Which Gray To Paint Kitchen Cabinets?

August 3, 2015

A reader recently sent me this photo below asking for help with selecting a gray paint color for her kitchen cabinets:


She is going to take small steps with her kitchen redesign and wanted to tackle the cabinets first. No ‘white or cream,’ she screamed. (She did not really scream, I just couldn’t resist.) A gray color is what she and her husband decided for their cabinets.

The floors are staying for now, so we will work around them. What grays do you think might look good with the yellow flooring? I would suggest staying away from grays with blue undertones such as Coventry Gray HC-169 or Nimbus Gray 2131-50:

nimbus gray2

Ben Moore Nimbus Gray 2131-50

Why not a blue gray? Blue and yellow are almost opposite colors on the color wheel and when you put the two together, you have high contrast. The colors will complete against each other and the room will not feel inviting or relaxed because of the high energy of the two contrasting colors.

For a more natural and comforting room, I would choose a gray green to work with the yellow floor.

Here are a couple gray color options with green undertones that would work great:

pashmina                  thunder

Ben Moore Pashmina AF-100                         Ben Moore Thunder AF-685

They work well because the green undertones in the paint play nice with the yellow flooring. No contrasting or competing.

Another favorite green gray for cabinets that has been popular for awhile now is Ben Moore Fieldstone 1558:






I think there is good reason why the paint color Fieldstone is so popular for cabinets! Beautiful. One other suggestion I offered on the cabinets was to remove the plate rail from the top of cabinets. That will also help update the look.

What other pretty grays have you seen used for cabinets in the kitchen or bath?


  1. Wow, this one is tricky! I honestly would steer clear of a gray with the yellow unless they are ok with having green or blue cabinets, because that’s how they are going likely to read in comparison with the yellow floor. That being said, I actually like blue-grays with yellow flooring, but they will read more blue than gray, of course. Fieldstone has a bit of blue in it, so it could work – although I think the Sally Wheat kitchen isn’t really representative of what Fieldstone really looks like (although I know that pin is hugely popular!).

  2. Some great ideas here! I see Kristie says she wouldn’t use gray. What would color would you use for the cabinets?

    • Hi CeeGee,
      I do not agree with Kristie. Fieldstone is a mostly green undertoned gray- works well with yellow. The client wanted gray so that is what I worked around. I do not like blue gray with yellow.

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