Great Color Ideas for Painting Kitchen Cabinets

Longing for a change to your kitchen's look? Nothing makes an impact like paint. Discover the best colors for kitchen cabinets and how to decide which color is best for you.

January 27, 2022

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Bored with your current kitchen and wondering how to spruce it up? Forget a major overhaul. Consider some color ideas for painting kitchen cabinets and see if that does the trick.

Consider a Dramatic Cabinet Paint Change Carefully

A focal point in the kitchen, cabinets take up a lot of space and demand that you look at them day after day. If they're painted a color you don't particularly love, chances are you're going to get tired of them in no time.

Kitchen Island With Paneled Windows

Rustic Kitchen Island With Bright Paneled Windows

This rustic styled kitchen includes a simple brown wooden kitchen island with pristine white colored countertops. The space is shines upon brightly with multiple paneled windows.

Photo by: Nader Essa

Nader Essa

Wall Color and Daylight Will Impact the Look

There are lots of colors that work well on kitchen cabinets, but it can be tricky to find the right one. Before selecting an unusual hue, take into account the other items and colors in the room. Look at your walls, counters, backsplash, floor and appliances. If you already have a lot of color in the room, it's best to go with white or neutral cabinets. There are many different shades of white to choose from, but all of them will help your room feel bright and fresh. White cabinets can also brighten up a dark room. Some good neutral colors for kitchen cabinets include light gray, dark gray, or greige (a mix of gray and beige). These neutrals will help ground your space and give you freedom to incorporate more playful colors via accessories and appliances.

Blue and white kitchen features antique area rugs and green pendant.

Contemporary Kitchen With Navy Cabinets, Marble Countertops and Opulent Bronze Hardware

This home's bold color story continues in the kitchen, where upper and lower cabinets, a spacious island and a custom range hood feature a crisp coat of navy paint. An olive green vintage-inspired pendant adds a bit of contrast, as does patterned fabric above the window, white subway tile and a pair of intricate rugs.

Photo by: Kacey Gilpin

Kacey Gilpin

Don't Be Afraid to Go Bold

If you tend to be more adventurous when it comes to color, your cabinets are a great place to have some fun. Yellow is a common go-to kitchen color; on cabinets you can try a light, buttery yellow or a pastel shade more reminiscent of lemonade. Sky blue is another popular kitchen color for walls and cabinets. It can create an airy, ethereal vibe and looks great with white and stainless steel accents. Mint green or bluish greens can look really nice on kitchen cabinets as well.

Darker colors such as emerald green, cranberry red, black and navy blue can really make a statement on kitchen cabinets, but they work best in large spaces since they can darken small rooms. If you plan to use them in a tiny kitchen, make sure to balance them out with white walls and lighter accents.

contemporary white kitchen with blue island

Open-Concept Kitchen With Blue Island

That blue and white color palette continues into the kitchen with the help of a cobalt island. Striped barstools bring some pattern into the space, as well as create an eat-in counter where the family can enjoy breakfast together.

Photo by: Courtney Lively Photography

Courtney Lively Photography

Two-Toned Cabinets Are a Great Option

The sky is really the limit when it comes to kitchen cabinet colors. If you're drawn to neutrals and more colorful shades, incorporate both by creating two-toned cabinets. The trick is to put the light color on top and a darker one on the bottom to help ground the space. Try this combination with white or gray cabinets on top and yellow, blue, green, or red cabinets on the bottom.

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