Gorgeous Gray Cabinet Paint Colors

Gettysburg Gray Benjamin Moore


Source: Veranda Magazine via Decor Pad

Source: Veranda Magazine via Decor Pad

Galveston Gray Benjamin Moore 


Hi friends and Happy Memorial Day!

If you’ve been following along with me on my “Pick a Paint Color” Board on Pinterest, you have probably noticed that I pin a lot of different shades of gray cabinet paint colors. Over the last year, I have been in search of finding the perfect shade of gray for my kitchen cabinets and my new cabinets going up in my new office.  It’s not an easy task!  Grays are one of the trickiest colors.

Grays are just as challenging as taupes and it really boils down completely to the lighting in the space.  What looks like the perfect true darker gray on a paint card can go more light flesh tan color in certain lighting.  This week, I have rounded up various shades of some of the most tried and true grays that I see used a lot for cabinets.  As I have mentioned before, when I see builders and designers using the same colors project after project, I feel confident that these colors must work well consistently.

Here is Color Palette Monday #8 printable color palette:


Collection of some of the most popular gray paint colors used for painting cabinets, vanities and furniture {Color Palette Monday} The Creativity Exchange
(As a reminder, each color palette is printable.  It makes a huge difference to look at paint colors that have been printed out on paper, versus your computer monitor.  It helps even more if you print out the palettes on smooth white card stock.  My palettes should not be used to replace a paint color card, so if you see a color you like, please refer to  a paint color card).

Here is the link to this week’s printable palette:Color Palette Monday #8 Printable

Not all of the images of grays that I am featuring today made it to the color palette. I wanted to give you a lot of inspiration but could only add a few to the palette.

The most popular gray in this week’s palette that I see used the most frequently is Gray Matters by Sherwin Williams:


Gray Matters Sherwin Williams

Gray Matters is a nice mid shade gray that is a great transitional color as well.  It has a hint of both warm and cool, so it’s more versatile with flooring and adjacent spaces.  The color would be gorgeous painted on a bathroom vanity or beautiful in a kitchen.

Another gorgeous mid shade gray to consider is Whale Gray by Benjamin Moore:

Via Bungalow Blue Interiors

Via Bungalow Blue Interiors

Whale Gray Benjamin Moore

If you’re looking for dark gray cabinet color, Kendall Charcoal by Benjamin Moore is a great one.  The center island below is painted in Kendall Charcoal:


 (Island) Kendall Charcoal Benjamin Moore

Here is a bathroom vanity also painted in Kendall Charcoal from one of my favorite Designer’s, Michael Abrams:


Kendall Charcoal Benjamin Moore 

Another popular dark gray is Gray 2121 by Benjamin Moore:

Via Lakbur Magazine

Via Lakbur Magazine

If you’re looking for a true darker gray, this is certainly a color to consider. You know it’s a true gray when Benjamin Moore has simply named it “Gray”…

For a lighter gray that has a a touch of warmth in it, Mindful Gray by Sherwin Williams always looks beautiful either on cabinets or walls:


Mindful Gray Sherwin Williams 

For a fantastic gray that has a very slight blue hint to it is Boothbay Gray by Benjamin Moore:

Via Meredith Heron

Via Meredith Heron

Booth Bay Gray Benjamin Moore

If you’re looking for a dark, rich and dramatic gray, Timberwolf by Benjamin Moore is absolutely stunning:


 Timberwolf Benjamin Moore

You really can’t go wrong with any of these grays because they all seem to work in a lot of different lighting situations.  However, just to be safe, I recommend painting a large poster board with a sample size and see what it does throughout the day in your lighting.

Ok, so I have to know!  Which one of these grays is your favorite?  Gettysburg Gray I think though is still my favorites.  Although, my cabinets in my office are going to be Mindful Gray.

Enjoy the rest of your long weekend friends and thanks for hanging out with me today!  If you happened to have missed last week’s Guest Color Palette Monday from Jenny at Evolution of Style, you can go to that post by clicking the image below:

Collection of warm transitional Paint colors {Color Palette Monday}





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9 Responses to Gorgeous Gray Cabinet Paint Colors

  1. Megan says:

    I really love that Timberwolf gray! These are all amazing rooms and the gray looks great in all of them.

  2. Brenda says:

    The Kendall Charcoal is my favorite! I just did my lower kitchen cabinets in it. So beautiful!!

  3. HELP NOW PLEASE!!! I have a sm. bath(55″Wx10’L) I just bought 2 linen towers(20″Wx20″) and a vanity (27″Wx21″D) I want to use gray for my cabs. and I’d like some pale blues and yellows as accents but I have NO idea which colors to use or would compliment each other and not be overwhelming for such a tiny room. I’ve got to start painting yesterday (my husband is not patient) Tell me which colors to use or if I shouldn’t attempt it, period.

  4. Susan Use says:

    Hello….love your site. I am working on an upstairs tv viewing warm. I want it to be relaxing. It is the first room to tackle in our newly purchased house. I bought samples of BM Racoon Hollow and BM Gettysburg gray but don’t know what color to paint the coffered ceiling, and the kitchen nook in the room. The cabinets are white. Do I paint those as well? Then going into the stairwell, I need a more neutral color, any suggestions? Thank you so much. Susan

  5. Debra Aubin says:

    Love your color pallets they are very helpful and your descriptions really help. I would like to ask if you have a color pallet for antique/vintage furniture. I have some furniture (hutch, rocker, children’s high chairs etc.) I am looking for colors from the late 1800 to early1900 era. Mostly I want to refurbish this hutch that I have that has to be at the least 100 yrs old that is painted in a beautiful yellow that I would like to redo but can’t seem to find the perfect color. If you have a vintage line of colors that you have come across I would love to see it. Thank you for sharing and I will be printing out the color pallets that you have posted. I also love the color gray. Best wishes Debbie

  6. gloria says:

    Painting an English Country cottage. Need help. leaning towards warm grey with green undertone. Settled on Revere Pewter for foyer. Need help with island and mantle in kitchen.

  7. George says:

    Hi there,

    Just curious what would be the appropriate type of paint if using sherwin williams – we are planning on using SW “grey matters” color to paint a set of old kitchen cabinet doors that have been removed, scuffed and prepped. looking for a paint that is not too glossy, cleanable, will adhere well for this type of job. SW has so many varieties I’m curious what would be ideal for old previously painted wood cabinets doors/drawers. Thanks!

    • Cyndy says:

      I would use their acrylic enamel (water-based). I would also recommend painting them flat and using an additive like Floetrol to eliminate brush marks, extend your painting time and for the extra hardening/durability. I hope that helps! 🙂

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