Paint Color Ideas for Kitchen Cabinets

Updated July 20, 2017

Several coats of glossy paint can rejuvenate kitchen cabinets and give the room a bold new look. Color choices for kitchen cabinets are limited only by your style preferences and kitchen countertop selection. Lighter colours help give the illusion of space in a smaller kitchen, while a larger kitchen with a high ceiling may feel more cosy with a darker colour.


White is the classic colour choice in kitchens. White cabinets give the room a clean, timeless look, and make a small kitchen seem bigger by reflecting more light than darker colours. White is also the ultimate combination of neutrality and contrast; you can pair white cabinets with nearly any countertop without worrying about clashing colours, and white cabinets contrast dramatically with a darker countertop choice.


Green is a versatile colour for kitchen cabinets. Dark green paint gives cabinets an old-fashioned look, while lime green cabinets may reflect a homeowner's quirky decorating personality. Consider using two shades of green on your kitchen cabinets; paint the doors a slightly lighter hue than the cabinet boxes, for example. Green accents natural wood colours since green and brown often appear together in nature, so consider leaving a wood island unpainted to give the room a rustic accent.


Black kitchen cabinets look very modern or very rustic, depending on the style of your cabinets. The contrast of black cabinets with white or coloured walls is very dramatic no matter your cabinet style. Black cabinets also contrast with or complement granite countertops, depending on your colour selection.


Red is a bold colour for kitchen cabinets, contrasting starkly with black or stainless steel appliances. If you want red cabinets that are less intense, soften the colour effect by combining it with elements such as light wooden floors and patterned curtains.


Bright yellow kitchen cabinets can remind you of summer on the coldest days of winter. Like white, yellow is very reflective and makes a room seem larger. Red wall accents contrast with yellow cabinets very dramatically, while green accessories make a more complementary combination.

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