Today’s Waffle: Gray Kitchens

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Photo: Eater Seattle

Ken and I recently tried out a new neighborhood restaurant with the kids. Grace’s Kitchen is going for an urban-classic-homey vibe, or at least that’s my take on the decor.  The booths, trim and many of the walls are gray, which might seem an odd choice for Seattle, a city known for it’s overcast skies.

As I dug into my bowl of chili, I looked around at all the gray walls and started thinking about gray kitchens and whether I would want one in my own home. Of course, gray kitchens come in all different shades and styles.

There’s the traditional look:

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Traditional Home

The modern look:


The Martha look:

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There are kitchens with lots of gray cabinetry,

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and kitchens with minimal cabinetry and gray walls:

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Apartment Therapy

Gray is used for tiled backsplashes,


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as well as for architectural features:

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Jill Brinson's Kitchen via Design Sponge

So what do you think? Does a gray kitchen strike you as chic and luxurious or drab and dreary?

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3 responses

  1. Gray kitchens can be lovely but, I live in the Pacific Northwest and even though it may look great at the restaurant, I don’t think I could live with it on a daily basis. I love the look of a yellow based white or ivory here. It lifts my spirits to see the cheerfulness it provides on our numerous gloomy days and when we have sunshine it isn’t too bright as a yellow might be.

  2. I always like the look of gray kitchens but I never thought to do one. I guess I will just stick with my white cabinets.