White kitchens will probably never go away, but if you’re rolling with the times, the world has swung toward all things grey. It’s a neutral color that you could design to be anything – bold, stark, minimal, dramatic, or softer, subtler, warmer, or even traditional.
With shades of grey that are soft and subtle, like the palest feather gray, to moodier slates and charcoals, grey balances the swing between modern sensibilities and classic appeal. This is why grey kitchens are very versatile. You can turn up the warmth using greys with undertones of yellows and reds, or keep it cool using greys with undertones of blues and greens.
Grey goes well with natural textures, like stone, wood, or metal, making it a great choice for industrial themes, or rustic looks. While gray works well to complement most other colors, it also helps create contrast when you need it. You can use bright accents, bold finishes, or splashes of color to highlight certain areas or features of your kitchen.
Besides being a neutral choice, grey is a sophisticated color choice. The right kind of grey can add instant refinement to a space. Think about mixing shades of grey in the same kitchen to add depth, and don’t be afraid to experiment with the other ends of the spectrum like whites and blacks to add drama.
With a palette so accommodating and wide-ranging, grey is no longer drab or boring – it’s up to you to make your kitchen shine. Take a look at some of the examples we’ve gathered here and see which grey fits your style best.
1. Deep Drama
Bold, dramatic and modern, all because of the blue grey cabinets and island in this stunning kitchen. The big splashes of white on the ceiling and the countertops bring in an effect of a pin striped suit. At the same time, the rough texture on the brick walls and the warm wood dining table offer an approachable contrast to this modern space.
2. Add some Bling
This palest of pale grey kitchen still wows, thanks to the gorgeous additions of jewel-like lamp fixtures, glossy chrome finishes on the island and bar stools, and all the glass fronts that sparkle. Altogether a stunning effect.
3. Cool but Warm
This wall to wall grey kitchen provides plenty of storage with recessed cabinets that go all the way up to the ceiling on two walls, and more storage in the island. And all of the cabinets are sleek with no frames and no protruding pulls or knobs. All of that grey could close the space in, but it’s livened up by the warm wood flooring and wood grained island cabinets.
4. Industrial Strength
This kitchen has so many strong accents that it cannot recede into the background as a grey kitchen. The shade of grey itself adds depth to the space, and the addition of industrial pendant lights and bar stools gives it character. Additional texture comes from the tiles in the backsplash and the mahogany countertop.
5. Horizontally Striped
There are many lines in this one space – the horizontal lines in the glass on the door, the lines of the open shelves, the narrow lines on the paneling, and the long lines in the flooring. And then there are the cantilevered lights that add more lines. However they’re all held together because of the shades of grays used here.
6. Cool and Classy
The glossy white cabinets lend an air of cool functionality in this small kitchen. All the appliances are also white, with a bold black accent wall and breakfast table, and a grey island that takes center stage. Every element is selected carefully in this small kitchen to make full use of the space.
7. Glitz and Glamor
This stunning black and white and grey kitchen brings the drama with the gold accents. The island alone is a collection of elements that captures your attention and keeps it there – the solid black cabinets with the bold veined marble countertop, and the gold ed
8. Warm Wood Tones
Weathered wood walls and floors boost up the rustic factor in this warm grey kitchen. The sleek grey cabinets add depth and elegance to what might otherwise have looked like a cabin interior. The dark metal finishes on the hardware and window frames make the space casual but stylish.
9. French Linen Farmhouse
While painting the lower cabinets with a pretty and polished chalk paint gives them the French Linen flair, adding open wooden shelves on top is what gives the kitchen its rustic attitude. The dark metal pot rack and the weathered table in the center adds a farmhouse charm that can’t be beat.
10. Lakefront Log Cabin
The glazed gray cabinets and whitewashed ceiling give a rustic charm to this log cabin kitchen. The weathered wood and metal elements add a boldness to the large space while still retaining the comfortable casual vibe.
11. Light and Bright
This gorgeous airy space incorporates a few rustic elements that amp up the warm and charm factors, like the stone facing on the island, and the dark metal finish on the hardware. But it makes it all sleek and chic with the pale gray cabinets and stainless steel appliances.
12. Rustic Minimalistic
Rustic sometimes seems to imply that anything goes, clutter and all, but this kitchen is stunning in its simplicity. If it were all white it might have seemed stark, but the grey tones warm up the space while keeping it clean and minimalistic.
13. Dark and Cozy
Imagine being enveloped by the warmth of a wood burning fireplace, surrounded by dark moody cabinets and woodwork, and sipping a comforting hot chocolate on a cold night. This lovely rustic kitchen brings all those elements together and still looks stylish.
14. Ends of a Spectrum
Choosing different shades of the same color from different ends of the blue grey spectrum is a sophisticated way to add depth and layers. The walls are a paler version of the dark blue grey on the island. White marble countertops with grey veins add coolness while hardwood flooring adds warmth.
15. An Element of Elegance
It’s stunning what a single color can do to a space, with the aid of the enveloping warmth of wood surrounded cabinetry. Simple, sophisticated, and not at all cold. Note the stainless steel finishes on the hardware and faucet. It doesn’t hurt to bring in texture with a wall of brick.
16. A Splash of Color
Hot pink in a grey kitchen? Yes and yes! Don’t be afraid to add a splash of hot color to your cool blues and greys in your kitchen. The backsplash here is glossy, adding an extra layer of finish. A few select additions of pink completes the look.
17. An Almost Navy Grey
Totally luxe and utterly practical – only possible with the right shade of grey. This almost navy grey is not allowed to be cold and aloof, thanks to the pearly gray tiles on the backsplash, the warm antique-like finish on the champagne bucket, and the everyday items on display like a bowl of lemons.
18. Cool and Contemporary
This is a study in contrasts, of moody blue-grey gradient walls, glossy white cabinets and bar stools, sleek lighting, but all of it warmed up considerably by the hardwood flooring. In a small space where the kitchen is on display, you can’t go wrong with this elegant, sophisticated setup.
19. Red Done Right
Hot reds and cool greys tempered with loads of white makes a classy kitchen that’s definitely not boring. If you can picture the room after removing the reds, you’ll notice that the space would indeed look nondescript. It’s the red that brings in the movement and excitement.
20. Classic Redefined
This gorgeous gray kitchen sparkles with all the different shades of grey on display. Between the pale gray cabinets and deep grey walls and gray veined marble countertops, it’s a visual feast, even without the reds. But bring in the red and it becomes a whole another space altogether – exciting, attention grabbing, and yet remaining classy.
21. Accent on the Grey
A kitchen that doesn’t scream red even though its walls and cabinets are red is because it’s wine red. The almost-white pale gray contrasts well with the wine cabinets, while the coal colored grey acts as the perfect accent on the oven hood.
22. A Fiesty Red
The eye-catching dragon print fabric on this banquette could stop traffic if there was traffic. And yet, the fun and cheerful print doesn’t seem too rowdy in here, thanks to the gorgeous grey cabinets and sleek hardware and light fixtures.
23. Fun and Functional
This bright orangey red will put a smile on anyone’s face at the end of a long day. However, it doesn’t stop there – for a small space, it’s hard working, practical and functional. The dove gray walls offer a calming contrast to the glossy red cabinets.
24. Cranberry Country
This is an all-red kitchen, with the cabinets and the shelves and the island all painted a dark cranberry color, while the grey is the accent color, in the stone walls and weathered beams. It works because it’s a large space, paired with bold rustic elements.
25. Set The Tone
We start off with a straightforward pale grey on the cabinets, with sleek lines and simple hardware. There’s no jarring reds or blues to distract the eye. If anything, there’s even more light grey – on the walls, in the wash of the hardwood floor, and in the veins of the marble countertop, creating a soft welcoming effect overall.
26. Color It Pretty
The shades of pink used in this grey kitchen only enhance the light grey by making it more approachable. The pop of pink brightens up the space while still retaining the soothing effect of the grey walls.
27. Glam it Up
A basic gray kitchen that’s anything but boring. Even in the small space, the glam factor has been amped up considerably using bright finishes like chrome and steel, lots of greenery, and plenty of light. Using several shades of grey works well in this space.
28. Bring in Texture
This is a perfect example of taking a light grey kitchen and piling on textures to make interesting, appealing, but still losing none of its sophistication. There’s layers of added texture, in the pale gray bamboo wall, the almost white-gray backsplash tiles, the larger veined tiles in the flooring, and the darker floor length curtains. All added up makes it a study in light grey.
29. Make it Sparkle
Tone on tone on tone would make it monotonal right? But somehow this kitchen transcends the tone by adding sparkle. From the clear glass pendant lights, to the large expanses of glossy grey marble, to the stainless steel appliances, everything flows really well, except with an added sparkle and shine.
30. Strong and Silent
Unapologetically monochromatic in its greyness, this kitchen still demands attention. There’s no distracting hardware or fixtures – just a set of muted gray cabinets, with some black accents in the bar stools and pepper shakers. Even the refrigerator is covered in the same muted gray paneling.
31. Bejeweled Accents
It’s not only the dark grey that adds drama to a space, so can a pale grey, when it’s used to its advantage. Here, the stunning accents take all the credit for amping up the glam factor. The filigreed bar stools, the candle like hanging lights and the silver art pieces come together to create drama.
32. Gold Glitz
There’s nothing cold about this grey kitchen with gold accents. The small tiled backsplash captures attention in this white and grey space, but it’s the gold hardware that adds glamor and glitz that takes it up to another level.
33. Amp up the Glam
The entire ceiling is painted black, including the supporting beams, and yet what you see is not the black but the grand chandelier taking center stage. The supporting characters aren’t too shabby either – the metallic paneling on the island, and the big white pendant lights over it. It helps that there’s a skylight to bring in more light.
34. Anything but Basic
Even the exterior walls are painted black in this beautiful house in the country, but it only acts as a foil for the large plate glass windows looking out into nature. The black here acts as the backdrop for the changing scenery of seasons. The industrial pendant lights all in a row add some interest to the space.
35. High Contrast Statement
If you think black is bold, how about a high gloss yellow? The bright yellow brings in a dose of fun and charm to this space, which would have otherwise been pretty ho-hum. The white subway tiles add another layer of texture.
36. Warm it with Wood
It’s shocking how much black is in this space – counting the cabinets, the flooring, the refrigerator, the oven hood and the backsplash. But bringing in warm wood tones in the island and the upper cabinets completely transformed the space into something inviting and approachable.
37. Drama Queen
The effect of white and light against the dark black wall of cabinets and flooring is a stunning study of a black kitchen done right. But the attention is all on the gorgeous black pendant lights glowing a deep copper color that goes well with the warm wood tones on the dining table.
38. Dare to go Dark
All dark? Yes. A bit extreme? Yes. But you can’t turn away from the meditative mood this black on black kitchen creates. Even the lamp shades are black, and so is the pot on the stove which is also black, as is the oven hood. If you think you’re daring, try this out.
39. Crisp and Edgy
All the sophistication of black and white and grey put together comes through in this one kitchen. The crisp edges of black and white play off of each other, with the shiny nickel finished knobs doing the job of a set of buttons on a tuxedo suit. The pale grey subway tiles on the backsplash only help enhance the lines.
40. Swanky and Stylish
This poolside kitchen looks as cool and laid back as could be, thanks to the black cabinets that recede, the grey flooring and soffit that add an element of interest, and the white island highlights the space. The gold bars add a swanky flair to the open shelving.
41. Farmhouse Fresh
Black and white and grey colors belong in a farmhouse kitchen. A fresh coat of white paint is almost a calling card for a farmhouse kitchen. Here all that white is countered by a good dose of black to balance out the glare effect. The crisp lines of the black beams and the bar chairs gives the space the edge it needs, and the glossy grey tiles on the backsplash look pretty and polished.
42. Tile and Texture
Rather than large swaths of black or white or grey, this kitchen relies on a wall of tiles to bring in the color, pattern and texture. Those are some hardworking tiles. White cabinets offset the tiles well, the grey paint provides the background, and the black hardware lends sophistication.
43. Kitchen Transitional
This transitional kitchen space looks comfortable and classy at the same time, while displaying an edgy side with the solid black island right in the center. The simple mid-grey cabinets lay the foundation for the space, while the tiny tiles on the backsplash and the marble countertops bring in the elegance.
44. All that Jazz
This is a large space and can accommodate three whole walls of dark grey cabinetry quite comfortably. The white and black act as accent colors, and liven up the space considerably. But what makes the space stunning are the two large pendant lights making reflections on the ceiling.
45. Light and Bright
When you have light pouring into the kitchen from skylights and windows it can help make the space feel open and airy, even when grounded by solid black cabinets and island block. The walls and shelves are kept a soft grey, while the tiled backsplash makes the space look lively. The three large pendant lights are bold design elements, and also bring in the light at nighttime when the skylights go dark.
46. Silver Elegance
The prettiness of this kitchen might not be what you expect from a black and grey palette, but the silver grey cabinets take all the credit for that. The black island in the center acts as an exclamation point to all the silver around the perimeter. The silver accents in the drawer pulls and appliances enhance the space with their sparkle.
47. Slate Statement
The slate grey on all the cabinets make a strong statement in this open kitchen with plenty of light. And the black paneling on the back wall acts as a backsplash while showcasing the curated set of kitchenware. But this kitchen works even with all the moody greys and blacks because of the warm wood tones in the butcher block island and bar stools, and also the accent wall
48. Gilded Deluxe
This stunning kitchen uses sophisticated materials like marble island and backsplash and gold accents in the large pendant lamps and the cabinet pulls. The solid black wall and oven hood compliment the dark grey cabinets and together, they play up the golden glamor spectacularly.
49. Fire Power
Fire engine red is the perfect choice for this retro black and white kitchen that’s also sleek and modern. The crisp edges of the black cabinets against the white subway tile backsplash, as well as the bold red appliances, add drama and glamor to the energetic space. The hardware in red and stainless steel glitter in the glossy kitchen, bringing all the elements together in an arresting combination.
50. Punchy Paprika
This is an orangey shade of red that works beautifully with the bold dramatic focal feature here, of the black oven range and hood with the stainless steel accents. The paprika adds the same energy and excitement as a bright red, while also bringing a modern color into the mix. The tiled backsplash in cream adds a simple, unexpected elegance to the space.
51. Wine and Dine
The deep shade of burgundy adds depth and warmth to this highly functional kitchen. The contrasting whites and silvers bring in shine and movement to the space, making the kitchen energetic and cheerful, despite the dark reds and blacks used here. It’s a great example of how darker colors can be used in small spaces.
52. High Gloss Galley
Even in a narrow galley kitchen red and black works beautifully, thanks to the high gloss content that makes light shine off of every surface. The garnet colored cabinets seem jewel-like in this space, and the tiny black tiles in the backsplash look like intricate bits of ebony. Gorgeous, but highly efficient too.
53. Colorful and Cheerful
The combination of red and black in this kitchen looks unexpectedly cheerful, because of the bold addition of bright green accent in the chairs. It’s a lot of red, in the cabinets as well as the appliances – the oven and the refrigerator are also paneled in glossy red, but the large space and the white background help make this a happy place.
54. Deep and Rustic
This red and black kitchen is definitely not a modern, contemporary space, but it works well in a rustic kitchen of this sort because of the shades of red and black used. A dark barn red color paired with charred black woodwork gives the space a comfortable vibe. The dark colors work well here because it’s a large open space.