Cooking With Colour: When to Utilize Gray in the Kitchen

Gray is continuing its conduct as a popular neutral hue in houses. It is still a bit of an unconventional choice as the predominant colour in a kitchen, but that is quickly changing, according to the increasing amount of gorgeous gray kitchens appearing .

Gray can look austere and chilly in contrast to the warmer neutral counterparts, tan and beige. The trick to working with this is to put it with a warm material, such as wood, or a contrasting hot and bold hue, such as red, yellow or orange. A gray kitchen may not be the best choice if you live somewhere with year-round cool, overcast and rainy days, but it’s a superb colour to get a kitchen in a hot climate — it will give your kitchen a cool and elegant vibe.

Have a look at my top gray paint choices for kitchens below, along with 10 yummy kitchens on which feature this tasteful hue.

Jennifer Ott Design

8 enticing grays for the kitchen:

1. Carriage House 157-3, by Mythic Paint
2. Horizon Gray 2141-50, by Benjamin Moore
3. Rhino 710E-3, by Behr
4. Online SW7072, by Sherwin-Williams
5. Lava Gray 554-6, by Pittsburgh Paints
6. Seal Grey GLN46, by Glidden
7. Trout 33-13, by Pratt & Lambert
8. Martini Shaker KM3925-2, by Kelly-Moore

Odenza Homes Ltd

These moderate cool gray cabinets and coordinating backsplash function as the perfect background to the hot red range.

LUX Design

The gray and white striated marble staircase in this kitchen is totally magnificent. Considering that the designer used a restrained color palette and did not overdecorate, the rich materials are able to acquire all of the attention in this cool, modern loft kitchen.

Joseph Trojanowski Architect PC

This handsome kitchen is clad in a warmer gray hue — leaning toward taupe. It is a rich, underutilized neutral which functions nicely with any other colour. Or keep the entire palette neutral, as was done, to permit the fine stuff to stand out.

Architectural Design Consultants

Gray and bright yellow are a wonderful color combination. Sometime grey is cool and understated, yellow is sexy and eye catching.

Sally Wheat Interiors

Gray isn’t only for modern kitchens, of course. The soft gray colour on those kitchen cabinets is simply elegant, and also the colour contrasts nicely nicely with Carrara marble counter tops. The dark wood floor concurrently grounds and warms up the space.

Gaylord Design LLC

This is such a clean, soothing palette. If you are not into trendy bold colors but do not want an all-white kitchen either, consider a mild warm gray for your walls or cabinetry. Again, the wood floors add warmth and charm. The kitchen is lovely, clean looking and airy.

As a neutral hue, gray will work with any other colour you might want to bring to your kitchen, such as the bold lime green in this enjoyable contemporary space. The wonderful thing about neutral gray cabinets and a bold wall color is that the latter is comparatively simple and affordable to change, should another color hit your fancy or if you feel the need to neutralize the space for resale.

Jamestown Estate Homes

These cabinets have a very warm gray hue, closer to some putty colour, and I love how they look against the exposed brick wall. The comparison is quite subtle, allowing the brick to get the attention it deserves. The chairs add a wonderful punch of colour.


I’m a huge fan of this full-height backsplash within this kitchen. The tiles form a unique accent wall in an otherwise minimalist space. They also serve a more practical function in that they’re durable and simple to clean. The tiles are a rather dark shade of gray, but since the remaining colors in the space are mild and there is plenty of natural light flowing in, they produce drama without being overly heavy and overpowering.

Peter A. Sellar – Architectural Photographer

Black appliances seem sharp along with medium to dark gray cabinets. This kitchen palette of black, white and shades of gray is understated yet so sophisticated. A bit of heat is essential, but to avert a cold and sterile-looking kitchen. The rich wood floor adds the perfect dose of warmth and personality.

Tell us What do you think — yay or nay for going gray in the kitchen?

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