9 Kitchen Color Ideas That Aren't White

Believe it or not, there are other options out there.

Don't get me wrong: White kitchens are cheerful, clean and classic — it's no wonder why they're so popular. But since white kitchens are everywhere, it's easy to forget that there are other colors that can also look great in this space. Thinking about bucking the trend in your kitchen? Consider one of these options, from alternative neutrals to bright, bold hues.

NEUTRALS

You can't go wrong with these versatile picks.

Charcoal Gray

Updated Kitchen With Neutral Gray Cabinets and Cherry Wood Floors

Updated Kitchen With Neutral Gray Cabinets and Cherry Wood Floors

This eat-in-kitchen with gray cabinets and black and white curtains is balanced with a cherry wood floor, making the dining table and chairs pop as the centerpiece of the room.

If you want a cool neutral that'll add a bit of drama to your kitchen, look to charcoal. Bright accent colors — or even white, as seen in this kitchen designed by Brian Patrick Flynn — really pop against it.

Greige

Neutral Transitional Kitchen With Lavender Barstools

Neutral Transitional Kitchen With Lavender Barstools

In and of itself, this neutral transitional kitchen is a design beauty with its large kitchen island and all the amenities. Add in the lavender barstools and brass pendant lights and you've got a playful design superstar.

Photo by: Tobi Fairley

Tobi Fairley

A mix between gray and beige, greige is an incredibly versatile neutral for the kitchen that can complement both warm and cool colors. In this space designed by Tobi Fairley, greige cabinets bridge the gap between warmer brass elements and cooler marble accents.

Black

Black Transitional Kitchen With Vintage-Style Oven

Black Transitional Kitchen With Vintage-Style Oven

This kitchen features a vintage-style oven with black cabinets and gray backslash.

A black kitchen may sound dreary, but it can actually be stunning if done right. Just take this gorgeous room that goes all in with black cabinets, a black vintage stove and a black-and-white tiled floor. If you're not on board with an all-black kitchen, try adding one black element like a backsplash or a sink.

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SUBDUED HUES

Add a touch of color without overpowering your space.

Pale Green

Traditional Cottage-Style Kitchen with Updated Appliances

Traditional Cottage-Style Kitchen with Updated Appliances

The family wanted a space that blended vintage charm with the conveniences of modern appliances, so they chose traditional elements, such as the gold accents and wood trim, and added modern-day touches, like the stainless steel oven and a farmhouse sink. The end result is an overall cottage-style feel.

Photo by: Erin Williamson

Erin Williamson

Hints of green in the stone countertops inspired the cabinet color in this country-style kitchen. The soft hue brings coziness to the space, yet still feels bright and fresh.

Butter Yellow

Photo by: Stacey Brandford

Stacey Brandford

Particularly charming in a cottage- or farmhouse-style space, pale yellow adds a cheerful, sunny touch to a kitchen. Try it with robin's egg blue or with neutrals, as seen in this kitchen designed by Sarah Richardson.

Navy Blue

HGTV Smart Home 2014 Kitchen

HGTV Smart Home 2014 Kitchen

Kitchen at the HGTV Smart Home 2014 located in Nashville, TN

Photo by: Eric Perry

Eric Perry

Navy is practically a neutral — it pairs beautifully with everything from tangerine to turqouise to chartreuse. In the HGTV Smart Home 2014 kitchen, navy cabinets are offset by a black-and-white basketweave backsplash for lots of eye-catching contrast.

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BOLD COLORS

Go all in with these daring shades.

Crimson

Cranberry + Blue-Gray Palette in Transitional Kitchen

Cranberry + Blue-Gray Palette in Transitional Kitchen

For a play on warm and cool tones, the cabinets were covered with a rich red paint that contrasts with the cool shade of blue-grey on the surrounding walls. When pairing reds, whites and blues, choose unexpected tones to prevent a thematic look.

Photo by: Brian Patrick Flynn

Brian Patrick Flynn

Want to instantly energize your kitchen? Just add a vibrant shade of red. To keep it from feeling overwhelming, try contrasting it with a cool color, like the blue-gray Brian Patrick Flynn used here. If you're not ready to commit to red cabinets or walls, incorporate the color in small doses with red countertop appliances, dish towels and other accessories.

Emerald Green

White Kitchen With Blue, Green and Floral Accents

White Kitchen With Blue, Green and Floral Accents

A white kitchen doesn't have to be ALL white. Here, designer Andrea Schumacher opted for just two small shelves in lieu of upper cabinets, making the fanciful floral wallpaper the star. For contrast, she chose an emerald green tone from the wallpaper to paint the kitchen's island. The standout green piece complements the blue floral wallpaper, the Murano glass chandeliers, white cabinetry and Carrara marble backsplash.

Photo by: Andrea Schumacher

Andrea Schumacher

Just a splash of this gorgeous green will make a big impact in your kitchen. In this design, Andrea Schumacher painted only the island, pulling a color from the floral wallpaper to keep the space cohesive. For an ultra-rich look, pair emerald with other jewel tones.

Orange

Stylish Orange Kitchen With Brown Cabinetry

Stylish Orange Kitchen With Brown Cabinetry

A rust-orange wall in this kitchen provides sharp contrast to the room's dark wood cabinets, drawers and kitchen island. Stainless steel appliances, a stainless steel hood and built-in range add to the room's contemporary feel.

Orange is thought to stimulate the appetite, making it an ideal color choice for the kitchen. In this space by Jennifer Gilmer, an orange backsplash and zebrawood cabinets add warmth, keeping the contemporary design from feeling cold. Smaller orange accents, such as pendant lights or window treatments, can also liven up a kitchen.

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