50 Shades of Grey: Sultry Kitchen Design


Ahead of one of the most anticipated (and raunchy) releases of 2015, we thought it fitting to look into the power of Grey in kitchen design…

Grey can be used in a number of ways to create your dream kitchen design. Although not quite up to the magic number of 50, our Linda Barker Collection currently includes 9 variants of this provocative palette. Ranging from Raven to Glacier, this neutral shade is the perfect canvas to mix flashes of contemporary or more traditional design aspects. Whether you mix with traditional oak features, or introduce pops of colour, Grey is an ideal starting point and certainly doesn’t have to be dull…

The daring contrast

Here is our Linda Barker Shaker Kitchen in Oak and Cornish Slate Matt. The daring dark slate shade contrasts the traditional oak for a deeper impact and style statement. Here, Grey has been used to create an industrial, ‘warehouse chic’ look. The overhanging pendant lights and chunky breakfast bar give the kitchen that bit more personality.

Contemporary Black and Grey Linda Barker Shaker Kitchen

The glossy statement

Every contemporary cook’s dream, this shiny and modern masterpiece incorporates a dark glossy Raven against a pure Super White – satisfying both extremes! By combining the two extremes on the Grey scale you give yourself a bit more freedom when it comes to choosing kitchen accessories and decor. As shown here, for example, copper kitchen accessories work really well to add a touch of warmth to the otherwise neutral monochrome kitchen look.

Contemporary Handleless White And Black Linda Barker Kitchen

The streamlined and sexy

A contemporary haven, this Contour Kitchen in Baltic and Linen with an Eggshell finish gives any space a fresh, minimalist feel. The dark Baltic and off-white Linen contrast beautifully, and with walnut handles, you can introduce a touch of traditional elegance. Linda herself commented on how popular she believes these deep, Blue/Grey shades will be for 2015, with plenty of potential in kitchen design.

Modern Linda Barker Contour Kitchen

The bold statement

This Sculptured design is another fine example of creating a striking style, with Raven again contrasted with Super White. Although the Sculptured door style may be more traditionally associated with a country look (greens, beiges, etc), it works incredibly well here with the shades of Grey. Add a white Quartz worktop and the space is really opened up. Try experimenting with tiles for a bit of geometric fun (and in keeping with the Grey theme!)

Linda Barker Sculptured White Raven Kitchen

The sophisticated edge

This high end Country kitchen design lends itself to the soft Grey shades of Gullwing and Parchment. Linda also added how much she loves combining two or more shades in her designs. The subtle difference between these two neutral shades creates a multidimensional look for sophisticated style.

Wren Linda Barker Country Kitchen

It may not be quite the same as Christian himself, but have you dared to go Grey in your kitchens? Share photos with us on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #wrenovation so we can take a look and get our Grey fix!


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Interior design junkie with a knack for creating quirky recipes and a love of scrapbooking. Can often be found tinkling the ivories or Instagramming her dog, George. Also partial to the odd travel adventure.

  • Paul

    Would be nice to see some examples of where a worktop extends into a Dining area/ Breakfast bar L-shape design, with a matched unit near by that could contain a TV. Looking at a split colour White upper/ Red lower or just cream.