Gray cabinetry finished in willow paint

Gray Cabinet Designs: A Shade for Every Mood

Gray has been a popular color choice for cabinet designs for quite a few years now, but that doesn’t mean you can just pick any color with “gray” in its name. Choosing the right color combinations and palette takes planning and intentional thought. You’ll want to consider the design style you’re envisioning for your new kitchen before committing to “your gray“.

Color Options of Gray Cabinet Designs

Much like white paint colors, no two gray paint colors are alike. Cabinet colors live on a color spectrum that ranges from warm to neutral to dark color options; most cabinetry paint colors even go as far as to align themselves as a “contemporary” design.

Looking for help identifying your kitchen design style? Learn more about kitchen cabinet design styles here.

Warm Gray Cabinet Designs

Warm grays have yellow or brown undertones while cool grays have hushed hues of blue. Distressed gray includes grain or veining of different gray hues that create a rustic appearance. The latest color trend is a very warm gray that can look almost beige, called “greige” which is a combination of ‘gray+beige’. H

Comforting Neutral Gray Cabinets

A distinctive neutral gray is a black and white mix, but we aren’t really seeing a true neutral gray as a common choice these days. What we do see are infinite shades of grays that run the gamut of warm to cool and everything in between.

Luxurious Dark Gray Cabinetry Designs

When remodeling a kitchen with dark gray cabinets, you’ll most likely be looking to warm the space up for some balance. That said, consider light charcoals for the wall color or appliances which will instill a stately, traditional vibe.

Dark grays have been used in kitchens for years and we see why, it pairs well with raised panel, flat panel and especially shaker style doors. To that end, a darker gray will provide timeless kitchen design, so you won’t have to go through another update for many years.

Mink Gray and Willow gray color options incorporate subtle hints of blue. Our designers say this shade exudes a cultured, regal effect. It’s the ideal choice for when departing from your wood grain kitchen, yet still wanting to maintain warmth in the design.

Contemporary Gray Cabinetry Designs

If you desire a lighter cabinet color but aren’t looking for a sterile white kitchen, light gray is your new best friend. Think steel-colored, a slight offshoot from white. It’s just enough to liven up space without overpowering it. Light gray provides you with a contemporary design and pairs well with a flat panel door style.

Contemporary or modern styling leans toward the cool side of the color palette, imparting a chic, modern motif. Keep the lines and details to a minimum with this color. Let the clean and crisp gray make its own strong statement in the space.

Custom Cabinet Finishes

Partnering with the extensive paint programs of Sherwin Williams, Benjamin Moore, and Valspar; ColorInspire offers custom cabinetry finish colors that fit your design. Interested in learning more about our custom cabinet finishes? Learn more about our ColorInspire finish program.

If you haven’t gotten it by now, shade matters when choosing gray for your kitchen cabinet color. If you’re the traditional type, darken it up with a smoky gray. Go light for a contemporary, chic style or a distressed barn wood to unleash the shabby-chic in you. Unlike some other cabinet colors, grays will offer the perfect balance of warmth and neutrality, working well for any size kitchen and style. Whatever you choose, make it work for your space to create a timeless look of your own. Another way to make your cabinets long-lasting is using shaker style cabinetry. It is a perfect way to be versatile with any design.

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