It’s official: Gray is here to stay. After several seasons of furniture introductions in all shades of gray, we’re seeing more and more of the neat neutral shade throughout the home. And yes… that applies to the kitchen too.
Everything from countertop surfaces to barstools to tilework is being shown in varying shades of gray, from light heathers to dark, rich, almost black charcoal hues. There are still gleaming all-white kitchens out there — especially if you love that Miami penthouse look — but gray kitchens are among of our favorite current trends.
And if you’re looking to introduce a pop of color into your spaces, a gray kitchen is an excellent foundation for the look. Select minimalist gray pieces and juxtapose them with bright or lighter colored items to let them truly shine. You can even use gray as a background for a bold flash of neon, as you’ll see in our gallery of gray kitchens.
These spaces can run the gamut from stately and traditional to uber-modern, sleek city apartments. Consider glossy gray cabinetry for a contemporary home, or lightly painted wood cabinets for a space that’s more country-inspired. A gray kitchen provides a canvas for creativity, regardless of your personal design style. Perhaps best of all, gray tones can highlight the materials you’re working with, much more visibly than a shade of white or black. If you’re selecting rough-hewn gray granite or another type of gray stone for your counters, you’ll be able to see the richness of materials much more visibly than with neutrals on either end of the color scale.
Browse some of our favorite gray kitchens below and get some major designer inspiration for the next time you decide to redo this essential space.