Grey colour schemes in the kitchen seem to be a great design trend nowadays, as they are neutral enough to complement many colours throughout the kitchens style. The colour grey is making its way into the world of colour fashion where it provides a sense of sophisitication to the space, and adds lots of character while also being a chic alternative to white.
Warmer greys can create different feels, for example like a blue-based slate. If you follow the colour theory you can’t go wrong in creating the perfect palette in your traditional handmade kitchen.
Handmade kitchens from Nicholas Bridger painted in a grey hue will create delightful modern and traditional styles, and can easily be added with other kitchen décor ideas. All of our kitchens are hand painted to your personal preference in the colour of your choice. One of the paint companies we use is a respectable company known as “Farrow & Ball”.
Farrow & Ball use only the finest ingredients available to make their amazing colour chart. They have been designing and making paint for over 70 years, and transforming modern and traditional homes, large and small. The company was set up by two local pioneers known as John Farrow and Richard Ball.
Some popular colours right now
Blackened from Farrow & Ball is a cool white with the slightest hint of grey. It was historically made with the addition of lamp black pigment gathered from the smoke of burning oil lamps. The colour Blackened sits perfectly with each of the Architectural Neutrals in the collection for a minimal look or stronger industrial feel. It’s particularly spectacular when used within stainless steel kitchens, or when paired with All White for an uncompromisingly modern design.
In our recent project in Potters Bar layers of grey were used to create a cohesive feel. Using various layers of grey such as the softer grey on the main kitchen cabinets, the island in a dark alluring hue and the subtle grey veins throughout the marbled worksurface, an effortless transition between light and dark has been created. The rest of the room has been kept with an airy feeling of neutral hues to create a delightful kitchen space.
In a new build in Hadley Wood we completed the hub of the home with our handmade classic shaker style hand painted in Blackened by Farrow & Ball. The neutral hue of this colour works well with the stainless steel fixtures and fittings that makes up the kitchen design. What a fantastic kitchen!
Down Pipe from Farrow & Ball is a dramatic lead grey that has definite blue undertones to it which deepen the complexity of the finish. Originally inspired by the colour used to paint downpipes and guttering, it has been embraced for use inside the home with fanatical zeal! This daringly dark hue is fabulous for a statement piece in the kitchen like the island.
The daringly dark hue known as Down Pipe by Farrow & Ball has been used for the statement island in this newly renovated property. The dramatic lead grey produces fantastic results against the neutral hues of the cool white with hints of grey known as ‘Blackened’ from Farrow & Ball.
The dramatic grey known as Down Pipe from Farrow and Ball has been used in our Potters Bar porject to create instant impact on the island. The metallic shine of chromes and silvers create a modern aesthetic, and the chandelier suspended above creates a luxury sparkle.
Cornforth White from Farrow & Ball is an understated grey that is extremely versatile. Neither too warm nor too cool, Cornforth White sits contentedly between Ammonite and Purbeck Stone to create a hushed and calming retreat.
The understated grey is extremely versatile in this historic property from the 1800s. A calming retreat has been created within our handmade classic shaker design, where the beautiful wooden beams and floor planks provide a stunning backdrop to this hub of the home. A stunning copper Mauviel Tea Kettle is the perfect choice to sit against this understated neutral grey kitchen and crisp white AGA.
The ultimate cooking space in Epping we created has been hand painted in Cornforth White. This hub of the home features the huge 1524mm Wolf Dual Fuel Range Cooker with Chargrill & Griddle, and for refrigeration our client opted for the 914mm Sub-Zero Built-in French Door fridge/freezer. The perfect professional cooking area for our professional chef client with an understated grey colour scheme.
Lamp Room Gray
Lamp Room Gray from Farrow & Ball is a traditional mid grey and creates a softer more lived in finish than Pavilion Gray, while retaining a sense of timelessness. It is surprisingly strong when used in smaller rooms but softens in larger, well lit spaces. The most traditional blue grey was originally created when a white room had been stained by the trimming of lamp wicks.
Dove Tale from Farrow & Ball is a warm grey with lilac undertones and a darker version of Elephant’s Breath and is perfect for those who are hoping for a warm grey finish. The grey hues within this colour create a soft and inviting feel to the hub of the home. Pair with Skimming Stone for the most flattering and subtle scheme. We have recently undergone a major refurb in our showroom and have painted part of the showroom kitchen with Dove Tale.
We hand painted part of our showroom in the warm grey that’s known as Dove Tale to create a soft and inviting feel to this kitchen space. This is our in-frame tradtional shaker style that has Armac Martin Queslett cabinet pulls and Queslett Knobs and a bank of Wolf appliances.
We recently completed a project in Potters Bar with the Classic shaker style furniture. The space is vast in both the kitchen and utility providing a multi-functional kitchen. The utility shown below has been handmade in our tongue and groove finish hand painted in Dove Tale. It creates a warm hue in this space that makes it inviting and appealing.
Elephant’s Breath from Farrow & Ball is a warm mid grey which is renowned for its characterful paint name, originally created by John Fowler, the notable English interior designer. To create an invitingly earthy scheme with more intense accents pair with Charleston Gray or London Clay, for a sense of neutrality and calmness paint with a contemporary neutral such as Strong White.
We incorporated this warm mid grey into our newly refurbished showroom in Great Hallingbury, Essex. This is our in-frame contemporary slab front style furniture that consists of a modern style and is hand painted in Elephant’s Breath. The sleek long bar handles contrast beautifully against the natural walnut accessories (chopping boards and serving tray) and the uplifting grey hues of the paint colour.
Pavilion Gray from Farrow & Ball is a cool mid grey that is classic and originally created for a bespoke pavilion, but is also reminiscent of an elegant 18th century Swedish colour. The subtle blue undertones of Pavilion Gray add a contemporary touch and sense of spaciousness. Combine with Dimpse, Blackened or Manor House Gray in an combination for a scheme that is perfect for the modern family home.
Worsted from Farrow & Ball is a rich grey that conjures memories of city suits made from flat woven fabric, so the name come from the Norfolk village where the yarn was originally woven. Worsted is stronger in tone than its counterpart Purbeck Stone, but lighter than Mole’s Breath. It has an understated richness with no cold tones, making it the perfect background to make clean accent colours pop.
Dimpse from Farrow & Ball is a cool and delicate grey named after the quaint West Country dialect for the colour of twilight and is one of the cooler Architectural Neutrals in the collection. It has subtle blue undertones that work particularly well in modern architectural spaces. Brush on to kitchen units alongisde a Down Pipe island for a clean finish that is conducive to minimal living.
We hand paint on-site once the kitchen has been built. It is a beautiful brush finish that follows the wood grain perfectly while protecting the solid wood underneath. To find out more on creating a grey colour scheme with Farrow & Ball for your handmade kitchen contact us today– we look forward to hearing from you.