ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Carla Jordan is a professional journalist and nationally published home design and lifestyle writer. Her work has appeared in well-regarded magazines, newspapers and websites like: ElleDecor.com, House Beautiful SIPs, Coastal Living, Better Homes & Gardens, Woman's Day, The Dallas Morning News, Dallas Modern Luxury and Sho.com (Showtime Network).
It was only a few years ago that gray stepped into the spotlight as design’s new “it” color. As a compatible partner to the ever-dominant white kitchen, gray may appear on cabinets, countertops, backsplashes, appliances or walls. Chic, sophisticated and timeless, this color of intellect is holding on strong as the little black dress for both fashion and home. Gray is everywhere, including Wood-Mode.
The transformative power of gray is still warming homes of even the most prestigious. For example…
In his historic Beaux Arts home in Kansas City, David Jimenez wrapped the walls of his traditional dining room in a strong, saturated shade of charcoal gray to pump up the volume and highlight the room's architectural bones and its eclectic mix of furnishings.
A softer shade of gray gives the Manhattan living room of actress Brooke Shields a bit of an uptown edge that keeps it from skewing overtly feminine.
According to the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s “Top 10 Kitchen Trends” list, “White and gray painted cabinets dominate kitchen color schemes and show no signs of slowing down, especially gray.”
Wood-Mode creates contrast and dimension in their cabinetry by mixing gray and wood finishes. For example…
Three shades of gray deliver lots of depth to this small kitchen. Silver Mist and Agate opaque finishes pair with Shale—a light gray-beige stain on cherry. Together, this soft trio of grays gives Soho Recessed and Tribeca Recessed cabinets a romantic, European sensibility.
Gray stain adds subtle contrast and lots of warmth to this black and white contemporary kitchen, while drawing the eye around the space to focus on the custom storage armoire. Its saturated Vintage Slate opaque finish makes the raised geometric door panels of the armoire stand out and transform them into key focal points.
In this transitional ocean home, a gray stain on walnut provides a soft aesthetic while being reminiscent of the driftwood that can be seen from the serrated coastline below. A sky-high entertainment center, built along a floating partition wall, is anchored by Whitney Recessed cabinets in a warm matte Winter Sky finish. This hint of gray accentuates the grain and character of the wood. Glass shelves with integrated LED lighting create a gallery display effect while casting dramatic gray shadows in and around accessories.
Each gray in the Wood-Mode color palette has been selected for the unique way it works with the wood species from which they craft their cabinetry. Some grays add a hint of color while others are saturated. In addition to the Wood-Mode stain and opaque gray finishes, they will also create a custom opaque. Simply provide them with a swatch of your favorite gray and let them create something uniquely personal.
As this chic hue continues to warm the hearts of our homes, it's easy to see why every home should have it. See for yourself at your nearest Wood-Mode showroom.