Shades of Gray: Our go-to paint colors for gray walls in kitchens

SO, this is a little hard to wrap your head around at this time of year living in the western area of New York state because we’re all too familiar with this color outside our windows. However, allow your skepticism to fade as you browse these amazing projects. Benjamin Moore has some great paint colors for kitchens.


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We definitely have an affinity for Benjamin Moore paints. The colors are vivid, the paint goes on smoothly in just a couple coats, and it’s cleanable with a wet cloth. They have low odor for nurseries and people with allergies or asthma, no-scuff for high traffic areas, a specific formula for bathrooms, and a whole host of outdoor products as well.

Up first, this Traditional style kitchen with white cabinets, gets walls painted in Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter. It has warm undertones and the ability to unify the wood tones, white quartz, and brushed gold hardware in this large kitchen.

Revere pewter is a great neutral that will blend with most any color you choose. Just like most paints, the color we perceive changes depending on the amount of light hitting the surface - sneaky! In the above photo, to the left of the coffee/wine bar the color looks darker since it’s further from the light source. To the right of the prep counter, it appears a bit lighter.

Our designers recommend narrowing down your paint choices and painting a swatch of each on the wall so you can really see what they’ll look like in your house.

And we can’t NOT point out the adorable built-in pet feeding station!

Next up, a kitchen that was born in the 1950’s and was updated to modern standards with a coat of Benjamin Moore Balboa Mist. This one has a reputation for looking quite different in each room also depending on the light. It has pink undertones, but works beautifully here to balance the bright white of the cabinets with the dark hardwood flooring.

Last but not least, this quaint kitchen with mixed materials gets a modern, fresh update with Stonington gray.

I should also mention that each of these colors are on Ben Moore’s list of most popular paint colors. It makes sense - we love them, too!

All of the projects here were designed and built by Bright Ideas by Martinec in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York.