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The Absolute Best Blue Gray Kitchen Cabinet Paint Colors for 2024

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Blue Cabinet Paint Colors That Add Life To Any Kitchen

Add personality and style to any kitchen with this guide to the most popular blue-gray kitchen cabinet paint colors!

Blue-gray paint colors are such a popular choice for kitchen cabinets because they have the unique ability to add color to any dull kitchen but still blend in like a neutral to any color scheme.

Because not all blue-gray paint colors are equal, I’ll show you which are the best option for your kitchen colors and size. Included are tips for knowing when to paint all of your kitchen cabinets a blue color or just the island.

blue gray kitchen cabinet paint colors in 4 kitchens

Picking the best blue-gray color choice for your cabinets is so simple with these helpful tips and this list of over 30 of the most popular paint colors in this category.

pin with blue gray paint colors in 4 kitchens

Is blue a good color to paint kitchen cabinets?

Not only is blue a popular color to paint kitchen cabinets but it has an amazing ability to blend in with the rest of your kitchen and act like a neutral paint color.

To take a look at the color psychology of blue-gray paints, they give any room a relaxing and laid-back feel while still infusing fun and life into a kitchen without being over the top.

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What shade of blue is good for the kitchen?

The best blue paint for a kitchen is one that has a gray undertone. Unlike a royal blue cabinet paint, the neutral gray undertones of these blue paints promote a relaxed serene feel in any kitchen. The gray gives these colors a laid-back feel, where brighter blues would be too stark or jarring to the feel of your kitchen.

Some of these paint shades will lean harder toward blue and others will lean more toward gray, but even when someone says “blue” cabinet color, they more than likely want a blue-gray.

What colors go with Blue-gray cabinets?

The flexibility of blue-gray paint colors is mind-blowing because when blue-gray colors are paired with brighter colors, they act as neutrals!  

Blue-gray paint colors also have an unexpected ability to coordinate well with black, white, and especially wood tones.

No other color is as adaptive as an accent OR a neutral in any room as blue-gray paint colors. Until now, blue-grays were most common in bedrooms and bathrooms but now they are trending in kitchens.  And that makes sense

woman's hand painting on blue cabinet paint

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What is the Best Blue Grey Paint Color for Kitchen Cabinets?

As I mentioned, some shades can lean more towards blue and some more towards gray. Whether you pick a grayer shade or a bluer shade depends on exactly where you are putting the color – on all the cabinets or just the island.

The Undertones of Blue Cabinet Paint Colors

To make matters more confusing the blue can have an undertone itself. A Blue-gray can have green undertones which give the kitchen a coastal, beachy, spa-like feel that is still inviting although it’s not warmer. Accessories and furnishings are really easy to coordinate with a blue-grey with green undertones.

Sometimes a blue-gray can have purple undertones, which is not quite as flexible but when the purple undertone is subtle, it can make for a really fun look that’s not too unexpected or stark.

HOw TO Paint Your Own Cabinets Like a Pro

Did you know not all professional painters are “cabinet refinishers”?  Painting cabinets the right way is much different than painting walls.  Unfortunately, a professional cabinet painter can be pretty expensive.  However, I have put everything you need to know to paint your cabinets yourself in a free step-by-step guide and video.  Now you can get professional results on a small budget and this printable help to get you started, showing the right order to paint cabinet doors and boxes:  Free Cabinet Painting Roadmap

Where to Put Blue Gray Kitchen Cabinet Paint COlors

Should I Paint All My Cabinets Blue or Just the Island?

If you want to paint all of your cabinets in a blue-gray, go with a color that is predominantly gray. Since the cabinets comprise such a large part of your kitchen, going with a more neutral shade (with more gray) will be a subdued but still a gorgeous color change.

If you go with a bluer gray for all of your cabinets, such a large area in a color that’s even slightly brighter can be too over-the-top or stark.

With truer blues, a little can go a long way and sometimes having these bluer shades on all your cabinets can be too overpowering. Examples of shades below that lean more gray are Benjamin Moore Boothbay Gray, Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal and Sherwin Williams Software.

If you have your heart set on a bluer blue-gray, consider just painting the island in that color and painting the rest of the cabinets white. This is what I did with my kitchen below and it allows you to add personality without the blue being too showy. Examples of shades below that lean more toward blue are Benjamin Moore Van Courtland Blue, Benjamin Moore Nimbus Blue and Farrow & Ball Hague Blue.

A painted kitchen island creates such a nice focal point especially if you have a light backsplash and cabinet color. Also, painting just your island blue is a great compromise between the traditional style of white cabinets and a trendier color on all your cabinets that could be too overpowering. It still gives a nod to the trend of brighter colors in the kitchen without going “all in”.

A blue-gray island with neutral cabinets is also great for resale or if you get bored with the blue island. The island color of a kitchen is so much easier to change than the paint color on all the cabinetry.

When painting all of your kitchen cabinets a blue-gray color, go with a shade that leans more towards gray than blue.  If you have your heart set on a bluer shade, consider painting just the island so it will be a stunning focal point for the room without becoming overpowering.

What about painting just the uppers or lowers in a blue-gray?

Painting half and half can be hard when it comes to balancing color tones so one color doesn’t overpower another. If you paint just the island blue, it can still be considered a focal point or accent color that isn’t too overpowering in a room.

What about Navy Cabinet Paint Colors?

Navy blue cabinets can be great but you have to make sure you execute well. Dark blues can dominate and suck all the natural light out of a room, making the kitchen feel very dark if not black. If you go with dark blue cabinets, balance them with light floors or walls and make sure you have enough natural light coming into the kitchen.

Another downside of dark cabinets is that they show fingerprints, dust, and food much more easily than lighter colors. Especially for small spaces and small kitchens, consider a light blue to set a cool but light and fun tone for a kitchen.


Many of the paints listed here are Sherwin Williams paints because I like their color palette.  But after blind testing over 24 different cabinet paints, you’ll want to use Benjamin Moore Advance from your local Benjamin Moore paint store.  They have all the Sherwin Williams color combinations – just give them the paint name or number.
You can see the full post on Testing The Best Paints for Cabinet HERE.   Also, check out this post where I use Benjamin Moore Advance to show you the easiest way to paint cabinets here:  How To Paint Cabinets Like A Pro


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The Best Blue Gray Paint Colors, 2024

Remember, if you find a shade you like but it’s in another brand than the actual paint you want to buy, most paint stores have other brands’ color codes on their computers:  

Blue Gray Paint Colors Benjamin Moore

The kitchens below are painted with various shades of Benjamin Moore blue paints for kitchen cabinets. Some have more or less gray but there are several options along the gray-blue spectrum so you are sure to find the perfect blue-gray paint color for your kitchen.

Benjamin Moore Boothbay Gray

Benjamin Moore Boothbay Gray is a design staple for modern blue grey kitchen cabinets. It’s a beautiful gray color with subtle but still detectable undertones of blue. Shore Style Living did a gorgeous job of integrating the stainless steel farmhouse sink to help the blue undertones really pop without being too obvious.

This laundry room by KMD Designs would even make doing laundry enjoyable. I love how Boothbay gray looks with the brass knobs and crisp white subway tiles.

This kitchen shows how BM Boothbay Gray coordinates well with creamy whites also making it a very versatile blue-gray paint color.

kitchen with blue gray cabinet paint and neutral counters and backsplash

Benjamin Moore Water’s Edge

Benjamin Moore Water’s Edge is such an elegant Old World blue-gray that is on the dark side with an LVR of 31.48. If you want a deeper blue-gray cabinet paint color, a great option as it also has a subtle green undertone that makes the color more calming even though it’s not a warm color.

Pine Wood Homes knocked it out of the park with Benjamin Moore Water’s Edge on this bathroom vanity.

The Best Blue Grey Kitchen Cabinets with Black Granite

Benjamin Moore Water’s edge is one of the best blue-gray paint colors for black countertops. It coordinates well with dark colors while still conveying a light and airy look. The Styled Nest Interiors opted for a white tile flooring to contrast with the dark counters and cabinets.

laundry room in a blue cabinet paint color

This kitchen shows how grounding Benjamin Moore Water’s Edge looks on the lower cabinets with Sherwin Williams Pure White on the uppers and Sherwin Williams Repose Gray on the walls.

kitchen with lowers in blue-gray cabient paint color

Benjamin Moore Van Courtland Blue

With my kitchen cabinets, I wanted a pop of color so I knew I wanted a blue-gray kitchen cabinet paint color that was heavier on the blue undertones. Benjamin Moore Van Courtland Blue proved to be a great option that was not too bright. My cabinet color is Sherwin Williams Alabaster. To see how to paint your cabinets like a pro, be sure to check out this post: The Ultimate Guide To Painting Your Cabinets for Beginners (With Professional Results)

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Here is Benjamin Moore Van Courtland Blue on a bathroom vanity cabinet, which looks great against a crisp white countertop.

Benjamin Moore Kendall CHarcoal

Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal is a gorgeous color option if you want the look of dark gray cabinets with a subtle blue undertone. Mavena Designs did a great job coordinating the Repose Gray walls and white oak floors.

Gray cabinet colors are a great alternative to soft black because they still allow for a light and airy look. But even with grays, you want to make sure to have enough contrast by using a lighter wall color or flooring material.

dark gray cabinets with white countertops

Benjamin Moore Mount Saint Anne

Benjamin Moore Mount Saint Anne is one of my favorite light blue cabinet colors as it has the perfect mix of light gray and pale blue.

If you are wanting to go with white uppers and blue-gray lower cabinets, BM Mount Saint Anne is one of the best cabinetry colors for this look because it works well as a neutral. The upper cabinets are painted in Sherwin Williams Pure White.

Benjamin Moore Providence Blue

This kitchen by Gretchen O Studio shows the beautiful contrast between Benjamin Moore Providence Blue and bright white. Although BM Providence Blue is a darker color, it has just enough of the color blue to add some personality to blue kitchens.

Benjamin Moore Solitude

If you are wanting a warm gray kitchen cabinet color, Benjamin Moore Solitude is a great option because the blue undertones are very subtle. I love how it coordinates so well with brass hardware.

small kitchen with blue gray cabinets and white brick

Benjamin Moore Cloudy Sky – A Great Option For Blue Gray Kitchen Cabinets with White Countertops

Benjamin Moore Cloudy Sky is another great gray-blue cabinet color that works well with bright whites, not to mention how stunning it looks against those black window frames.

Benjamin Moore Nimbus Gray

Benjamin Moore Nimbus Gray is a popular choice among blue cabinet paint colors, and it looks amazing against bright whites.

Benjamin Moore Stillwater

Kitchens By Design nailed these color combos by using a blue-gray subway tile and then Benjamin Moore Stillwater on the kitchen island. Stillwater was a great choice because it is a neutral gray but the blue undertones play nicely with the backsplash color.

Benjamin Moore Kensington Blue

Benjamin Moore Kensington Blue is another popular shade and the perfect choice if you want a color that is balanced evenly between gray and blue undertones. This shade looks stunning with stainless steel appliances.

Benjamin Moore Stonybrook

Benjamin Moore Stonybrook looks just as stunning in this Studio McGee laundry room as it does in kitchen spaces. This bold color looks amazing with the white countertops and light gray tile backsplash.

laundry room with blue gray cabinets
Studio McGee

Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray

If you are looking for a light gray cabinet color with a touch of light blue, Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray is an excellent choice. This shade looks fabulous with wood tones whether you are going with a modern look or something more rustic.

light gray cabinets in kitchen with wood accents

Farrow and Ball Hague Blue

Farrow and Ball Hague Blue is a great choice when you want your island to be a focal point, although it is still neutral enough to use as a color for blue kitchen cabinets. Hague Blue also looks great with brass accents in this kitchen by Pillar and Peacock.

kitchen with blue island and leather bar stools

Pratt and Lambert North Star

Pratt and Lambert North Star is a darker shade with moody blue hues. A great way to break up this shade is by contrasting it with wood tones as Bloom in the Black does with vintage items.

dark blue gray cabinets and built ins
Bloom in the Black

Sherwin Williams blue Cabinets

Sherwin Williams has several beautiful paint shades to use as blue cabinet paint colors. If you are painting your cabinets yourself, don’t forget to use Benjamin Moore Advance and just ask for the Sherwin Williams shade at their paint counter. You can see why I like Benjamin Moore Advance here: The Best Paints for Cabinets (24 Brands Blind-Tested & Reviewed)

Sherwin Williams Software

Sherwin Williams Software is a great neutral gray-blue paint color. The lighter countertop and wood flooring create the perfect balance in this kitchen by The Elliot House.

close up of blue gray cabinets

Sherwin Williams Storm Cloud

Sherwin Williams Storm Cloud was clearly the best choice as an island color with white cabinets. The pendant lights help to keep this kitchen light and airy.

Sherwin Williams Gray Screen

Sherwin Williams Gray Screen is my favorite pick for a light gray kitchen cabinetry color. The reason it’s such a good color is because of the balance between light gray and white while adding just a touch of a blue undertone. Not to mention, it is stunning with the brass hardware in this kitchen by Ashley Upchurch Interiors.

light blue gray kitchen cabinet color with white counters

Sherwin Williams Passive

Another great light gray-blue cabinet color is Sherwin Williams Passive. This gorgeous color is the perfect shade to coordinate with white walls.

Sherwin Williams Web Gray

Sherwin Williams Web Gray is one of my favorite warm grays when it comes to kitchen paint colors. It’s a great shade for front doors as well because it’s a vibrant color without being too bold. I love how well it works as an island paint color on this beautiful kitchen by The Polished Habit.

modern kitchen with blue gray kitchen island
The Polished Habitat

Sherwin Williams Silver Strand

Not only is Sherwin Williams Silver Strand a great option for blue gray kitchen walls, family rooms, and living rooms but it is great for kitchen cabinets as well. This is one of those shades that will keep you guessing as the color changes from a blue hue to a grayer hue during different times of the day. See a complete review here: The Ultimate Guide to Sherwin Williams Silver Strand

sherwin williams silver strand

Sherwin Williams Cityscape

Sherwin Williams Cityscape is a gray-blue shade on the darker side of the spectrum. I love how it looks on contemporary designs like this stunning desk from Repurpose and Upcycle.

blue gray long desk
Repurpose and Upcycle

Navy Blue Cabinet Paint Colors

Navy blue is a classic color option for kitchen cabinets and there are several choices to choose from.

Benjamin Moore Hale Navy

My favorite shade of navy is Benjamin Moore Hale Navy because it works incredibly well as a neutral. The Sherwin Williams equivalent to BM Hale Navy is SW Naval and it was actually the 2020 color of the year. You can read more about why it’s my favorite navy paint color here: Benjamin Moore Nale Navy Review

Benjamin Moore Hale Navy island in kitchen

Here’s how Benjamin Moore Hale Navy looks on my grandmother’s vintage dresser!

benjamin moore hale navy dresser
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Behr Midnight Dream

Another pretty option is Behr Midnight Dream if you are looking at deep navy colors or dark blues. It’s a good idea to contrast with lighter walls and floors and to make sure you are using it in a kitchen that gets lots of natural light.

The Best White Paint Colors To Coordinate with Blue Cabinet Paint Colors

These blue/gray shades are some of my favorite cabinet colors but if part of your cabinets will be white, you want to make sure you are picking the right shade of white to coordinate with the blue cabinet color you pick.

Did you know that there are hundreds of shades of white cabinet paint? Fortunately, there are some tried and true white neutral paint colors that will never let you down. Sherwin Williams pure white is probably my favorite neutral white although I used SW alabaster, a slightly creamier white on my own cabinets.

When you are going with a blue-gray with cool undertones, you want to look at neutral whites that have a neutral or bluer undertone instead of a yellow color base. Some safe options are Benjamin Moore White Dove, Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace, and Sherwin Williams Pure right.

For the best neutral white paint colors, be sure to check out this post where I highlight the best neutral whites and when to use them: The Most Reliable White Cabinet Paint Shades

Use the Posterboard Trick to Find The Perfect Shade For Blue Gray Kitchen Cabinets

It’s a great idea to get samples of your paint color but don’t settle for stick paint samples or the tiny samples in your paint sample because they aren’t big enough for an accurate comparison. Get a small container of the paint to paint on a large sample or use the Samplize stick-on squares (click here for prices).

Oftentimes, I see homeowners paint the sample directly on their old cabinet color. But unfortunately, doing this makes it really difficult to see a true comparison of what the new samples would look like. That’s because the old paint is influencing the look of your new paint sample on the cabinets.

For example, if you put an Agreeable Grey paint sample on the wall of a room that is already a yellow-beige, then Agreeable Gray is going to look very gray because the yellow undertones will trick your eye into thinking AG is cooler than it really is. I’ve seen the same with light and dark colors.

To fix this problem, put your cabinet paint sample on a white piece of poster board. Then, stick the poster board to your cabinets. This way your brain is comparing the paint on your sample to pure white and it isn’t easily swayed by the color already on your old cabinets. The white border around the sample acts as a boundary for your eye to better anchor itself back to pure white.

You can also use a project board (like for science fair projects) to bend around a corner and then stick the paint sample over it. This allows you to see and compare how the sample looks in your house from two different light sources at once!

You can use command strips to adhere your piece of poster board to the cabinets.  Colors can vary based on how natural light hits the samples at different times of the day. Live with the samples on your cabinets for a couple of days to see any color changes throughout the day before making a final decision. This poster board trick will ensure that you don’t buy the wrong color for your cabinets.

RENOVATE YOUR FAITH: Grace For the Perfectionist

When I was a little girl, I always dreamed of being a CEO of a big corporation.  I’m not sure why but I always had this vision of seeing the backs of my high heels walking down a meeting room with a long table and then taking my seat at the head. 

Today I am CEO of my one-woman blog and I wouldn’t have it any other way.  But I think even as an adult I picture myself having a plateau of success that I have yet to achieve.

The voice in the back of my head says things like… 

“When I have my social media plan figured out, then I’ll really be a serious blogger.”

“When I lose a few pounds, then I’ll finally be happy with my appearance.”

“Once I can write posts as fast as she can, then I will be ‘doing it right.'”

All of these statements assume that what I’m doing now doesn’t count…that I’m not really living life until I “have it all together”.  READ THE REST HERE

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FAQs: Blue Gray Kitchen Cabinet Paint Colors

Do blue and Gray Go Together in Kitchens?

When considering the best blues for kitchens, we aren’t considering blue primary color shades. Because the blue cabinet paint colors we are considering all have gray undertones, they do coordinate with grays and other neutral paint colors.

What is the cabinet color trend for 2024?

A big trend for this year is to have a classic white kitchen design but a splash of color with a blue-gray island. This look provides the traditional look of white cabinets but also you get a splash of trendy blue-gray with the kitchen island. Also, as trends change, it’s much easier to repaint the island instead of all of your cabinets again.

What Benjamin Moore grey paint has blue undertones?

Several Benjamin Moore gray paints with blue undertones are Benjamin Moore Boothbay Gray, BM Stonington Gray, BM Stillwater, and BM Kendall Charcoal.

What Wall Colors Go With Blue Gray Kitchen Cabinets?

I recommend a neutral color for interior walls so you have more flexibility with accessories, furnishings, and decor.  That’s especially the case with blue gray kitchen cabinets.  To add extra warmth to the room, add a neutral paint color like Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray so your kitchen doesn’t feel too stark or cold.  

What Are The Best Behr Blue Gray Paint Colors?

You can find several great blue-gray paint colors at your local Home Depot including Behr Hush, Behr Cumberland Fog, Behr Light French Flower and Behr Watery.

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Final Thoughts on The Best Blue Kitchen Cabinet Ideas

It’s amazing how you can get the look of brand new cabinets by painting them yourself. With these blue cabinet paint colors, you can give your kitchen personality while still making it feel like home. Whether you are looking for a bold color with bluer undertones or a more muted blue-gray that works well as a neutral, this post will show you great color ideas so you can pick the perfect shade!

Before you make your final decision on a cabinet paint color, be sure to use the poster board trick above and live with the color for a few days. Also, be sure to check out my post on how to get a professional finish on painting cabinets: A Beginner’s Guide To Painting Cabinets Like a Pro

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