Paint color for kitchen with gray cabinets?

posted 2 years ago in Home
Post # 2
1258 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

I think the pale gray will be fine.  I like a bit of color, so I would probably choose a pale green or lavender, but if gray is one of your favorites then I think it will look lovely.

Post # 3
265 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

Hmm, I’m thinking a warm off-white, or maybe the Sherwin Williams Alabaster (lol we are looking at paint colors there too).  I think something like that would go well with the cabinets and backsplash and also work in the living room area.

I’m honestly not the biggest fan of the gray wall trend, but the light warm gray looks nice on those cabinets.

Post # 4
305 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

I love grey too, and am very jealous of your cabinets!

I think grey walls would be too much though… I would go with pure white to match the tiles, or pick out a pale shade of a colour that will already be in the room (utensils/pictures/dishes/soft furnishings etc).  

Post # 5
1463 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

We used a yellow ochre type color in our kitchen. Our counters and black and our appliances are stainless steel. I’m thinking about painting our cabinets dark grey and the island a lighter grey (havent had time). I painted the window sill a bone white too which I really like. 

I personally would use a slightly darker color on the walls to make the gray cabinets pop. 

What about a ‘shark fin grey’? 



Post # 6
2156 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I think you will need a touch of color to break up the neutral tile and cabinet colors.I’d go for a very pale mint green or a very pale blue, personally. 

Post # 7
240 posts
Helper bee

I’m a huge fan of gray, but I think multiple shades of gray might be too much.

Personally, I would go for a nice soft yellow. But I also think that lavender, mint, or a pale blue would look quite nice too. 

Post # 8
2475 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think gray walls might be too much. White would work if you’re into a more clean, modern look. Personally, I’d pick something with just a hint of color.

Bonsai Tint : a pale, neutral sage green (great if you have plants around, or pale wood furniture, or a modern minimalist style)

Demure: a soft, barely-pink shade (could work well with a mid-century modern decor, clean lines, metallics, etc.)

Post # 9
273 posts
Helper bee

Kitchen twin!  My kitchen looks exactly like yours will, with the exception of nickel hardware (the hubs won that battle- I was pushing for gold!)  my walls are bright white- no undertones, crisp and clean.  It extends into my open floor plan as does yours.  Neutral yet modern!

Post # 12
7797 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I would go with white walls and a light robin egg blue ceiling (if the ceiling for that room is contained and doesn’t continue into another room). A friend of mine did this–not everyone even notices it, it’s a wonderful surprise and makes for a happy space. 

Post # 13
1224 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1995

I would do a lighter grey.  I think a color would not look good with your palette.  

Post # 14
1312 posts
Bumble bee

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abeeinlove :  Cottonball, Dove White and Swiss Coffee are whites I love from Benjamin Moore.  Cotton ball being the truest white but very warm & clean & cheery.  Dove White has warm grey undertones (it came to mind first with your pretty cabinets).  Swiss coffee is a warm off white that makes everything pop & is works really well with varied neutrals. 

Post # 15
102 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Funny story…  When we redid our kitchen we were looking at the same color gray cabinets for our island,  and white for the rest.  Our cabinet company screwed up the order and we ended up with all gray – which was so serendipitous,  because a gray kitchen is GORGEOUS. 

At first we had the walls a pale green,  when we thought the cabinets were going to be white, and then when we ended up putting up the gray cabinets they were super washed out by the paint.  We ended up repainting,  and used Ben Moore’s Edgecomb Gray. It’s super super pretty – light and airy,  neutral with just enough color,  not gray but not brown.  I ended up loving it so much I used it in the upstairs hallway as well.  We also did white subway tiles, and we did a white and super pale gray quartz,  with brushed nickle pulls. We also have very little walk color for the kitchen,  and it’s open to our living room (that pale green I was going to out in the kitchen) . It’s seriously amazing,  and I love coming home to my kitchen!

I’m not at home right now,  but when I am tomorrow I’ll post a couple of pictures so you can see what the paint color looks like with the gray cabinets, white subway,  and a light counter! 

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