Since nothing brings grey to life faster than colour, the best kitchen cabinet colour for your grey floors are… you guessed it, COLOUR. And since Sherwin-Williams just announced their Colour of the Year, it inspired me to share some cabinet colour inspiration with you.
(Image credit: @ohara_interiors)
I have written a post or two about how to warm up grey flooring but a while ago I started thinking about kitchens with grey flooring and I came up with this conclusion.
While white kitchens will always be timeless, if you have grey floors, you’re missing out on the balancing warmth of a wood floor.
So, if you have grey floors, it’s worth considering painting your kitchen cabinets a colour to breathe some life into your kitchen.
Now, the kitchens I’m showing as inspiration in this post mostly don’t have grey floors, but I’m telling you right now, that if you do have grey floors, colours like the examples I’m sharing below are the best answer to updating your kitchen cabinets.
That is if you’ve inherited a kitchen with grey floors or perhaps installed them yourself and then realized later they weren’t the most timeless choice.
Do not despair, this is where colour can save the day!
Grey loves colour
Because a great kitchen is all about balance. And desaturated greys are best balanced by vibrant colour.
After all, grey began trending as the go-to neutral because the colours we were decorating with in the 2010s were fresh and clean. Too clean to look balanced with the beiges and browns of the previous trend.
But as it happens with all the trend cycles, we began to play it safe choosing grey for everything, and we forgot to add the colour!
So now that we are well beyond the grey trend, and everyone is getting tired of the austerity of black and white, colour is making it’s reappearance everywhere!
So if you want to update your grey, black and white spaces for now and the decade to come, simply add colour.
And since many of us have open concept spaces with some kind of white or pale neutral on the walls, one of the best ways to add colour is on the cabinetry.
My favourite colour, yellow, looks amazing with grey in this modern kitchen (above).
Softened blues are also perfect choices that I think will look beautiful and current for a long time.
Sherwin-Williams COTY for 2024
In fact, when my team and I found out that Sherwin-Williams’ COTY for 2024 is Upward, we noted how many times we have already specified it in the eDesign department for walls, cabinets and islands.
SW Upward via Martha Stewart
SW Upward is a nicely balanced cool blue that will likely sell lots of cans for Sherwin-Williams. This colour is a pretty safe bet from a marketing perspective. But hey, it’s not a neutral!
Always have a design plan
Let’s be clear. If you’ve been following me, you’ll know that the best colour for your space is the one that relates perfectly to YOUR decor.
This is especially true if you want to commit to a colour for your cabinets. It’s best to choose some decor first so you can narrow down the precise can of paint you want to match the sofa, rug, pillows, etc. that you’ve found for your room.
As an aside, I really love how the grey countertops, marble backsplash and the grey floors in this kitchen above help balance the warm wood cabinets. Wood tones also balance cool greys and vice versa.
If all of this was black, it would start to feel a little like halloween without enough white. Charcoal is absolutely perfect in this kitchen.
Paint your kitchen cabinets a bold colour!
Grey can handle some pretty vibrant colours, like this sky blue cabinet below. With white cabinets, this orange stained butcher block would have looked too random.
Image via Elizabeth Roberts
Greens and teals are also perfect choices to warm up a kitchen with grey floors.
Coral, pink and salmon colours also pair pefectly with grey.
Colour is the perfect update for kitchen cabinets
The new look for kitchens is COZY, COLOURFUL and COLLECTED.
So if your kitchen is feeling cool, grey and blank, then the solution is to add colour. Paint your cabinets and don’t forget the STYLING!
This combination of colour and styling are your best tools to create a kitchen you love. It’s not always about a full renovation! Colour and styling will add a look and a feel much faster than most more expensive updates anyway.
I hope you feel inspired!
If you’re wondering how best to update your kitchen, send some photos to my eDesign department and we’ll let you know which package you need.
BTW, here’s the best trend round up I’ve read in years! So I had to share it with you all:
Let me know what you think of SW Colour of the Year!