9 Breathtaking Gray (and White) Kitchens That Make a Case for Cool Neutrals

gray kitchen

Design: Fantastic Frank

The kitchen is often the most-used room in a home (second, maybe, to the bedroom where we spend plenty of hours sleeping). Whether you're a budding gourmand or you use the space to serve takeout from down the street, there's always a reason for people to gather in the kitchen. Although it certainly must accommodate your practical needs, it should meet your design style as well.

If you're thinking of redecorating your kitchen or if you're starting from scratch in a new place, you may have come across quite a few rooms adorned in gray decor and coated in shades of gray paint. That's because the gray kitchen is a minimalistic option that presents an alternative to the ever-popular all-white look.

While remaining neutral, a gray kitchen creates a look inspired by the Scandinavian style, which often includes cool color palettes of gray and white. It may seem like a rather boring or even uninviting color scheme. However, as with Scandinavian design, it can still feel warm and comfortable with the right accessories. Think decor made of natural materials and lively green botanicals to infuse the space with life.

If you're still not convinced that the look is right for you, take a look at these nine gray kitchens. They're stylish, minimal, and far from boring.

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Go Monochromatic

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Design: Annaleena

The tall ceiling in this light gray kitchen makes the space feel expansive. With super-simple decor details like a thin black single bulb light, clear vases, and a black dining table, the cool room feels chic and sophisticated in a highly minimalistic way. Even the light wood floors flow with the simple color palette, offering a stylish room to cook and entertain.

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Opt for Glossy Surfaces

gray kitchen

Design: Fantastic Frank

Flanked by an exposed brick wall and one painted a deep blue shade, the gray and black cabinetry in this kitchen feel more inviting than a strictly gray space. The dark hardwood floors also add warmth to the room, as do the white wooden beams on the ceiling and the natural material of the black brick beam that stands behind the island.

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Keep It Light and Airy

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Design: Elizabeth Roberts Architects

This bright white and soft gray kitchen looks crisp and clean. White accordion sconces frame the sink and nearly blend right into the white paint on the wall behind them while fresh flowers add a welcome pop of color. It feels lively and ready to be cooked in. Although the colors in this space are decidedly neutral, the kitchen doesn't appear boring or bland by any means.

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Try a Darker Shade

gray kitchen

Design: BHDM Design

This kitchen features a darker color scheme, pairing glossy gray cabinets with a herringbone subway tile backsplash in a black stone shade. However, white walls and light flooring work to lift the space. There are also gold details that tie space together, from the cabinets' minimal hardware to the sink's spout.

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Work With Contrast

gray kitchen

Design: Elizabeth Roberts Architects

White marble countertops with gray veining complement the dark pendant lights that hang above the island. The gray and white theme continues throughout the space with cabinets in both hues and a traditional white subway tile backsplash behind the stove. Additionally, the stainless steel appliances fall into the sleek color scheme.

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Remember: Rustic is Cool

gray kitchen

Design: Elizabeth Roberts Architects

This rustic kitchen feels warm and welcoming thanks to the large wooden table fit for serving big meals to lots of guests. A soft shade of gray coats farmhouse dining chairs, while a similar hue covers the upper and lower cabinetry. The two ends of the room are tied together by the natural material of the wooden countertop around the sink for a cohesive look.

If you're trying to find a table that works in a specific color scheme, consider getting a natural wood farmhouse table. It goes with just about everything

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Try a More Modern Look

gray kitchen

Design: Fantastic Frank

Another minimalist gray kitchen, this room features slate gray cabinets, white subway tile backsplash, and sharp white countertops. The only permanent accessories are the three glass pendant lights that hang above the sink. There's also a subtle green plant that sits in the corner to add a bit of life and the slightest bit of color to the rather bare kitchen.

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Industrialize Your Space

gray kitchen

Design: Jessica Helgerson Interior Design

In this non-traditional kitchen, the color gray comes from industrial concrete walls that encase the sink and countertop. It creates a bold look that's entirely unique. Wooden and leather elements create a warmer, more natural atmosphere that contrasts with the harsher concrete material. As a whole, the room feels contemporary and full of small details that add to the space's overall effect.

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Make It Glamorous

gray kitchen

Design: Elizabeth Roberts Architects

Lastly, this bright white and gray space uses gold and marble accents to create interest. Marble coats the countertops and a portion of the wall until the shelf creates a divide where crisp white paint begins. It also covers the range hood to keep the design consistent. Although the colors are cool, the traditional setup evokes the warmth of homemade meals.

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