Painting Kitchen Cabinets: Our Favorite Colors for the Job

There is nothing more refreshing than a new coat of paint. Painting kitchen cabinets not only can give your kitchen a revamp, but is also a great solution for cabinets with the style you love but undertones that you aren’t crazy about. We’re sharing some of our favorite kitchens and their cabinet paint colors to help you achieve a clean and beautiful look.

Color Cache 1: White

White is a classic. It can brighten up any kitchen and make small spaces feel larger. This classic color palette has been in a love relationship with natural light ever since the dawn of time. As natural light streams into a room, it playfully ricochets off of white cabinets to create a fresh and inviting space. Here are a few designs featuring white paint cabinet colors that we love.

1. Simply White by Benjamin Moore

Simply White by Benjamin Moore  | “Fresh as the first snowfall, this clean, crisp, multi-purpose white is a perennial favorite for trim, ceilings, and walls.”

Simply White by Benjamin Moore | “Fresh as the first snowfall, this clean, crisp, multi-purpose white is a perennial favorite for trim, ceilings, and walls.”

Design by  Lindsay Hill Interiors  | Photography by  Kyle Aiken

Design by Lindsay Hill Interiors | Photography by Kyle Aiken

Design by  The Fox Group  |Photography by Scott Davis

Design by The Fox Group |Photography by Scott Davis

2. White Dove by Benjamin Moore

White Dove by Benjamin Moore  | “Unerring style defines this classic, softly shaded white. Light and luminous, it is a favorite choice for moldings and trim.”

White Dove by Benjamin Moore | “Unerring style defines this classic, softly shaded white. Light and luminous, it is a favorite choice for moldings and trim.”

Design by  Lewis & Weldon  | Photography by  Dan Cutrona

Design by Lewis & Weldon | Photography by Dan Cutrona

Design by  Charmean Neithart Interiors  | Photography by  Erikah Bierman

Design by Charmean Neithart Interiors | Photography by Erikah Bierman

3. Navajo White by Benjamin Moore

Navajo White by Benjamin Moore  | “This color is part of the Off-White Color collection. Inherently sophisticated and endlessly versatile, the Off-White collection offers subtle nuances of whites that suit tranquil, serene environments as well as creates color-enhancing accents for dynamic spaces. A compilation of 152 white and off-white colors.”

Navajo White by Benjamin Moore | “This color is part of the Off-White Color collection. Inherently sophisticated and endlessly versatile, the Off-White collection offers subtle nuances of whites that suit tranquil, serene environments as well as creates color-enhancing accents for dynamic spaces. A compilation of 152 white and off-white colors.”

Photography by  Jenny Steffens

Photography by Jenny Steffens

Design by  Crisp Architects

Color Cache 2: Cream

Cream paint colors have many of the same benefits of white paint colors. Cream is an airy, dreamy color that isn’t as stark and crisp as white. Lacking the blue tones in white, cream paint colors are a bit more warming. These cream colors are calming and comfortable on kitchen cabinets.

1. Balboa Mist by Benjamin Moore

Balboa Mist by Benjamin Moore  | “This color is part of the Off-White Color collection. Inherently sophisticated and endlessly versatile, the Off-White collection offers subtle nuances of whites that suit tranquil, serene environments as well as creates color-enhancing accents for dynamic spaces. A compilation of 152 white and off-white colors.”

Balboa Mist by Benjamin Moore | “This color is part of the Off-White Color collection. Inherently sophisticated and endlessly versatile, the Off-White collection offers subtle nuances of whites that suit tranquil, serene environments as well as creates color-enhancing accents for dynamic spaces. A compilation of 152 white and off-white colors.”

Design by J ersey Ice Cream Co.  | Photography by  Sal Taylor Kydd

Design by Jersey Ice Cream Co. | Photography by Sal Taylor Kydd


2. Swiss Coffee by Benjamin Moore

Swiss Coffee by Benjamin Moore  | “This color is part of the Off-White Color collection. Inherently sophisticated and endlessly versatile, the Off-White collection offers subtle nuances of whites that suit tranquil, serene environments as well as creates color-enhancing accents for dynamic spaces. A compilation of 152 white and off-white colors.”

Swiss Coffee by Benjamin Moore | “This color is part of the Off-White Color collection. Inherently sophisticated and endlessly versatile, the Off-White collection offers subtle nuances of whites that suit tranquil, serene environments as well as creates color-enhancing accents for dynamic spaces. A compilation of 152 white and off-white colors.”

Design by  deVOL

Design by deVOL

3. River Reflections by Benjamin Moore

River Reflections by Benjamin Moore  | “This color is part of the Classic Color Collection. Surround yourself with your color favorites. These timeless, elegant, Classic Colors guarantee beautiful, usable color all the time, every time. A collection of 1,680 inspired hues that consumers and professionals have enjoyed for years, the colors in this palette are as timeless as they are forward.”

River Reflections by Benjamin Moore | “This color is part of the Classic Color Collection. Surround yourself with your color favorites. These timeless, elegant, Classic Colors guarantee beautiful, usable color all the time, every time. A collection of 1,680 inspired hues that consumers and professionals have enjoyed for years, the colors in this palette are as timeless as they are forward.”

Photography by  The Kingston Group

Photography by The Kingston Group

Color Cache 3: Gray

Gray cabinets are trending right now, but we think that choosing the right gray can create look that will last in your kitchen. A unique gray cabinet color gives the kitchen a stylish look. The shade of gray that you choose here is key! Keep in mind that dark gray can make the kitchen feel smaller, but it can be really sleek and elegant in a larger kitchen. We’ve chosen a few different shades for you to keep in mind!

1. Cheating Heart by Benjamin Moore

Cheating Heart by Benjamin Moore  | “This color is part of the Classic Color Collection. Surround yourself with your color favorites. These timeless, elegant, Classic Colors guarantee beautiful, usable color all the time, every time. A collection of 1,680 inspired hues that consumers and professionals have enjoyed for years, the colors in this palette are as timeless as they are forward.”

Cheating Heart by Benjamin Moore | “This color is part of the Classic Color Collection. Surround yourself with your color favorites. These timeless, elegant, Classic Colors guarantee beautiful, usable color all the time, every time. A collection of 1,680 inspired hues that consumers and professionals have enjoyed for years, the colors in this palette are as timeless as they are forward.”

Design by  Christopher Scott

2. Fieldstone by Benjamin Moore

Fieldstone by Benjamin Moore | ”This color is part of the Classic Color Collection. Surround yourself with your color favorites. These timeless, elegant, Classic Colors guarantee beautiful, usable color all the time, every time. A collection of 1,680 inspired hues that consumers and professionals have enjoyed for years, the colors in this palette are as timeless as they are forward.”

Fieldstone by Benjamin Moore |”This color is part of the Classic Color Collection. Surround yourself with your color favorites. These timeless, elegant, Classic Colors guarantee beautiful, usable color all the time, every time. A collection of 1,680 inspired hues that consumers and professionals have enjoyed for years, the colors in this palette are as timeless as they are forward.”

3. Chelsea Gray by Benjamin Moore

Chelsea Gray by Benjamin Moore  | “Like a well-dressed gentleman, this gracefully urbane shade of gray adds a sophisticated, scholarly quality to a den or library.”

Chelsea Gray by Benjamin Moore | “Like a well-dressed gentleman, this gracefully urbane shade of gray adds a sophisticated, scholarly quality to a den or library.”

Design by  Kassandra Dekoning
Design by  Sunny Side Up

Design by Sunny Side Up

Color Cache 4: Gray-Green

If white or neutral colored cabinets are a little lackluster for you, then selecting a gray-green paint might add just the right amount of color! Gray-green is a calming color, but adds a little spice to any kitchen! Choosing a two-tone theme and pairing green tones with a cream or white paint is a great option if you don’t want gray-green on all of your cabinets.

1. Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore

Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore  | “A light gray with warm undertones, this classic shade creates a unifying look that calms and restores. A great transitional color, it's perfect for an open floor plan.”

Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore | “A light gray with warm undertones, this classic shade creates a unifying look that calms and restores. A great transitional color, it's perfect for an open floor plan.”

Design by Scout & Nimble

Design by Scout & Nimble

Design by Scout & Nimble

Design by Scout & Nimble


2. Pigeon by Farrow & Ball

Pigeon by Farrow & Ball  | “This cosy and nostalgic blue grey is named after the colour of the bird often sighted around the London landscape. Softer and bluer than more contemporary grey shades like Mole's Breath, Pigeon is particularly suited for use in boot rooms, cloakrooms or darker spaces like studies and panelled rooms.”

Pigeon by Farrow & Ball | “This cosy and nostalgic blue grey is named after the colour of the bird often sighted around the London landscape. Softer and bluer than more contemporary grey shades like Mole's Breath, Pigeon is particularly suited for use in boot rooms, cloakrooms or darker spaces like studies and panelled rooms.”

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3. Chatroom by Sherwin Williams

Color Cache 5: Navy

Navy is a cool and classic color. It is trending its way into the heart of many homes, but with the right navy color selection, we think that it can be a timeless and elegant color for your kitchen cabinets! Again, if you think that navy on all of your cabinets may be a bit overwhelming, then try adding white to the upper or lower cabinets for a crisp, clean look!

1. Hale Navy by Benjamin Moore

Hale Navy by Benjamin Moore  | “A timeless classic, this deeply saturated shade of navy blue evokes rich maritime traditions and storied exploits at sea.”

Hale Navy by Benjamin Moore | “A timeless classic, this deeply saturated shade of navy blue evokes rich maritime traditions and storied exploits at sea.”

Design by  Allie Philips

Design by Allie Philips

2. Hague Blue by Farrow & Ball

Hague Blue by Farrow & Ball  | “This strong blue takes its name from the fantastically coloured woodwork much used by the Dutch, and still works wonderfully to ground skirtings or as an accent colour on the walls when teamed with Borrowed Light. The green undertones of this timeless, deep and dramatic blue means it sits as happily outside as it does in small dark rooms.”

Hague Blue by Farrow & Ball | “This strong blue takes its name from the fantastically coloured woodwork much used by the Dutch, and still works wonderfully to ground skirtings or as an accent colour on the walls when teamed with Borrowed Light. The green undertones of this timeless, deep and dramatic blue means it sits as happily outside as it does in small dark rooms.”

Design by  Michael Maher  | Photography by  Paul Raeside

Design by Michael Maher | Photography by Paul Raeside

3. Midnight Oil by Benjamin Moore

Midnight Oil by Benjamin Moore  | “Though its name suggests working late into the night, this darkest shade of blue-black is a worry-free workhorse in just about any space, adding drama and a sense of theatricality.”

Midnight Oil by Benjamin Moore | “Though its name suggests working late into the night, this darkest shade of blue-black is a worry-free workhorse in just about any space, adding drama and a sense of theatricality.”

Design by  New Old

Design by New Old

Design by  New Old

Design by New Old

Color Cache 6: Bold and Beautiful

Although we couldn’t source the exact paint these designers used, we are loving these bold colored cabinets for inspiration! Emerald lacquer paired with gold hardware and fixtures looks elegant and sleek! Black cabinetry is trending right now; it is the color that goes with everything, including your kitchen decor. It’s hard to imagine what hammered metal cabinetry looks like, but once you’ve seen it, you can’t look away! It’s an eye-catching and stunning design.

1. Emerald Lacquer Cabinetry

Photography by  Logan Beck

Photography by Logan Beck

Design by  Studio McGee

Design by Studio McGee

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2. Black Cabinetry

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Scout & Nimble