Gorgeous Grey Kitchen Ideas

Every one of them chic, smart and timeless...

When it comes to kitchen colour ideas, grey is the shade of the moment. Smart, stylish and endlessly versatile, grey kitchen cabinets have the power to suit many types of scheme; from modern rustic 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 chrome and steel creates a clean, modern aesthetic. 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.

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Paler shades of grey are chic and sophisticated while steely, charcoals and graphites make for a moodier, more dramatic space.

You could go for wall-to-wall grey, or mix different shades together, painting walls with a shade at the paler end of the spectrum to create a restful scheme. For something a little bolder, contrast grey cabinetry with a completely different colour, or mix in some patterned tiles – or other materials, such as rich timber or luxurious marble.

Base cabinets in darker shades than wall cupboards help ground the design and prevent it looking top heavy, while dark grey walls against white cabinetry and shelving creates an eye-catching contrast that looks fresh and modern, as you will see in the examples ahead.

Of course painted walls and painted cabinetry aren’t the only options for introducing this popular neutral. Nuanced grey tones can be brought in through concrete work surfaces or a beautiful lime plaster finish on the walls, like the one that interior designer, Mark Lewis has created in a converted gothic church. There’s also interesting flooring options, such as the poured resin you’ll see below in Pippa Paton’s kitchen.

When it comes to the finishing touches, brass kitchen handles and other brass or copper finishes will instantly add warmth to cool grey cabinetry, while chrome and steel will keep things cool.

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