Kitchen Cabinet Paint Colors

Your personality will really shine through with the paint colors you choose for your kitchen cabinets.
Traditional Kitchen with Black Cabinets

Traditional Kitchen with Black Cabinets

Photo by: Cheryl Clendendon

Cheryl Clendendon

By: Melissa Webster

Your color choices set the tone throughout your home. Choosing kitchen cabinet paint color is about as personal as it gets, and it will make or break how you feel each time you step into your kitchen.

Kitchen Cabinet Inspirations

Contemporary Kitchen with Glass Backsplash

Yellow Kitchen Cabinets and Stainless Steel

From: Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri

Contemporary Kitchen

From: Debe Robinson

White Traditional Kitchen

Tuscan Style Kitchen

Photo By: Photographer: Harvey Smith © Photography by Harvey Smith

Contemporary Kitchen with Green Granite

Cream Color Country Style Kitchen

Modern Stainless Steel Kitchen

Contemporary Kitchen with Subway Tile Backsplash

Red Kitchen Cabinets

From: Kim Alexandriuk

Photo By: Edward Addeo ©Gibbs Smith, Farrow and Ball, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo

White Cabinet Kitchen with Stainless Steel Backsplash

Contemporary style kitchen

Stove Top and Backsplash with Blue Gray Cabinets

Photo By: Eric Rorer

Black and White Kitchen

Contemporary Kitchen Design

Photo By: Picasa

Retro Yellow and Green Kitchen with White and Brown Cabinets

Modern Kitchen with Red Pendants

White Contemporary Style Kitchen Cabinets

Kitchen with Antiqued Cabinets

Photo By: Peter Rymwid

Large Kitchen with Island

From: Celebrity Communities

Photo By: Courtesy of Denver Parade of Homes; Photo by Jeffrey Aron Photography © Denver Parade of Homes

Kitchen with Island Seating

Photo By: Photo Credit: HDR Homes ©Denver Parade of Homes

Brown Contemporary Kitchen

Rustic Kitchen Island

White Traditional Kitchen Cabinets

White transitional kitchen

Island Seatinv in Blue Gray Kitchen

Urban Oasis Kitchen

Neutral Kitchen

White Kitchen

Creamy Kitchen Cabinets

White Kitchen with Dining Table

White Kitchen with Wood Island

White Cottage Kitchen Cabinetry

White traditional Kitchen

Contemporary Kitchen with Red Hood

Kitchen with Blue Backsplash

Cottage Kitchen with Black Cabinets

White Glass Front cabinets

Blue Kitchen Cabinets

Blue Kitchen with Glass Countertops

Stainless kitchen with white cabinets

Contemproary Kitchen with Large Table

Transitional Kitchen with Blue Cabinets

Large Kitchen with Island

From: Cheri Wentworth

Contemporary Kitchen

Contemporary Kitchen with Elaborate Display Cabinetry

Black Cabinets in Galley Kitchen

The best way to narrow down a decision is to look at color palettes from various paint manufacturers and see which colors stand out for you. You'll know which one you like most by the smile it puts on your face. Once you decide on a dominant color, you can narrow it down even more by choosing the complementary colors for trim and accents that are provided for you on the color wheel. Narrow down your color scheme and you're halfway to getting your beautifully updated kitchen cabinets. Now you can decide on what style and tone you want those colors to represent and choose your finish accordingly.

Do cool greens and blues make you feel relaxed and at home, or do they fade into the background, barely noticed? Does red energize you and make you feel alive, or does it set you on edge unable to get comfortable? Maybe black cabinets with white walls and countertops are more your style. If you like the warmth and tradition of deep reds, browns and golds, then these are the dominant colors to start with. Just be sure to balance it out with lighter walls and accents so the room isn't too dark or overwhelming. If you're more into sunny yellows and oranges, then begin with these colors. White is always a good choice, as it is the most popular for kitchen cabinets, and blue accents add a fun and calming effect for a two-toned look.

Neutrals, like white, beige and gray, work well for a clean, understated modern look—or you can create something funky and eclectic with stripes or an unusual color trim. If you go with a bold color, use it sparingly for the most dramatic effect. To do a two-toned look with one color on the top cabinets and a different color on the bottom cabinets, be sure to put the darker color on bottom to anchor it. For the two-toned effect of two colors on the same cabinets, use the lighter color as the accent, such as in the recesses and center panels for an interesting effect. Color is as varied and unique as you are, so have fun picking the combination that is just right for you.

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