These days, more and more homeowners are ditching traditional white or brown wood cabinetry in favor of rich grays in their kitchen. And it's not a surprising trend because unlike some color schemes, gray offers the perfect balance of warmth and neutrality, working well in nearly any size kitchen. And for those who think gray means drab, they'll find there are endless shades and hues in the gray family, ranging from subtle tints to bold blue-grays.
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Why Gray Isn't Going Away
If you're worn out on stark white kitchens and bored by brown shaker cabinets, it's time to start having gray thoughts. This bright kitchen from Studio McGee is proof that gray doesn't mean dingy. By breaking up the upper and lower cabinets and adding in a medium shade of gray to the bottom ones, this kitchen is anything but drab.Continue to 2 of 21 below.
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Mixing in Subway Tile
Unique back-splashes are a trend in kitchen decor right now, but a standard subway tile is sometimes the most timeless and appealing choice. This stunning bright kitchen from Kayla Lynn may not be big, but the subtle gray cabinetry helps give the room more depth without feeling dark.Continue to 3 of 21 below.
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Add a Hint of Blue
For those who tend to gravitate toward brighter hues, gray paint with a hint of blue is a great way to add a pop of color that won't feel dated in a few years. This blue-gray kitchen from Rue Magazine is absolutely beautiful. The light wood flooring helps bring the whole look together.Continue to 4 of 21 below.
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Don't Be Afraid of Dark Gray
This look may not be for the faint of heart, but it sure is eye-catching. Blogger Eye Swoon proves that even the darkest of grays can work in a kitchen. The room may feel slightly darker, but the result is a moody, almost French provincial look that's perfect for those sleepy Sunday morning pancakes.Continue to 5 of 21 below.
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The first thing about Vintage Home Love's kitchen that catches our eye is the exposed upper shelving. The rustic reclaimed wood look is perfect for channeling a modern farmhouse vibe, and the gray works well with the wood accents.Continue to 6 of 21 below.
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The distressed look is in, and these cabinets from Kylie Interiors inspire us to rough up our own kitchen. The bluish shade of gray gives off an easy farmhouse vibe with just a coat of paint and a little bit of elbow grease.Continue to 7 of 21 below.
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Try a Gray Pantry
Not ready to paint the cabinets quite yet? A new standing pantry, like this one seen on Paul Craig's Instagram, is a great way to embrace the gray kitchen look without making a long-term commitment. This dark gray would look gorgeous in nearly any kitchen.Continue to 8 of 21 below.
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Gray Works With All Sizes
For those lucky enough to have a kitchen with a lot of cabinets, this space from The Magic Brush proves that even a liberal helping of gray doesn't have to overwhelm. Large kitchens can embrace the gray trend too—opting for light countertops keeps the space airy and open.Continue to 9 of 21 below.
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Experiment With the Backsplash
There are so many shades of gray—and because of that, it's actually an extremely versatile tone. This light gray kitchen from Centsational Style spices things up with a dot-patterned backsplash that looks fabulous with the subtle cabinets. With gray, there is a shade that works with nearly any backsplash or granite color.Continue to 10 of 21 below.
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Focus on the Island
For those who can't bear to give up their all-white kitchen, test the gray waters with the island instead. This updated kitchen from Jillian Harris looks sophisticated yet unique with its multi-colored palette.Continue to 11 of 21 below.
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Gray and Modern
This two-toned kitchen from The Plumbette is sleek and modern, and uses a dark gray to really make the space pop. Though this designer opted for white cabinets on most of the kitchen, adding a deep gray pantry is a great way to add dimension to the space.Continue to 12 of 21 below.
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A Gray IKEA Kitchen
Who would have thought this stunning space from The Sweetest Digs was an IKEA kitchen? By adding a touch of gray paint to the bottom cabinets, this room feels high-end and luxurious at a bargain price.Continue to 13 of 21 below.
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A Beautiful Farmhouse Sink
For those who needed an excuse to splurge on a new farmhouse sink, this kitchen from Krystal Rowley is just what you've been looking for. The modern chevron backsplash next to the vintage-inspired sink is to die for.Continue to 15 of 21 below.
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Concrete Can Be Elegant
Here's a gray kitchen that's just a little out of the ordinary. Designed using concrete as its main material, this kitchen from Fellipe Lima is at once modern and elegant. The sleek countertops and contemporary cabinetry provide a polished backdrop for the stunning concrete island.Continue to 16 of 21 below.
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A Gray-Green We Can't Resist
This Easter egg-inspired painted kitchen is so fun and fresh. Spotted on Stories by Sarah Sherman Samuel, the lightly tinted gray cabinetry is a wonderful way to add in a pop of visual interest while maintaining a neutral palette.Continue to 17 of 21 below.
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It's clear by now that neutral kitchens are in, whether you pick white, beige or gray. This kitchen from Homestylepl on Instagram went with both beige and gray to create a soft, inviting space. The result is a soothing and calming palette that will definitely inspire more cooking sessions.Continue to 18 of 21 below.
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This space from Elements of Style is another example of why we can't get enough of gold and gray. The amazing gold lanterns over the kitchen island make the gray palette look even more high-end.Continue to 19 of 21 below.
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Pair With Dark Floors
For those who might think dark floors with gray cabinets would look uninviting, this space from ktchn.guide proves otherwise. The deep flooring accentuates the hint of blue in the gray cabinets and makes the whole space feel like a gorgeously designed artists' loft.Continue to 20 of 21 below.
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Gray and Natural Wood
This kitchen from Homebunch is the perfect coastal-inspired space for anyone who wants a rustic-yet-modern feel in their home. The reclaimed wood walls pair perfectly with the light gray tones.Continue to 21 of 21 below.
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This sea glass backsplash from V Interiors is one of the most beautiful complements to a gray-dominated palette we've seen yet. The result is fresh and unique, but still traditional enough not to feel dated in the next few years.