Grey kitchen ideas: 17 stylish spaces to inspire a grey makeover

Our grey kitchen ideas are sure to inspire – from grey cabinetry to easy grey paint updates you will find a look you love here

Grey kitchen ideas
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We will be the first to admit that, although we don't like to be biased, grey kitchen ideas are some of our favourite out there. A lot of time is spent scrolling through gorgeous pics of grey kitchens, be it classic Shakers or rustic farmhouse styles, so we thought we'd put all our finding in one place. 

Whether you want to add a few touches of the now and forever-trending colour to your current space, or if you're looking to overhaul your entire kitchen with a completely grey colour scheme, you will find inspiration here. From light grey kitchens to dark colour schemes, beautiful kitchen cabinets and more, we've covered it all. 

More inspiration and kitchen ideas can be found on our guide and if you are after advice on kitchen design head over to our in-depth feature for all you need to know. 

1. Choose a matt grey kitchen for a stylish finish  

Matt grey kitchen in open plan modern kitchen diner

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If you're seeking stylish simplicity, it doesn't get better than gorgeous matt-grey cabinetry. Touch-close with sleek silhouettes, this stylish grey kitchen is perfect for a contemporary space with a muted, minimalist design and makes a difference to white.

We love the distinct feel of this modern kitchen, designed by Optiplan Kitchens. If you're looking for more kitchen cabinet ideas, you'll be pleased to know that our stylish guide was written with you in mind. 

2. Warm up a grey kitchen with copper accents

grey scheme kitchen by norsu interiors

(Image credit: Norsu Interiors)

If you are looking for grey kitchen ideas that still have a nice warmth, we love the look of pairing a simple grey scheme with copper kitchen accessories. Combining cool and warm tones in this way will add depth to a space without compromising the simplicity that many seek when opting for a grey scheme. 

3. Choose blue-greys for a warmer finish

grey kitchen from original btc

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If you find traditional greys to be too cold (or too common), you may consider opting for a more unique and slightly warmer blue-grey.

A great compromise if you also like the idea of using colour in the kitchen, we'd advise pairing blue-grey cabinetry with more traditional grey tones – this could be in the form of flooring or a marble-effect splash-back. And, if you want to add interest and contrast, paint kitchen furniture in a brighter shade. Find out how to paint furniture with our step by step.

4. Incorporate pattern into a grey kitchen 

Wallpaper and paint colours in kitchen by Little Greene

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We know a lot of grey kitchen ideas are very minimalist and simple, after void of lots of patter. However, if you're looking to add depth or create a focal point in your kitchen, consider opting for a grey(ish) feature wall. This draws the eye effectively and can help create the feeling of a larger space if positioned correctly. 

5. Create a grey kitchen with just paint

grey scheme kitchen from original btc

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Warm, richly textured wooden cabinetry is the perfect match for the cool, steely tones of grey. Make even more of a statement with the addition of stylish wall lighting, like these Oxford 2 Wall Lights from Original BTC. Not your style? 

You'll find out pick of the best kitchen lighting in our handy guide. In case you were wondering, we've got kitchen lighting ideas covered, too.

6. Design a grey kitchen with purpose in mind

Brayer Design light grey kitchen

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While aesthetic appeal is (of course) important to consider when designing a kitchen, it's essential that you balance this with considerations as to how the space will function.

Combining function and aesthetics is the easiest way to achieve your dream kitchen. For example, the addition of a breakfast bar effectively ties together the design of this grey-toned kitchen, all while functioning as a handy spot to host and entertain guests.

7. Match your walls and cabinetry for a cohesive finish 

grey kitchen by fritzfryer

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In addition to creating a space that feels smart, cohesive and considered, matching your wall and cabinetry shade is an easy way to make a small grey kitchen feel larger (and who doesn't want that).

Opting for open shelving is another space-enhancing trick that will make your kitchen feel less boxy and create a striking focal point if styled with pretty kitchen accessories.

For more beautiful small kitchen ideas, take a look at our feature.

8. Light grey kitchen additions can create a unique rustic look

grey kitchen by tile mountain

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For a twist on a rustic or Scandi-inspired kitchen, consider styling simple, light grey, handleless cabinets with wooden accessories – gorgeous chopping boards in a variety of shapes are a great option, as well as plenty of ceramics.

It's this feeling of a kitchen being in use, with handy (but stylish) bits and bobs at hand, that gives this space that laid back, rustic feel that many people adore.

Browse flexible freestanding kitchen ideas if, like us, you're down with the laid back feel. 

9. Use grey as a base for combining bright interiors

If you like grey kitchen ideas that combine different interiors' trends or styles, you may consider opting for grey as a base to build on. A light grey kitchen is likely to complement most shades – including corals, yellows and reds – and acts as the perfect link between modern and more traditional interiors. 

grey kitchen by walls and floors

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10. Consider grey kitchen blinds

grey kitchen by english blinds

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If you can't detach yourself entirely from the appeal of a white kitchen, but want to incorporate a little grey for added interest, a white and grey kitchen still totally works. Just incorporate grey tones with your window treatments. 

These 50mm Athene Faux Wood Blinds from English Blinds are a perfect example. If blinds aren't your thing, remember that the same rules apply to most other kitchen window ideas – our guide's got you covered. 

11. Choose a grey splashback for a subtle look

grey kitchen by original btc

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Opting for a grey splashback is another option for those who like the idea of incorporating a touch of grey into a grey and white kitchen. 

White marble or granite with grey veining is the perfect option – particularly in a more traditional or Shaker style kitchen (which you can find more of in our stylish Shaker kitchen ideas gallery)  – as it adds interest, texture and colour to a space without compromising the appeal of a white (or cream) finish.

The addition of these gorgeous Stanley Pendant Lights in hammered copper, available from Original BTC, helps to warm up a cool toned kitchen. Find more kitchen splashback ideas in our design gallery.

12. Combine different shades in a grey kitchen

grey kitchen by ikea

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Combining complementary shades of grey is an easy way to add depth to grey kitchens and can be particularly effective in a small space. To achieve this look successfully, we'd recommend opting for shades with the same hue. 

Stainless steel appliances will complete the look, while open shelving is effective in providing a handy storage solution, all while making a small kitchen feel larger and less boxy. We have plenty more small kitchen storage ideas, if that's what you're in need of.

13. Combine grey kitchen ideas with pastel hues

kitchen with white walls, grey cabinetry and pink recess styled with various ceramic and plants by QUU Design

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If you're keen to design a kitchen with a feminine, millennial feel, consider working pastel shades into your otherwise grey kitchen scheme.

We love the addition of a pastel pink recess into this stylish light grey kitchen, which not only breaks up the traditional grey and white combination, but creates a handy spot for storing ceramics and other pretty (yet practical) kitchen essentials.

Find more pretty pastel decorating ideas in our gallery.

14. Incorporate the moody interiors trend into a grey kitchen

grey kitchen with blue kitchen island from humphrey munson

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if you're tempted by the dark and moody interiors trend but don't want to sacrifice the lightness and brightness of a grey kitchen, consider working the trend in more subtly. 

We love this grey kitchen idea – opting for a kitchen island in an inky shade while keeping the rest of the kitchen much more neutral. If you already have a perfectly functioning island, why not consider giving it a fresh coat of paint? Our guide to how to paint furniture tells you all you need to know. 

If you like a more dramatic look find more black kitchen ideas in our gallery.

Grey kitchen

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Alternatively, paint (or purchase) furniture in a matching grey shade if you're designing an open plan space or want to create cohesion throughout your home.

Giving old furniture a fresh coat of paint is an easy way to up-cycle; creating less waste and giving old favourites a brand new lease of life. 

You can pick up the best furniture paints with our help, too. 

16. Add pattern to a grey kitchen with tiles 

Kitchen splashback tiles by Stone and Ceramic Warehouse

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If you like the idea of styling your kitchen with on-trend patterned tiles, but want to stay well away from colour, consider opting for a stylish grey finish. This is an easy way to work pattern and interest into a scheme without compromising too much on the appealing simplicity of white and grey tones.

We love the idea of positioning patterned tiles behind a range cooker to create a striking focal point that draws the eye as soon as you enter the kitchen. Ensure you're picking the right style for your home with our super simple guide to choosing the best kitchen tiles. We've even catered for small kitchen owners, with our small kitchen tiles advice piece.

17. Pick a greeny grey in a country kitchen 

kitchen with grey cabinetry

(Image credit: Colin Poole)

Muted sage green kitchens are everywhere at the moment, and we love this rustic, country-style hue. But if you are worried that it will date, why not pick a more classic grey with greener undertones so you still get a touch of that sage colour just in a much more subtle way. Try Farrow & Ball's Mizzle for a nice light grey green. 

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