Selecting a color theme for your kitchen remodel is just as important as deciding on the style of cabinets you want. Your choice of palette can have a profound impact on how your décor will progress. And the overall ambiance that your kitchen will project. But just what is it about light grey inset cabinets that make it so well suited for kitchen interiors? The answer lies in its psychology.
What’s in a Color?
Yes, it’s true. Grey can look gorgeous. Sure, at first glance light grey may seem like an unconventional choice for the predominant foundation color for your kitchen. Obviously, if your kitchen’s entire interior were to be done out in light grey, the overall impression would be somewhat depressing and drab. However, we’re not suggesting every aspect of your kitchen be light grey, only the kitchen cabinets.
Opting for kitchen cabinets in light grey gives you an excellent backdrop on which you can impose your personality. So, while your light grey inset cabinets may occupy a significant degree of your kitchen space, they will not overwhelm the interior.
Fade to Grey
From a psychological perspective, grey is the color of compromise. It is neither white nor black but rather a bridge between these opposite ends of the color spectrum. This underutilized neutral combines well with just about any hue from pristine whites and icy blues to trendy sunshine yellows, lime greens, and fire engine reds.
As a natural neutral, it has a stabilizing effect on surrounding colors, toning down brighter, bolder colors and highlighting softer, more subdued colors. It also mixes well with a variety of materials and textures, including wood, tiles, granite, marble, leather, and metallic finishes and fittings.
Light grey inset cabinets could be described as a passive color, a reflective hue that hints at precious metals. It is cool without being cold and typically associated with control, reserve, balance, and tranquility. Being closer to white light grey tends to be more illuminating, so creating a feeling of space and composed functionality.
Bring Your Kitchen to Life
Grey is like the perfect host. Rather than stealing the limelight, it allows the spot colors to pop and the other elements – like the countertops, floors, backsplashes, appliances, and so on – of the kitchen to stand out and bring your kitchen to life.
Mix and Match
Light grey inset cabinets look clean and crisp no matter how you choose to mix and match it.
Combined with white and other darker neutrals, it works to achieve a restrained elegance that emphasizes your metallic hardware and appliances. For example, matching light grey kitchen cabinets with snow white kitchen cabinets and white marble countertops or otherwise making your base cabinets dark grey and your wall cabinets light grey to create an eye-catching contrast.
Pairing such a neutral-heavy palette with a natural wood floor will work to add warmth and character to your kitchen and avoid the effect appearing too austere and sterile.
Alternatively, if you’re feeling adventurous, light grey pairs equally well with more intense colors.
The great thing about light grey kitchen cabinets is they give you the scope to revamp or upgrade your kitchen by changing smaller aspects of the décor. Like reupholstering your dining chairs, renovating the backsplash or replacing the countertops; overall these are relatively easy and inexpensive alterations should a different shade strike your fancy or if you need to neutralize the space for resale.
Spotless, Sophisticated, and Subtle
Light grey doesn’t have to be dull or boring. Used cleverly light grey inset cabinets can lend your kitchen interior an air of subtle sophistication without being overly conservative. A sense of quiet refinement that can be played up or down depending on your chosen spot colors, fabrics, appliances, and fittings.
Its timeless appeal makes it a valid alternative to the typical all-white kitchen or one that features natural or laminated wood finishes and ensures it fits with style concepts from ultra-modern to transitional to traditional rustic.
Certainly, its increasing popularity is evidenced by the sheer volume of homeowners who are opting for grey-themed kitchen makeovers.
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