Are Grey Kitchen Cabinets Better Than White?

 In Colour Advice from Heidi

There is no question that a white kitchen is the most desirable colour for painted cabinets these days.

One reason is it is pretty hard to tell by looking at a white kitchen how old it is by looking at the colour of the cabinets. The kitchen will more likely be dated by the backsplash or the counter top.

White kitchens are more likely to appear timeless. And timeless means you don’t need to update and renovate as often. It also often means you can sell your home for more.

So, the question is can you still achieve a timeless look of a kitchen with grey cabinets instead of white.

The answer is yes.


These grey cabinets work perfectly with the white counter and antiqued bronze hardware.

But you need to follow a few rules when picking the perfect grey for your kitchen.

Rule 1 – Undertones Matter

When choosing a grey to paint your kitchen cabinets, choosing a colour that works with the other features in your house is very important. Keep your all undertones of grey the same. Mixing undertones will instantly look too busy. This applies to floors, tiles and counters. If this is too challenging to match, you likely have too many undertones going on and should consider white.

Rule 2 – Keep it Consistent

Stay away from dark bottoms and light uppers or a different colour for the island. Unless you have a very substantial kitchen this rarely works. And it is trendy so you will have a very difficult time achieving a timeless look with grey cabinets if you have mixed them with white or another colour.

White Rock Painters Warline Painting made these cabinets beautiful with paint

Rule 3 – Grey is Your New White

As soon as you make grey your cabinet colour, be prepared to make that your new neutral if you want a classic look. You can absolutely us a deep gorgeous grey colour as long as you let it be the neutral. Cabinets generally take up a huge surface area in a kitchen. Expect their colour to be your neutral and the other colours around it need to compliment the gray or be in limited amounts to be considered accent colours.

Follow these rules, keep your backsplash and counters plain and your gray kitchen can be as timeless as a white one.

Painted kitchen cabinets by Warline Painting of Surrey

Simple black hardware and a farm sink help keep these grey cabinets from looking trendy.


painted cabinets in white rock by Warline Painting

Keeping hardware simple helps make grey cabinets classic.


Heidi Nyline
Wonder woman at Warline Painting, an exceptional painting company. Loves colour, food, wine, dark rum, beaches, dogs and family. Not in that order.
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