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How do you choose between a grey or white kitchen?

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When designing a new kitchen, there are hundreds of decisions to be made, including the layout, materials, appliances. But the most exciting choice of all can be what colour you’ll paint your walls. According to Home Stratosphere, white and grey are two of the most popular kitchen colours today. But how do you choose between a grey or white kitchen?

These highly versatile colours are rarely labelled as in style or out of style. White and grey blend with any aesthetic and can easily be customized to coordinate with a more prominent colour scheme. These fashionable colours for all rooms of the home lend a luxurious, high-end feel to any space, and have also shown to have positive psychological effects.

Having said all that, what colour should you choose for your new kitchen? If white cabinets and kitchen or grey cabinets and kitchen are high on your list of possibilities, we’re here to help you learn a bit more about the pros and cons of each.

What are the pros and cons of a white kitchen?

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Pros:

  1. More space and light. The power of white can make any space seem more significant than it is. Therefore, white is an excellent choice for a small, narrow or L-shaped kitchen and also for any room that sees little daylight. 
  2. A fresh, clean look. White is the perfect choice for conveying a clean, hygienic kitchen space. To break up the white with some warmth and coziness, choose ceramic tiles or appliances in vibrant colours. 
  3. Effortlessly showcase your style. Fresh and neutral, white is the most effective backdrop for making your accents and personal treasures pop. Shine a spotlight on your beautiful chandelier, pictures and crafts. With white, your imagination is the only limit!

Cons:

  1. Too much of a good thing. White may not be the best option for large spaces. All-white can make a large kitchen feel unfriendly, cold and clinical.
  2. No place to hide. Scratches, dirt, stains, and blemishes are more easily noticeable on white cabinets and countertops, making them more challenging to keep clean. 
  3. Not the time for bargain hunting. Choose good quality paint. Inferior white paint can become discoloured with exposure to bright sunlight.

What are the pros and cons of a grey kitchen?

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Pros:

  1. Create a calming look. For any spacious kitchen that gets plenty of natural light, grey contributes to a relaxing and calming effect. It also has the effect of visually balancing and offsetting bright colours and patterns in your kitchen.   
  2. Many shades of grey. There are so many beautiful and sophisticated tones of grey — from almost white to nearly black, with thousands of variations in-between. In other words, there’s a shade of grey to suit every taste and to bring out the best in any kitchen style.
  3. Perfect for rooms of all sizes. As long as you choose a tone based on the size and natural light coming into the room, you can’t go wrong with grey. By introducing darker details into a large kitchen and lighter ones into a small, your kitchen is sure to look stylish no matter which specific shade you choose.

Cons:

  1. The psychology of grey. Some people think of grey as a dark or depressing colour, but when contrasted against a few brighter accents and details, grey always looks great.
  2. Too much of a good thing. As is the case with any other colour, painting an entire room in grey (or even different shades of grey) is not likely to give you the effect you want. Grey is one colour that looks best against plenty of contrast.  
  3. Staying power. Some interior designers don’t believe grey will continue to be as popular as it is today. In contrast, others are convinced that it will. When in doubt, a lighter shade might be safest as a choice that you won’t soon grow tired. 

The kitchen is a unique and individual space in every home and one in which we all like spending time with friends and family. As the heart of your home, it must be beautiful and cozy. The use of white or grey paint, especially when offset by some colourful accents, will make any kitchen look gorgeous. So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to paint and choose a grey or white kitchen. 

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Mary Garden

Mary Garden has been working as an interior designer for seven years. She likes creating unique but comfortable environments for her clients. In her free time, Mary travels and blogs about her adventures.