We're really warming up to the idea of grey cabinets or walls. It hides dirty fingerprints, and it can really go with any decor. It can be warm, merging with brown or cream in other rooms, or it can be cool and crisp with blue and white.

It's different, too. A break from white kitchens that are so popular (and lovely) but not too crazy a departure. Grey adds dimension, gives some weight to the room, and feels like a sharp, well-tailored suit.

Here are some favorites we've seen lately:


1. Haskell Harris's Birmingham kitchen. This magazine editor renovated her small house on a budget, and she claims these kitchen cabinets were cheap. From Southern Living.

2. Rena and Derek's Benjamin Moore Stone. Remember this San Francisco kitchen tour? That's the color on the bottom cabinets, which we think make a small kitchen feel luxurious.

3. Ina Garten's open city kitchen. One of two for Ms. Garten...

4. Emily's grey wall. An all-white kitchen with a grey accent wall in Chicago. From Apartment Therapy.

5. More grey walls in Chicago. A designer-decorated show house kitchen, with warm cream cabinets and grey walls. From Cooking Light.