Thursday, July 16, 2015

Bathroom Colors: Grey

Grey is not often the first choice for a bathroom color. The color itself is often unfairly labeled as drab, too conservative, or depressing. Just think of a cloudy sky! Yet, grey can also stand for elegance and classicism.

A shade somewhere between black and white, grey is the color of unity and cooperation. When darkened slightly, it can evoke power and authority.

Dark greys suit 007 well
When lightened with hints of white or silver, grey can evoke lightness and simplicity.

Depending on your temperament, then, grey can be a perfect choice for a bathroom color. MKBD recently had the privilege of remodeling two Philly-area bathrooms in different shades of grey. 

If you're looking for some color inspiration for your next bathroom remodeling project, take a look at the two MKBD projects below. Perhaps grey is the color for you, too!

A Grey and White Bathroom (with a Hint of Chocolate)

In this MKBD project, the homeowner wanted a light and lively theme of grey and white, so we designed the bathroom with Shaker cabinets, painted a lovely white, a grey and white quartz vanity top, and a custom shower with big, 12 x 12 griege tiles.

This picture of the vanity, with white Shaker cabinets and a grey and white quartz countertop, evokes the elegant yet youthful attitude of the family.

Griege, an amalgam of grey and beige, is the hottest color in home remodeling right now. As Business Insider recently wrote:

"On Pinterest, Tumblr, and Instagram, home decor obsessives can't get enough of the color 'greige.' Searching hashtags like #greige or #greigedesign on Instagram, Pinterest, and Tumblr will lead you to hundreds of images of bedrooms and living spaces, all looking flawless with the help of the internet's favorite understated hue."

Check out how a lightly accented griege can look almost like a unique stone in this custom shower for two with recessed storage and a bench.

Note how the brushed nickel fixtures come alive against the subdued background.

As seen in the brushed nickel accessories above, grey can also be a great color to highlight other colors. In this MKBD project, we provided a bit of contrast with a chocolate brown tile floor.

Note the hints of grey in the chocolate, a complement and contrast to the griege shower wall.

A Grey on Grey Bathroom (with Accents of...Grey)

In this MKBD project the customer was quite explicit in their preferences: "Grey." So grey it was. We built beautiful cabinets painted grey, used a warm grey tile for the floor, and installed a custom shower with grey floor and wall tiles.

The light grey vanity cabinets complement the warm grey floor tiles: a subdued, yet intriguing palette. 

Note above how even the accent tiles are grey--both light and dark grey for contrast--and yet, contrary to expectations, in this MKBD project too much grey is not at all drab or depressing. It's positively revitalizing.

Talk about revitalizing: there's nothing better than a custom-made walk-in shower with a rain showerhead for making you feel alive in the morning--or after a long day of work.

This project required some moving parts to realize the customer's ultimate ambition. We had to move the toilet, for example, to make room for the custom shower above--a possibility the customer had not imagined.

An elongated toilet from Toto--our go-to toilet brand.
In the end, we enlarged the shower 3 X 2 feet--an impressive difference. This sort of change, of course, requires some ingenious planning. That's why we believe it is so important to include a remodeling company in your early planning stages. A talented bathroom designer can reveal possibilities you might not have imagined.

Some homeowners choose to call a remodeling company only after they have spent countless hours researching their project. We're all for research, but including a home remodeling company at the very beginning of the exploration process can increase your chances of success. A remodeling company can guide you in your exploration, saving you time. A home remodeling company can also help you set reasonable parameters for your project.


We hope our website can provide you with all the information you might need about our company. If you're thinking about remodeling your bathroom, please do not hesitate to call us: 215-355-4747.

And if you have any questions about your next kitchen remodeling project, please feel free to call MKBD for an individualized consultation. Call now! 215-355-4747. Better yet, check out our Free In-Home Remodeling Estimate on this very blog!

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