Gray might not be associated with the colors we like to fill our days with when it comes to the weather, but boy can it help to add a sophisticated and timeless touch to your interior. The classic neutral is not quite as stark as a white or as dark as black, but instead helps to achieve the perfect balance between light and dark.
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Curious about how to achieve the look? Gray flooring can be made from a variety of material including tile, stone, and wood laminate. Use it on your kitchen floor as an innocuous design feature, or make it stand out with pattern and texture. Find your perfect style with these 12 gray kitchen flooring ideas.
1. Keep it sleek.
There are plenty of dreamy reasons to consider a concrete floor, but this kitchen designed by Altereco should help you to make up your mind. Cost-effective, easy to maintain, and super slick, the gray concrete floor adds a cool touch to the midcentury kitchen.
2. Go gray and white.
Gray and white is a classic color combination, but is sometimes passed off as basic or a quick fix. This kitchen design by Amy Sklar shows that experimenting with a gray palette can be chic, and we love the introduction of pattern via the Victorian-style gray and white tiles.
Get the look: Cavanaugh Porcelain Field Tile, $7.59 per square foot
3. Vinyl luxe.
At first glance, this kitchen in the home of bloggers Chris Loves Julia would have you believe that the floor is entirely made up of marble. Chris and Julia actually completed the makeover in six days and used marble-look vinyl tiles to achieve a luxurious Parisian-chic finish.
4. Embrace natural materials.
Plenty of natural materials are readily available in shades of gray, so embrace your natural instincts and opt for a floor made from slate, marble, or granite. The design team at DeVol Kitchens settled on a worn gray limestone tile in this country interior scheme — ideal for a farmhouse aesthetic.
Get the look: Adoni Slate Floor Tile, $6.99 per square foot
5. Add a dash of retro.
Since gray blends in well with almost any other hue, you don't need to stick to a neutral color palette. Case in point, this kitchen featuring bright blue cabinetry by British Standard Cupboards is perfectly matched to the gray illusion floor tiles.
Get the look: Cubes Cement Tile, $14.59 per square foot
6. Play with pattern.
The patterned gray floor tile in this kitchen designed by Park and Oak adds warmth and texture to the room, while also nodding to the classic retro blue stove. Break up your own space with a gray patterned floor tile that won't take over, but will add something a little bit extra.
Get the look: Amlo Handmade Cement Tile, $22.69 per square foot
7. Make drama.
A dark gray floor in an all-white kitchen will create contrast and add impact to the design scheme. Sandy Anghie has dreamt up a space that ticks all the minimal boxes, finishing off glossy white cabinetry with a moody gray, polished concrete floor.
8. Tone it up.
Amber Interiors have created the ultimate modern farmhouse inspo with this light-filled kitchen. When can we move in? The design incorporates a natural stone floor tile featuring various gray tones that add to the rustic feel.
Get the look: Arizona Tile Gray Tumbled Limestone, price upon request
9. Back to basics.
Small spaces can be hard to decorate, especially if you have a small budget and not much time on your hands. Blogger Nesting with Grace renovated her kitchen by adding in warm wooden countertops and an art deco gray and white tile for extra impact.
Get the look: Palazzo Florentina Deco Tile, $7.19 per square foot
10. Create texture with terrazzo.
Let's take a moment to admire the terrazzo floor in this kitchen. Fresh, modern and texturizing, terrazzo is the perfect way to make an impact. Designers Cedar and Suede used a timber grain on one cabinetry wall, black on another, and white on the island, all tied together by the gray speckled flooring.
Get the look: Terazzio Terrazzo Tile, price upon request
11. Shades of gray.
A gray encaustic tile will add character and contrast to your kitchen without taking over. We're digging the simplicity of the varying patterned tiles in this kitchen by Wohn Project, as well as the complementary gray feature wall.
Get the look: Merola Tile Cement Encaustic Tile, $21.72 per square foot
12. Modernize your look.
While we love a a sense of country charm in a kitchen, it's easy to create a plain white kitchen with not much of your own personality present. Add a gray, star-patterned ceramic tile, and hey presto, you've got a playful touch that will keep your kitchen in the 20th century.