We love how a little paint can instantly personalize a cooking space. Here Nerland Building Restoration and Design based in San Francisco, California uses acid yellow to add zest to a gray and white kitchen.
If blue and white seems too coastal for you, opt for navy. The richer tone is grounding in a kitchen, and it looks amaze with brass hardware.
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Most people start their days in their kitchens, and white can really energize a room. It feels fresh and clean, and an all-white kitchen will really wake you up the minute you step in it. You can also have more fun with your countertops and backsplash in an all-white kitchen and choose brighter colors or designs for those.
A blackened zinc hood creates an industrial chic vibe set against a backsplash of Fireclay tiles. The hanging pot boosts this vibe while adding some oh-so valuable storage space.
“For those looking for a subtle, supple shade, Benjamin Moore’s Chatsworth Cream might be just the ticket. It’s the prettiest warm white.” — Christine Markatos Lowe
Vidal Design Collaborative, a firm situated in Southern California, is known for injecting pops of unexpected color in functional spaces. Here the design team painted a kitchen island in a pretty hue called Purple Cream by Behr.
If white feels too stark for you, opt for a white gray. It’ll still feel light and bright, but the warmer undertones will help your kitchen feel more inviting.
Pairing warm creamy colors with stark white hues can be confusing. Here is how to get the task done. Setting the tone in this kitchen by Grant K. Gibson Interior Design based in San Francisco, are walls painted Decorator’s White by Benjamin Moore. It is pure, crisp shade without yellow or blue undertones, so it pairs beautifully with anything like these cabinets in Bavarian Cream also by Benjamin Moore.
This retro cooking space by Santa Monica, California based interior designer Alison Kandler has two cheerful paint ideas worth stealing. The old wood floor was enlivened with a colorful checker pattern. The brand-new kitchen island got a country farmhouse makeover thanks to a couple coats of Red Barn by Benjamin Moore.
The warm and user-friendly open kitchen pulls in the rich colors seen in the home’s landscaping.
“This is the most durable paint finish. Ultra-gloss with a marine quality, the Hollandlac line is the finest choice for any application.” — Joy Moyler
Here’s how you fake a green kitchen without actually having a green kitchen—paint your breakfast nook green, then tie everything together with a green rug and green plants.
“Lamp Room Gray by Farrow & Ball is one of my favorite colors to use in an interior because it looks great next to Carrera marble and also plays nicely with Fornasetti pieces. For a more modern look, I like to pair it with brass accents; otherwise, nickel offers a more traditional feel. Overall, it’s a very versatile shade of grey.” — Trip Haenisch
“I love Farrow & Ball Pitch Black. Pair it with a white marble with lots of veins to give the kitchen a timeless yet ultra-chic look.” — Kara Smith, President, SFA Design
“A dark kitchen island is always timeless. It lays the foundation for the kitchen and creates a strong presence.” — Katie Hodges
“Benjamin Moore’s White Ice changes with the different lights of the day. The look of the kitchen is bright and fresh in the morning and moodier in the afternoon.” — Lilly Bunn
“For our clients looking for a warmer white, we recommend White Dove by Benjamin Moore. To ground the room and give it a bit of drama, we love using grays and blues for the the lower kitchen cabinetry.” — Consort (Mat Sanders and Brandon Quattrone)
JAS Design Build based in Seattle, Washington, painted these kitchen cabinets a shade called Tidewater by Sherman-Williams. We love this cool color because it combines a dollop of minty blue with whisper-soft gray. The result is a refreshing, pale hue that feels soothing and fresh.
“So many kitchens today are white and gray, to which yellow is often the perfect complement. This color works very well with white cabinets, white marble calacatta and Carerra. I’ve even paired it with very casual concrete countertops.” — Lindsey Coral Harper
If the contrast feels too stark between white and this deep blue, opt for gray. The cool tones create a mellow, relaxing place to get your bake on.
“I love an unexpected color in a kitchen. It’s a rich navy that provides a perfect base that can complement a range of colors, while still adding serious drama. In a smaller kitchen, using it not only on cabinets, but also walls and trim visually expands the space and makes for an unexpected surprise!” — MA Allen
Blue is another color that works well in kitchens. When lighter shades of blue are used, they can create a crisp, clean look and are recommended for walls, cabinets, or even the ceiling. Blue is an invigorating color and works best when used sparingly; otherwise it can overpower a room. Dark blues also work well in kitchens, but it’s important to accent the rest of the room with hints of white, gray or other neutral tones to keep it from feeling too intense and dark.
Bring out natural textures with the palest of grays. It’s muted and calm, and on sunny days, it reads as the lightest, palest blue.
“This is a fantastic color for a kitchen. The elegant and timeless color conjures images of nature, the depth of the sea and the vast sky. The color’s tonality works well with paonazzo marble and burnished brass hardware. It also complements colors such as green, lilac and grey. It is dramatic while being peaceful, which is the perfect combination.” — Sara Story
A wall in a frothy shade called orange creamsicle by Benjamin and Moore brightens up this white cooking space by interior design firm Nimu Equipo based in Madrid, Spain. The kitchen island painted a striking shade of navy blue lends colorful contrast.
“Homeowners are embracing white cabinets and Creamy is a great color for this use. It’s a clean white that will not look dingy or yellowed when mixed with your countertop or backsplash.” — Becki Kerns
Pitch black matte paint gives this bespoke kitchen by The Vawdrey House based in Worthing, England, extra visual depth. The white kitchen island in front keeps the room from feeling dark and moody.
Show off your cabinet’s wood grain with a color washing painting technique. In this chic cooking space by Sustainable Kitchens based in the U.K., a couple of thin coats of blue paint adds depth to the natural wood grain.
“I crave juxtaposition, so I am envisioning bleached out, reclaimed, herringbone wood floors combined with kitchen cabinets painted in Plummet by Farrow & Ball. I would use a full gloss finish to add a modern element into the design and to reflect light. I would accent the minimalistic details of the millwork in a gilded paint and select simple brass pulls to play into the element of a classically rich, yet simplistic design.” — Katie Scott
“All of the colors from Barry Dixon’s ‘Naturals’ palette from C2 are incredible. Right now my favorite is Pond Ripple. It’s a mossy green with a clay undertone. It would look incredible in a kitchen with unlacquered brass hardware and honed Calcutta Gold marble countertops.” — Jon Call
Three paint colors set the tone in this French country kitchen by Witt Construction based in Saratoga Springs, New York. The arched structure concealing the oven hood is a brilliant shade of red. The cabinetry is a creamy yellow. The kitchen island is a moody blue-black.
“Nothing is more classic than a black and white palette in a kitchen. Recently we used Benjamin Moore’s Midnight Dream on our client’s island to contrast with the surrounding white envelope. It is a beautiful black with just the right hint of peacock blue to give it a bit more depth and drama.” — STUDIO GILD
Are you thinking pink? Behold this cooking space by Harvey Jones Kitchens based in London. The pink kitchen island casts a rosy glow on the mostly white room.
Ready to re-do your kitchen? It’s time to think about color. Punch up your cabinets with bright blues and reds, or ground a large space with a soothing gray or green. No matter what your color preference—or if you’re totally stumped for inspiration—we’ve got some ideas to get you started.
“When adding color to a kitchen, we typically use blue and love Benjamin Moore Lucerne. The color has a little punch, adds a bit of personality to the space, and pairs well with black and brass accents.” — STUDIO LIFE.STYLE
Red, white, blue is the winning color combination that lends a heaping dose of pep to this kitchen by British Standard Cupboards situated in the U.K. The retro-styled cooking space features two-tone cabinets, which offset a bold-colored refrigerator. The crisp, white upper walls lend an open and airy vibe. The geometric floor tile is a modern touch that keeps the room from feeling too kitschy.
“Super White by Benjamin Moore allows us to play with millwork and furniture, adding patterning and texture while keeping the kitchen fresh. We are also able to change the mood of the kitchen by adding different accent colors through accessories.” — Greg Natale
“Clean and crisp, this works with just about anything we throw at it. It’s an updated palette for the classic white kitchen.” — Frank Ponterio
“I’m pondering changing my lower kitchen cabinets to Farrow & Ball’s Shaded White from a medium true grey. The warmth of this beige-grey color with brass hardware and natural stone is hard to beat in a classic kitchen. It also plays beautifully with many different wood tones since it’s more beige than grey.” — Erin Gates
“For kitchen walls, I love Farrow & Ball’s aptly named Breakfast Room Green. For the woodwork in the kitchen, I adore using Farrow & Ball’s Tanner Brown. It’s the perfect combo for a super chic kitchen.” — Ken Fulk
“For color, I love Farrow & Ball’s ‘Mizzle;’ it is a dusty, grey green, again, a very versatile color. It’s soft, yet fresh at the same time, and feels super earthy. Mizzle is also a super flexible color, that plays well with so many different finishes. There is also a timelessness to this color, I could see it as being original to a turn-of-the-century butler’s pantry.” — Amy Sklar
Painting one wall in a kitchen a bold, dramatic color can punch things up. For instance, take a gander at this cooking space spotted on Alvhem. A robust shade called Teal Tension by Dulux takes the room to a new stylish level.
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“Benjamin Moore’s Navy Masterpiece in a matte finish has limitless depth. If you want a lighter kitchen experience try bleached raw oak cabinetry on a Navy Masterpiece backdrop. You can’t go wrong.” — Don Stewart
“For kitchens with lots of natural light and elevated ceilings, I like to use Raccoon Fur from Benjamin Moore (2126-20). After applying a few hand-brushed coats, I have it sanded and waxed so that the finished texture is beautifully chalky and uneven.” — Dan Scotti
“I recently used Sherwin Williams’ Knitting Needles for all the cabinetry in a kitchen and the results are amazing. This is a light gray that manages to be not too green or too blue, a color that manages to be sophisticated and contemporary, but not boring. The satin finish from Sherwin Williams is beautiful for cabinetry and very durable. I paired the cabinet color with antique brass hardware and the contrast is stunning.” — Jeff Andrews
This kitchen is a lesson in how gray can be cool and calming, rather than dull. The minimalist cooking space blends statement lighting with a geometric backsplash to keep it feeling fresh, modern, and fun.
A gorgeous shade of matte green by Sherman-Williams called Hunt Club gives this cooking space by Turek Design based in New York City an elegant and modern vibe.
“On a recent project, I was inspired to use a bold blue on my client’s kitchen cabinets. We custom mixed the color, but it was very similar to Farrow & Ball’s Drawing Room Blue 253. In flat form, it is a very pretty deep blue that stops just short of purple territory, but using it in a high gloss, like I did, offers a much stronger impact. I paired it with an antiqued mirror subway tile from Ann Sacks on the backsplash and white Caesarstone countertops. The end result was a bit glam, a bit modern, and anything but dull.” — Amanda Nisbet
Various shades of blue wash over this white kitchen by Vidal Design Collaborative a design and construction firm based in Southern California. The wall that carves out the breakfast nook is a paint shade called Soft Sky by Benjamin Moore. The pretty tile backsplash repeats the color.
When you do not have the cash for a full-on remodel, a spanking new paint job will add oomph to a kitchen without having to overhaul everything else. But here is the thing — there are a bazillion colors to choose from at your local home improvement store. And that can make finding the best shade for your cooking space a mind-boggling chore. So, how do you pick?
“I am currently loving Farrow & Ball’s Off Black for cabinetry. It looks stunning with brushed polish chrome and nickel.” — Nicole Fuller
Celebrate your culinary creativity with this multihued cabinets idea by the design team at Ande Bunbury Architects based in Melbourne, Australia. The eclectic cooking space incorporates seven different paint colors to make a Mondrian inspired statement. The walls were kept white to keep the room from feeling too busy.
Pewter gray shaker styled cabinets jump out against a fresh, white backdrop in this modern farmhouse kitchen by Studio McGee, an interior design firm based in Salt Lake City, Utah. We love this color combo because it is both neutral and chic.
“I love to use a muted gray color for kitchens. It is a calming color that you end up loving more and more with time. I never worry about my clients tiring of it after a year. It is also a particularly great complementary color with darker tones if you are, say, using two different colors for the cabinets and island.” — Alison Palevsky
“Sky Space at Lowe’s from Valspar’s 2018 Colors of the Year is a nostalgic, versatile blue-green that pairs well with both warm and cool, making it an easy companion for any kitchen.” — Sue Kim, Senior Color Designer, Valspar Paint
This green hue takes white from blah to beachy. It creates a fresh air feeling inside your kitch.
Copper Sky Renovations based in Atlanta, Georgia, gave the kitchen in this home a timeless boost with historical paint colors by Benjamin Moore. A hue called Hale Orange tops off the Palace Blue walls. The red lower cabinet on the right is Cornwallis Red.
Like a ray of sunshine, yellow can instantly brighten up a room. Also believed to make people hungry, yellow has a soothing quality and will instantly make people feel calm and happy in your kitchen. A good option for small spaces, yellow can make rooms feel bigger and brighter, and it pairs well with white and gray accents.
“When we’re looking for a moodier vibe, Farrow & Ball Cornforth White No.228 is always a success. It’s fun to watch this paint throughout the day, as it subtly picks up the surrounding colors and light. It pairs well with just about every color and material and is really sophisticated.” — Aimee Less, Director of Interior Design, Rios Clementi Hale Studios
To help you have that ah-a moment we are sharing our favorite hues for cooking spaces. From neutral palettes to bold color schemes here are 26 kitchen paint ideas you can easily copy.
A cool sea blue feels calming and relaxing. It’s light enough to function like a neutral, especially if you choose a blue with gray undertones.
A simple color change can transform your kitchen in a major way. The right shade of grey, for instance, can turn an interior from dreary to sophisticated. The right red hue, meanwhile, can take it from lackluster to dramatic in an instant. To help make your experience of pinpointing the perfect paint color for your kitchen, we checked in with some of our favorite interior designers on their go-to shades.
The subtle color in this kitchen brings a coziness to the space, but doesn’t distract from its traditional style. It adds character and a bit of age, it’s easy to live with, and it makes a smooth transition to adjacent rooms.
This Florida home’s all-gray kitchen is grounding. To keep it cohesive, the same color covers the cabinets and island.
“Revere Pewter is the perfect grey-beige color for cabinets that looks beautiful with brass hardware and Calcutta marble countertops. It is still fresh and bright, but a nice alternative to white.” — Shelley JohnstoneSHOP NOW
Black Lacquer Design based in Los Angeles, California is known for creating thoroughly modern spaces filled with striking colors and attention-grabbing patterns. Here the firm combines a bold pattern floor tile with pastel cabinetry in a paint color called Mint Julep by Benjamin Moore. The result is an incredibly fresh cooking space that feels both stylish and approachable.
Choosing paint colors can be a time-consuming and frustrating process when there are so many shades to choose from. The good news is that are certain colors that work best in specific rooms.
When it comes to kitchens, white, gray, blue, red, yellow, and green really shine. Each of these shades can do something different for the room, but they all help create a warm and welcoming space.
Repainting your kitchen can be an effective way to spruce it up for homebuyers. Make sure to use a subtle color palette that is appealing to a wide range of possible buyers.
“This is my favorite paint color for a kitchen, or anywhere for that matter. It’s the perfect color: It enhances any room by changing subtly with the lighting and surrounding colors.” — Robin Baron
Not too long ago pink walls were usually relegated to kiddie bedrooms or retro bathrooms. But thanks to the rise of millennial pink, pink-colored walls are popping up everywhere. An example is the salmon pink wall in this mostly white kitchen by Casa Colombo and Serboli Architecture based in Barcelona, Spain. But the colorful goodness does not stop there. For a touch of lovely contrast, they painted the shutter apple green.
If you crave bold hues, we think kitchens are the perfect place to satisfy your hunger. Case in point, this colorful kitchen by interior designer Janet Gridley based in Dallas, Texas. The cooking space reflects the homeowner’s love of bright colors. Our favorite feature is the patterned floor. Instead of ripping out the original wood floor during the renovation, it was given a brand-new look using porch and patio floor paint in white and blue.
“An earthy red is always appetizing. Painting the island ‘Moroccan Spice’ by Benjamin Moore provides a dramatic focus in the kitchen.” — Karen Vidal
“A very dark green works beautifully in older homes and with more traditional cabinetry. It’s bolder and moodier than what the cabinets probably were originally, but still feels period appropriate, whereas black might read too modern or too masculine.” — Michelle Smith
“This is a go-to of mine. It’s a perfect warm neutral for walls to offset clean white cabinetry and millwork. It looks beautiful on cabinetry as well when we want a creamy look. It’s just enough grey and brown to pair perfectly with warmer or cooler tones.” — Wendy Labrum
“This is a happy light yellow cast tan. It has enough saturation to complement white cabinets and is also light enough to be flattering to wood cabinets. Meanwhile, my favorite trim color is Shop Now. I use it 90 percent of the time; it is a neutral white that goes with most colors.” — Susan Morgan
“I am always inspired by the abundance of color we have in California and love the textural quality Portola Paints gives a space. Right now, I am working on a kitchen in Hybrid Alkyd Gloss enamel in Costa Azul #PC 340. I love the crispness with white marble countertops and zinc lighting.” — Jeffrey Alan Marks
“Though cabinets won’t have paint for a little while yet, I can safely say it’ll go down in the MWM books as a favorite, offbeat kitchen color: Pratt & Lambert Twilight Chimes 28-4, in the highest gloss finish possible. It’s a very clear periwinkle, and we are pairing it with tangerine and white in a modern house on the water in Seattle! I’m already anticipating the calls we’re going to get from the painting contractor, just asking ‘if we are sure this is the right color’!” — Julie Massucco Kleiner, Massucco Warner Miller
“I am loving the colored lower cabinetry trend. A deep glossy blue adds unexpected polish and pop, while still feeling classy and classic. A sure bet is Benjamin Moore Downpour Blue on the lower cabinetry paired with Benjamin Moore CO-17 White Dove on the upper cabinets. The best part is that this color combo is enhanced by either polished nickel or polished brass hardware — it’s versatile and unique.” — Emilie Munroe
Warmer colors such as red are believed to stimulate the appetite and are an excellent option for kitchens. Red is incredibly versatile and there are multiple shades that would really pop in a kitchen, either on the cabinets or the walls.
“This color is the perfect neutral. It’s a chameleon that can go with everything and doesn’t pull focus away from the cabinetry or backsplash. It looks great with natural wood and also works well with black. Paint color should never be the star in the kitchen.” — Donna Mondi
“The warm quality can have a brownish stone undertone that pairs well with white.” — Highlyann Krasnow
Striking strokes of room uplifting colors add zip to this retro kitchen by Alison Kandler, an interior designer based in Santa Monica, California. The painted, vintage-inspired screen door is a cheerful shade of yellow. The cabinets are an earthy hue called Rolling Hill Green by Benjamin Moore. The single shudder on the right was distressed with orange chalk paint.
A pale green blends seamlessly between the kitchen and dining area of this “Jungalow,” especially when paired with the Moroccan clay tile backsplash.
Is painting your kitchen countertops an attractive alternative to replacing or resurfacing your counters entirely? HGTV says the answer is a resounding, “Yes!”
Energize your small kitchen with a coat of fresh paint to the walls and cabinets, and consider soft neutrals or bold color combinations that will make your space seem larger and reflect your design style.
Cool colors make this mostly white cooking space by Sustainable Kitchens more inviting. The base cabinets on the right are a deep navy blue. The kitchen island is a soothing shade of sea foam green.
Green is also a smart shade to use in the kitchen. There are many different shades to choose from including mint and apple green, which pair nicely with white and wood accents. If you’re willing to be more adventurous, try emerald green, Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2013. A striking shade, it can add a jolt of energy to the kitchen when used for an accent wall, cabinets, an island or even the floor.
Here is how the talented designers at Dittrich Hudson Vasetti Architects situated in the U.K., used paint to spruce up a simple, white kitchen. They painted the backsplash portion of the wall shown a shade called Julep by Sherman-Williams. Afterward, they installed a glass sheet to create a surface that is both water and stain resistant. The surrounding walls are a hue called Mindful Gray, also by Sherman- Williams. The color adds a little contrast to the white flat front cabinetry.
Lower cabinets painted a shade called Bright Yellow by Benjamin Moore light up this charming kitchen by the duo behind Alys Design located in Pittsboro, North Carolina. The sunshiny hue coordinates beautifully with the pale wood walls and the white platinum quartz countertop.
Calming cool colors evoke serenity in this kitchen by Australian design firm, Brett Mickan Interior Design. The earthy green wall and the two-tone blue and white cabinetry bring inviting character to the table.
“In my view, a navy kitchen will never go out of style. This particular shade, Restless Sea, is classic without being dull, and colorful without trying too hard. Plus, it’s not too dark. I’d pair this with brass accents for a sophisticated and stylish look.” — Will Taylor, Bright Bazaar
While different lighting conditions affect how we perceive colors, some shades respond more dramatically than others. A prime example is the cabinetry (all the same color) in this kitchen by The Jack and Mare Design and Build based in Portland, Oregon. Because of the bright light near the ceiling, the upper cabinets appear dark teal.
“A hand-brushed painted finish done in an enamel-based paint is strikingly beautiful. The process takes patience and is a true art, several layers of application with focused sanding between coats. Benjamin Moore Baltic Gray 1467 is a favorite. It’s a lovely mid-tone grey.” — Christine Gachot
In a room this big, with east and west exposures, all this gray is grounding. It can also change tones a lot depending on lighting, so it’s never boring.
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Gray is a neutral that’s been taking center stage lately in many homes. It often gets categorized as being too cold, but with the right shade, it can work wonders in a kitchen. Best of all, it pairs beautifully with a wide array of other colors and is the perfect base to build upon in a kitchen. It also works well as a countertop or cabinet color.
The tile backsplash was the inspiration for the coordinating yellow-glazed walls in a Naples, Florida, kitchen. Red stools make it feel even more vibrant.
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“It takes me back to a classic red barn in the countryside, the perfect complement to farm-to-table cuisine. I’m also a sucker for the quintessential classic red KitchenAid mixer. Also, think beyond red paint on the wall and consider painting barstools, chairs or even window trim.” — Leigh Spicher, National Director of Design Studios at Ashton Woods
“It’s a delightful, versatile neutral that pairs brilliantly with blues, greens, and grays. The hint of green elicits thoughts of the first days of spring and the taste of fresh garden vegetables.” — Sarah Barnard