By Julia Malacoff

Published on May 11, 2017

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Photography by Mark Adams via Studio One SF

White countertops are always going to be popular, period. But there’s a new neutral hue on the block, and for people who don’t love monochrome white design schemes, it’s a truly sophisticated option. “Gray is one of the best colors to use as a neutral palette,” Erika Egede-Nissen, Director of Brand Marketing at Caesarstone US, recently told Pro Builder. “Because we’re seeing a lean toward color integration in the home, gray allows you to mix in pops of color without overwhelming the space.” Not only that, but it’s ideal for adding in other materials like wood, concrete, and steel. While it’s endlessly versatile, getting gray right takes careful consideration, so if you decide to go for it, keep these tips in mind when designing your space. These 15 Caesarstone kitchens offer a ton of inspiration to help you plan your perfect space.

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Photography by Rachel Eve Design and Krista Waterworth

Create an Optical Illusion

Anyone with a crazy-busy schedule can relate to not having enough time to keep their kitchen pristine. Luckily, a gray island in the middle of the room with a differently-toned surface like this one, will give the space a clear focal point. As long as you keep this area relatively neat, the rest of the room will feel clean and organized—no matter how tidy it actually is. 

Caesarstone® #4030 Pebble 

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Photography by SSC Countertops

Go Light & Bright

Gray doesn’t have to be dark to make an impact, especially in a space where you want to capitalize on natural lighting. Choose a tone that is just slightly darker than your white (or pale-colored) cabinetry for an illuminating effect. Matching the shade to the backsplash will also ensure a well-integrated and sophisticated feel for the whole room. 

Caesarstone® #5000 London Grey

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Photography by Lexie Saine Design

Use a Pop of Color

Though gray works really well in an all-neutral kitchen, it’s also an amazing complement to color, as evidenced by this room with a fabulously bright backsplash. For those who love clean lines and a modern feel but also want to incorporate some vibrant hues, gray can actually be a better choice than white, since it strikes a softer contrast.

Caesarstone® #4004 Raw Concrete

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Photography by BCD Interiors

Mix Up Your Neutrals

If you’re working with mainly neutral colors, add depth and interest by varying the tones you use. In this kitchen, the combination of a gray countertop, white cabinetry and wood flooring make for a well-balanced color scheme that’s subdued without being boring. Add furniture, like the wood and metal stools shown here, and lighting fixtures using a similar method, and you can’t go wrong. 

Caesarstone® #4003 Sleek Concrete

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Photography by Stuart Gow via Oonagh Ryan

Supersize Your Island

In an open-plan design, a really big island makes a clear statement about where the cooking area stops and the living area begins. While it’s amazing to have undivided square-footage, many people find it helpful to have a sense of separation between where they prep and eat their food and where they work, relax, and spend time with their loved ones. 

Caesarstone® #4120 Raven

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Photography by Blackhart Construction

Split Up Your Surfaces

Not all the counters in your kitchen need to be the same color. Here, a darker wood surface plays off of a light gray one, and the white cabinetry ties it all together. Plus, using the same wood for shelving is a genius way to make the room feel cohesive without being too matchy-matchy. 

Caesarstone® #4003 Sleek Concrete 

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Photography by Tessa Neustadt via Christian May

Add Temporary Touches of Color

For those who want to incorporate color without committing, go gray, black, and white for the permanent elements of your space, and then use design accents like dishes, flowers, and books to spruce things up. Then, when you’re ready for a change, it’s easy to make a swap. 

Caesarstone® #5003 Piatra Grey

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Photography by Jodie Rosen Design

Play Up Shine

Stainless steel is a valuable design tool in any gray kitchen, since it adds dimension that flat, non-metallic surfaces just can’t. Use lighting fixtures, seating, and kitchen hardware to your advantage when you’re planning a mostly monochromatic room. 

Caesarstone® #4120 Raven

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Photography by SK Designer — Pebble 4030

Match One Furniture Piece

A finishing touch that ensures your kitchen feels well thought-out is matching one furniture piece to your countertop. A word of caution: Don’t take this tip too far. Stick to one key piece, like the chairs in this kitchen, to avoid going overboard with the color coordination.

Caesarstone® #2003 Concrete

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Photography by Dan Ruhland Designs

Vary the Wall Designs

If you want to use neutrals in a way that’s still filled with personality, don’t be afraid to mix up what’s on your walls. Here, two different types of tile add texture to a gray, white, and brown color palette. 

Caesarstone® #4230 Shitake

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Photography by CAESARSTONE

Bring in brown

Though gray is more often utilized in modern kitchens, it works really well in a traditional design scheme, too. Incorporating brown tones adds a warm feel to the whole room, while the emphasis on gray and white design elements elsewhere keeps things feeling crisp. 

Caesarstone® #4350 Lagos Blue

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Photography by CAESARSTONE

Use wood strategically

In a predominantly gray and white design, a wood flooring adds an instant homey vibe—even if it still falls within the overall scheme. This is one of the easiest ways keep your kitchen feeling personal. Add some upholstered chairs like this kitchen, and you are ready to entertain.

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Photography by CAESARSTONE

Focus on lighting

A dramatic lighting fixture is one of the easiest ways to elevate the overall feel of your kitchen and make a statement. Gray palettes tend to work well with modern, sculptural pieces, like the cubic pendant seen here. If you are feeling bold, mix and match the gray countertops with a lighter shade for the island.

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Photography by CAESARSTONE

Paint it pastel

White and pastel together can feel a little stark and Miami Beach-themed, but when you add light gray countertops into the mix, the result is much more subdued. Using a pale color on the walls is a great way to add a hint of your design personality to an otherwise simple cooking space. 

Caesarstone® #5000 London Grey 

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Photography by CAESARSTONE

Keep it simple



There’s no reason to go over the top if you love a minimalist and modern vibe. A gray and white kitchen like this one will surely keep you feeling zen on the most hectic of days. If you’re feeling like things are too plain, go for a soft but standout hue on a smaller design element, like the backsplash.

Caesarstone® #5003 Piatra Grey