These Grey Kitchens Are the Epitome of Understated Elegance

Updated 02/05/18

Current kitchen décor predilections may be in favour of all-white and flooded with light, but for those looking to go against the grain, there's a popular kitchen colour even more versatile than white. Grey kitchens make a distinctive statement in a variety of architectural styles and allow for a diverse mix of finishes—slate, metal, marble, painted wood, and high-gloss lacquer. For those who have tired of all-white kitchens and seek a fresh look that's less expected yet still timeless, a grey colour scheme makes a distinctive statement.

Here we've rounded up nine striking kitchens that show how grey works in a variety of styles and finishes. These grey kitchens are the epitome of understated elegance.

modern gray kitchen
ACP/Trunk Archive

Sleek metal cabinets, marble countertops, and a stone floor create an eclectic mix of finishes in this modern grey kitchen. Natural wood walls and brown leather barstools warm the space.

Brooke Holme/Trunk Archive

Floor to ceiling black cabinets are softened by a grey stone floor, light grey walls, and a wooden ceiling. A light grey marble backsplash helps to break up the darkness.

ACP/Trunk Archive

A light grey subway tile backsplash is a fresh departure from white, especially when balanced by a coordinating grey counter and black décor accents.

Scandinavian gray kitchen
Annaleena Leino

The light shade of grey used in this minimal kitchen showcases its clean, streamlined Scandinavian design. A wall of white cabinets provides for some subtle colour-blocking, and the choice of black dishware and dining table make for a beautiful study in monochrome décor.

gray lacquered kitchen cabinets
BHDM Design

Dark grey in a high-gloss lacquer finish paired with brass nobs makes these cabinets super luxe. The light grey floor helps to balance the contrast between the dark cabinetry and the white wall.

Simon Brown/Trunk Archive

This open kitchen makes a statement with concrete floors and a wall of metal cabinets and backsplash. The stark contrast of gold from the hanging chandelier adds an artful accent.

grey accents in kitchen
Travis J. Photo via Studio McGee

For those who like to keep things light, using a medium grey as an accent colour is an easy way to bring more dimension to an otherwise white kitchen.

gray kitchen cabinets
Jessica White via Studio McGee

Or add subtle touches of grey with a veined marble backsplash that rises to the ceiling and light grey cabinets that provide some contrast against bright white marble counters.

traditional gray kitchen
Amy Bartlam

Light grey is a lovely way to bring more attention to traditional cabinet molding. Combine with gold hardware for a beautiful finish.

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