Kitchen Cabinet Colors: Here are the best paint colors for kitchen cabinets and islands from interior designers whether you want to paint your kitchen cabinets white, green, blue, or gray kitchen cabinets, I’ve listed the best foolproof colors and shared real homes!
KITCHEN CABINET COLORS
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Before you decide what color of paint you want, you want to make sure to use the right type of paint. My preferred paint for cabinets is Benjamin Moore Advance Paint (I go into why you want a cabinet paint here: Is Benjamin Moore Cabinet Paint Worth the Money?)
Then, you can decide what paint color you want. Below, you’ll find specific paint color suggestions from Benjamin Moore and Sherwin-Williams for each paint family. But it’s up to you to decide what color family you want.
In this post, we’ll cover:
- Best White Paint Colors for Cabinets
- Gray Paint Colors for Kitchen Cabinets
- Best Light Blue Paint Shades for islands and kitchen cabinetry
- Navy Blue Paint Tones for Cabinets
- Green Paint Colors for Cabinets
- Best Black Paint Colors for Cabinets
- Paint Cabinet Color Trends
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Deciding Cabinet Colors:
Picking out a kitchen cabinet color is a big investment whether you are painting them yourself (time investment) or hiring it out (money). So make sure you go through the following steps before you paint them–because no one wants to have to repaint their cabinets!
Step 1: Do Your Research
Look at images online with the desired paint shades noticing the combination of kitchen hardware, backsplashes, and flooring.
Questions to ask yourself:
- Are you drawn to a certain combination of paint colors and hardware?
- What is the countertop material? Are you able to replicate that in your own home?
- What is the flooring choice?
Step 2: Get Paint Samples
Now, it’s time to go to the paint store (or order them online) and bring them home. Jot down the list of the top paint colors in the paint family you have chosen. Bring home paint chips and put them up against your trim, your floors, your countertops, and any hardware you will be using.
Step 3: Test Out the Samples
With such a big investment, you want to either make a large sample or buy one. Look at the large sample in a variety of lighting conditions and stand it up on the wall next to the floor. Orient your paint sample in the same orientation it will normally be (to replicate lighting situations.)
WHITE PAINTS FOR CABINETS:
White cabinets will always be in fashion and are your safest bet if you want a lasting kitchen. If you have white trim in your kitchen, you’ll want to match your kitchen trim (or repaint it) to match your cabinets for a cohesive look.
DESIGN TIP: Match your white painted cabinets to your white trim for a clean look!
1- BM Simply White/ 2- BM Chantilly Lace/ 3- BM Decorator’s White/ 4- BM Super White/ 5- BM Cloud White/ 6- BM White Dove/ 7- BM Swiss Coffee/ 8- SW Alabaster/ 9- SW Extra White/ 10- SW High Reflective White/ 11- SW Snowbound/ 12- SW Pure White
Benjamin Moore and Sherwin-Williams White Paints:
- BM Simply White
- BM Chantilly Lace
- BM Decorator’s White
- BM Super White
- BM Cloud White
- BM White Dove
- BM Swiss Coffee
Sherwin-Williams White Paint Colors for Cabinets:
- SW Alabaster
- SW Extra White
- SW High Reflective White
- SW Snowbound
- SW Pure White
Cool White or Off-White Cabinets?
It surprises many people that white paint colors can have undertones. I cover this more in this article–How to choose the Right White Paint; but, basically there are white paint colors that run more bluish, and there are white shades that run more warm (like cream.) Depending on your style, you’ll want to choose either a cooler or warmer shade of white.
In general, bluish shades tend to be more modern and warmer shades more traditional. But, both look good in a variety of houses.
COLORS THAT GO WITH MARBLE:
Thinking of using marble or marble-like countertops in your kitchen? Then you’ll want to make sure to check out the light gray and white colors below. These are the top recommended paint colors that complement the gorgeous tones of marble. Whether you are using calacutta marble or quartzite, you’ll want to consider these paint colors.
1- BM Gray Owl/ 2- BM Stonington Gray/ 3- BM Balboa Mist/ 4- BM Simply White/ 5- BM White Dove/ 6- BM Decorator’s White/ 7- SW Alabaster/ 8- SW Ancient Marble
The Best Gray Cabinet Paint Colors:
- BM Metropolitan
- BM Gray Owl
- BM Amherst Gray
- BM Coventry Gray
- BM Chelsea Gray
- BM Platinum Gray
- BM Cape May Cobblestone
- SW Silver Strand
- BM Stonington Gray
- BM Revere Pewter
- SW Repose Gray
- SW Mindful Gray
1- BM Stonington Gray via Instagram/ 2- BM Gray Owl via Homebunch / 3- BM Platinum Gray from Studio McGee/ 4- BM Chelsea Gray from Studio McGee/ 5- BM Cape May from from Erin Gates / 6- SW Mindful Gray from House of Jade Interiors
Cool or Warm Gray Paint for Kitchen Cabinets?
Gray paint colors run the spectrum from dark to light, and from cool to warm. Depending on the general aesthetic you are looking for, you will find different color recommendations. Light gray paint colors are generally more forgiving with dust; while, dark ones will show all dust and dirt (that’s not dark.)
- Related: Best Warm Gray Paint Colors
BEST LIGHT BLUE KITCHEN CABINET COLORS:
- Benjamin Moore Kentucky Haze
- BM Blue Ice
- BM New Hope Gray
- BM Providence Blue
- Farrow & Ball Herrington Blue
- Farrow & Ball Parma Gray
Light blue is the “it” color of 2020 for kitchen cabinets and islands. Replacing navy blue cabinetry, light blue cabinets have been popping up and brightening kitchens, mudrooms, and bathrooms for years. Below, are several of my favorite light blue kitchen cabinet colors. You can see it works with a variety of styles from modern to traditional.
1- BM Kentucky Haze via Domino/ 2- custom mix 50% SW Stardew and 50% SW Uncertain Gray by Addison’s Wonderland / 3- BM Blue Ice from At Home With Ashley/ 4- FB Parma Gray from Gal Meets Glam/ 5- FB Herrington Blue by Perring Properties/ 6- BM New Hope Gray from Caitlin Wilson Design
One thing to consider when picking out a light blue paint for kitchen cabinets is finding one that has a lot of gray in it. You can see how the bluish-gray paint in the kitchen below looks lovely with the gray grout and trim. The more gray in a light blue paint color, the more it will tie in with natural material countertops and floors.
Another growing trend is natural wood or whitewashed kitchen islands and cabinets. You can see in the photo below that light blue wall cabinets complement this look and by using the same brass hardware, everything pulls together.
Light blue cabinets allow you to bring in lots of other natural colors like the accent wood wall and the geometric patterned backsplash to the right.
Benjamin Moore Navy Paints:
- BM Hale Navy
- BM Admiral Blue
- BM Gentleman’s Gray
- BM Van Deusen Blue
Sherwin-Williams Dark Navy Blue Colors:
- SW Naval
- SW Commodore
- SW Dress Blues
The best navy blue color options from Sherwin-Williams and Benjamin Moore are listed above. While they are are all “navy blue” there are varying amounts of green, black, and gray in it which will give you a slightly different finished product.
My two favorites are BM Hale Navy (what we used on our kitchen island) and SW Naval–shown in the kitchen to the right by Sherwin-Williams.
For a brighter blue, consider SW Dress Blues (it’s what we used on our front door.)
1- BM Hale Navy/ 2- BM Admiral Blue/ 3- BM Gentleman’s Gray/ 4- BM Van Deusen Blue/ 5- SW Naval/ 6- SW Commodore/ 7- SW Dress Blues
Navy blue cabinets look stunning with a nice bright white countertop as shown below. Marbles or marble-colored quartzite look lovey with dark blues and are perfectly accented with brass kitchen hardware. While navy blue kitchen cabinets and islands have been “the hot thing” the last five or so years, I don’t think the trend is over. Blue will always be in style–especially a gorgeous classic navy!
GREEN PAINT COLORS FOR CABINETS:
Green paint colors and for kitchen cabinets have been increasing in popularity the last two years. This year’s Paint Trends and Forecasts see a return to earthier green paint colors which are reflected in the paint colors listed below. On the whole, more sage colored greens are trending; however, you will continue to see true deep greens like BM Forest Floor and BM Deep Jungle (an emerald color) show up now and again. Minty colors are starting to resurface as well like BM Tea Light, and 2020’s color of the year BM Chrystalline.
Benjamin Moore Green Paint Colors:
- BM Forest Floor
- BM Tate Olive
- BM Forest Green
- BM Deep Jungle
- BM Jack Pine
- BM Caldwell Green
- BM Tea Light
- BM Garden Oasis
Sherwin-Williams Green Paints:
- SW Halcyon Green
- SW Clary Sage
- SW Thunderous
- SW Pewter Green
1- SW Clary Sage from Studio McGee/ 2- BM Forest Floor by Jillian Harris/ 3- BM Deep Jungle by Emily A. Clark/ 4- SW Thunderous by Chris Loves Julia/ 5- BM Tea Light (source unknown) / 6- BM Jack Pine from Jaclyn Peters Design
Studio McGee BM Forest Green kitchen in graphic / 1- BM Forest Floor/ 2- SW Halcyon Green/ 3- SW Clary Sage/ 4- BM Tate Olive/ 5- BM Forest Green/ 6- BM Deep Jungle/ 7- BM Jack Pine/ 8- SW Thunderous
Best Black Cabinet Colors:
Black cabinets saw a huge spike in popularity between 2008-2017 and they will continue to be in style. Unlike say, orange cabinets, black is a classic color and goes with everything! Like white and gray, black cabinetry will always look good.
But, if you thought that black is just black, I have to tell you that there are many shades of black. Below are ones we have used in our own house and are designers’ favorites to use in their own kitchens. There can be a lot of variety between different blacks. We have used BM Onyx (which has a lot more gray in it, and BM Jet Black when we wanted a real dark black.) As always, get your paint samples and put them next to your tile, your backsplash, your floors, and your countertops.
- BM Onyx
- BM Jet Black
- Farrow & Ball Down Pipe
- Farrow & Ball Off-Black
- BM Black Horizon
- BM Cheating Heart
- SW Tricorn Black
- SW Green Black
1- FB Down Pipe via design by Jennifer Hughes / 2- BM Cheating Heart by The Fox Group/ 3- BM Black Horizon by M House Development / 4- SW Tricorn Black from Studio McGee / 5- SW Green Black from Studio McGee/ 6- BM Onyx Bailey McCarthy
In conclusion, picking a paint color for your kitchen cabinets is a huge decision–but it doesn’t have to be hard. Decide on the color family you want, jot down these paint colors, go to the paint store and get samples. Then put them up with your other selected surfaces and design elements. You’ll have a good idea of what is the perfect color for your kitchen cabinets!
And don’t forget to get the right type of paint for your kitchen cabinets!
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