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.
If you don’t want to cover your entire kitchen in one impactful hue, pick a neutral color for the lower cabinets, and add a powerful punch with the uppers.
2. Sea Glass
This green hue takes white from blah to beachy. It creates a fresh air feeling inside your kitch.
3. Burgundy Red
Match your merlot to your cabinets for a kitchen that’s ready to have a good time. An emerald chair adds the finishing touch, without veering into Christmas color territory.
4. Pale Powder
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.
5. Dark Gray
This isn’t just any ho-hum neutral. The owners of this tiny Brooklyn home pumped up the trendy choice with hints of rich brown.
6. Sunny Yellow
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.
7. Forest Green
A farmhouse kitchen in rural Connecticut copied the greenery outside for a rustic retreat. Skipping the block island in lieu of a warm wood table only adds to the charm.
8. Paper White
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.
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.
A pale green blends seamlessly between the kitchen and dining area of this “Jungalow,” especially when paired with the Moroccan clay tile backsplash.
11.Yellow Modern Kitchen With Pale Wood Feature Wall
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.
12. Retro Kitchen With Pops of Bright Paint Colors
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.