8 Blue and Gray Kitchen Color Ideas That Prove the Combo Is Here to Stay

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We're all for bold kitchen palettes here at Hunker: pink, black, and mint green, just to name a few. But we're also huge fans of classic and beautiful color ideas that will continue being stylish until the end of the millennium: namely, blue and gray.

Whether the cabinets are blue or the backsplash is gray, we think this duo happens to be one of the calmest combos around. And with loved ones congregating around this space while you're whipping up giant family meals, you could probably use all the help you can get. Plus, these hues work with so many decor styles, such as modern farmhouse, transitional, midcentury, and modern.

To capture the look of a cloudy day dotted with flecks of blue sky, we highly recommend one of these blue and gray kitchen ideas for your home.

1. Lean toward a darker color palette.

You can always go airy in a blue and gray kitchen, favoring lighter, dreamy hues, but we also want to suggest a darker take. Try a muted shade of blue for your cabinets and pair them with gray slate floors, a look Kristina Crestin Design perfected in this cook space.

Get the look: Benjamin Moore Quarry Rock

2. Be thoughtful with materials.

A blue and gray kitchen can come together through a variety of material choices. For instance, in this culinary design by Nordiska Kök, gray is denoted with limestone countertops and backsplash while the lower set of oak cabinets has been painted dark blue for contrast.

Get the look: Nordiska Kök Wooden Kitchen — Painted Oak, pricing upon request

3. Mix in other neutrals.

Be forewarned that a blue and gray kitchen doesn't have to be all blue and gray. In fact, you'll create more visual interest if you intermingle the hues with other neutrals, like cognacs, creams, and whites, as seen in this space designed by Amber Lewis of Amber Interiors.

Get the look: Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron

4. Choose a gray stone with blue undertones.

As you sift through color ideas for your blue and gray kitchen, look for materials that echo either shade. For example, in this cook space by Blakes London, the gray marble backsplash shows off hints of blue, partnering up quite nicely with the navy cabinets.

Get the look: Benjamin Moore Gentleman's Gray

5. Go bright and cheerful.

Although blue and gray aren't exactly the most carefree of kitchen color ideas, you can make the hues look joyful with the right styling. Enter Emily Henderson, who combined her gray backsplash with a vibrant shade of cobalt blue for the island, cabinets, and even the Roman shade at the window.

Get the look: Farrow & Ball Hague Blue

6. Opt for a (mostly) blue kitchen.

Let's say that you prefer blue over gray for your culinary headquarters. We say go for broke when it comes to the island, floor-to-ceiling cabinets, and range hood, and cover them in your fave shade of blue. Balance the look by incorporating gray throughout the countertops and backsplash, visuals that Black Canvas Architects has mastered in this setup.

Get the look: Benjamin Moore Flower Box

7. Create visual interest with brass.

So, you've decided on a blue and gray kitchen palette. Congrats! Now, punctuate the look with a healthy dose of metallic finishes — we say opt for anything and everything brass. In this bright cook space, designed by John Gioffre, a dark blue hex tile backsplash and gray concrete flooring look their very best when paired with brass lighting, hardware, and fixtures.

Get the look: Fireclay Tile Navy Blue Hex Backsplash, $36 per square foot

8. Make it bold — really bold.

A blue and gray kitchen doesn't have to be boring ... far from it, actually, as proven in this modern space designed by Arent & Pyke. To achieve the boldest, grandest result possible, we advise selecting a daring stone for the island and backsplash and pairing with light blue cabinets. Complete the luxe look with streamlined pendant lights and metallic cabinet details, of course.

Get the look: Sherwin-Williams Icy


Shelby Deering is a lifestyle writer who contributes to national magazines and websites, including Country Living, Good Housekeeping, Well+Good, and more. When she's not writing, you'll find her shopping flea markets, hiking, and going for walks with her corgi.

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