The 8 Best Paint Colors for Your Kitchen, According to the Pros

Updated 07/23/18

Deciding on kitchen paint colors 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. When confronted with a seemingly endless selection of shades in the paint aisle at your local hardware store, the process doesn’t get much easier.

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 deep blues, these are the kitchen paint color picks of the pros. We don’t know about you, but when our go-to interior design sources reveal their secrets, we take note. Trust us, you’re going to want to pin these kitchen paint colors to your dream kitchen board on Pinterest for inspiration.

For High Contrast

Green Kitchen Cabinets
Studio McGee

"We love Farrow & Ball All White for walls and upper cabinets. It's 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

Farrow & Ball Studio Green No.93 $110

For a Neutral Base

Neutral Kitchen
Studio McGee

"Benjamin Moore Gray Owl is a soft warm gray that works beautifully in a white kitchen. It complements most stone countertop tones and allows for a multitude of accent colors." — Amanda Reynal, Reynal Interiors

Benjamin Moore Gray Owl #OC-52 $40

For a Brighter Space

Bright Kitchen
Katerine Carter Design

“I recently painted a kitchen Sherwin Williams Knitting Needles, a very soft gray that has great light-reflecting qualities. It’s a great choice for both cabinetry and walls.” — Jeff Andrews, Jeff Andrews Design

Sherwin Williams Knitting Needles #SW7672 $30

For Complementing Natural Wood Floors

White Kitchen
Katie Martinez Design

“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 Fossil #AF-65 $40

For a Crisp White Kitchen

Classic Kitchen
Space Exploration

“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

Benjamin Moore Simply White #2143-70 $40

For a Pop of Color

Blue Kitchen Cabinets
Studio McGee

“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 Stiffkey Blue #281 $110

For a Not-So-Basic White

Green Kitchen Cabinets
Sarah Sherman Samuel

“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

Farrow & Ball Blackened #2011 $110

For a Bit of Drama

Blue and White Kitchen
Courtesy of Studio McGee

“I would paint the walls Benjamin Moore’s lovely Newburyport Blue and pair with white cabinets and brass fixtures—hot!” — Taniya Nayak, Taniya Nayak Design

Benjamin Moore Newburyport Blue #HC-155 $40

Experiment with these eight kitchen paint colors to transform your space into one you'll truly enjoy spending time in.

This story was originally published on July 31, 2015, and has since been updated.

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