Gray cabinets are actually pretty rare in classic-style kitchens, so it’s not the best color to choose if this classic style is what you desire.
Nonetheless, there are designs where light pale gray has been used to great effect on rustic-looking wooden cabinets. If you can sand down the cabinets after painting to give them that aged, distressed look, then the light grey looks even better in the space.
Paired with granite counters and pale wooden tones in the rest of the room, then gray cabinets can work in this kitchen design. However, you need to be careful that the kitchen doesn’t start to feel too much like a pastel beach house.
Modern kitchens tend to focus on white cabinets and white kitchen elements paired with high-contrast black or strong vibrant blues and reds. As such, white cabinets are much more common than gray in this aesthetic.
Nonetheless, many modern kitchen designs will use gray for their island, helping the island to blend into the rest of the high-contrast design without being too overpowering and drawing attention away from the main focal points of the kitchen space.
Stainless steel is fairly common in modern kitchens, so you can sometimes find exceptions where homeowners have picked gray glossy kitchen cabinets to match all the metal tones in the kitchen.