How to Choose Kitchen Cabinet Paint Colors

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Searching for ways to switch up your kitchen? Then first choose kitchen cabinet paint colors that fit your needs best. The first thing anyone notices when they walk into your kitchen is your cabinets, so choosing the right colors is very important. Cabinets naturally take up the most space in any kitchen, so how great they look essentially determines how great your entire kitchen space looks. 

Read on to find out how to choose the perfect kitchen cabinet paint colors when refinishing, repainting, or replacing old cabinets.

What to Consider When Choosing Kitchen Cabinet Paint Colors?

There are so many colors, styles, and trends of cabinets to choose from, but take a look at a few factors you can consider to make your decision easier.

Size and Lighting

Important things you need to consider when you choose kitchen cabinet paint colors are the size of your kitchen and the amount of natural light that gets in. You want to go for warmer colors for a small kitchen space or one with limited light. White cabinets are a classic and will naturally give your kitchen a clean and airy look. There are, however, other color options to lighten up your kitchen space if you do not want white cabinets.

You can go for neutrals like deep grey, light grey, cream, or beige, which can also give your kitchen space that fresh and airy look. The added advantage of having neutral-colored cabinets is that they are highly versatile and allow you to incorporate a variety of bold colors, styles, textures, and finishes in your kitchen.  

On the other hand, dark-colored cabinets look great in large kitchen spaces that get a lot of light. Bold colors like navy blue, green, red, or black will work well. However, you have to consider the other colors in the room before making your choice. You do not want to create an unusual clash of colors in your kitchen. 

Walls, Countertops, and Backsplash

The color of your cabinet should go well with other elements in your kitchen, such as your countertops, backsplash, and walls. So if you are looking to get a new cabinet or want to repaint your current cabinet, make sure your choice of color complements your kitchen space. 

This does not mean your cabinet has to be the same colors as your walls. For instance, having white walls with white cabinets is great for achieving a clean look, but incorporating a contrast of bolder colors can also bring your kitchen to life. As mentioned earlier, cabinets naturally take up the most space in your kitchen, so your cabinets have to play well with the colors of your walls, countertops, and backlash to achieve the perfect outlook.

Kitchen Floor Color

A common question people ask is if kitchen floors should be darker than kitchen cabinets. The answer is that your kitchen floors can be a little darker than your cabinets, and they can also be lighter than your cabinets. What you can keep in mind when you choose kitchen cabinet paint colors for your cabinets is that the colors should be within three shades of the colors of your kitchen floor. 

That said, your cabinet colors can be entirely different from your floors. The most important thing is creating a balanced relationship between your cabinet colors, countertops, and backsplashes.   

Kitchen Cabinet Style 

There are several kitchen styles and layouts, and although there is no strict rule regarding what cabinet colors should go with certain styles, some colors work best with particular styles. Choosing colors like warm shades of green for kitchen cabinets is common among interior designers today, especially for kitchens with natural wood elements like oak. 

Matte gray cabinets are also fast becoming a trend because of how they create an earthly yet modern feel.

If your goal is to draw some attention, vibrant shades of blue and bright red tones are colors you can consider for your base cabinets or on your kitchen islands. You can also take your cabinets to a new level with gold-plated islands.

There are several other cabinet styles, such as glass, vinyl, metal, and wood, and they can all be painted in various dark and warmer colors to suit your preference.  

Other Factors to Check

Another factor that can determine what colors you choose is if your current home is your permanent home or if you plan to move out someday. You may need to consider different color choices if this is your permanent home. Since you will be living in the house for a long time, you must design your kitchen in a way you’ll be most satisfied with. Your kitchen style should be unique and comfortable for your family and friends.

On the other hand, if you would be moving someday, having white or neutral-colored cabinets is a great choice. They are classic, stylish, and easy to maintain, and you can always spice up the colors whenever you want to. Remember that painting your cabinets may not be easy, but it is always worth the effort. 

Embrace Dramatic Colors

Ultimately, the design of your kitchen, including the color of your cabinets, should reflect your style and personality. If you are adventurous or simply bored with your current cabinets, you should not be afraid to try out some non-traditional colors. A perfect example of ‘non-traditional’ is the popular two-toned cabinets. It involves incorporating both neutral and bold colors. Pick a light/neutral color like white or gray for your top cabinets and darker color like blue or green for your bottom cabinets.

You can try color blocking, using one hue for your top cabinet and another complementary color for your bottom cabinet. You can also use different shades of a particular color on all your cabinets. 

The goal is that your kitchen has a cohesive aesthetic outlook, so why always remember to go with an alluring blend of colors?

Happy Painting!