Popular Kitchen Paint Colors

Discover the most popular paint colors for kitchens.

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A fresh coat of paint can really brighten up an old kitchen. But picking the best colors for your kitchen is a big decision.

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If you're having trouble finding the perfect hue, play it safe by choosing shades that are favored by designers and the majority of homeowners.

White, ivory, yellow, red, green, blue and gray are all popular paint colors, both for walls and as accents. But it's important to understand how to use them if you want to brighten up the most important room in your home.

Since kitchens tend to be one of the busiest areas in a home, it's wise to pick a calming color such as white or ivory for your walls. Light and airy, the color will instantly brighten up your kitchen and it'll be easy to add in pops of color here and there.

If you prefer a more playful color palette right off the bat, consider yellow. Energizing and eye-catching, it works well on the walls, as a backsplash or on the inside of cabinets.

Red is believed to stimulate the appetite, so it's a color that's often used in kitchens. But be careful with this bold color; it can overpower the room and make it feel too dark if not used sparingly. Reds that have hints of pink can really work wonders in a kitchen. You wouldn't want to paint your entire walls with them, but raspberry-colored tiles would look striking as a backsplash, or you could consider cranberry-red cabinets paired with neutral countertops.

Green is a soothing color that can lend an earthy, organic vibe to a kitchen when paired with wooden accents. Mint and apple green are other options that can add even more character to your kitchen and look good with white cabinets and countertops.

Many shades of blue can work in a kitchen. Crips blues paired with white can create a beachy vibe, while robin's egg blue really pops when paired with wood accents. Navy blue is showing up in kitchens more and more, most often on kitchen cabinets or islands. A striking color, it feels modern and sophisticated when paired with white walls and stainless steel appliances. Pops of blue paired with ivory accents can add a vintage charm.

Gray is being touted as the new neutral, and it can work wonders in kitchens as well. A soft, soothing gray can ground a kitchen space and create calm in one of the busiest rooms in the house. Gray countertops would pair nicely with navy blue cabinets and help create a sophisticated space. If you're open to more bold colors, gray can complement an array of other shades including raspberry, pumpkin and yellow.

If you're still unsure which color to use, flip through some magazines or scroll through online kitchen galleries. Notice which kitchens you gravitate toward and consider incorporating their color schemes into your own.

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