Often used in bedroom design, the soft appeal of grey can cool many interiors. Yet one secret power remains – its subtle transformation of kitchens. Often left in the cold for warmer wooden tones, its ability to make a kitchen look fresh and contemporary works wonders for a range of home styles. Whether blending into white, creating the industrial or making smooth moves in charcoal, its range and depth of hue rival many traditional kitchen colours. Paired with brighter yellows and tonal blue gradients, it offers a clean palette without the drama of white or black. Look at our top forty picks for yourself.

Designer: DesignSpace London  

Striking yet muted in mid-grey-panelling, a strip of LED-lighting sits pretty above contrasting white peonies.

Source: Biografen  

A touch of difference to a white wall and light flooring, this grey hue keeps it fresh while storing books.

Visualizer: Armine Avetisyan  

Wall-to-floor tiling embraces grey and white, as bauble lights join the party. Under-cabinet lighting draws the eye from the dining area.

Visualizer: Cristian Gentile  

Mimicking a game of tetris, this multi-shaped wonder with a large, slanted window keeps everyone guessing.

Buy It: Daniel Reuterswärd  

White and grey segment this wooden-floored space, a series of oblongs and squares. A teardrop mirror designates the bench.

Designer: De Rosee Sa  

Grey cabinetry and marble provide texture and interest to this wide-paned design, complete with wine-glass drop chandeliers.

Visualizer: Cristian Gentile  

Teal and charcoal combine in an artistic kitchen fit for a chef. Wide block shelving offers storage space, a living panel nature.

Source: Snaidero  

Concrete and wood battle it out in this industrial design. Spot and multi-level hanging lights frame one side, a cupboard-panel-as-art-piece the other.

Visualizer: Michael Temnikov  

Small spaces can benefit from grey the most. This light-grey design only slightly contrasts with wooden panelling, while a minimal bench offers class in slate.

Visualizer: Konstantin Kildinov  

Corrugated plastic adds modernity to this kitchen, an unusual find with concrete benching. A slither of wood acts as a focal benchtop.

Designer: LCGA Design  
Photographer: Hey!Cheese  

A workshop is evoked with this stencilled interior, complete with ladder. Shades of grey provide the eclectic while keeping the colour palette clean.

Visualizer: Cristina Modringa  

A marble splashback and bench win favour in this grey-framed kitchen. A simple wooden table keeps the space open.

Visualizer: KYDE architects  

Minus table, this charcoal-panelled kitchen holds no clutter. Ambient lighting under cabinetry keeps focus on the inlet.

Designer: Stephen Tsimbalyuk & Vadim Kuchman  

A set of three LEDs foreground another sleek kitchen frame, in mid-grey. A dark-grey wooden panel draws the eye, while mottled tiles retain interest.

Visualizer: Robby Brymer  

Exuding warmth, this blue-grey kitchen meets brown in the most charming of ways. Three polished wooden stools are lit by copper-inner lights, while a concrete wall is lit brown down the hall.

Designer: Cesar  

Want a kitchen with a café vibe? This steel-and-wood creation holds simple wooden shelving on matte walls and grey wooden floors.

Visualizer: Serhii Seinov  

Almost out of a picture book, this kitchen’s spiderweb chandelier, rounded ceiling, snaking extractor fan and windy bonzai add something of the spooky to mealtimes. A grey concrete floor and darker wood features keep the look far from kitsch.

Photographer: Seth Powers  

Grey need not be boring. This wood-encased design injects blue into the mix, with same-colour walling extending the space.

Visualizer: Iqosa  

Give the Italian kitchen a revamp with exposed brick walls, wood and cabinetry in grey. A set of five steel drop lights separate the dining area.

Visualizer: Pavel Alekseev  

Prefer to be unique? Why not hang an art piece on grey matte walls amidst hanging potted plants, an L-shaped bench and cobweb chandelier?

Visualizer: Elena Lapshina  

Textures reign king in this design marked by brushed concrete and wavering wood. An industrial tap hovers amidst a series of block grey and wood shapes.

Visualizer: Plus Form  

Separate the traditional elements and re-house them in wood and grey. This concrete-floored design features an oven in a wood block and a bench as a central table.

Visualizer: Ngurah Arya  

Grey can be a supporting act. This mostly-white design sits pretty against a dark charcoal wall with chrome cabinetry bottoms.

Visualizer: Dimo Dimitrov  

Only have a corner space? Make the most of it with sleek grey cabinetry and a copper inlet.

Photographer: Joakim Johansson  

Go almost-white in this kitchen twisting the Scandinavian. A rough-shod wooden floor and white tiling do the talking.

Source: IKEA  

IKEA can do all the classics, and grey is no exception. This simple six-doored design sits against the same hue, as a row of white tiles hang the necessities.

Designer: Phil Nicols  

Create a grey and white kitchen by combining dark charcoal benches with white side cabinetry. Wind chime lighting can help designate the dining area.

The little fixtures can be the heroes. Grey backgrounds a marble-grey benchtop, a series of plants and two idea lights.

Visualizer: Lugerin Igor  

A Japanese theme revels in this kitchen’s grey tiles and feature wall. Pops of wood and beige tiling keep warmth, while a darker inlet serves food.

Visualizer: Nordes Design  

Frame an unusual scene with this glass-and-stencil border. Matte grey cabinetry adds elegance, wooden fixtures the natural.

Visualizer: Marco Podrini  

Heighten a low space with shortened grey cabinetry. Placed on a grey strip of tiling, lining cabinet tops in black gives the illusion of height.

Visualizer: Elena Zhulikova  

Studio apartments are made for this charcoal-and-wood creation. A patterned grey-tiled inlet adds distraction without clutter.

Visualizer: PLASTERLINA  

Grey and yellow kitchens are not for the faint-hearted. Muted charcoal and wood panels allow bright yellow to shine.

Visualizer: Vic Nguyen  

Hide grey’s influence with this kitchen with darker-shade borders. Teal stool chairs and white features are greeted by a steel extractor fan.

Visualizer: SCIC  

Dark, mid- and light-grey oscillate in a range of shapes and sizes. Striped-wood cabinets and three filigree feature lights add artistic balance.

Architect: Newick Architects  

Grey and wood juxtapose nicely in this light, bright, and breezy interior. Grey adds enough difference to create a dreamy, not sleepy, design.

Architect: Sreten Jovanovic & Maja Urh  
Visualizer: Anna Fedyukina  

Grey plays in filigree stools and high-reaching cupboards in this kitchen of white accents.

Visualizer: Bartosz Domiczek  

Charcoal and wood mix up cool and warm hues in this kitchen. Grey cabinetry extends the living room wall, allowing LED-lit wood to shine.

Source: Dada Web  

After just a little less black? Go for grey’s darker shades in a matching bench and cabinetry, overhung by a fascinating steel stencil feature.

Visualizer: Radoslav Rabota  

Make your extractor fan the feature, as wood and charcoal surround. This contemporary kitchen further lightens the space with white hanging lights and popping porcelain.

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