Ever-popular (and very versatile!) gray takes a starring role in kitchen designs of every size. Popping up as warming graphite, cool gunmetal, and whispery pearl, the many shades of gray bring up-to-the-minute style to America's favorite gathering spaces.
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Dove gray walls emphasize slightly deeper hued cabinets in this family-friendly kitchen that boasts formal flair. The gray tones, as well as the appliances' silvery finishes, easily transition into the formal dining room, where the grays appear as posh upholstery fabrics and drapery panels.
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Gray-stained planks and gray tiles with the look of wood are hot commodities in new and remodeled kitchens. A bit unexpected, the fashion-forward floors bring low-lying distinction to designs ranging from cottage to contemporary. Here, driftwood-hue wood planks partner with a forged island and wood-and-iron stools to handsomely balance the kitchen's streamlined cabinets, wood-clad walls, and sleek surfaces.
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Mighty Fine Vintage
Look closely at weathered painted finishes, and you're likely to see gray undertones. Homeowners played with vintage style by washing this island's reclaimed boards with gray paint. Gray reappears in various shades and textures throughout the kitchen, including smooth graphite walls, honed marble countertops, woven upholstery fabrics, and glossy light fixtures, to create a cohesive composition that spills over with collected charm.
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Use a striking backsplash composed of mosaic tiles to sum up your shades-of-gray color story. This ceiling-high composition mixes in bright white tiles, which accentuate the deep and light gray tiles cued by the wall color, painted floor, steel fittings, and charcoal cabinetry. Bring in flashes of red and warm wood to take the chill off cooler grays.
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Think of black as the darkest shade of gray, and you'll understand why ebony is a fine fit for kitchens done up with gunmetal fittings and gray-splashed marble surfaces. In this kitchen, polished black marble countertops along the perimeter supply a counterpoint to light cabinet finishes and a marble tile backsplash, which is anchored by rows of metal tiles laid in a basket-weave pattern. Black repeats as leather-capped stools that introduce a contrast in texture.
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A pair of islands -- antiqued with gray glaze and topped with different counter surfaces -- bring furnished-room appeal to this gray kitchen. The islands, which mirror the colors of a sculptural zinc-like range hood, steel windows, and an iron chandelier, weave warming rhythms into the mostly white mix. Greige backsplash tiles, the outer island's wood top, and distressed floor boards boost the temperature without disrupting the room's serene style.
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When it comes to color combinations, you can't beat the notable impact of gray and white. In this contemporary chic kitchen, white ceilings, woodwork, and countertops keep the mood bright while allowing charcoal cabinets, slate-hue walls, and a pearl gray island to take center stage.
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White and grays create a fine foundation for building kitchens that appear larger than their dimensions. The tile backsplash in this U-shape kitchen handily combines both hues; noteworthy dark gray grout lines highlight the white tiles. The same shade of gray repeats in the cabinet finishes and quartz-surfacing countertops, which present a pleasing contrast of matte and polished textures.
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Amplify interest in a gray kitchen by throwing in a color reverse or two. These homeowners topped a gray island with a white marble counter while capping white perimeter base cabinets with dark gray granite. Backsplash tiles echo the mid-tone grays that appear in the countertops.
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Monochromatic Done Right
Monochromatic is never monotonous when a single hue is showcased in varying shades and diverse textures. In this wow-worthy workplace, concrete-gray walls spotlight a medley of finishes. Soft grays show up in the limestone floor, perimeter cabinets, and steely appliances. Darker grays, appearing in the marble, island, and backsplash, make standout partners for the lighter grays and bright-white dishware.
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Marble countertops sound an elegant note that gives this farmhouse kitchen classic cachet. Smoky gray cabinets and white finishes pick up on the marble's colors. Stained wood floors and woodwork, a gray-washed beam, and a vibrant area rug add warmth and organic texture that enhance the gray kitchen's country character.
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Grays work especially well in kitchens equipped with stainless-steel appliances and Carrara marble countertops. The surface material sports gray vein patterns, and the appliances are a shiny rendering of platinum gray. This kitchen puts different shades of gray -- the silvery tones of the appliances, fixtures, and faucet; the pearly gray island; the darker pewter upper cabinets -- into play to keep interest high while maintaining a breezy scheme.
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Designers value the gray spectrum for its easygoing nature and go-with-anything versatility. A dark gray floor and light gray cabinets provide a neutral base for vibrant colors that energize this workplace. Turquoise accessories and dishware tie in fabrics in the adjacent family room; a bright green barn door slides across a track to colorfully enclose a pantry.
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Make a Statement
Choosing this popular neutral for your kitchen means you can display gray in big ways without taking away from other elements in the room. Glossy gray subway tiles running from counter to ceiling turn this kitchen's perimeter into a series of feature walls that highlight black light fixtures and display shelves. The gray tiles pick up on the marble countertops and gray shadings of surrounding cabinetry.
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An interplay of light and dark tones, cool and warm hues, and organic and manufactured materials gives this small gray kitchen loads of visual appeal. Deep charcoal stain allows the cabinet's wood grain to show through to create a subtle connection to the natural finishes on the sleek stools, butcher-block countertop, and wood floors. Concrete grays appear as a mosaic backsplash and an area rug.
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Traditional cabinetry painted gray partners nicely with industrial elements rendered in shimmering and weathered metals. This kitchen handily illustrates how age-old elements -- such as Shaker-style cabinets, weighty woodwork, and marble surfaces -- benefit from pairing with unconventional accessories, like steel factory stools, a zinc-topped island, and a whimsical chandelier crafted from silver flatware.
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Coats of gray paint refresh and update stock cabinetry. The backsplash tiles in this gray kitchen pull together the colors of the cabinets, countertops, walls, fixtures, and hardware for a comprehensive composition that contributes a sense of unity and pumped-up pattern.
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Accentuate the Positive
Mid-tone grays, especially those with blue undertones, bring richness to new and old-world kitchens. Here, warm gray is used to draw attention to a tablelike island, perimeter cabinets, and a weighty range hood. The gray repeats in a more muted fashion on marble tiles and counters to ensure the overall look remains light and bright.