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Kitchen designed by Stacy Roseberry
KitchenDesigned by Stacy Roseberry
Kitchen Backsplash designed by Daniela Araya
Kitchen BacksplashDesigned by Daniela Araya
Kitchen Product Board designed by Nichole Hill
Kitchen Product BoardDesigned by Nichole Hill
My Personal Vibe Board designed by Hilah Stahl
My Personal Vibe BoardDesigned by Hilah Stahl
Galley Kitchen designed by Lyss Wallace
Galley KitchenDesigned by Lyss Wallace
kitchen viiibe designed by Sofie Way
kitchen viiibeDesigned by Sofie Way
MCGEE & CO DESIGN CHALLENGE designed by Taylor McGowan
MCGEE & CO DESIGN CHALLENGEDesigned by Taylor McGowan
Design 3 designed by William Seth Danner
Design 3Designed by William Seth Danner
Kitchen Mood Board designed by Elizabeth Roussil
Kitchen Mood BoardDesigned by Elizabeth Roussil
New Kitchen Idea 1~ designed by Kerry Drapcho
New Kitchen Idea 1~Designed by Kerry Drapcho
Untitled (copy) designed by Ash Brockinton
Untitled (copy)Designed by Ash Brockinton
Kitchen 1 designed by Eileen Nunez
Kitchen 1Designed by Eileen Nunez
Color Loving  2 designed by Xakota Espinoza
Color Loving  2Designed by Xakota Espinoza
Morning Pages designed by Joia Woods
Morning PagesDesigned by Joia Woods
euro inspired kitchen designed by Carly Johnston
euro inspired kitchenDesigned by Carly Johnston
Kitchen designed by Dria Sweet
KitchenDesigned by Dria Sweet
Open Shelving designed by Ella Rausch
Open ShelvingDesigned by Ella Rausch
Sagedust Kitchen & Dining designed by Kristi Kautz
Sagedust Kitchen & DiningDesigned by Kristi Kautz
Kitchen designed by Kaci Chesser McCombs
KitchenDesigned by Kaci Chesser McCombs
Maquette cuisine designed by Irena Kaufman
Maquette cuisineDesigned by Irena Kaufman
Kitchen designed by Tyanna Veltman
KitchenDesigned by Tyanna Veltman
Kitchen designed by Melanie Fenning
KitchenDesigned by Melanie Fenning
Kitchen Mood Board designed by KATHERINE ECK
Kitchen Mood BoardDesigned by KATHERINE ECK
🟢 Kitchen  designed by sophia lin
🟢 Kitchen Designed by sophia lin

Design tips for decorating a gray style kitchen

Here’s how to achieve the gray aesthetic room of your dreams.

What’s the best way to design and decorate a gray kitchen?

Kitchens hold a special place as “the heart of the home” for a reason. They are the bustling hub where food is prepared, creativity flourishes, and cherished moments are shared with loved ones.

Crafting a functional and stylish kitchen design is essential for maximizing efficiency and creating an inviting space for cooking, entertaining, and gathering with family and friends. From the placement of appliances to the arrangement of cabinets and countertops, every element plays a vital role in shaping the overall flow and functionality of your kitchen.

While kitchen design trends and materials come and go, there are some kitchen layout principles that are tried and true. You may have heard of the “kitchen triangle” — placing your stovetop, sink, and refrigerator in a triangle formation. By arranging these three elements in a triangular formation, cooks can seamlessly navigate between tasks, making meal preparation a more efficient and enjoyable experience. This classic layout continues to stand the test of time, serving as a cornerstone of functional kitchen design.

Whether you're in the process of a kitchen remodel or looking to makeover your existing one, these are the key elements to include in your design:

  • Appliances: Common kitchen appliances include a refrigerator, freezer, stove or cooktop, oven, vent hood, microwave, and dishwasher. If you are starting a new kitchen design from scratch, we recommend deciding where your appliances and sink go first and building the rest of the design around them.
  • Sink: The sink is a crucial element in a kitchen, used for washing dishes, food preparation, and cleaning. It’s common to place the sink in front of a window, but this is purely a stylistic choice. If you have the space, some modern kitchens include two sinks in the kitchen design — one for food prep closer to your stove or main worktop and the other for cleaning closer to your dishwasher or where you store dishes.
  • Faucets: Faucets are an opportunity to add a decorative touch. Select finishes that match other metal elements in the kitchen, such as cabinet hardware or lighting fixtures. Consider water-saving models for environmental sustainability.
  • Countertops: Countertops are essential work surfaces in a kitchen. They provide space for food preparation, cooking, and other kitchen tasks. Countertop material choice is often one of the biggest (and costly!) design decisions. Different countertop materials, from natural stones like marble or granite to engineered surfaces like quartz, offer unique textures that can add depth and interest to your kitchen design.
  • Backsplash Tile: A backsplash is typical for behind a stove or sink to protect the wall from splashes of water, oil, and other cooking ingredients​​. While backsplashes are practical choices they also help to add depth and interest to the kitchen. Different materials can significantly affect the appearance and functionality of your backsplash. For example, glossy ceramic tiles will reflect more light and help make a small kitchen feel larger, while natural stone tiles could add warmth and texture to make a larger kitchen feel more cozy.
  • Cabinets and Storage: Incorporate a mix of open shelving, base cabinets, wall cabinets, or tall pantry cabinets in your design for storage space for dishes, cookware, and pantry items. Select a cabinet material or color and cabinet hardware that fits with your desired style.
  • Kitchen Island or Work Table: An island or work table provides additional workspace, storage, and seating options.
  • Runner Rug: A runner can add warmth to your kitchen and a comfortable place to stand while cooking.
  • Seating: Seating areas in kitchens come in all shapes and sizes. If you have an island or work table, you may want to include stools or bench seating on one or multiple sides. If you plan to have a dining area in your kitchen, include a dining table and chairs or a breakfast nook with banquette seating. Or, take a page out of our favorite kitchen designer’s book (cough Helen Parkhust of DeVol cough) and include an accent chair or two for a more cozy seating option.
  • Paint or Wallpaper: Select a color or pattern that sets the desired mood for the kitchen and complements the style you want to achieve. We are partial to covering walls, ceilings, and trim in a uniform paint color to create a cohesive look. Or consider an accent wall to serve as a focal point.
  • Lighting Fixtures: Proper task lighting is essential in a kitchen. Include lighting fixtures such as overhead lights, pendant lights, wall sconces, and under-cabinet lighting in your design to ensure adequate illumination. Consider the placement of lighting fixtures to eliminate shadows and evenly light the space. Dimmer switches can adjust the mood.
  • Curtains or Blinds: Window treatments not only help control the light and provide privacy but also serve to tie the room's design together. They offer an opportunity to inject color, texture, and pattern into the living space, making it more inviting and personalized. Cafe curtains, in particular, are popular choices for kitchens. Don’t forget the curtain rod!
  • ** Kitchen Decor**: From kitchen towels and storage jars to drying racks and utensil holders, kitchen accessories should be both functional and decorative. Coordinate the color and pattern with the overall kitchen color scheme and style to bring your design vision to life.

Get creative and have fun with your kitchen! If you need an extra hand, check out our step-by-step guide on How To Design a Kitchen.

How do you decorate with gray?

From ethereal silvers to deep, commanding charcoals, gray serves as a wonderful neutral foundation in interior design. Celebrated for its sophisticated nature, gray can give your space an air of traditional elegance or contemporary flair. Gray's versatility makes it suitable for nearly any room. In communal spaces like living rooms or kitchens, lighter grays can contribute to a lively and inviting atmosphere. In spaces designed for rest or concentration, such as bedrooms or home offices, darker grays can evoke a sense of tranquility and focus.

Layering various tones of gray in your kitchen, from light to dark, can create a sophisticated and cohesive look. To prevent a gray scheme from feeling flat, introduce a variety of accent colors, textures or patterns. For a timeless look, combine gray with crisp whites or deep blacks. For a pop of vibrancy, consider accenting gray tones with bold colors like mustard, teal, or coral. Combining gray with natural elements like wood, stone, or greenery can soften its coolness and add warmth to the space. Metallic finishes such as silver, gold, or copper beautifully complement gray, adding a touch of luxury and refinement. Metallic light fixtures, picture frames, or decorative items can introduce a glam feel to your space.

The perception of gray paint can significantly change under different lighting conditions. Natural light can enhance its softness, making it feel more airy and open. Though gray paint can often read white in larger rooms, so don’t be afraid to go darker if you want the color to shine.

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