Every one of them chic, smart and timeless...
When it comes to kitchen colour ideas, grey is the shade with the X-factor. Grey kitchen cabinets have the power to suit virtually any scheme; from traditional country style kitchens with Shaker-style painted cabinets to utilitarian and industrial schemes with polished or rough concrete surfaces. More dramatic shades of matt grey create instant impact, while the metallic shine of chromes and silvers create a squeaky clean, modern aesthetic.
Paler shades are chic and sophisticated while charcoal grey makes for a moodier, more dramatic space.
You could go for wall-to-wall grey, or mix different shades together, leaving walls white to create a restful scheme. For something a little different, contrast grey cabinetry with a completely different colour. Base cabinets in darker shades than wall cupboards help the design and prevent it looking top heavy.
Brass kitchen handles give grey cabinetry an instantly chic touch. A modern kitchen island in chrome or painted in a deeper or contrasting colour to the wall cabinets will make it a focal point in a grey kitchen.
This kitchen is deliberately created with a toned-down palette to make the most of details such as original tiles.
Get the look: For a country-style kitchen like this, try Laura Ashley’s Harwood kitchen. The Dove Grey tumbled limestone from Floors of Stone is similar to this flooring.
The crisp, streamlined kitchen has a timeless design. And when you get bored of it, it can be simply updated with different handles.
Get the look: The base of a dining table by Jean Prouvé is covered with a marble top. These are Medea dining chairs by Vittorio Nobili. The light is by Michael Anastassiades. The cabinets are Ikea carcasses, with handles by Sugatsune Kogyo UK. The appliances are by Gaggenau. The bar stools are by Allan Gould.
In this kitchen, a monochrome palette is teamed with sleek metal details to give this space a cool, industrial-style edge, while the wood flooring and chairs add a more organic, earthy feel. This king-size island has a generous amount of storage and makes a striking centrepiece, providing a great spot for family and friends to gather.
Get the look: The limited-edition Butcher’s Kitchen units are by Buster + Punch. The Holton chairs are by James UK. For similar English oak flooring, try Jordan Andrews.
This dark kitchen is a black-walled space leavened only by a trio of white pendants and a touch of wood. It doesn’t get much light, so it was purposefully made even darker. The bespoke kitchen features a huge slab of black granite work surface with a tactile brushed finish. Just as dark are the walls, units and painted brickwork.
Get the look: For a similar paint shade, try Farrow & Ball’s Railings estate emulsion. The stools are vintage – visit Cox & Cox for similar. The vintage pendants are from Jaime Beriestain Concept Store.
The original kitchen dresser that you can see at the back of the room was made when the house was built. To make sure that no other element upstaged the vintage piece, new additions are more low-key – such as the flat-fronted, handleless cabinets and a resin floor. Pared-back contemporary cabinetry highlights the ornate beauty of the original kitchen cabinet. The resin flooring feels modern but at the same time fades slightly into the background. Open shelving breaks up the scheme’s linear look.
Get the look: The kitchen is by Roundhouse. For a similar vintage cabinet, try Original House. These are Tom Dixon’s Beat Fat pendants.
A rustic feel has been created in this kitchen with reclaimed scaffold boards, concrete work surfaces and plenty of wood and aluminium accessories: utilitarian, practical and beautiful.
People often make the assumption that a concrete home will be cold and uninviting, but this kitchen is actually a very cosy space – and for colder months there’s underfloor heating.
The cool concrete worktop adds a raw texture to the more traditional cabinetry.
Get the look: The cabinets are by Howdens. The handles and lights are by Buster + Punch. The worktops are by Concreations. The range cooker and appliances are by Smeg.
In this grey kitchen, walls are painted with a sort of concrete looking effect. The kitchen cabinets conceal fold-out larder storage and the appliances.
Get the look: This is the Sebastian Cox kitchen by DeVOL.
This kitchen is sleek, functional and ultra-modern in design.
Get the look: Kitchen design is by Ben Jones of Espresso Design. The artwork, Petrol Pumps, Toulouse by Barry Cawston, is from the Hampstead Affordable Art Fair. The metal bowl is by Tom Dixon.
Technically this kitchen is more silver than grey, but it's still echoes the look. The scheme here was driven by the wall clock, with the stainless-steel island specially positioned to highlight it.
Get the look: The Eastern European train station clock is from Trainspotters. This is a Bulthaup island. The Fifties bar stools are by Frank Guille for Kandya. The exposed concrete floor is by Lazenby.
In this kitchen, the scheme is a professional run of stainless steel, but its no-nonsense approach gets a twist with some oversized toy figures and a playful light.
The pendant is both delicate and decorative combined with harder contemporary lines.
Get the look: The kitchen is by Varenna/Poliform, with custom-made elements and appliances by Sub-Zero, Wolf and Miele. This is the Crystal chandelier by Marcantonio Raimondi Malerba. The cowboy and chief are by Bang Bang Kid, available at The Conran Shop.
Who says you have to stick with just one grey? This kitchen seamlessly blends two grey shades together.
Get the look: For similar cabinetry, check out Humphrey Munson. The units are painted in Pavilion Gray estate eggshell by Farrow & Ball. These are Workstead pendants from Trouva.
Another great example of complementary shades of grey. The kitchen island is the focal point of this kitchen, with the Skygarden pendant accentuating the height. The cupboards and kitchen island were designed to the owner’s specifications.
Get the look: For similar cabinetry, try British Standard by Plain English. The handles are from Rowen & Wren. This is the Skygarden pendant by Marcel Wanders for Flos at The Conran Shop. The stucco rose was created by Miles and Wilde. The Industrial wall lights are from Old School Electric.
Marble covers the entire walls (and even the extractor hood) in this light and airy kitchen. As a result, the space feels comfortably luxe.
Get the look: The wall is covered in Statuario Tucci marble, supplied by Stone Source. The cabinets were made bespoke by Studio DB and painted in Benjamin Moore’s Sidewalk Gray satin finish lacquer. The sink is by Shaws of Darwen and the tap is from Newport Brass. The worktop is made out of Pure White Caesarstone. The sconce is from Roll & Hill.
Whisper blue-grey walls set the tone for the kitchen, where bespoke joinery is offset by brass handles and a Victorian-style tap. The bespoke kitchen includes deeper-than-average work surfaces, with tops made from Carrara marble.
Get the look: Find similar cabinetry at Harvey Jones. The walls are painted in Dimpse estate emulsion by Farrow & Ball. These are Conroy wall lights by Jamb.
To maximise space and to make this storage area more practical, a sliding door has been installed in this grey kitchen.
Get the look: John Lewis has a range of Kilner and screw-top storage jars.
Dark grey cabinetry sings in this traditional style kitchen.
The drama is in the detail – the factory-style lights; the subtle gleam of polished wood, marble and plaster; and the painted windows add definition. The exposed brick wall in the kitchen, with its whispers of old paint apparently flaking off, is actually a new addition. That juxtaposition of polished-plaster floor, brick and the crystal chandeliers is magic.
Get the look: This is deVol cabinetry. The Perrin & Rowe brassware is also from deVol. The larch work surface is by Brandler London and the Quartz worktop by Simply Stone. The pendant lights are from The French House. The wall light (with Edison bulb) was sourced on Amazon.
The kitchen has a three-metre island topped with seamless Arabesque marble. The pale grey and black painted cabinets work well with the marble surfaces and vintage chairs.
Get the look: The cabinetry, worktops and brassware are all by deVOL. The pendant was found in an antiques shop in Exeter. The stools are from Old Albion in Bridport. Find prints of Sam Taylor-Johnson’s Escape Artist (Green and Red) at Counter Editions.
This kitchen has an industrial edge, with hard surfaces and simple, practical fittings.
Get the look: The Honed Petite Granite floor tiles are from Integrated and the Grove wall tiles are by Waterworks. The mahogany kitchen island with its white Carrara marble worktop came from Fullscale Woodworking Inc, while the drawer unit and white oak shelves and brass brackets were all custom made. The Tolix bar stools are from Antiquaire and the large pendant Candy Shop light, made from industrial parts, is by John Ogden from John Derion.
Here, grey gets a more dramatic look with dark grey painted modern cabinetry.
Get the look: The kitchen units and island were custom designed, made in Poland via architect Waind Gohil. The Singing bowls are by Donna Karan.
A punch of yellow punctuates what could be an otherwise featureless grey space. Marble surfaces give it a chic edge.
Get the look: Try Rene Houben for similar vintage lights. The bar stools are by HK Living. The flooring is from Oude Plank.
Floor to ceiling grey cabinetry makes the most of kitchen space, while a real life tree takes centre stage right through the middle of it.
Get the look: The kitchen is the Cesar Maxima 2.2 designed by Ben Jones of Espresso Design. All the appliances are by Miele. This is the Table B dining table by BD Barcelona. The Vitra Panton S chairs are available from John Lewis.
Proof that you don't have to stick to one palette; here, grey kitchen cabinets are complemented by a practical, stainless-steel table and pinky-lilac walls.
Get the look: The prep table is by Nisbets. These are Rockett St George bar stools. The cabinetry is from B&Q. The blind is made in Beaded Stripe linen-mix by Neisha Crosland at Turnell & Gigon. The walls are painted in Paint & Paper Library’s Suchong pure flat emulsion. The vintage pendant light was bought in Holland. The portrait painting was inherited and is believed to be of South American origin.