Cabinets with color are having a moment right now. A shade of gray is a great alternative to the all-white kitchen while maintaining a neutral space. Here are some of the best colors for gray kitchen cabinets!
When we first moved into our current home, we didn’t have the budget to completely overhaul the kitchen, (looking back – I wish we would have found a way) so we opted to paint the existing cabinetry to update the space. At the time, it felt sort of bold to paint the cabinets gray. White kitchens were all the rage. I had experience with white cabinetry previously and felt like a darker neutral would work better for our needs. Gray kitchen cabinets are not only very on trend but because gray is accepted as a neutral, they have a very timeless look.
The six best paint colors for gray kitchen cabinets
Once you’ve made the decision to paint your kitchen cabinets gray, the hardest part begins, deciding on a paint color. In general, selecting a neutral paint color can be challenging. Grays especially have many different undertones that can appear prominent in different lighting situations. Since cabinet painting is labor intensive you want to get the color right the first time. I’ve scoured the interwebs and found six of the very best paint colors for gray kitchen cabinets. These paint colors vary in shades from dark to light as well as warm and cool. Check out each color below including a link to see the paint color in an actual kitchen.
Benjamin Moore Coventry Gray is a beautiful deep gray that has blue/green undertones. In a space with a lot of natural light you will see a subtle hint of blue. In spaces with less natural light, the color is much warmer and neutral. Of the six (including the color i selected for my own kitchen), this may very well be my favorite shade of gray because I love the cooler undertones.
See Coventry Gray in the kitchen here.
Benjamin Moore Gray Owl is another beautiful gray paint color. It’s one of the most popular selling gray paint colors on the market. It’s a light warm gray that can go cool with more natural light. This color looks best in spaces with less natural light.
See Gray Owl in the kitchen here.
Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray is a rich warm gray that looks very beautiful contrasted with white. I love seeing this color on kitchen cabinets paired with white walls and brass hardware – very chic. This color is on the bolder side since it’s a deep color but it’s still a true gray that is gorgeous on cabinetry.
See Chelsea Gray in the kitchen here.
Sherwin Williams Repose Gray is better known as a “greige” it’s not a true gray as it has some brown undertones give it a more greige appearance. It looks great in spaces with lots of natural light and in spaces that have minimal or no natural light. Repose Gray is a great go to color because it’s easy. It looks great in many different spaces and lighting situations.
See Repose Gray in the kitchen here.
Sherwin Williams Mindful Gray is another popular greige that can appear rich in some spaces and like the perfect neutral in others. It’s just a shade darker than Repose Gray and a little richer. It’s recommended for cabinetry because it’s the perfect contrast color to a cooler wall color.
See Mindful Gray in the kitchen here.
Behr Still Gray is a true medium gray. It is warmer a gray that works really well with low natural light. I used it in for my kitchen cabinets in a space with very little natural light. In spaces with more natural light the color can cool slightly with a slightly blue undertone but overall it stays a true medium gray. The color is dark enough for a great contrast to the white walls without being dramatic.
See Still Gray in the kitchen here.
Have you painted your cabinets? What shade did you go with?