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 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 kitchen cabinets gray. All white kitchens were all the rage. I had experience with painting white cabinetry previously but this time, I felt like a darker neutral would work better for our needs. Gray kitchen cabinets are not only very on-trend but because gray is an accepted neutral, they have a very timeless look.
There are several reasons that I think gray kitchen cabinets are a good idea. If you are considering a color other than white for your cabinets but aren’t quite ready to go bold, you can settle on a safe neutral, and gray is definitely considered a safe neutral in home decor.
Gray kitchen cabinets go so well with many different countertop and backsplash options. You can have a light and bright space with gray kitchen cabinets by pairing them with light marble countertops and a subway tile backsplash. Or, you can go the opposite way and create a moodier space with soapstone and a colorful backsplash. The options are endless but gray kitchen cabinets are a safe place to start.
The six best paint colors for gray kitchen cabinetry
Once you’ve made the decision to paint your kitchen cabinets gray, the hardest part begins, which is deciding on a paint color. In general, selecting a neutral paint color can be challenging. I know I made the gray kitchen cabinets sound super simple in the paragraphs above but the truth is, grays can be tricky. Gray paint colors 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 web and found six of the very best paint colors for gray kitchen cabinets (including the one that I selected for my own kitchen cabinetry). These paint colors vary in shades from dark to light as well as from 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 beautiful light gray paint color. It’s one of the most popular selling gray paint colors on the market because it’s a versatile color. 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 in contrast 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 shade of 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.
Once you’ve picked out the perfect gray paint color for your cabinets. This post is a great guide for painting your kitchen cabinets. You’ll get all of the details on how to get the smoothest finish and how to make the cabinet paint last for a long time.
The cabinet painting was just one part of the complete budget-friendly kitchen renovation. We painted the cabinets, added new quartz countertops, then installed our own backsplash to save a few bucks and we’re really happy with the way it turned out. If you are looking for some ideas to complete a budget-friendly kitchen renovation this post will be a really helpful resource.
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