But what kind of kitchen flooring should you pair with your neutral cabinets? Luckily, gray pairs well with all sorts of floors. Check out some of our favorite kitchen flooring ideas with gray cabinets for inspiration.
1. Natural Hardwood
Whether you opt for oak, maple, or walnut, you can leave your hardwood floors au naturel in a kitchen with gray cabinets. This look pairs best with more traditional spaces, especially with shaker cabinets, as evidenced in this kitchen by Studio McGee.
2. Light Hardwood
Brighten up your dark gray cabinets with some light hardwood flooring. We love how the wood keeps this modern kitchen warm and welcoming, despite its cooler tones.
3. Dark Hardwood
Use a dark stained hardwood to make a kitchen with gray cabinets appear elegant and refined. In this kitchen by Amber Interior Design, the dark floors keep the space subdued. They're particularly great for keeping an open floor plan from feeling too empty.
4. Cherry Hardwood
You might not expect such a warm wood as cherry hardwood to work well with gray cabinets, but this kitchen proves that it's totally possible. White countertops keep the look minimal yet warm.
5. Gray Hardwood
If you have a super modern kitchen, consider going for a monochromatic look. In this kitchen by Københavns Møbelsnedkeri, gray on gray is spectacularly elegant — though it is a bold look!
6. Engineered Hardwood
Engineered hardwood combines layers of solid hardwood and plywood, allowing you to get the look of hardwood for a more affordable price. The good news — it comes in every color that solid hardwood does, so you can choose whichever works best for your kitchen! In this Scandinavian-modern space by Kate Marker Interiors, gray cabinets are paired with natural colored wood floors.
Laminate flooring has come a long way, and today, it looks just as beautiful as hardwood — but the material is softer underfoot and costs way less. It comes in a range of finishes to suit your space. Consider using a neutral-toned, wood-patterned laminate to get the look of this simple, refreshing kitchen by Kate Riley.
Like laminate, vinyl is an affordable alternative to hardwood that presents a similar look. If you're working on a small budget in a small space, think about using light-colored wood-look vinyl floors to keep things bright and airy. Take this kitchen by Studio McGee as inspiration!
If wood isn't for you, try slate tiles in your kitchen. The dark stone plays well with gray cabinets and can work in modern, chic kitchens as well as more traditionally inspired ones. This cook space, for instance, combines farmhouse elements like the sink and the subway tile with dark slate floors.
Best suited for a contemporary space, concrete floors lend an industrial flair to a kitchen. The best part of a concrete floor? It's super low maintenance!
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