The Best Gray/Greige Paint Colours for Kitchen Cabinets / Bathroom Vanity
Hands-down, gray is the most popular colour for kitchen cabinets and vanities these days (with navy blue coming in a hot second), but how on EARTH do you pick from all of those grays? Warm gray, cool gray, blue-gray, greige gray, green-gray – HELLS BELLS! Thank goodness you have your own personal decorator tucked in your back pocket (and don’t worry, I won’t pinch…unless you ask nicely).
So, today we’re going to take a look at 3 of the best gray paint colours for cabinets. And hey, there are TONS more out there that we can explore together, but these 3 are a great place to start your search…
Benjamin Moore Amherst Gray HC 167
This is one FABulous gray paint colour. Amherst Gray sits in between Chelsea Gray (coming in 4th place) and Kendall Charcoal, which is significantly darker (and usually a touch too dark for most kitchens).
Now like ANY gray, it can AND WILL pick up undertones from it’s environment. But generally speaking, it will act like a nice, medium toned charcoal paint colour that doesn’t have that typical taupe/purple undertone that a lot of today’s grays have.
See how wicked it looks with stainless steel appliances? Just agree with me, Tim said it’s easier that way (wink wink).
Shown with Benjamin Moore Grant Beige on the walls
Amherst Gray cabinets work great with…
- Grays with a subtle purple/taupe undertone
- Subtle warm grays
- Cool beige tones (greige)
- Stainless steel appliances
Read more: A Marble Inspired Ensuite Bathroom
Benjamin Moore Metropolis CC 546
Metropolis is for those of you who want a slightly softer approach. I wouldn’t go so far as to say Metropolis is SUPER warm, but it definitely is softer and slightly more taupey toned than Amherst Gray.
Metropolis will act like gray, without the cool edge.
This is my own bathroom, with BM Classic Gray on the walls. There will be more photos to come, but we haven’t hung the mirror properly yet (hey, it’s only been a month since we finished…)
Metropolis cabinets work great with…
- Slightly warmer grays, but nothing TOO greige
- whites and off-whites
- Stainless steel/polished nickel
Benjamin Moore Kingsport Gray HC 86
Sure, it says ‘gray’ but this one really is more greige than anything as it sits almost smack dab in the middle of gray and beige.
If you are looking for a warmer colour, then this one could work well for you. Kingsport Gray does the job of being a diehard ‘neutral’ with more warmth and softness than the other 2.
Kingsport Gray is shown here with a beautiful (and affordable) Formica countertop. A soft and subtle way to neutralize a space, yet gives some great personality.
Kingsport Gray cabinets work great with…
- Warm toned countertops
- Cream and off-white
- Almond tub/toilet (more here on that tricky topic)
- Bone or almond coloured kitchen appliances
Wondering which gray is best for your kitchen or bathroom?
Check out my affordable Online Consulting Packages!