Mixing Gray and Beige in the Kitchen

Gray seems to be taking over beige everywhere in home decor and design these days. If you are like a lot of people, you have beige toned pieces that you still want to (or HAVE to) incorporate into your home. Kitchen renovations can get expensive so most of us can get stuck with finishes we don’t necessarily LOVE. But, there are ways to mix in shades that can help create a look that you want to achieve.

gray and beige in the kitchen {Image via Atmosphere Interior Design, Inc.}

I recently started this “Design Advice” column where YOU can ask me anything. I love helping friends, family and readers so please send questions my way and I’ll be answering them through a blog post! The first question I received was from Michelle who asked “Can you mix beige and gray in the kitchen?” These are both neutrals, however, it can be tricky to mix them. I’ll share a couple tips and inspirational images to do it right.

There are a couple things to consider and one of the most important are the undertones. Just remember, mix cool tones with cool tones and warm with warm. And one of the easiest ways to give a kitchen a new look is through a fresh coat of paint. But which color will work best for mixing gray and beige together? One word…GREIGE.

In case you aren’t familiar, greige is a term for the color of essentially mixing beige and gray. Incorporating greige in your space will help tie your beige and gray pieces together. There are quite a few options when it comes to picking the right greige color and one of the most popular is “Perfect Greige” by Sherwin Williams. I have a couple other go-to favorites too but I won’t bore you with a bunch of paint colors. The important thing to consider here is (again), the undertones of the colors you are working with.

mixing gray and beige in the kitchen{Image via Selphie.com}

For example, Michelle has a warm beige backsplash in her kitchen but she wants the kitchen walls to be painted gray. My advice to her was to choose a greige or a warm gray (example: Revere Pewter). Painting walls have a big impact but it can make a HUGE difference if you have the luxury of painting the cabinets as well. Or the kitchen island can make a big impact too (shown above).

gray and beige tones in kitchen{Image via Plebio}

Another way to mix beige and gray tones are with accent pieces. When it comes to the kitchen, a perfect accent update is through the backsplash. Think metallics, woods and textures to marry these neutrals in a space. In the photo above, the metallics in the backsplash also mix in beige tones to tie together the gray counters and maple cabinets.

And this gray and white marble backsplash with creme cabinets – beautiful!

gray and beige kitchen{Image via Velvet & Linen}

I recently completed a project where we kept some of the existing beige tile in the bathrooms. To give the condo a cohesive look, I incorporated beige (and light greige) tones in the kitchen with the countertops and accent tile. We painted the island gray to match the wall color and went with solid white cabinets.

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The countertop has both gray and beige tones throughout. (I was thrilled to find this perfect slab by the way and had almost had to fight for it!). The backsplash tile is a greige tone and I used nickel hardware to tie it all together. See more on this kitchen renovation: Lincoln Park Condo Project

Do you have a design question that you would like help with? Ask me and I’ll be sharing another answer next month!

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your week!

Samantha Regan



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