Good Colors for Kitchen Walls

Updated February 21, 2017

The kitchen is perhaps one of the most used rooms in a home and, as such, its style should suit your taste. When designing a kitchen, the colour you choose for the walls plays an important part in the look of the space as the colour will set the tone for the rest of the room, so choose a colour that you greatly enjoy and one that complements the look you are trying to achieve.

Sunny Yellow

Create a warm, welcoming canvas for your kitchen by painting the walls a shade of sunny yellow. This colour evokes a sense of happiness and warmth, making it ideal for a kitchen. Choose this colour if you are trying to create a country chic style kitchen. It pairs well with white and light wood cabinets.

Cool Blue

Cool blue is known for its calming effect and, when used in a kitchen, can help to establish a relaxed atmosphere. A cool shade of blue works for a variety of styles as it acts as a neutral with a touch of colour. It works well with white, light or dark wood or even black cabinets. White, stainless steel or black appliances also look good against cool blue walls.

Sage Green

To bring a rustic, natural feeling into your kitchen, go with sage green for the walls. Like cool blue, this colour also creates a relaxed feeling as it conjures images of the outdoors. Natural wood cabinets, butcher block countertops and wrought iron accessories alongside sage green will play up a rustic, natural look.

Burnt Orange

Create a vibrant, festive look in your kitchen with burnt orange walls. Orange is a stimulating, energetic and happy colour, which is good for a kitchen in which gatherings are often hosted. Use burnt orange for a hacienda-themed kitchen. Pair the colour with cobalt blue countertops or a backsplash, natural wood cabinets and other bold coloured accents.


If you have a small kitchen, or you like to change the decor of the room often, choose white for the walls. Light naturally bounces off of this colour and helps to make a small space seem larger. White serves as a blank canvas for a variety of looks. Any type of cabinet, countertop and appliance will work with white walls. To create a different look in a kitchen with white walls, simply change out the colours of the accessories and accents.

Cite this Article A tool to create a citation to reference this article Cite this Article

About the Author

Lily Mae began freelance writing in 2008. She is a certified elementary and literacy educator who has been working in education since 2003. Mae is also an avid gardener, decorator and craft maker. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in education and a Master of Science in literacy education from Long Island University.