What color would an interior designer paint their kitchen? We asked our experts for their favorite paint colors, including the perfect shade of white for your cabinets.
Whether you want your kitchen to be a peaceful escape from a busy household or a vibrant space to entertain, our designers have got you covered with these must-have kitchen paint colors.
THE RIGHT WHITES
If you want to feel like you’re on cloud nine when you’re in the kitchen, lighten up the space with classic neutrals that are soft, sweet, and timeless.
Emily Finch: Benjamin Moore’s Simply White is my go-to for white kitchen cabinets. It’s soft enough to be a little warmer and more forgiving than a stark white, but not too yellow to look dingy. It was their “color of the year” in 2016 which was a little controversial (since some don’t consider white to be a color!) but it’s a favorite for a reason.
Benjamin Moore’s Super White is great for a sleek, gleaming white kitchen and is versatile, playing nicely with both modern, transitional, and traditional in equal measure.:
Beth Partyka: I love Benjamin Moore’s Super White for cabinets. It’s a true white with no yellow or cream undertone.
For clients who want a slight hint of neutral, gray color in their cabinets, Benjamin Moore’s Gray Owl is great. The undertone has the tiniest bit of warmth to it, so it keeps it from appearing “blue” in natural lighting. It makes for a great wall color as well!:
Allie McMunn: For the walls, I prefer to stick with tried-and-true shades of white. My personal favorite is Benjamin Moore’s White Dove.
Colin King: I love to bring out natural textures with Portola Paints Plaster of Paris’ traditional earthy white. It’s muted and calm, and on sunny days you can see the gray, gold, and green undertones.
SING THE BLUES (AND BLUE-GRAYS)
For those who like a little bit of an edge, cool, deep gray and blue tones add a certain element of attitude.
I’m using Benjamin Moore Ocean Floor for the cabinets in a kitchen and it’s the perfect middle, cool grey. We’re pairing it with oil-rubbed bronze hardware for an industrial vibe.:
Emily Finch: I love Benjamin Moore’s Ocean Floor for cabinets or even walls. It’s the perfect gray that’s not too dark, and is a little blue or even blue/green in some lights, but can still read as a neutral. Looks beautiful with marble and brass. I even painted my own bedroom wall this color.
Mandy Cheng: For clients that are confident in their love for gray, Benjamin Moore’s Chelsea Gray is beautiful. This is a good one for lower cabinets, paired with white uppers. It’ll keep the kitchen looking bright and fresh without being entirely white. Colored cabinet’s on the bottom is also a great way to hide the little ones’ smudgy fingerprints while maintaining a light and bright kitchen!
Ariel Okin: Sherwin Williams’ Knitting Needles in a satin finish is a gorgeous option to pair with brass hardware for a contemporary take on kitchen cabinets.
Allie McMunn: Right now I love Benjamin Moore’s Thundercloud Gray for kitchen cabinets. Especially when paired with brass hardware.
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Contrasting upper and lower kitchen cabinets are popular for good reason; they have a clean, timeless look, and they’re really practical since dark base cabinets hide a multitude of sins. My favorite pairing is Benjamin Moore’s Super White for the upper cabinets and Benjamin Moore’s Twilight, a deep, sophisticated navy that’s totally on-trend, for the base cabinets. If you’re not a navy person, another great base cabinet option is Benjamin Moore’s Trout Gray, a moody neutral.:
Tina Rich: I’ve never been a fan of beige but I’m totally coming around to greige (the perfect mix of grey and beige). I love Benjamin Moore’s Grey Owl and am dying to use it in kitchen paired with marble countertops and chrome hardware.
Alison Causer: Taking a note from the Benjamin Moore Color Trends 2018, a Benjamin Moore Incense Stick wall would pair perfectly with either white cabinets or dark stained cabinets. If you have some nutty wood tones to your cabinets, their Smoked Oyster is the way to go. A color that will go with any additional shades is Black Beauty.
DRAMA, DRAMA, DRAMA
Why not go all-out in the kitchen? Impress guests (and just yourself) with a daredevil take on the space.
Ariel Okin: Benjamin Moore’s Polo Blue in Lacquer Finish is a great statement color for bold kitchens that aren’t afraid of a little punch. I love this paired with Carrara marble and brass hardware.
Mandy Cheng: My dramatic, dark, and sexy go-to is Farrow & Ball Railings. This color is the most navy of deep, dark navy, and can make a kitchen feel instantly sophisticated. Pair it with some copper pulls and you’ll just stand in the kitchen and shake your head.
Colin King: Benjamin Moore’s Carbon Copy. I love contrast in my design work. Both moody and romantic, black is one of my favorite ways to bring drama and luxe to a kitchen while at the same time highlighting every detail of the millwork.
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