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11 Trendy Ideas That Bring Gray and Yellow to the Kitchen

Thinking of giving your kitchen a refined and refreshing makeover as you head into summer and fall? Few colors out there bring that perfect balance between sophistication and eye-catching elegance like gray and yellow. A combination that is quickly catching on across the globe largely because of the new-found love for gray in the last few years, it is still a novelty when it comes to the contemporary kitchen. While gorgeous gray and yellow bedrooms and stylish living rooms with this classy color duo are far easier to find, kitchens still seem to be largely stuck in the ‘white along with bright color’ mode!

Unique gray backdrop and pops of yellow enliven this eclectic kitchen 11 Trendy Ideas That Bring Gray and Yellow to the Kitchen
Unique gray backdrop and pops of yellow enliven this eclectic kitchen [From: Gallery Direct]

Today we change that perception by bringing in the understated beauty of gray along with a splash of yellow goodness. While some kitchens are draped in just these two hues, others use them in a restrained and clever fashion to enhance their ambiance. Cutting across style barriers, these 11 kitchens might just inspire you to give your kitchen a smart little color revamp.

Cheerful Summer Charm

Yellow is one of those hues that seems to capture the joyful bliss of summer to perfection, and this is especially true if you add a light, mellow shade or even a cool pastel yellow backdrop to the kitchen. The farmhouse-style kitchen below combines this bright yellow magic with a dark gray backsplash and countertops to craft a captivating and relaxing kitchen. The flood of natural light helps add to the cheery ambiance.

Lovely use of bright yellow in the farmhouse style kitchen [Design: Rafe Churchill: Traditional Houses]
Lovely use of bright yellow in the farmhouse style kitchen [Design: Rafe Churchill: Traditional Houses]

Here is another kitchen that takes the traditional notion of gray as the principal color in the room and yellow as the one used in moderation and flips it on its head. When it comes to the kitchen, there is absolutely no reason to hold back on yellow; even in case of cool, contemporary kitchens. Gray here brings definition to the white cabinets and makes a big impact even though it is used in a very limited fashion.

Eclectic kitchen in cheerful yellow with a hint of gray [Photography: Kaia Calhoun]
Eclectic kitchen in cheerful yellow with a hint of gray [Photography: Kaia Calhoun]

There are plenty of ways in which you can usher in a color of your choice and the next lovely kitchen reminds you that color is not the only option. It is the exclusive kitchen worktops that bring in the gray while yellow sets the mood for an inviting, tropical hub that looks over the pool area outside. A perfect kitchen indeed for the warm summer months ahead!

Counters bring gray in a subtle fashion to the tropical kitchen [Design: Andreozzi Architects]
Counters bring gray in a subtle fashion to the tropical kitchen [Design: Andreozzi Architects]

Pops of Yellow

Now here is a kitchen that tells you that the yellow and gray kitchen is not just for spring, summer or fall. It is a style that works all year long when done right, and we absolutely adore how the all-gray backdrop (including the wallpapered ceiling) lets those yellow pendants shine through. Another advantage of taking this approach is that you can essentially switch out those pendants (and the flowers) and add a completely different hue by bringing bright red, blue or even copper lighting fixtures!

Pendants bring splashes of yellow to the classy gray kitchen [Design: Essential Design + Build]
Pendants bring splashes of yellow to the classy gray kitchen [Design: Essential Design + Build]

Adding a hint of gray and yellow to your existing kitchen can also be done without actually giving it a complete makeover. Instead of wrapping up the entire kitchen in these two hues alone, opt for a more reserved approach like the one here. The subway tiles in gray and yellow add color to this contemporary kitchen while leaving the Midcentury style of the space undisturbed.

Midcentury kitchen with gray and yellow subway tiles [Design: Hudson Street Design]
Midcentury kitchen with gray and yellow subway tiles [Design: Hudson Street Design]

Another great use of tiles to give the kitchen its dose of yellow and gray, this is an idea for those who are not too keen on too much yellow disturbing the existing color scheme of their home. The dozen or so lemon yellow tiles combined with gray and white pieces still make plenty of visual impact and yet also seem to gently melt away into the backdrop. Notice here how the LED strip lighting literally puts the smart backsplash under the spotlight!

Subtle use of bright lemon accents in the contemporary kitchen [Design: Breathe Architecture]
Subtle use of bright lemon accents in the contemporary kitchen [Design: Breathe Architecture]

Styles, Shades and Synergy

While some kitchens tend to revel in a flood of yellow and others look great when gray takes over the lead role, there are times when you need a perfect balance between both hues to create your dream kitchen. Yellow plays a major role in kitchens with styles ranging from rustic and farmhouse to Mediterranean and Craftsman. Gray on the other hand brings the urbane appeal of contemporary and transitional styles and even looks perfectly at home in industrial settings. It is often the style you choose that will determine which of the two colors plays the protagonist in your kitchen.

Custom made tempered glass backsplash adds pattern to the kitchen [Design: Dallas Renovation Group]
Custom made tempered glass backsplash adds pattern to the kitchen [Design: Dallas Renovation Group]
Contemporary kitchen with gray cabinets and yellow backsplash [Design: Chr DAUER Architects]
Contemporary kitchen with gray cabinets and yellow backsplash [Design: Chr DAUER Architects]
Turn towards the ceiling to give your kitchen a quick makeover [Design: Formica Group]
Turn towards the ceiling to give your kitchen a quick makeover [Design: Formica Group]
White, gray and sunny yellow in the modern kitchen [Design: Nerland Building & Restoration]
White, gray and sunny yellow in the modern kitchen [Design: Nerland Building & Restoration]

So, are you ready to try out the duo of gray and yellow in your kitchen?

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