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, including kitchens, adorned in gray décor 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. "Pale grays are my go-to for kitchen cabinetry instead of the usual white," says designer Meg Lavalette.
Meet the Expert
Meg Lavalette is an interior designer and founder of Lava Interiors, based in the Catskill Mountains.
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 décor 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 10 gray kitchens. They're stylish, minimal, and far from boring.
The tall ceiling in this light gray kitchen makes the space feel expansive. With super-simple details like a single-bulb light, clear vases, and a black dining table, the cool room feels chic and sophisticated in a highly minimalist way. Even the light wood floors flow with the simple color palette.
Paint Your Cabinets
When it comes to kitchen cabinetry, Lavalette's favorite gray is Benjamin Moore Silver Satin. "It softens the space while keeping things light and bright, and pairs well with anything stainless steel you’d typically find in the kitchen, while perfectly complementing bronze and brass tones of hardware," she says.
Opt for Glossy Surfaces
Flanked by an exposed brick wall and one painted a deep blue shade, the gray and black cabinetry in this kitchen feels 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 behind the island.
Keep It Light and Airy
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, and 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.
Try a Darker Shade
This kitchen features a darker color scheme, pairing glossy gray cabinets with a herringbone subway tile backsplash in a black shade. However, white walls and light flooring work to lift the space. There are also gold details that tie the room together, from the minimal hardware to the faucet.
Work With Contrast
In this room, 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.
Remember: Rustic Is Cool
This rustic kitchen feels warm and welcoming thanks to the large wooden table fit for serving 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.
Try a More Modern Look
Another minimalist gray kitchen, this room features slate gray cabinets, a 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.
Industrialize Your Space
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.
Make It Glamorous
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. The stone also covers the range hood to keep the design consistent. Although the colors are cool, the traditional setup evokes the warmth of homemade meals.