Ideas for Painting Kitchen Cabinets

Get ideas for painting kitchen cabinets.


Cabinets can make or break a kitchen. Since they take up so much of the room, it's important to have them in a color and style you love. Consider some ideas for painting kitchen cabinets for an update that meets your needs.

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If you're living in a rental or recently bought a house with undesirable cabinets, don't rush out to replace them. Painting kitchen cabinets can be a long, tedious job, but if you're willing to put in a few days' worth of work, you'll significantly improve the look of your kitchen.

Choosing the right color for your kitchen cabinets can be an overwhelming process. There are so many shades to choose from and it's not always easy to figure out which one will work best. First, take a look at your space and see what other colors are already in the room. Look at your backsplash, walls, and even your floor. Then, choose a color that works well with these other elements. If you want to keep things neutral, try painting your cabinets white for a fresh, clean and simple look, or go with gray or beige for something more subdued. White, gray, beige or even greige cabinets look great in spaces that have popular kitchen colors such as yellow, blue, red or green.

If your kitchen is already fairly neutral and you're looking for a shade that can shake things up a bit, there are many directions you can go. If you want a really fun pop of color, consider a citrusy yellow or lime green. Sky blue, mint green or even emerald can all really shine in an all-white or neutral colored kitchen as well. If you prefer something more sophisticated, try dark gray or navy blue. If you do choose a darker shade for your cabinets, make sure to keep your walls white or a very light color to help balance things out.

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If you have a lot of cabinets, but don't want to paint all of them one color, consider painting a lighter color on the top ones and a bolder color on the bottom to help ground the room. Other fun ideas for kitchen cabinets include color blocking or ombre. If you want to try color-blocked cabinets, choose one hue for your top cabinets and another complementary color for the bottom ones. If ombre is more your style, use varying shades of one color on all your cabinets.

If you're happy with the outside of your cabinets, but want to spruce up the inside a bit, try painting your shelves a bright hue such as hot pink or turquoise. This surprising pop of color is sure to make you and your guests smile every time you see it.

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