5 Grey Kitchen Ideas

Are you ready to leave the dull grey kitchen decor in the past and start getting adventurous? Grey kitchen designs can actually be very appealing to look at; you just have to have the right touches.

Once you learn what some of those are, designing your own grey kitchen can be a great option and one that creates a real sense of calm and serenity in your home.

We have put together some fantastic grey kitchen ideas that will have you falling in love with this versatile neutral hue.

Choosing the right colour Grey for your kitchen

Picking the right colour grey can be a difficult task. There are so many shades to choose from, all with different undertones and reflecting different moods. So how do you know which one is right for you?

Light grey, like the dove, platinum or skylon grey below, has become a popular choice, as it offers a clean and crisp palette upon which to build your kitchen. It can be used in a number of ways; on its own or paired with blue or dark grey units.

Kitchen Cabinets in different shades of pale grey

Darker shades of grey (for example the cobble grey below) are often used as a contrast against lighter shades. They can also be used as a striking backdrop to industrial style kitchens. This dramatic effect is further enhanced when combined with metal finishes such as chrome and steel.

Warm greys are more yellow than cool greys, making them closer to browns and beiges. They are ideal for traditional kitchens, as they have more depth than neutral shades but still provide a calming background that goes well with any kitchen style.

Cool greys are bluer than warm greys, making them more contemporary in feel. They are perfect for modern kitchens, especially when used alongside other colours such as red, orange, or yellow.

A modern kitchen with cobble grey cabinets

Colour Combinations with Grey

The second step to choosing a colour is thinking about what colours look best with grey. Monochrome is still a big design trend, and grey kitchen cabinets are on-trend, as is grey paint for walls and floors. However, this doesn’t always have to be the case. Some popular colour combinations include grey and white, blue and grey, and even grey with warm browns or reds.

If you want to add a subtle variation in colour, try incorporating other neutral shades such as white. White wall cabinets with grey base cabinets add dimension and interest to a relatively simple grey kitchen design. The white wall cabinets reflect light, while the grey base cabinets add depth and interest.

A blue and grey kitchen is a classic. The colours work beautifully together, creating a crisp and clean feel. Blue is the perfect colour for a base as it is calming and relaxing, while grey wall cabinets can help make the illusion of a higher ceiling.

Red is an excellent colour for the kitchen if you’re adventurous and want to make a bold statement in the room. By combining it with a neutral colour such as grey, you liven up the kitchen without it becoming overwhelming. When using a bold colour like red, consider using it on your walls, as it’s easier to update and give the kitchen a facelift a few years down the line.

A dark grey modern kitchen with red walls

Materials that match with grey

Grey kitchens are also a blank canvas for introducing other materials into your space. Mixing materials is also the perfect opportunity to add design texture and interest to your grey kitchen.

As with any interior design project, one has to consider texture as well as colour. When it comes to metal, stainless steel is definitely the way to go. Matt, stainless steel appliances look superb against a grey background. Shiny metal will contrast with matt, painted surfaces and wooden cabinets, while stone or concrete will give your kitchen an industrial edge.

If you want to bring warmth to your grey kitchen, you can introduce some wood features. A wooden floor will work in almost any kitchen style, even if you have wood-effect laminate flooring installed. If you prefer to be more subtle, you can partner your grey cabinets with wood shelves or a wood worktop.

Kitchen cabinets in cashmere grey with a wooden worktop

Grey kitchen style

Grey can be used in a wide variety of different kitchen styles, from modern to traditional. The only problem is that this versatility means you may be unsure which style is best for your kitchen.

Industrial kitchens are all about mixing natural textures and materials with polished metals. So if you want to design your kitchen around grey cabinetry, you should aim to combine it with natural wood accents and metallic features to create an industrial look that is both stylish and cosy.

Country kitchens have a warm, natural feel, perfect if you want your kitchen to feel relaxing and inviting. Grey works great in country kitchens because it’s natural enough to fit with stone floors and wooden furniture but modern enough to add a touch of contemporary style.

Grey is one of the most popular colours for modern kitchens because it makes the room feel sleek and sophisticated without making it feel cold or sterile. This style works best with minimalist designs, so you should aim for a simple layout and no-frills cabinetry.

Grey is a beautiful colour to use in the classic kitchen. It’s timeless, sophisticated, and looks great with so many other colours. Pairing grey with white or pastels gives a beautifully elegant look while matching grey with darker colours like navy blue creates a striking contrast that will make your cabinets stand out.

Placement of grey accents

Aside from cabinetry, you can also use grey in other parts of your kitchen to create a timeless and sophisticated look.

One of the best ways to use grey in your kitchen is through tiles. If you want to add a touch of luxury and elegance to your kitchen, using grey tiles for your backsplash can be a good choice.

Paint the walls in a lighter shade of grey to make a room feel more open, or create depth by painting one wall in a darker shade of grey. You can also add accent colours by layering different shades of grey over each other or adding splashes of colour with artwork, accessories, and appliances.

You can use grey-coloured stone for your worktops as stone is one material that brings out the warmth of a shade, such as cobble grey or cashmere. A stone worktop makes an instant statement and can transform an ordinary kitchen into something extraordinary. Granite is particularly effective with these tones because it has flecks of different shades, including brown, white and black, making it look rich and luxurious.

Grey can also be a good floor colour because it lends itself to so many different styles of homes and kitchens. These floors provide a neutral backdrop that allows you to build around them with any colour of cabinetry or kitchen worktop, and they are less prone to scratches and other marks from heavy foot traffic.

Picture of a kitchen

The colour grey is a highly versatile shade that comes in many different tones, from oh-so-pale to nearly-black and heaps of shades in between. Grey works with so many styles, colours, and materials that it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by all the choices available to you. We hope this article helped you break them down and discover what is right for you.

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