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The 8 Best Gray Paint Colors for Cabinets for 2022

Gray is a wonderful neutral paint color option. If you want to add some color to a cabinet while staying light, bright, and neutral, gray is a great option. Here are my favorite gray paint colors for cabinets!

Whether you are designing a kitchen or a bathroom, cabinet color is one thing that can date a space quickly. Luckily, it is also something that is easy and inexpensive to change.

If you are looking for a neutral color with a bit of color to it – gray makes a great cabinet color!

But, there are so many shades of gray! How do you pick one?

How to pick the best gray paint color for your cabinets

There are few things to consider when selecting a paint color for your cabinets.

First is to pick a color family. Congrats – if you are here, it seems like you picked gray 🙂

Then, think about colors within that family. Do you want something lighter or darker? Brighter or more muted? What undertones do you want?

Next, you want to get paint samples. I suggest buying at least three paint samples if you want to paint walls. Paint them on your walls in at LEAST three different spots each.

You want to make sure you have test spots near anything that is not changing, such as trim, carpet or flooring, or cabinets.

Now, let that dry (do 2 coats if it needs it) and then look at it over the course of at least 2 days. Look at it in morning, day, and evening light. Look at it with the lights on and the lights off.

All of these things effect how a paint color looks in your home!

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The temperature of a paint color

Paint colors are either warm toned or cool toned.

Warm toned grays are often called “Greige” (gray-beige) and have a bit more brown in them.

Cool toned grays are more icey and usually have blue undertones.

Which temperature of gray is right for you?

Look at the elements of your room already – usually flooring, trim color, or furniture you know you want to use. Usually they will feel either warm or cold. Try to stay within that same family for the most cohesive look and feel.

I am excited to break down some of the most popular gray cabinet paint colors with you.

the best gray cabinet paint colors

The Best Gray Paint Colors for Cabinets

There are tons of options for gray cabinet colors. Here are some favorites!

Sherwin Williams Repose Gray

sherwin williams repose gray kitchen cabinets

Repose Gray is a very light, slightly warm toned gray paint color. You can see how truly light and bright it is in the kitchen image below.

Some people say that it can read ever so slightly purple, especially in morning light. While it does have those slight undertones, it is very very close to a true gray.

Click here to order a 12″x12″ peel and stick sample of Sherwin Williams Repose Gray.

Repose Gray by Sherwin Williams

Benjamin Moore Winter Gates

benjamin moore winter gates kitchen cabinets

Winter Gates is a very warm toned light greige color. It can read as really light and bright, as seen in the kitchen below. This color looks really timeless and neutral when paired with anything crisp white!

Click here to order a 12″x12″ peel and stick sample of Benjamin Moore Winter Gates.

benjamin moore winter gates

Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray

Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray kitchen cabinet

Chelsea Gray is a good medium-dark gray color. It contrasts really nicely with white walls or trim. This color has warm undertones that read slightly greige.

This is a great option for a mid-toned neutral gray color!

Click here to order a 12″x12″ peel and stick sample of Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray.

benjamin moore chelsea gray

Benjamin Moore Iron Mountain

Benjamin Moore Iron Mountain kitchen cabinets

If you are looking for more of a dramatic charcoal gray, Iron Mountain might be for you. This warm toned dark gray color is perfect for a kitchen island or lower cabinets paired with a lighter upper.

It is very deep and highly pigmented and looks great in traditional or modern homes.

Click here to order a 12″x12″ peel and stick sample of Benjamin Moore Iron Mountain.

Benjamin Moore Iron Mountain

Online by Sherwin Williams (SW 7072)

sherwin williams online kitchen cabinets

Online is a true gray with cool tones that complement blues very well. It is actually the color that I painted nearly every wall in my house.

I love that it doesn’t read beige or tan at all – it is a crisp and clean gray color that plays really well agains blues of all shades.

Online by Sherwin Williams

Click here to get a 12″x12″ peel and stick sample of Sherwin Williams Online!

Behr Amazon Stone

behr amazon stone kitchen cabinets

Another great charcoal option is Amazon Stone. This is a very warm toned dark gray color with almost purple undertones.

It’s not a choice for the faint of heart – but it definitely will give you an impact and still stays fairly neutral despite it’s deep hue.

behr amazon stone

Sherwin Williams Misty SW 6232

sherwin williams misty kitchen cabinets

Misty is a grayish blue with a lot of green undertones – you can really see the green if you look at the darker colors on the paint strip. It is very light and bright and easy to work with.

Read my full Misty color review here!

Sherwin Williams Misty color swatch

Click here to get a 12″x12″ peel and stick sample of Sherwin Williams Misty!

Sherwin Williams Peppercorn

Sherwin Williams Peppercorn kitchen cabinets

Peppercorn is another gorgeous deep gray color with slightly purple undertones. It is a bit brown as well and in general is a nice warm charcoal paint color.

Click here to order a 12″x12″ peel and stick sample of Sherwin Williams Peppercorn.

sherwin williams peppercorn

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Thanks for reading!

Still not sure what paint color to choose?

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