots of natural illumination or ample artificial lighting. Remember, the companion tones you select also influence the overall effect, making the kitchen appear warmer or cooler, larger or smaller.
Combine dark gray kitchen cabinets with a geometric black-and-white patterned tile floor for a striking monochromatic look or with snow white, vintage white or light gray countertops, backsplashes, and appliances for a stark, minimalist look.
If you do choose to pair your dark gray kitchen cabinets with a palette dominated by other neutrals, it is essential to balance the look with warming elements – like a hardwood floor, leather upholstered bar stools or wooden blinds – or the result could be somewhat severe and overwhelming.
Alternatively, achieve an upbeat, cheerful vibe, by opting for more intense spot colors like cobalt blue, coral red or hot pink. Or keep the walls, countertops, and backsplashes light or white and pair your dark gray kitchen cabinets with pastel shades for a bright, airy look – think lemon yellow, citrus orange, and lime green.
Cutting-Edge Kitchen Chic
Dark gray is proving it doesn’t have to be drab or depressing. In fact, quite the opposite.
One reason dark gray is increasingly appreciated as a foundation shade for your kitchen cabinets is the opportunity it gives you to upgrade or revamp your kitchen by altering minor elements of the décor. Like fitting new blinds, replacing the countertops, retiling the backsplash or overhauling the hardware; these are typically affordable and simple changes to make if a different color theme takes your fancy or should you need to neutralize the heart of your home for resale.
So, give your kitchen an edge in the style game with an understated neutral that can be played up or down depending on your chosen accent colors, fabrics, and fittings and allows the various aspects of your remodeled kitchen – like the countertops, floors, backsplashes, and appliances – to take center stage.