Move Over, White and Gray Kitchens — There’s a New Neutral in Town

published Apr 19, 2024
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White and gray kitchens have dominated the scene for quite some time now. Sometimes we’ll get lucky and see some blue or green, or even something more dramatic, like black. But for the most part it’s neutrals, and for good reason. You don’t update your kitchen that often, so you want it to last a long, long time before you redo. If you are looking for a new neutral, here’s a fantastic alternative to the same old, same old.

Credit: deVOL

Let’s call it “sand” today, for lack of a better term (but feel free to throw out alternative suggestions in the comments). It’s warmer than white or gray, but not quite beige or taupe, or even greige. Whatever you want to name it, the color brings a sense of calm. U.K. kitchen darlings deVOL have a version, which they call “mushroom” and can only get when you buy their cabinets. If you are looking for a similar color, check out Benjamin Moore’s Wish.

Credit: Studio McGee

Studio McGee designed this kitchen for a client who wanted a light and airy space that still felt unique. The marble countertop and white beveled subway tiled walls keep it bright, but the rug and brass hardware lean more golden. The cabinets bridge the two nicely.

Credit: Nordiska Kok

And it’s not just for Shaker-style kitchens. Here’s a flat front cabinet door with invisible pulls that reads more modern and minimalist, from Nordiska Kok. The warm sandy color keeps it from looking too austere and cold.

Sand makes an appearance on the island in this kitchen designed by Amber Interiors. When paired with white cabinets, it adds just a little subtle contrast, without going too crazy.

What do you all think? Are you on board with “sand” or is it too close to a boring beige kitchen?

This post originally appeared on Apartment Therapy. See it there: Over White And Grey Kitchens? There’s a New Neutral in Town