What color "marries" well with a soft gray?


I am a senior, redmodeling my kitchen on my own (!) and need help choosing a wall color (ship lap walls). I have soft gray lower cabinets, and my one upper wall of cabinets is currently a creamy white color. What color should I paint my walls/ceiling which will not muddy up the gray. Only natural light is a north facing window. My countertops/backsplash is a laminate varigated beige with the soft gray as echoed in the cabinetry. Additionally should I paint the one wall of upper cabinets the same color as the walls/ceiling? Thanks so much ... appreciate any/all decorating advice!

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  • Janice Janice on Aug 02, 2021

    If you love the soft gray of the lower cabinets, why not do the same with the uppers? I would paint the ceiling a flat ceiling white and the walls either a soft yellow or a soft acqua. You might also consider what color your appliances are. You could also possibly use a "griege" color on the walls to tie in the counters, unless you plan on replacing them as well.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Aug 02, 2021


  • Betsy Betsy on Aug 02, 2021

    Hi 1cs: I'd paint the upper cabinets the same colour as the lower ones to have a bit of continuity. You don't want your eyes to be too busy in this area. I'm a fan of white ceilings. You can get a colour changing ceiling paint that goes on either purple or pink and dries within 15 minutes to a nice white. This lets you know where you left off painting, especially if you're doing so on a white ceiling, so there are no overlaps or missed spots. Don't have a fan on as it will dry the paint too fast and you won't know where you left off. Yeah, ask me how I know that! :) Whatever colour you choose for your walls should be painted on the wall of the upper cabinets. If you aren't sure what "griege" is, it's a mix of gray and beige paint. Here are a few sites that may help:



    Good luck

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Aug 02, 2021

    you need a color on the walls that is not the same as the cabinets you can go one or two shades darker or lighter or even go with a gray/white for walls and white on ceiling

    if you go to any place that sells paint you can find colors that go with the paints you already have by looking at paint chips too. I buy the small cans of samples to see what works best in my lighting etc

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Aug 02, 2021

    Sherwin Williams Sea Salt would be a nice color. It's a bit of blue & green but still a neutral. Whatever you choose, go with a sample first.

  • Ruth Ruth on Aug 02, 2021

    Mallow yellow color and white.

  • I would choose yellow.

  • Yes, totally agree with yellow. But neutral shades would also be good for that. Just be sure to have your sample first.

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Aug 02, 2021

    A light yellow would look nice but not to light put some color in there

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Aug 03, 2021

    Your personal taste/ decor style might dictate your choice. Some folks like bold colors some neutral.

    I personally find browsing awesome visuals on Houzz or Pinterest web sites to help collect some ideas to consider/ exclude others in aspects of color choice and styles for decorating and refurb applications.


    Lighting can be can sometimes change your paint color choice. We wanted to paint it a two-story foyer and chose a perceived beige tone paint and it turned out to be a peachy beige tone with the actual lighting.

    Gray choices can be blue, purple, pink, greenish undertones.

    The little sample jars could be very helpful to prevent a miscalculation and a waste of time and energy.

    A few five dollar jars of paint to apply the color samples on your wall could be a good investment to narrow down your choices with your existing colors fabrics and lighting. Best wishes in your decorating adventures, sometimes making the choices is the most difficult part.

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Aug 03, 2021

    The type of lighting that you have in a room can change the perceived wall color.

    What kind of lighting do you presently have in the kitchen?

    If you are planning to paint, I would recommend to first change the bulbs to LED, or change your fixtures to the new integrated LED style.

  • Most colors work well with gray and cream. Considering your only light is a north window, you should get some larger paint chips, tape them up and check the color at various times of day. This will narrow your choices down.

  • Rymea Rymea on Aug 03, 2021

    Light off white

  • Mogie Mogie on Aug 03, 2021

    For a kitchen I would go with a white with just a tiny touch of gray in it so it doesn't look stark and clinical like.

    If you are still in doubt go and get some paint strips and hold them up in different lighting or times of the day. See what you like and go with that.

  • Dee Dee on Aug 03, 2021

    Ceiling definitely White, Walls off white, yellow or pick out a color in the countertop

    Go to Sherwin Williams or Benjamin Moore they can help you.

  • Crisp white, grass green, pastel pink and deep teal would definitely compliment soft gray.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Aug 04, 2021

    Hi, White Ceiling and maybe Tangerine or Turquoise on the walls or even lettuce green.