Neutral Paint Colors for Kitchens

Discover the best neutral paint colors for kitchens.

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Bold colors are popular in both the fashion and design world these days, but neutral paint colors will never go out of style.

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When it comes to the kitchen, neutral paint colors create a strong foundation to which you can add more daring colors.

Neutral kitchens are also easy and inexpensive to update since you'll just need to swap in some new accessories. They also don't compete with the light in your room and can make your kitchen feel brighter and bigger. Some popular neutral paint colors for the kitchen include white, beige, gray and sage.

White is a classic kitchen color. It's crisp and clean, and it goes hand-in-hand with the part of the house where food is prepared. White kitchens can feel stark and cold if they're not decorated properly, but when done right, they're the perfect foundation for bolder colors, different textures and interesting accents. White works especially well in small kitchens since it can help brighten the space and help it feel larger. Linen White, Cream Fleece, Atrium White and Swiss Coffee (all by Benjamin Moore) are good white paint colors to try in a kitchen.

There's nothing boring about beige when it comes to kitchens. A color that will instantly warm up a room, it's a great base for stronger colors or accents, such as deep blues, bright yellows and brass hardware. Many beige paint colors also have a hint of gray and are often referred to as "greige." Popular beige paint colors include November Rain, Early Morning Mist, Revere Pewter and Greige—all by Benjamin Moore.

The latest go-to neutral, gray works wonders in kitchens since bold colors really pop against it and lighter shades shine next to it as well. A smart neutral for someone who wants to make a statement without going overboard, there are tons of grays to choose from. Some popular ones include Horizon, Classic Gray and Dior Gray, all by Benjamin Moore.

If you want to use a neutral shade that has a bit of color, give sage a go. Low-key and soothing, sage can create a calm cooking space. Restoration Hardware's Silver Sage has a hint of gray and would look sophisticated and serene in a kitchen while Benjamin Moore's Saybrook Sage is another soothing option.

Whichever neutral color you choose, the options for accents are endless. If you prefer to keep the whole room neutral for a uniform and uncluttered look, choose light-colored cabinetry, pale countertops and a subtle backsplash. If you want to build upon your neutral base and have some fun, paint your cabinets a bold color and choose a bright backsplash.

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