Why Gray is the New White

By October 20, 2016 Kitchen No Comments

By Louis Fernandez, My Cabinet Source

When it comes to remodeling it is important to choose color schemes that will stand the test of time. It is best to avoid fads and instead keep your designs and color palette with longevity in mind so your remodel looks fresh for years to come.

For example, five years ago, the latest kitchen craze was dark cabinets. The sleek and sophisticated look gave kitchens a modern, contemporary feel. However, as of two years ago, the trend has been reverting back to the invariability of lighter cabinetry. Why? Because although dark cabinets are rich and beautiful in color, they tend to darken the living space, making it seem dull and uninviting if there isn’t enough natural light to counterbalance the dimness. Also, it makes the space seem smaller than it actually is.


Shades of gray shaker style cabinets
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Not only are lighter cabinets in, but gray cabinets have become extremely popular. The popularity of sleek and sophisticated gray color schemes is rising. 71 percent of National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) designers said gray was the fastest-growing color scheme for kitchens in 2014, and the trend continues to remain popular today. We have noticed a trend where people are choosing to install gray cabinets nearly as often as white.

Although gray can be tricky in cold, gray climates, when it is paired with warm materials like red and yellow, it pops and creates a calming atmosphere in your home. On the other hand, in warmer climates like here in Houston, gray can be pleasantly cool; a breath of fresh air during our extreme heat and humid temperatures. So while white kitchens are a safe bet, gray is neutral enough, and close enough to the color white to have staying influence if it is used well.


Gray cabinet drawers -spice storage – Pearland Kitchen
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Gray cabinetry is also much easier to clean than white cabinets. Smudges, cracks and splatters tend to be more pronounced in white cabinetry. However, due to the gray color’s subdued nature, it camouflages stains a bit more, and cracks aren’t as prevalent as they are in white cabinetry.

Additionally, installing gray cabinets in your home is inherently helping you plan for the long term. Since lighter cabinets create a bright and vibrant ambience, your kitchen will appear lighter and brighter than it actually is; this can be a big reselling point if you ever decide to put your house on the market. In addition, gray cabinets also give your kitchen the appearance of being larger than it actually is – another factor to keep in mind for the future.

Gray cabinets are definitely trending, and for a good reason. They offer flexibility in terms of design, and the ability to stand the test of time as well as marketability if you decide to resell your house.

This article was provided by a member of the Remodelers Council of the Greater Houston Builders Association. The Remodelers Council is dedicated to promoting professionalism and public awareness of the remodeling profession through education, certification and service to the Houston community. For information on this article, please contact Lorraine Hart at lorraine@idealconsulting.net. To join the council or to find a professional remodeler in your area, please visit the GHBA website.


GHBA_RCThe Remodelers Council of the Greater Houston Builders Association is an organization of remodelers and industry professionals. We are dedicated to the promotion of excellence and professionalism within the industry, and public awareness of the Remodelers Council. We achieve this through education, certification and service to the membership, industry and the community. Members of the Remodelers Council give back to the Houston community by participating in an annual charity project. The Remodelers Council holds an annual Garage Sale at the September Texas Home and Garden Show with proceeds going to their local charity project. To join the council or to find a professional remodeler in your area, please visit the GHBA website.

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