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 cabinetsto utilitarian and industrial schemes with polished or roughconcrete 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 handlesand other brass or copper finishes will instantly add warmth to coolgrey cabinetry, while chrome and steel will keep things cool.

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BEAUTIFUL BACKDROP

BEAUTIFUL BACKDROP

Despite its contemporary feel, the kitchen is filled with touchstones that add a note of history and tradition. The white china was a gift from the owner’s mother-in-law, who runs a cookery school, while the pendant light was brought back from a trip to France. Get the look For a reclaimed kitchen table and bench, try Pacha Design. Find a light like this at Hector Finch. The kitchen units were designed by Melbourne architect Stephen Akehurst. Try Plain English for similar. The rug is from Behruz Studio in Melbourne. Find similar at Luke Irwin.

on the edge

on the edge

The kitchen units and marble work surface were already in place when the family moved in, but interior designer, Athena Calderone, added the brass trim. Get the look For similar cabinetry, try Bulthaup. Mandarin Stone sells marble worktops. The Goodman pendant lights above the island are by Thomas O’Brien from Circa Lighting. These are the Tabouret A stools by Organic Modernism. The Branching Bubble light over the table is a custom design by Lindsey Adelman.

in the raw

in the raw

Interior designer Mark Lewis wanted to nudge the conversion back to its origins. That meant a raw feel to the walls, traditional flooring and recycled fittings. A lime plaster, with a mid-grey pigment, adds a fittingly dramatic backdrop for the original carved stone church column. Get the look The splashback tiles are from Fired Earth. The bespoke kitchen units were made from recycled floorboards, then painted and waxed. Find a carpenter to make something similar at ratedpeople.com. Marble worktops like these are available at carraramarble.co.uk. For a similar cast-iron radiator, try Lassco. The task lights are from Holloways of Ludlow.

mix it up

mix it up

Warehouse lighting, stark tones, brass, free-flowing art and roughed-up textures lighten charcoal-grey rooms – it’s a compelling remix. Get the look The kitchen, custom-made by Minale + Mann, features a Carrara marble island, Leicht units, Buster + Punch handles, a Quooker tap and a Smeg cooker. The porcelain tableware is by Sophie Conran for Portmeirion at John Lewis. For a similar copper jug, try Stelton.

cool contrast

cool contrast

One of the designer, Pippa Paton’s starting points for the scheme was a large vintage table in the adjoining dining area. It has an agricultural look that she wanted to offset with precise lines and clean, smooth materials, such as the poured-resin floor and stainless-steel island. The acid-etched steel splashback echoes the ‘rusty, agricultural look’ Pippa wanted to achieve. Get the look The kitchen units and island are by Pippa Paton Design. The steel splashback, opposite, is by Eskimo Design. The large glass bottles were found at Appley Hoare Antiques. The Pel wall clock is by Paul Beckett. For an alternative glass pendant, see Original BTC’s Prismatic. Find matching metal bar stools at Made in Design. The resin flooring is from Senso.

COLOUR SPLASH

COLOUR SPLASH

The arched alcove was crumbling, so the owner seized the opportunity to add pattern and colour with tiles. The bespoke cement tiles are based on Moroccan mosaics she had seen on her travels. Get the look Try Maitland & Poate for cement tiles like these. The Knole kitchen by Stoneham has this look. Go to Creostone Worktops for a Carrara surface like this. Trumpet eggshell by Little Greene is a similar yellow paint.

COLOUR SPLASH

COLOUR SPLASH

The arched alcove was crumbling, so the owner seized the opportunity to add pattern and colour with tiles. The bespoke cement tiles are based on Moroccan mosaics she had seen on her travels. Get the look Try Maitland & Poate for cement tiles like these. The Knole kitchen by Stoneham has this look. Go to Creostone Worktops for a Carrara surface like this. Trumpet eggshell by Little Greene is a similar yellow paint.

THE RIGHT LINES

THE RIGHT LINES

This kitchen extension was designed and built by the owners’ design and build studio Freeman & Whitehouse. Get the look The cabinetry is painted in BTWN Dog & Wolf architects eggshell, by Paint & Paper Library. For similar flooring, try The New & Reclaimed Flooring Company. Pamono has vintage dining tables like this.

cool and calm

cool and calm

High-street carcasses are masked by bespoke cabinetry and a calming grey and white paint palette, which amplifies the sense of light in this space. Get the look The Arc Globe pendant lights are by Allied Maker.

natural look

natural look

The designer-look kitchen is actually home-made units decorated with a stencil and sprayed with grey spray paint. Previously separate from the main living space, a wall was knocked down to open it up and provide a clear flow through to the back door. Get the look The units were made bespoke. Birgit Israel does a similar design. Find a recommended carpenter to replicate the wood wall design through ratedpeople.com.

NIP AND TUCK

NIP AND TUCK

Simple Ikea units were restyled for a decidedly upmarket feel. New side panels were cut, bespoke kickboards added, while beautiful mouldings completed the look. Get the look This is an Ikea kitchen.

simple elegance

simple elegance

The owner wanted it to feel simple and streamlined in the kitchen, ‘with a grown-up fridge that made ice’. Get the look The cabinetry is painted in Farrow & Ball’s Down Pipe estate eggshell. The Carrara marble and mirrored kitchen island was designed by Carden Cunietti. The pendant lights are from SCP. The stools are from Anthropologie. The blind is made up in a Zimmer + Rohde fabric. The rug is by Natalie Lété.

beautifully bijou

beautifully bijou

The mix-and-match approach of a British Standard by Plain English kitchen proved suitably classic but flexible. Vintage tin ceiling tiles add a layer of decorative texture. Get the look The kitchen is by British Standard by Plain English with honed Silestone worktops. The walls are painted in 9-093 emulsion and the cabinetry in 9-094 (cupboards) and 9-096 (base units) eggshells, all from the 1950s Colours range by Papers and Paints. The wall tiles are from The Stone & Ceramic Warehouse. The tin ceiling tiles were shipped from Canada and then painted.

super sleek

super sleek

Light floods down in a row of windows and glazed portions of ceiling onto this sleek Boffi kitchen. Get the look The Shine Chain light is by Luminara. Find recent work by Marine Hugonnier at the Max Wigram Gallery. This kitchen is by Boffi. The dining table is from B&B Italia. The Catifa 46 chairs by Arper are available at nest.co.uk. Chantal’s island worktop is made from Pietra Del Cardoso limestone. Try Decorium for similar work surfaces.

Country Style

Country Style

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.

Streamlined

Streamlined

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.

Industrial Chic

Industrial Chic

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.

Darkest Grey

Darkest Grey

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.

Warm Concrete

Warm Concrete

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.

Concrete Tops

Concrete Tops

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.

Concrete Effect

Concrete Effect

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.

Functional First

Functional First

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.

Chrome Beauty

Chrome Beauty

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.

Silver Stud

Silver Stud

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.

Complementary Colours

Complementary Colours

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.

Great Heights

Great Heights

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 Walls

Marble Walls

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.

Blue-Grey

Blue-Grey

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.

Sliding Doors

Sliding Doors

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.

Traditional

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.

Pale Grey

Pale Grey

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.

Industrial Edge

Industrial Edge

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.

Drama

Drama

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.

Colour Punch

Colour Punch

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

Floor To Ceiling

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.

Colour Match

Colour Match

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.