6 Gray and White Kitchen Ideas That Prove the Color Combo Is a Perfect Match

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A new kitchen is a pretty big expense and when planning a makeover, you want to be sure that you're going for something timeless and long lasting. Enter the gray and white kitchen — an elegant choice that has surged in popularity over the last few years (similarly to, say, brass fittings and pampas grass).

Whether your style is contemporary or bohemian, farmhouse or minimal, a gray and white color combo is versatile and can be adapted to fit all. Plus, it works on the walls, countertops, floors, and cabinets so there's plenty of room for experimentation. Scroll on for six gray and white kitchen ideas that are far from boring and sure to stand the test of time.

1. Embrace smokey countertops.

We love all-white kitchens just as much as the next person, but the classic look gets even better with a dreamy hint of gray. This contemporary cook space by Bicker Design is the perfect example of how to work a gray and white color scheme. Pair white cabinets and tile backsplash with light-gray countertops and wooden accessories for an organic touch.

Get the look: Caesarstone Airy Concrete Countertop

2. Tile it up.

There's no need to stick to just paint when it comes to creating a gray and white kitchen. Think about how you can incorporate pattern and texture, too. This globally inspired cook space by RailiCA Design incorporates a statement wall of patterned tile, dark-gray cabinetry, and white open shelving and decor. We would RSVP for a dinner party here any night of the week.

Get the look: Ann Sacks Eastern Promise

3. Use more than one surface.

Can't decide on just one surface? Take a cue from this light and airy, gray and white kitchen by Maly Krasota, which features silvery cabinetry and a matching range hood. The dark grout of the subway tile backsplash and the veining of the marble countertops tie the look together, adding elegant depth and texture to the space.

Get the look: Behr Platinum

4. Make it all about the walls.

While you might think it's obvious to pair white walls with gray cabinetry, the reverse can create a contemporary Scandinavian vibe. This quaint design belonging to Signe Birkving Bertelsen of Notem Studio features white cabinets, wood countertops, and black fixtures for a chic and modern cook space with rustic flair.

Get the look: Sherwin-Williams Tinsmith

5. Accessorize!

Completing the look of your gray and white kitchen is all about bringing in the right accessories. Choose artwork in similar tones, ceramics with ombre features, and fixtures that enhance rather than take away (like the lighting and hardware in this space). Even the addition of a Persian rug in this makeover by Chris Loves Julia helps to tie the look together and accentuate the cool color scheme.

Get the look: Semihandmade Shaker Doors in Supermatte Grey

6. Focus on the cabinets.

White and gray kitchens seem visually larger than they really are, which is a treat in small spaces. To make your own digs feel roomier, opt for a lighter hue on the upper cabinets and a darker shade on the bottom — it doesn't have to be a dramatic contrast to create an impact.

Get the look: Benjamin Moore Snowfall White & Benjamin Moore Horizon


Emma Jane Palin is a multi-award-winning blogger and freelance writer with a penchant for design and interiors.

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