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22+ gray kitchen backsplash design ideas & tips

22+ gray kitchen backsplash design ideas & tips

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Transitional Kitchen with Two-tone Shaker Cabinets and Cultured Marble Backsplash

This transitional kitchen design owes its attractive look to the statement material marble. Coming in shades of gray with linear veins, the cultured marble creates a dramatic look that feels energetic and approachable at the same time. The sophisticated island topped with a marble countertop creates a contrasting yet harmonious look with the white shaker base cabinets. It is enriched by wood open shelves, aluminium stools with a wood-colored coating, stainless steel appliances, and stainless steel under-cabinet range hood. The glass pendant light fixture responds to the black hardware, integrating the whole culinary space.

Black Cabinets with Light Gray Brick Backsplash and Gray Marble Countertop

This sophisticated transitional kitchen features an I-shaped layout to optimize the storage, especially, thanks to the high cabinets that fill up the walls. This, in turn, leaves more space to make the black island harmonious in this space, integrating the island with the full set of cabinetry. The light gray backsplash looks balmy with the help of the warm under-cabinet lights while its brick subway tiles present a dynamic effect with mottled patterns, adding a rustic feeling to the kitchen. And the gray marble countertop continues that dynamic texture and creates a contrasting appearance with the pure black surfaces of the shaker cabinets. The wood flooring brings warmth and sparkles to this dim kitchen and harmonizes the space.

Gray Marble Slab Kitchen Backsplash

It’s common to use marble slabs as the backsplash and a marble slab backsplash has advantages over a marble tiled backsplash. A marble slab backsplash is cheaper to install than individual tiles and it could add a high-end and stunning look to the kitchen. Gray marble slabs comes in many variations and the veins in the marble slab has natural stress lines and color tones, which can suit various styles of kitchens. Besides, marble slabs have matte and glossy surfaces. Matte surfaces look rustic and humble while glossy surfaces appear modern and luxurious. Considering the nature of natural stones, a marble slab kitchen backsplash needs regualar seals and careful maintenances to keep perfect.

Farmhouse Kitchen with Gray Marble Backsplash and Two-Tone Cabinets

This refreshing open-plan kitchen looks breathtaking. Large picture windows are distributed irregually through the walls and offer brightness and natural views to this kitchen. The white shaker cabients and the blue island build a clean and fresh look for the cooking space while the gray marble backsplash adds dynamic vitality to the cabinetry and the monochromatic transition runs from the backsplash to the countertops, making the cabinets and the island integral. The high ceiling with shiplaps has the similar effect with the wood panel flooring, strengthening the airiness and spaciousness of this kitchen. And the spetacular exposed metal beams make themselves outstanding in this white kitchen and enhance the rustic charm.

Walbut Cabinets with Marble Slab Backsplash and Plywood Flooring 

What a spacious but delicate kitchen it is! The brown walnut cabinetry and island create a warm and balmy ambiance and the glistering pulls add touches of modern charms to the cabinets, making this kitchen more welcoming. The marble slab backsplash provides an airy and luxurious backdrop for the kitchen and creates a monochromatic transition to the countertop of the island. And the colossal marble slab covering the range hood sheds from the ceiling and forms a striking visual effect, strengthening the loftiness of this kitchen. The multiple pendant lights are scattered irregularly above the island and cast an artistic and balmy look, forming a distinctive yet harmonious combination with the marble hood.

All-White Cabinetry with Gray Marble Backsplash and Countertop

This sleek kitchen theme delves into the bright side of the design world, bringing white cabinets, a white countertop, a white wall, and white flooring together. The clean lines of the flat-front cabinets and the island ensure everything feels smooth and continuous with each other. Creative designs make the refrigerator invisible and the wine fridge becomes the sole decoration in the white cabinets, enhancing the modern vibe of this kitchen. Marble slabs are used both as a backsplash and a countertop of the island, which connects organically the cabinets with the island and also beautifies this all-white space.

Scandinavian Kitchen with Two-Tone Cabinetry and Cultured Marble Backsplash

Tender and chic! The interplay of light gray and pastel blue produces a soft and soothing ambiance for the cabinets and the shaker style of the cabinets adds touches of delicacy and fineness to this space. The dark gray cultured marble backsplash is accentuated by the light gray cabinets and provides a vibrant yet tranquil backdrop for the cabinetry, contrasting with the pure-colored finishes. The patterns spread through the backsplash, the countertop, and the waterfall countertop of the island, bringing the cabinets and the island together. The linear chandelier adds a touch of modernity and integrates itself into this kitchen with its streamlined shape while the light wood flooring brings brightness and light to this space.

modern kitchen backsplash for gray cabinets

Gray kitchen cabinets are the perfect compromise between bright white cabinets and mysterious black cabinets and they are a versatile choice for any kitchen. To make the gray cabinets integrated into the kitchen, a backsplash could set the tone for the entire kitchen. The white ceramic backsplash is the most common color for gray cabinets while the marble one could bring surprises to the kitchen. And the patterns of a backsplash are also the key to improving its appearance and the common patterns are hexagon tiles, herringbone tiles, subway tiles, matchstick tiles, mosaic tiles, and marble slabs, easy to match all styles of any kitchen.

Transitional Kitchen with Gray Cabinets and White Hexagon Tile Backsplash

This kitchen looks elegant and refreshing. The gray base shaker cabinets contrast softly with the white upper cabinets and they produce a pleasing image with the clear lines and the gold hardware. The white hexagon tile backsplash with gray grout creates a dynamic effect and strengthens the fresh feeling of this kitchen while the windows above the cabinets provide a natural view to the kitchen and the stainless steel hood adds another layer of texture, diversifying the atmosphere of the kitchen. The gray island covered by a gray marble waterfall countertop is a perfect compound of pure color and veins, serving as a focal point that attracts people’s attention. The brown linoleum flooring with wood patterns, along with the wooden stools, warms up the kitchen full of neutral hues.

Three-Tone Kitchen Cabinets with Marble Backsplash

Consisting of different layers of cabinetry spanning a wide area, this contemporary kitchen keeps the cooking zone free as much as possible. Blue, gray and black cabinets fill this kitchen up and form a sophisticated and calming vibe for the kitchen. The large marble backsplash pairs perfectly with the stainless steel professional vent hood, which provides a distinctive and lively backdrop for the cabinets and wooden open shelves. The focal point of this kitchen has no doubt lying on the blue island with a marble waterfall countertop covered, a bulky butcher block inserted, and four modern black chairs matched, bringing brightness and warmth to this space.

Weathered Gray Cabinetry with Marble Slab Backsplash and Shiplap Island

In this transitional kitchen, the traditional compound and the modern fixture complement each other and create a harmonious ambiance. The weathered cabinets work well with gold knots to tell their long history and the gold under-cabinet hood betters the texture of the cabinetry. However, the monolithic marble backsplash blesses this kitchen with a modern and distinctive touch, which accentuates the trio of glossy pendant lights above the island. And the shiplap island with a marble waterfall countertop contrasts with the grey cabinetry but echoes the shiplap ceiling, making the whole space integral.

Grey Cabinets with Hexagon Tile Backsplash and Coffered Ceiling

This vast kitchen tinged with a Mediterranean look brings together light gray cabinets with the white hexagon tile backsplash behind the stove. This shade of gray doesn’t make the cabinets gloomy but serene and soothing and the combination of shaker cabinets and glass cabinets adds versatility to the cabinetry. The double island design maximizes the counter space and eases the workflow of cooking, which increases the value of this kitchen. More specifically, the white island with a gray solid surface countertop provides an extra working station and connects the gray perimeter cabinets while the other white island with butcher block countertop, serving as a dining table, produces a corresponding effect with the classic and luxurious coffered ceiling, expressing warmth and high-quality to the space. Finally, the travertine tile flooring with versatile patterns brings luxury and complication to a climax.

light gray kitchen backsplash

A light gray kitchen backsplash is the perfect alternative for a dark gray backsplash or a bright white one because it offers a bright and warm feeling to kitchens. The light gray, a neutral hue, can match perfectly with almost all other colors of cabinets and a light gray backsplash serves as a humble backdrop for the interior details. Besides, ceramic and porcelain tiles are the common materials to create a light gray backsplash, and backsplash patterns improve the distinctive characteristics of the backsplash.

Gray Shell Porcelain Backplash with Deep Gray Cabinets and Marble Countertop

This eat-in kitchen is designed for a family who loves cooking and is used as a social hub, which explains the placement of the island and can cook up a big feast. Serving the same aim, the double oven finds itself integrated into the cabinets to expand the availability of cabinets. The gray porcelain tiles of the backsplash present an airy and crystal texture while the shell-like shape of the tiles offers a tender and dynamic effect to the backdrop for the cabinets, which harmonizes the wood open shelves. The deep gray shaker cabinets, along with the metallic hood, create a calming and sophisticated tone, increasing the value of this kitchen. The eye-catching marble waterfall countertop matches perfectly with the vertical shiplap island, forming a focal point for the kitchen. And the versatility of the lighting fixture, the even spaces between the exposed beams, and the soft feeling of the wood flooring play a cordial rhythm for this space.

Two Kitchen Islands with Two-Tone Cabinets and Light Gray Bacskplash

This is another excellent example of a spacious kitchen. On the cabinets, the white laminate flat panelings and the wood panelings blend perfectly to cast a striking and passionate look and the stainless steel appliances and the island hood adorn the cabinetry with another layer of texture, which diversifies the culinary space. The two-island design provides plenty of storage spaces and allows the cook to work smoothly and freely while the three materials of the islands interact seamlessly and harmoniously, intensifying the charm of the kitchen. Moreover, the square tile backsplash interluded with gold details consists of white and light gray tiles and creates a classic and dynamic effect, contrasting with the white cabinets and countertop.

Pink Eclectic Kitchen with Light Gray Elongated Hexagon Tile Backsplash

What a lovely and romantic kitchen it is! The pink wall paint creates a cheerful and relaxing atmosphere for this kitchen, the pink quartz island with a white solid surface countertop and rose gold stools echoes the wall paint, and the eclectic pendant lights bring the hues of mint green and orange to this space, strengthening the buoyant feeling in the kitchen. Behind the island, The beige flat cabinets embrace harmoniously the stainless steel appliances and integrate the open shelves, making this kitchen functional and versatile. More eye-catchingly, the elongated hexagon tile backsplash consisting of different shades of gray tiles produces a lively and pleasant backdrop for the cabinets, which serves as a focal point for this kitchen. And the greenery invites natural texture and brightens the kitchen with its vibrancy.

Scadinavian Kitchen with Two-Tone Cabinetry and Light Gray Grid Tile Backsplash

Various materials interact wonderfully in this kitchen, producing a typical picture of a Scandinavian style. Medium-sized windows provide proper lights and form a gentle atmosphere in this kitchen. And the white cabinets look soft and soothing under the natural lights while the wood island flows a vibe of natural tranquility, producing a noticeable yet tender contrast. Meanwhile, the gray solid surface countertop brings the two separated parts together and adds another sophisticated texture to the cabinetry. The gray grid tile backsplash makes itself outstanding with its dynamic patterns and a chromatic continuity from the countertop while the white hood, the versatile kitchen wares, and the open shelves offer a refreshing backdrop and add natural beauty to this space.

Gray Matchstick Backsplash

Matchstick tile is made with a series of slim bits of material stacked on top of each other. The matchstick tiles can be arranged in a horizontal or vertical pattern to create a dynamic effect for the backsplash. Besides, the materials of the matchstick tile backsplash are varied, including mirrors, glasses, ceramics, marbles, and slates, which gives kitchens different focal points. However, compared with other backsplashes, matchstick backsplash is harder to clean and install due to the slim tiles.

Gray Matchstick Backsplash with White Cabinets and Red Clad of the Island

With its high-end materials and well craftsmanship, this contemporary kitchen offers a luxurious cooking space! The white-and-red island makes a statement with its bold color scheme while the red wavy structures contrast with the sleek solid surface waterfall countertop, creating a focal point for this kitchen. Above the island, the linear chandelier with glass balls adds crystal glamour to this space and enhances its luxurious feeling. The gray matchstick backsplash provides a rustic yet dynamic backdrop for the white flat panel cabinets and it also integrates the glossy hood and the black countertop in a harmonious way, which forms a monochromatic transition into the flooring. The picture windows on the right side complement the brightness in this kitchen with natural lights and offer a wonderful view of natural scenery.

Beach Style Kitchen with Mint Green Cabinets and Gray Matchstick Backsplash

What a refreshing and dreamy kitchen it is! The mint green finish of the cabinetry adorns this kitchen with a pleasant and soothing atmosphere. The upper cabinets with woven patterns, the Louvered base cabinets, and the open shelves are blended harmoniously to diversify the functional areas of the cabinetry while the stainless steel hardware adds sparkles to the light surfaces and brings the stainless steel appliances together, harmonizing the whole space. Besides, the gray matchstick backsplash mediates the bright hue of the cabinets with its calming and neutral color while offering a visual richness to the backdrop, which increases the value of this kitchen. The wood flooring looks bright and charming and it builds a gentle connection with the wood dining table, bringing warmth and depth to this airy kitchen.

Modern Kitchen with Gray Cabinets and Gray Matchstick Tile Backsplash

This spacious kitchen design uses very nice details. The contrast of gloomy gray cabinets and the bright daylight shedding from the skylights matches well with the harmony of stainless steel appliances and the suspended island hood. The use of thin mirror tiles and gray ceramic tiles on the matchstick tile backsplash has created a sparkling and distinctive, deepening the vibe of modernity in this kitchen. Another detail that brings out the modern feeling in the environment is the orange dining table and chairs on the left side of this kitchen. Moreover, the weathered limestone flooring gives an antique touch to this space, which highlights the modern feeling of the kitchen.

White Cabinets with Gray Matchstick Backsplash and Gray Engineered Quartz Countertop

In this transitional kitchen, the stunning light scheme offers a cute and appealing feel. The upper cabinets with textured glass doors add a subtle linear break between the white cabinets and the white ceiling and the blue lighting casts a pure and profound transparency, which makes the white cabinets even brighter. The gray vertical matchstick backsplash provides a visually dynamic effect of a waterfall and echoes the waterfall countertop of the island in shape and hue. The deep gray countertops bring the cabinets and the island together and calm down the dazzling white cabinet body. Moreover, the wood flooring with patterns diversifies the pure color in this kitchen with a rustic texture while the pair of green stools and the green and yellow kitchen wares activate the serene feeling in the space.

Gray Arabesque Tile Backsplash

Arabesque tile is a lantern-style tile, consisting of tendrils of a repeating pattern and it derives from the flowers and vines in Arabic culture, which creates an exotic and natural look for the kitchen. The timeless and customizable arabesque tile pattern makes itself harmonious in diverse kitchens and the arabesque tiles paired with different grouts could form a marvelous and dynamic picture and add vitality to the backdrop.

Traditional Two-Tone Cabinets with Gray Arabesque Tile Backsplash

A traditional kitchen design welcomes guests with a bright vibe thanks to the sliding doors. While the white recessed-panel cabinets create an airy and luminous atmosphere to the environment, the deep brown island with a white cultured marble countertop provides weight and depth and also forms a contrasting look with the white cabinets. In the middle of the strong contrast is the gray backsplash and its arabesque tiles with white grout mediate the contrast and add a floral glamor to the background as well. The marble tile flooring enhances the dynamic beauty of this kitchen with its natural veins.

Modest Kitchen with Light Gray Glass Arabesque Backsplash and White Inset Beaded Cabinets

Custom kitchen cabinets fill up this geometrical kitchen and provide a maximum amount of counter space. Windows and the stainless steel hood take up the original space for the upper cabinets and allow the glass arabesque backsplash to play. And the airy backsplash reflects lights from the windows outside and from the ceiling lights above to brighten this kitchen. Besides, the granite countertop offers vitality to the pure-colored cabinets, saving the cabinets from dullness and boredom. The wood flooring echoes the recessed ceiling above and the wood top of the stools serves as the transition point between the flooring and the ceiling. Finally, the stainless steel farmhouse sink, the chrome faucet, and those stainless steel appliances add a layer of modern texture to this space.

Blue and White Kitchen Cabinets with Mottled Gray Arabesque Backsplash 

In this charming kitchen design, the fresh color scheme of blue and white and the straight and clear lines of the features give a modern and lightful look. The arabesque backsplash with different gray shades of tiles draws an eye-catching and traditional picture, which adds classic yet vibrant energy to the background. Versatile lighting fixtures around the cabinets provide an airy and balmy atmosphere to this kitchen while the brown open shelves bring weight and depth to balance the white cabinets, which strengthens the charisma of the backsplash. And the metallic stools surrounding the island match well with the blue island and diversify the textures of this kitchen, forming a contrast with the light plywood flooring.

Mediterrean Kitchen with All-White Cabinetry and Gray Arabesque Backsplash

In this Mediterranean kitchen, a vibe of cleanness and delicacy spreads widely. All-white shaker cabinets embrace all the necessary modern appliances perfectly and the black hardware adds movement to the sleek surfaces of the cabinetry. The cooking area stands out with the curvy and swooping arch in front of the black hood with stainless steel trims, which contrasts with the straight lines of the cabinets and the white finish of the cabinets. Besides, the gray arabesque backsplash behind the stove looks stunning and provides a focal point for the kitchen, intensifying the fervent feeling of a Mediterranean kitchen style. Moreover, the bright wood flooring adorns this kitchen with warmth and visual richness while the rustic feet of the chairs and the abstract shape of the pendant lights put on a modern look.

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