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A beautiful kitchen is the hub of your home. A lot happens within this room's four walls, from your weekly dinner party, game night, or study group to everyday breakfasts. So shouldn't those walls make an impact? The best kitchen color ideas set the mood you want for your space without being overwhelming. It's wise to err on the side of timeless rather than trendy unless you have the patience and budget to repaint every few years.
Minimalism, maximalism, modern farmhouse, and industrial styles all have their signature color palettes, but you may want to think outside the box of design styles to create a kitchen that reflects you and your family. White is the most popular kitchen paint color by a long shot. It's neutral, timeless, and brightens up even the smallest apartment kitchens. But there's a reason that navy blue and sage green follow close behind: People love a pop of color, and these classic hues can act almost as neutrals. Of course, the color you choose isn't limited to the walls or cabinet fronts. You can paint your kitchen island, molding, and window trim in a contrasting shade to draw attention to the details.
For a bold, dramatic look, opt for rich jewel tones in a high-gloss finish. If Scandinavian modern is more your speed, keep your cabinets natural and paint the walls a subtle pastel. There are so many ways to refresh a kitchen with color alone—no monthslong renovation necessary. We've gathered our 60 favorite kitchen color ideas to spark your inspiration and kick-start your next weekend's DIY project.
To brighten up even the most overcast of days, designer Matthew Boland opted for a bold and vibrant shade of orange for this Florida kitchen's cabinetry. White walls and stainless steel appliances help temper the effect.
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Mauve and Grey
For a cozy yet sleek kitchen, designer Celia Bryson chose a quiet but still impactful alternative to the traditional barn red the homeowner was originally considering.
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Olive Green and Warm Wood
Though designer Tammy Randall Wood is a believer in hiding appliances and other kitchen essentials away behind closed doors, she also makes a strong case for allowing the enclosures to shine with a bold paint color that nods to nature.
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Black and Charcoal
This kitchen designed by Heidi Caillier is only separated by an archway, so to create visual separation without totally clashing, she chose a bold and dark color scheme for the kitchen. The wood-paneled walls are painted black and a charcoal-hued natural stone material serves as a backsplash and also frames the windows for an extra punch of style.
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Icy Blue and White Brick
Heidi Caillier painted the cabinets an icy blue hue and the brick walls white for a brighter aesthetic and then secured a small piece of artwork to bring some moody depth. The brass hardware and fixtures speak to the gilt frame.
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The cabinets climb almost all the way up the wall in this coastal kitchen by Kevin Isbell, but that didn't stop the designer from applying a soft shade of pale yellow paint to the top of the wall and ceiling. This cheerful shade contrasts with the blue painted floors just enough!
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Khaki Green, Gray, and Pink
The rest of the home designed by Nicole Dohmen of Atelier ND is dominated by rosy hues, so to prevent it from taking over the kitchen while still ensuring flow with the surrounding rooms, she opted for earthy tones on the cabinets. Violet still makes an appearance in the Calacatta marble counter and backsplash zellige tiles, and a dusty blush tone veils the ceiling.
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Oklahoma designer Kelsey Leigh McGregor used charcoal gray Negresco granite on the backsplash and countertops of this kitchen so they would nearly disappear against the dark paint color used on the walls, hood, and cabinets. Though it's dark navy, it appears black in certain lighting.
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Light Pink and Burnt Orange
A super light shade of pink applied in a plaster-like finish and paired with a burnt orange island makes a statement in this small New York City kitchen designed by Celerie Kemble. The faux finish channels the texture of wallpaper.
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In this striking London kitchen, design Rita Konig opted for cabinets from her own colorful line for Plain English in a shade of purple dubbed Burnt Toast. Calacatta Viola, a mauve-streaked marble, brings out the inky eggplant.
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Polished concrete gets a surge of warmth from the green cabinets and abstract blue artwork in Kathleen McCormick's home. It's the perfect combination of edgy and homey.
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Marigold and Brick Red
The cheerful yellow wallpaper in Shavonda Gardner's kitchen proves that you don't need tons of windows and natural light to make your kitchen feel sunny. The red range and lower cabinets add a fun and unexpected contrast while the unlacquered copper pots, soapstone counters that quickly patina, and wood tones tine the two warm colors together.
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Greige, Cream, and Muted Mint
A greige tone is used for the cabinets while a cream tone is used on the ceiling and accent wall. But the color-blocking fun doesn't stop there in this Heidi Caillier-designed kitchen—the door is painted in a muted mint shade that picks up on the unique color of the range.
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Marigold and Terracotta
Paint isn't the only way to bring color to your kitchen. In this impressive hacienda kitchen, The vaulted ceiling is covered in terracotta tiles while the marigold zellige tiles assert a sunny atmosphere.
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Cream and Dark Green-Blue
Designer Karen Swanson limited the number of cabinet uppers she installed in this English countryside-inspired kitchen, explaining that, "so many people want to blanket the wall in cabinets, but that can make a kitchen feel heavy and claustrophobic." Instead, she left a windowed wall bare so light can pour in, and so she could hang artwork. Dark cabinet lowers and storage columns pick up on the dark green in the still life but don't overwhelm the room.
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