I used to think that gray kitchens only worked well in modern design or in seaside-themed rooms. I was so wrong! Gray kitchen cabinets (and other gray design elements) add a glamorous feel that other colors just can’t.
Gray continues its reign as the hottest neutral color and exudes a sense of calming sophistication. There are so many different styles of gray to choose from such as pewter, charcoal, blue-gray, and greige, that the color can work in any style of kitchen from traditional to modern to eclectic.
And think beyond just walls! In the images below, you’ll see that the color appears not just on the walls, but in the backsplash, the cabinets, and even in the cabinet glaze.
Every bit as chic as an all-white kitchen, experimenting with the gray palette can result in a soothing space that isn’t either extreme of white or black, but can actually incorporate both colors in a stunning result.
In order to get a true sense of how amazing this shade can look in a kitchen, here are 25 gray kitchen examples that show the flexibility and beauty of this neutral color!
25 Glamorous Gray Kitchen Ideas For Your Home
Are you curious about how to make the color gray work in your kitchen? Sometimes you just need to see a specific color in action before you can really decide how to work it into your space.
In order to get a true sense of how amazing gray can look in kitchens, here are 25 gray kitchen ideas that show the flexibility and beauty of this neutral color. I’m breaking them down for you by groups: gray cabinets, gray kitchen walls, and gray accents (counters, backsplash, etc) so that if you are researching one particular element, you can find it more quickly.
Let’s jump right in!
Glamorous Kitchens With Gray Cabinets
Here, I’m focusing on kitchen designs that make use of gray cabinets. If you’ve ever thought of gray as boring, you’ll be surprised by the variety and depth each of these pretty kitchens has. Here are some terrific examples of real-life gray cabinets!
Add Contrast | Home & Stone
In this kitchen, the wood island is contrasted against the wall of soft gray cabinets. I love how they opted for those pretty pendants too.
Warm Wood and Copper | Andrew Roby General Contractor
This example uses light gray kitchen cabinets with added warmth through warm wood tones and copper fixtures. The greige wall color brings it all together to make a small space feel large and inviting.
Dark Cabinets | Jason Ball Interiors
Dark gray cabinetry and gray accents could easily make this kitchen feel small and closed in, but the natural light plays off the light walls and backsplash to make it feel just right.
Glass Up Top, Gray Below | Chelsea Atelier Architect, PC
The striated dark gray cabinets in this modern kitchen look sleek and contemporary. Warm wood floors play with the lighting in the glass upper cabinets to create an overall warm glow.
Dark Grey Cabinets | Martha O’Hara Interiors
The dark and light contrast is a classic blend that lets both colors “pop” while keeping a space from being too dark or too light.
Darker Lower Cabinets | CliqStudios Cabinets
This two-toned kitchen is light up top and dark down below. This combination gives a vibe that’s both bright and airy as well as cozy and comfortable.
Rustic Design | Amy
A rustic design that showcases warm gray cabinets and stainless steel appliances against a warm, dark wood island and hanging wood cutting boards.
Modern Open Concept | Studio B Architecture & Interiors
Thi sleek-looking modern open concept kitchen uses dark gray cabinets paired with plenty of white accessories to balance it out.
Use of Primary Colors | Sally Wheat Interiors
Bright, primary color accents add a touch of fun to a kitchen that features light gray kitchen cabinets.
Gray is Elegant | Silvan Homes
The gray cabinets on the island and over the stove are eye-catching and pull together the stainless steel appliances and granite countertops.
Glamorous Kitchens With Gray Kitchen Paint
These examples use gray kitchen paint in beautiful ways. One important thing to keep in mind is that gray paint will look different on YOUR wall than it does on any of these images.
There are so many factors that go into choosing the perfect paint shade to consider. While these images give you a great starting point, I highly recommend you grab a sample can and swatch your wall before committing to a color.
Make the Kitchen Sparkle | Orren Pickell Building Group
Stunning. The dark gray walls pick up the veining in the marble countertop while the dark wood beams add warmth to the white cabinets.
Glass Cabinets | Avenue B Development
When you have glass-front cabinets, consider painting the back wall of the cabinets to match or highlight some part of your kitchen. In this case, they match the cabinets themselves.
Making a Small Space Seem Bigger | Kim Scodro Interiors
Light grey walls and white cabinets keep everything light enough to make this small kitchen feel much bigger even with a dark island in the center.
Wood and Inviting | Alan Mascord Design Associates
Dark gray walls and backsplash provide high contrast with the light wood tones. This adds necessary warmth to a room that could otherwise easily feel too dark.
Add Pops of Color | Architectural Design Consultants
Another example of how color adds warmth to a dark gray kitchen design. Here you see shades of gray throughout with pops of warm, cheerful yellow.
Tie It All Together | Arch Studio, Inc
The greige veining in the counters ties together the gray walls and the warm wood cabinets for a bright, yet spacious-feeling gray kitchen design.
Gray Walls | Marcel Page Photography
Soft gray walls complement the white cabinets and dark countertops. Gorgeous!
Gray Counters, Islands, and Other Accents
These examples use gray in other ways to add contrast and elegance. There’s truly no limitation here!
A Touch of Color | Trinity Construction Services
This high contrast gray-blue center island is repeated in the cushions on the banquette. It adds just enough contrast and color to keep this kitchen from feeling “too white”.
Grey and Black Contrast | Gina Spiller Design
The dark gray island countertops highlight the gray glaze added to the cabinets. Together, they look very seamless and chic.
Subway Tiles | Great Spaces!
This kitchen features gray subway tiles with gray grout. The cabinetry is also accented with a black glaze to tie the stainless steel appliances in with this warm kitchen design.
Gray Accents | Pickell Architecture
I love this bright and airy kitchen which has just enough gray in the countertop, wall color, and window accents to soften the overall bright white.
Warm Tones | Garrison Hullinger Interior Design
The way the natural light plays off the wood in this kitchen could easily create a yellow undertone to the cabinets and fixtures. Using gray in several appliances and accent pieces cuts that effect in this warm-toned kitchen.
Gray Backsplash | Marcel Page Photography
Here’s an excellent example of how to use white, black, and gray together. A gray backsplash ties together the white cabinets and black countertops.
Use Gray As Accents | Harry Braswell, Inc
Gray-blue mosaic tiles with gray vinyl on the banquette are all that’s needed to create perfect accents in this light kitchen.
Dark Grey Counters | Carter, Inc Builders
Dark gray countertops and dark hardware create a bridge between the white cabinets and the black island.
Final Thoughts: Gray Kitchens
If you’re considering gray kitchen cabinets or any other gray feature, here’s a tip to keep in mind. The one constant you may have noticed in the images above is that these smart designs use warmer materials such as wood or colorful accents to keep gray from looking too dreary in a kitchen.
I hope that you were able to find elements in these gray kitchen examples that you can use in your own home to create a chic and beautiful space you love.