25 grey kitchen ideas that prove this color literally never dates

Grey kitchen ideas are a classic – stylish and sophisticated, it's no surprise it's the color of choice when it comes to kitchens

Grey kitchen ideas
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We will be the first to admit that, although we don't like to be biased, grey kitchens are some of our favorites 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, to give us an excuse to continue down our Pinterest hole of dreamy kitchens,  we'd put all our best findings in one place to provide you all with some inspiration. 

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


deVOL kitchen island

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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

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 color 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 

We know a lot of grey kitchen ideas are very minimalist and simple, often void of lots of pattern. However, if you're looking to add depth or create a focal point in your kitchen, consider opting for a grey(ish) feature wall in the form of kitchen wallpaper. 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

(Image credit: Original BTC)

Looking for a super quick way to create a grey kitchen? Paint! Just paint a feature wall in a lovely versatile soft grey to transform your space. We love this dusty lilac grey combined with the richly textured wooden cabinetry, and if you don't have wooden cabinets just bring in some of those natural textures with a collection of chopping boards. 

6. Design a grey kitchen with purpose in mind

Grey kitchen with green cabinets

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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

(Image credit: FritzFryer)

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. Go light grey in a smaller kitchen 

Small deVOL kitchen with storage rails

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If you are working with a smaller kitchen going for a lighter grey will be the best color choice for expanding your space. It's design 101 that smaller spaces benefit from light colors so pick warm toned pale greys that are going to feel fresh and bright but warm and welcoming too. 

Just  because the space is small doesn't mean you have to hold back on the decor either. Accessorize your countertops with chopping boards in a variety of shapes are a great option, hanging rails, herbs and crockery. 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.

Also note how in this grey kitchen the cabinets are on legs – a great hack for smaller spaces as it creates the feeling of more floor space. 

9. Mix grey and pink for a classic combo

Steve and Katelin Haworth’s industrial grey kitchen has been lifted with a pop of blush pink

(Image credit: Katie Lee)

Name a more dreamy combo than pink and grey? Go on will we wait... Clearly our love of dusky pale pinks is going nowhere so this isn't a look that's going to date. Pinks are the perfect color to warm up grey cabinetry and make darker greys less dramatic. In this kitchen the island breaks up all the grey and softens the room, it's complimented by the matching pink tiles behind the oven too. 

10. Or go for a brighter color clash

By extending at the rear, Jo and James Glossop's Cheshire home works equally well for family life and entertaining

(Image credit: Katie Lee)

Want to bring some sunnier hues into a grey kitchen? Be bold and pick a colorful worktop that's going to counteract any dull tones. We love how this vivid blue works in this contemporary kitchen, its really brings out the blue tones of the grey and there's something a bit retro about the color blocking going on here. 

Yellow also works really well to brighten up what can potentially be quite a gloomy colour. And you don't have to paint a whole wall or anything, just add a pop of yellow in a splashback or even a large print if you want something you can regularly switch out. 

11. Choose a grey splashback for a subtle look

grey kitchen by original btc

(Image credit: Original BTC)

Opting for a grey kitchen 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 color to a space without compromising the appeal of a white (or cream) finish.

12. Layer up greys 

Grey kitchen ideas

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We you want to stick to an all grey scheme  but still want a space that's interest  and filled with texture, try layering up different greys. There are at least five shades of grey in this kitchen and they blend seamlessly together whilst adding interest and depth to the scheme. White is the balancing color and we love the pop of brass that prevents the look from being ‘cold’ visually. And if you are going for this layered look pick greys that all have the same undertones so they don't clash.

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

(Image credit: QUU Design)

If you're keen to design a kitchen with a feminine, millennial feel, consider going for a more colorful kitchen – 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.

14. Incorporate the moody interiors trend into a grey kitchen

deVOL kitchen with grey cabinets and black island

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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. And 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 favorites a brand new lease of life. 

16. Add pattern to a grey kitchen with tiles 

Kitchen shelves on grey tiles

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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 color, 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 open shelving 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

17. Pick a greeny grey in a country kitchen 

Venetian blinds in a small kitchen

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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 color just in a much more subtle way. Try Farrow & Ball's Mizzle for a nice light grey green. 

18. Go bold with a very deep grey

grey and white kitchen

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There are countless shades of grey to be found, and often we see paler shades being used, which is fine, but how about being a bit bolder and opting for a deeper dark color like this? It looks amazing with this crisp white kitchen because the contrast is so striking. Note the tabletop and radiator are also similar in tone so they pull the dark grey into the room. Chrome accessories add a further dimension and you can literally add your own accent color weekly in the form of fresh flowers and fruit.

19. Go ultra contemporary with a metallic grey kitchen

Metallic grey kitchen

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This super smooth steel kitchen really stands out – its clean lines and minimal styling are the epitome of contemporary design. It works brilliantly in this space because of the texture surrounding it - the brick style walls, wooden slat ceiling and lime-washed flooring. They provide a tactile background that ensures the kitchen units are the star of the show. The dining chairs in their warming shade tie in with the ceiling and prevent the space from looking sterile. 

20. Warm up a grey kitchen with wooden flooring

Extended Victorian home

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If you want to add warmth to a grey kitchen, your choice of flooring is a really easy way to do so. Wooden flooring or wood effect flooring is instantly going to bring in that cozy vibe, it's just about pick the right hue to match your choice of grey. Here you can see a dark, cooler grey looks lovely with the ashy flooring and the exposed brick only brings in more of that warmth.

Our tip would be to order plenty of flooring samples and see how the look alongside your paint swatches.

21. Modern rustic works perfectly with a grey scheme

Grey kitchen ideas

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If you’ve ever wanted to bring the modern rustic style into your home then here’s how to do it in your kitchen! It’s all about beautiful textures like sheepskin, lovely grained woods, rattan, exposed brick walls and bare floorboards and a hint of industrial style. And all of this looks fabulous when teamed with this mid-grey color that the units are painted in which is a kind of gunmetal shade. The kitchen island worktop carries on the industrial element as do the metal pendants. 

22. Match your walls to your cabinets 

Devol dark grey kitchen

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We love the cohesive look of cabinets and walls painted the same color grey, and it's such a good trick for making a smaller space feel bigger too. You can lift the look by choosing a contrasting worktop and picking a lighter floor. 

23. Pick a kitchen with texture

Galley kitchens

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Depending on the lighting in your kitchen, grey kitchens do risk looking a bit flat, so picking a kitchen that has some texture to it can avoid this. The Sebastian Cox kitchen from deVOL is perfect for getting this rustic look because you can see the grain of the wood and it just gives any shade of grey a lift. 

24. Use accessories to add pops of color

Dark grey kitchen

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A really  easy way to bring some color into a grey kitchen is accessories – nice crockery, prints, books, plants, there are so many ways to do it. If you have gone for a darker blue grey we think bright, vivid colours look best, reds and oranges, that will really stand out against that dark background. 

25. Mix greys with warm woods

Grey kitchen with warm wooden island

(Image credit: Katie Lee)

To warm up cooler greys, add in plenty of wooden tones, this can be in the form of something as big as a kitchen island or as small as a shelf. Pick woods that have warmer more orangey tones if you want a more rustic look, and cooler tones for a more Scandi vibe. 

What colours go best with a grey kitchen?

Open-plan kitchen-living space with dark grey walls and grey kitchen cabinets

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This depends on the vibe you are trying to create – if you want to play it safe and like a neutral scheme, than layering greys and adding in hints and black and whites is always a classic look. You could however be a bit bolder and throw in some contrasting colors like oranges and yellows to warm up your kitchen. It also depends on the tone of grey you are using in your kitchen. 

'Bluer based greys will team wonderfully with rich blue tones, brick reds and terracotta shades. Whilst browner greys look beautiful with an added punch of warm burnt orange and chartreuse yellow in your accessories through to more restful layering of caramel and chocolate tones.' recommends Patrick O'Donnell, Farrow & Ball Brand Ambassador.

Hebe Hatton
Hebe Hatton

Hebe joined the Real Homes team in early 2018 as Staff Writer. As a renter, she is always looking for creative ways to make her flat feel like home. She loves boho and 70's style and is a big fan of Instagram as a source of interiors inspiration.