We're fans of so many kitchen color ideas: pink, black, green, and white, just to name a few. But there's one that holds a special place in our hearts: gray. You see, gray is a magical color. It's neutral without being boring, cools down a space while somehow simultaneously warming it up, and it's trend-proof, so it won't look out of style in a few years.
It works in a wide variety of kitchen themes, from boho to modern to midcentury, and it's an easy way to bring color into your cook space without overwhelming the design. Sure, you can always turn to a backsplash, countertop, or accessories to bring the hue into your space, but what about good, old-fashioned paint? You can definitely paint the walls, but we fully support giving your kitchen cabinets, doors, range hoods, and islands a fresh coat as well.
Scroll on to peruse a few gray kitchens showcasing some of our fave paint colors to help you narrow down your search.
1. Sherwin-Williams Mindful Gray and Sherwin-Williams Mount Etna
If you're ready to embrace the gray kitchen trend, why not go all in? Use not just one shade of gray, but two, creating a dreamy tone-on-tone look that adds depth and visual interest. Let Cheryl of Cher House show you how it's done with this gorgeous culinary station that balances light and dark gray perfectly.
2. Benjamin Moore Nimbus
You don't need to select a bold hue like charcoal in order to have a gray kitchen. In fact, you can pick a subtle shade that only hints at the silvery color, making it an ideal neutral in your cook space. The painted walls in this vintage-inspired design, showcased by One Kings Lane, don't scream gray, and yet, they provide just enough visual interest.
3. Farrow & Ball Lamp Room Gray
We are huge fans of painted cabinets, especially gray ones. But we advise taking it a step further and going beyond the cupboards with your paint. Have an integrated refrigerator? Or, a range hood? Give them both a gray makeover, too — a look perfected in this kitchen designed by Christina and Renee of Park & Oak Interior Design.
4. Sherwin-Williams Mindful Gray
When you paint your cabinets, walls, or other kitchen accents, you can reinforce the gray aesthetic by complementing it with other materials. For instance, install a marble backsplash or countertop with gray veining to bring in additional touches of the shade, something that Erin and Kristen of House of Jade Interiors did in this kitchen.
5. Sherwin-Williams Anew Gray
Let's say you're in love with white cabinets. No problem! Follow the lead of Sita Montgomery Interiors and bring gray into your cook space in other ways, like painting a pantry door in your favorite silvery shade. The finished result adds just the right amount of gray to this bright and airy kitchen.
6. Dunn Edwards Shady
Gray kitchens happens to look incredibly gorgeous when teamed up with gold details, creating a glam, yet fresh and modern, look. An approach that designer Amber Lewis seems to have perfected in this cook space with the help of cabinet hardware and eye-catching fixtures.
7. Sherwin-Williams Sensible Hue
Since they're both neutrals, gray looks lovely when mixed with warm wood finishes. Think about black hardware and pulls for your gray kitchen. The knotty wood island topped with a white countertop in Krystal from Unapologetic Home's kitchen really stands out against the light greenish-gray cabinets and white herringbone backsplash. The chic black pendant lights don't hurt either.
8. Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Graphite
Gray kitchens don't always need to play it safe with whispery, light shades. In fact, we adore the way the dark gray island and countertops in this cook space belonging to Maggie from Maggie Miller Interiors act as a dramatic anchor. And bonus, the bold color choice pairs beautifully with all of the black accents throughout, including the dark grout of the subway tile backsplash. Swoon!