The Best Paint Colors for Your Kitchen, According to the Pros
Deciding on a kitchen paint color can be surprisingly stressful, especially if you plan on painting your cabinets. Kitchen cabinetry is a major expense, and with so much of your budget on the line, repainting faded cabinets or selecting a color for a new set can be daunting. To help narrow down the infinite options available, we decided to poll a selection of interior designers to see what they always reach for when creating stylish spaces. From dusty greens to crisp whites and pitch blacks, these are the paint-color picks of the pros.
Keep scrolling for their favorites and a selection of some seriously inspiring spaces.
Ralph Lauren Paint Porch Awning #RL1701F ($38)
“We love Farrow & Ball All White for walls and upper cabinets. Its a nice modern white, not too cold and not too creamy. We also love the high-contrast kitchen with black lower cabinets and white upper cabinets. For that, we again look to Farrow & Ball for Pitch Black. I know it sounds crazy, but if you go with a more charcoal color, cabinets often end up looking navy blue, so better just to go pitch black! Also, as of late, we've been obsessed with a deep dusty green tone for cabinetry, like Farrow & Ball Studio Green or Ralph Lauren Porch Awning!” — Brandon Quattrone, Consort
Benjamin Moore Fossil #AF-65 ($38 and up)
“Benjamin Moore Fossil is my go-to gray right now because it is very subtle but stands out as a strong neutral against white walls and natural hardwood floors. You could also only paint the top cabinets this color and go for something bold on the bottom row.” — Karen Vidal, Design Vidal
Benjamin Moore Simply White #2143-70 ($38 and up)
“I love the look of a crisp white kitchen. It's bright, classic, and timeless. My go-to shade for kitchen cabinets is Benjamin Moore's Simply White, which looks fantastic in any light.” — Paloma Contreras, Paloma Contreras Design and La Dolce Vita Blog
Farrow & Ball Stiffkey Blue #281 ($97 and up)
“For cabinets I am more drawn to the material and detail of the actual cabinet and aim to keep the paint neutral, bright, and reflective of what may be going on in nearby rooms. My go-tos for paint colors are Decorators White by Benjamin Moore and Shaded White by Farrow & Ball for that European look. A contrast on an island or lower cabinets can be fun, and once again I lean toward a fun color that may run throughout the space, a deep gray, like Down Pipe from Farrow & Ball, or a blue that reminds me of the deepest depths of the ocean, like Stiffkey Blue from Farrow & Ball.” — Brian Paquette, Brian Paquette Interiors
Farrow & Ball Blackened #2011 ($97 and up)
“For our clients who want the feel of a timeless white kitchen but with something a little more distinctive, Farrow & Ball's Blackened serves up the perfect light, soft gray. The color is incredibly versatile, and Farrow & Ball makes a product so unique that no other paint manufacturer can truly match their gorgeous, saturated pigments (we've tried!).” — Brynn Olson, Brynn Olson Design Group