Picking a color for a room’s décor is not as easy as it might think. Before you choose the color palette you have to pick a style and then you have to think about functionality.
Gray, however, is a very versatile color, able to adapt to a variety of styles and spaces. Gray kitchen cabinets, for example, look stylish in most situations and help give the room a balanced look.
Types of Cabinets to Add to Your Kitchen
With so many different types of cabinets for homeowners to choose from, the selection often feels quite overwhelming. Shaker-style cabinets are one of the most popular options, and they are often used in modern homes instead of more traditional cabinets. They are ideal for anyone who is looking to add plenty of cupboard space to a kitchen.
Glass-front cabinets are a popular option for anyone who wants to showcase their ornamental plates. You could choose glass-fronted cabinets with a gray border, and this will create a lighter effect in your kitchen. Other popular kitchen cabinet options include beadboard cabinets, flat-front cabinets, plywood cabinets, and natural wood cabinets. It’s all about finding a solution that fits with the design and space in your kitchen so that you have enough room to store everything you need to within the new cabinets.
The Color Psychology Behind Adding Gray to Your Home
Gray is a neutral and well-balanced color that can be added to your kitchen or any other room in your home. It is sometimes considered to be quite a moody and dull color and lacks emotion. This is why you may want to pair it with a bold and bright color if you feel like your home needs more brightness. However, gray is a timeless color that is practical to add to any space in your home. It’s very conservative and sophisticated and is known to bring a sense of security to homeowners.
During this uncertain time we’ve found ourselves in recently, many homeowners have selected gray for their home makeovers. This is due to the sense of security it can give you, making you feel more at peace every time you return home. Gray can sometimes make you feel more isolated or depressed, so keep this in mind when adding a lot of gray to your home. By mixing and matching different shades of gray, you can work to avoid this issue.
The Do’s and Don’ts of Decorating with Gray
If it’s your first time decorating with gray, there are certain things you’ll want to keep in mind. These are a few of the top tips that we recommend you think about at all times when adding gray to your kitchen.
- Gray is a neutral color – While some people might add a mixture of gray and beige to their room, we generally recommend that you stick with one or the other. Gray is a neutral, so keep this in mind at all times and use it in your kitchen in the same way as you would with other neutrals.
- Look out for other gray elements in your kitchen – Sometimes, we overlook areas in our kitchen that already have gray incorporated into them. Don’t neglect to look out for other gray elements in your appliances or other parts of your home to avoid any clashing shades in your kitchen.
- Add texture to your kitchen – Don’t be afraid to add texture to your kitchen when you are adding gray. This can help to make your kitchen space much more exciting and varied, and you’ll find that it helps to break up any larger areas which are all painted in the same shade of gray.
- Just use gray as an accent – If you aren’t ready to fully redecorate your kitchen cabinets in gray, think about just adding it as an accent. You can put a few kitchen accessories or a couple of cupboards in the space in this color, which will help you to see how this shade would look in your home.
- Have fun – Gray can be a really fun color to add to your kitchen, especially if you opt for silver tones. It doesn’t have to make your kitchen a dark and drab space to spend time in, so keep fun in mind during your redecorating project.
How to Paint Your Kitchen Cabinets
After deciding on the type of cabinets you are going to add to your kitchen, you might want to think about painting your new kitchen cabinets gray yourself. If that’s the case, follow these tips listed below to ensure you create high-quality cabinets that will brighten up your kitchen and last for many years to come.
- Wood is the best base – When it comes to painting your kitchen cabinets, wood is always the best choice. You’ll find that it creates a smooth base that will allow you to add any finish of paint on the top.
- Label your cabinets when you remove them – As you remove your cabinets to be painted, take the time to label them. This will help you to know where to put them back once they are finished and will save you a lot of time and hassle in the long run.
- Use gloss, semigloss, or satin paint – For your kitchen cabinets, we always recommend using semigloss, satin, or gloss paint. They are much easier to clean and can be wiped down if you spill food or drink on them.
- Don’t use a roller – While using a roller can sometimes feel like it’s the more convenient option, we prefer to use a 2 or 2.5-inch fine bristle brush. It will help you to work around the small corners and the details on your kitchen cabinets, and you’ll avoid any roller marks on the cabinets.
- Save time with spray paint – For a quick and speedy solution, use spray paint to save time. It’s a great option for anyone that hates painting but still wants to save time and money by doing it themselves.
Beautiful Gray Kitchen Layout Design Ideas
1. Light Gray as the Main Color
Light gray as a main color is very versatile and forgiving. It is true however that it can appear dull and boring in some cases but that can be easily avoided by introducing an accent color, as exemplified in this elegant kitchen designed by studio RS | MANNINO. The brass fixtures and little hardware details really stand out.
2. Pair Gray with White or Pale Blue
Gray was paired here with other similar colors such as white and a very faint shade of blue. The island is oddly enough featuring the darkest color in all of the kitchen, except for the floor of course. The stainless steel appliances blend in very easily and all the fixtures suit the neutral theme of the space really well as well.
3. Use A Diverse Palette Of Materials
There are many different ways to introduce grays in the kitchen. In this scenario, we have a traditional kitchen that has a fairly diverse palette of materials and finishes used in its design. The color of the walls is only slightly different that that of the cabinets and the backsplash does a great job at blending the nuances together. The island has a dark gray body which allows it to stand out. This is a design by studio Great Falls Construction.
4. Light Gray Cabinets and a Matching Island
For this other traditional kitchen, a more uniform distribution of colors was chosen. We have light gray cabinets and a matching island. The walls are beige and the backsplashes are white which together with the rich-stained wooden floor and the other earthy accents add warmth to the space. The gray cabinets and the white countertops go really well together too. This lovely kitchen was remodeled by Andrew Roby.
5. Add Dark Grays to Create a Beautiful Kitchen
In case you’re wondering, darker grays can look beautiful n the kitchen too. The traditional overall design of the space feels fresh and stylish thanks to this subdued and fairly modern color palette. Of course, elements such as the wooden island and floor, the exposed ceiling beams, and some of the appliances and fixtures help to ground the space and highlight the style in a subtle yet effective manner. This is an interior done by Orren Pickell Building Group.
6. A Stylish and Modern Gray Marble Kitchen
I think everyone can agree that marble looks amazing in any kitchen. White marble in particular has a very stylish and modern vibe. You can see it here paired with a series of light gray cabinets and a wooden floor. It adds a refined and elegant touch to the design and it spices up the décor without being very bold about it.
7. Pair Gray Cabinets with Bold Accent Colors
This contemporary kitchen introduces a really cool idea: that of pairing gray cabinets with a bold and contrasting accent color. In this case, that color is blue and comes in the form of a glass backsplash which cills the wall space between the two sets of upper cabinets and even continues onto the ceiling. Studio Sustainable Nine also introduced here a gray brick accent wall that blends in and stands out at the same time.
8. Use Gray as a Secondary Color
Gray also makes an excellent secondary color or accent. A beautiful example is this contemporary kitchen by Atelierzero. It features a very beautiful color palette with unique nuances based on blue and gray. The walls and ceiling are white and create a clean backdrop for the beautiful furniture. In addition, the light wooden floor complements the cooler colors and turns this into a welcoming space.
9. Combine the Kitchen and Dining Area into a Single Large Space
In a lot of modern and contemporary homes, the kitchen and the dining area are often combined into a single large space. That can also be seen in this eclectic apartment furnished by Coblonal Interiorisme. The entire kitchen is pushed against a single wall and has a living room-inspired vibe with a clean and simple look. The cabinets feature a nice shade of warm gray which goes really well with the intricate floor design.
10. Keep Your Kitchen Design Simple
Simplicity is the key to creating a contemporary interior design. The kitchen created by ORKO Studio is the very definition of that. We love how pure and simple the palette of colors and materials was kept here. The thing that stands out the most is ironically the series of gray cabinets which lack any visible hardware or details.
11. Use Grays and Neutrals to Create a Black and White Effect
This looks like a black and white image but there’s no filter applied here. Instead, the space is decorated using lots of grays and neutrals. Despite this rather bland palette of colors, this is a very detailed design with lots of character and that’s mainly due to the finishes and textures used here by QUADRUM STUDIO.
12. Focus on Textures with Light Gray Kitchen Fixtures
Another similarly simple and stylish interior was designed by Olga Paliychuk. The focus here was on light grays and the way in which they interact with textured finishes and other similar nuances. This kitchen has an airy vibe but it’s also inviting. The gray cabinets perfectly match the walls of the room which allows them to seamlessly blend in and make the space appear larger.
13. Match Appliances to the Cabinets
It’s so easy to find silver or gray appliances for your kitchen, so take advantage of these when you are redecorating this space. You’ll find they also create a modern and stylish aesthetic that will look great in any contemporary home.
14. A Country-Style Kitchen with Subtle Hints of Gray
A country-style kitchen can also benefit from the addition of gray. You’ll be surprised how well gray fixtures and cabinets go with a wooden kitchen, and the two offer a great contrast that adds more texture and color to any kitchen. You’ll find that gray looks great in larger kitchens and when it’s used as part of your kitchen island.
Pair Gray Cabinets With Warm Colors and Materials.
Gray can appear austere and cold compared to other colors, and in a room such as the kitchen, which is supposed to be warm and inviting, using this tone can be tricky. The key is to pair gray with warm materials such as wood and with bold accent colors such as yellow, red, or orange to squeeze out a bit of cheerfulness.
15. A Modern Dark Gray Kitchen
For a modern and spacious kitchen, we recommend that you take a look at darker shades of gray. While black can be quite overwhelming for any kitchen, this is a great way to add a little more style to your home. You’ll also enjoy the contrast between the lighter appliances and countertops and the darker kitchen cabinets.
16. Pair Your Backsplash and Gray Furniture
Don’t forget about your backsplash and furniture when you are redecorating your kitchen. These can either be matched to your kitchen counter or you could choose a color that works in contrast to highlight your gray kitchen cabinets.
17. A White and Gray Kitchen
White and gray is one of our favorite color combinations for a kitchen. It’s ideal for anyone who is looking to create a minimalist kitchen, and white helps to make the space feel lighter and brighter.
18. Use a Variety of Subtle Colors
When it comes to decorating your kitchen, you don’t always have to use bright and bold colors as you may do elsewhere in your home. Use a variety of subtle shades, which will help to create a classy and timeless look that won’t need updating for many years.
19. Add Brightness to the Space with White Fixtures
White fixtures are something that you may think would be hard to maintain, but they look absolutely stunning in a kitchen. They’ll help to make your kitchen feel even bigger, and you’ll love spending time in this bright and uplifting room in your home.
Keep the Palette Neutral to Let the Materials Stand out
In the case of a kitchen decorated with rich materials such as marble and some types of wood, too much color can be distracting. A good strategy is to keep the color palette neutral and simple to allow the materials to stand out.
20. Create Visual Contrasts with Darker Shades of Gray
When you don’t have the largest kitchen space to work with, we recommend thinking about creating a contrast to add more interest to the room. This kitchen takes darker kitchen cabinets and pairs them with silver appliances for a modern and stylish kitchen makeover.
21. A Smooth Transition from Gray to White
If you are opting to use different shades or colors in your kitchen, make sure you make the transition as smooth as possible. This will create a more visually attractive kitchen space and won’t be too overwhelming on the eyes when you enter the room.
22. A Tiled Backsplash with Dark Grout
You probably haven’t given much thought to the grout in your kitchen. However, by using a dark grout with bright white tiles, you can create a modern and stylish look for your backsplash. It keeps well with the theme of the room and will offer you an area that is easy to clean if you are cooking in front of the backsplash.
23. A Tiled Backsplash with Dark Grout
Your walls are a great place to add extra texture, and we love how the rocky beach tone adds more interest to this space. It’s a good way to add more color and pattern to your kitchen without it being too overwhelming.
24. Add Modern Lighting and White Accents to Brighten Up The Kitchen
Don’t forget about your lighting when you are redecorating your kitchen cabinets. This will help to create a space that you enjoy cooking in during any time of the day, and illuminate the beautiful cabinets you’ve just added to the space.
25. A Glossy Finish to Make Your Cabinets Stand Out
Choosing a finish for your new gray kitchen cabinets can completely change the look and feel of the room. For a modern and funky kitchen makeover, we love these glossy gray cabinets which really make them stand out from the rest of the room.
26. Choose the Palest Shade of Gray
If you have never used gray in your home before, don’t be afraid to choose a very pale shade. You can use this as a good way to transition from white to gray, and in the future, you can always opt to add darker elements when you are feeling more daring.
Use Light Shades for a Bright and Open Look
If you want to make the kitchen look bright and spacious, a dark shade of grey used for the cabinets may not be your best option. Opt instead for lighter shades and paint the walls white. This way the décor will be bright and airy.
27. Add Bold Green Accents
You might be surprised by this color choice to add to your gray kitchen, but we love this funky splash of green that’s added to the room. Add small accessories and chairs in a contrasting color to create a more modern kitchen aesthetic.
28. A Splash of Cheerful Yellow
Another fun color to add to your kitchen is yellow. It will add a splash of sunshine to even the darkest kitchens, making you feel like it’s summer all year long in your home.
29. Add Wood Accents to Warm Up The Room
Sometimes, gray kitchens can feel a little sterile, so add some wood accents to make it feel a little warmer. This is ideal for homes that have a country or rustic aesthetic, as you’ll find it adds more texture to the kitchen and creates a cozy atmosphere.
30. Make Gray the Main Color for Your Kitchen
As you can probably tell, we absolutely love gray kitchen cabinets and decorations. For this reason, why not make gray the main color in your kitchen? Almost any part of your kitchen could be painted in this color, so don’t be shy to use gray anywhere you fancy.
31. Add Gray as an Accent Color
However, if you aren’t quite ready to go all out with a gray kitchen, just opt for smaller accents. You could just choose one part of your kitchen to make gray, such as the cabinets, walls, or floor.
32. Match the Cabinets and Marble Countertops
The cabinets and marble countertops can easily be matched, with pretty gray countertops that look stylish and classy. You’ll find these countertops easily hide dirt and are easy to maintain and clean after use.
33. Match Your Fridge to the Gray Kitchen Cabinets
Your fridge is one of the biggest additions to your kitchen décor, and so you’ll want to ensure it doesn’t stand out like a sore thumb. We love this setup from Wayfair, which adds a silver fridge, cooker, and microwave. You’ll find that this creates a modern and stylish aesthetic with your new gray kitchen, and it matches well with these light gray cabinets. They go well against the white walls, creating a light yet modern kitchen design.
34. A Minimalist White, Green, and Gray Kitchen
While this kitchen from Sharyn Cairns Design: Fiona Lynch primarily follows a minimalistic design with a gray and white color scheme, we love the addition of pastels. While the green cabinets are still quite muted, it adds a splash of color and a bold statement when it is paired with the other colors in the kitchen. Your eyes are instantly drawn upwards to see the green color of the cabinets, which ensures the room still seems light and modern. This would work with any pastel color, but we think green and blue are perfect options to pair with a gray kitchen.
35. Glossy Modern Gray Cabinets
One of the best things about gray cabinets is that the color works with any cabinet material. These glossy modern gray cabinets shared by Oppein will look great in any contemporary apartment or home. You’ll find that even though they use a slightly darker shade of gray, they don’t look too dark or gloomy due to the glossy material they are made from. You can mix and match different sizes of cabinets to create your perfect kitchen setup. These smaller cabinets fit around the sink area, so you won’t have to worry about them dropping too low and you hitting your head.
As you can see, there are so many great ways to add gray kitchen cabinets into your home décor. Kitchen cabinets come in a wide variety of different shapes and sizes, so regardless of your current kitchen décor, you’ll have no issue finding a solution to fit your needs. Make sure you think carefully about the shade of gray you add to your kitchen, especially if this is your first time using this color in your home. You’ll find that by using a variety of different shades of gray, you will create a light and modern aesthetic that will offer you a space that you and your family members will love spending your free time in together.