10 Insta-Worthy Kitchen Flooring Ideas With Gray Cabinets

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Thinking of painting your kitchen cabinets gray? The color is perfect for both traditional and contemporary kitchens, working equally well in minimalist spaces or farmhouse chic ones.

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.

Get the look: Pergo American Era 3.25-in Natural Oak Solid Hardwood Flooring from Lowe's, $3.99 per square foot

2. Light Hardwood

Image Credit: Paul Anderson

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.

Get the look: Bruce American Originals Sugar White Oak Solid Hardwood Flooring, $4.29 per square foot

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.

Get the look: Sustainable Hardwood Flooring from Kahrs Original, Harmony, $6.29 per square foot

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.

Get the look: Bellawood Select Brazilian Cherry Solid Hardwood Flooring, $6.39 per square foot

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!

Get the look: Mono Serra Optika Canadian Birch Wyoming Solid Hardwood Flooring, $4.49 per square foot

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.

Get the look: Pergo Max Natural Maple Engineered Hardwood Flooring, $2.99 per square foot

7. Laminate

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.

Get the look: AquaSeal 24 Macadamia Oak Laminate Flooring, $2.19 per square foot

8. Vinyl

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!

Get the look: DuraLux Performance Valley Mist Rigid Core Luxury Vinyl Plank, $2.29 per square foot

9. Slate

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.

Get the look: Brazilian Black (Montauk Black, Hampshire ) Cleft Slate, $2.95 per square foot

10. Concrete

Image Credit: Stephen Paul for Hunker

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!

Get the look: Consult a contractor to do a poured floor


Stefanie is a New York–based writer and editor. She has served on the editorial staffs of Architectural Digest, ARTnews, and Oyster.com, a TripAdvisor company, before setting out on her own as a freelancer. Her beats include architecture, design, art, travel, science, and history, and her words have appeared in Architectural Digest, Condé Nast Traveler, Popular Science, Mental Floss, Galerie, Jetsetter, and History.com, among others. In another life, she'd be a real estate broker since she loves searching for apartments and homes.

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