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The Best Kitchen Paint Colors for Your Home

April 28, 2023
Navy blue kitchen in the Rutger floor plan by Brookfield Residential in Houston TX

Paint is a quick and easy way to completely transform a space and showcase your unique style. Whether you want a punch of color or a tranquil sanctuary, paint can instantly set your tone. Since the kitchen is the heart of the home, it deserves to shine. It’s where people gather and create lasting memories, so make it a place you love to be. Keep reading to find the most popular kitchen cabinet colors and the most popular kitchen wall colors.

Before You Begin

You can choose from hundreds (if not thousands) of colors and combinations when considering paint colors for your kitchen. When you’re ready to refresh your kitchen, determine your intention. What feelings do you want to evoke when you enter the space? Is your style clean, modern, and straightforward? Do you prefer bold colors with whimsical accents? Do you want it to feel dark and moody or light and bright? Deciding your end goal will make the decision-making process more manageable.

The Top 5 Most Popular Kitchen Cabinet Colors

Whether you’re refacing your current cabinets or installing new ones, choosing your kitchen cabinet color is a big decision. While there’s no wrong way to design your home if it’s what you love, certain colors will work better in specific rooms than others.

Each of these shades creates an entirely different vibe for your kitchen, but all are warm and welcoming:

1. White

Light and bright white kitchen with wood flooring in Cypress at The Orchards in Edmonton AB

A bright, clean white can make your kitchen feel fresh and timeless. It’s a versatile hue that works well in any kitchen style and pairs well with various wall colors, countertops, and backsplashes. If you want to have fun with your finishes, white cabinets allow your other elements to shine.

2. Gray

Gray kitchen in Laredo at Highland Ridge at Alamar by Brookfield Residential in Avondale AZ

Gray is a neutral that has been taking center stage in the last few years in home design, and it’s easy to see why. A subtle gray can add sophistication and elegance, while a dark gray can create a sleek and modern look. Gray pairs beautifully with a wide array of other colors and is the perfect base to build upon in a kitchen.

3. Blue

Navy blue kitchen in Robson 12 at The Orchards by Brookfield Residential in Edmonton AB

Blue is an invigorating color and works well in the kitchen. A deep navy blue can add depth and richness to a kitchen, creating a timeless and elegant feel. It pairs well with brass or copper accents, natural stone, and wood finishes. Many homeowners prefer a navy blue to create a striking and dramatic effect, but lighter shades can also create a crisp, clean look

4. Black

A luxury kitchen with black cabinets and tile backsplash

If you’re looking to give your cabinets a rich and sophisticated upgrade, then black is a great choice. It’s modern and sleek and pairs well with metallic accents and natural wood finishes. Pair your black cabinets with white or light-colored walls and a concrete countertop for a bold take on an industrial feel.

5. Green

Dark green kitchen with waterfall countertop island in Asher at The Orchards in Edmonton AB

Almost any green hue adds a natural, earthy feel to your kitchen. Deep green shades, such as forest green or emerald, can create a rich and luxurious look, while soft green or sage creates a calming effect. Much like plants bring joy to our homes [link to plant blog when live], green cabinets provide that same bright, happy feeling in our kitchen.

The Top 7 Most Popular Kitchen Wall Colors

When choosing kitchen wall paint, stick to shades that complement other elements in the space, such as the cabinets, countertops, and backsplash. These materials are more complicated to change than paint, so unless you’re going for a complete kitchen remodel, opt for a paint color that unifies the space.

1. Beige

Interior view of the living, dining, and kitchen in a home at Chandler in Brentwood NorCal

Beige or taupe creates a cozy and inviting atmosphere in a kitchen. It instantly warms up the space and works well as a base for stronger colors or accents. Beige is a timeless color that never goes out of style, so you’ll have a classic, elegant kitchen that won’t feel outdated in a few years.

2. Gray

White kitchen with gray walls at Pinehurst by Brookfield Residential in Ontario

Gray works wonders in a kitchen since bold colors can pop against it, and lighter shades shine next to it. Depending on the hue, gray can be calming and create a serene atmosphere in your kitchen. There are many shades to choose from, so you’re sure to find the perfect gray.

3. Greige

Bright white kitchen in Hillsboro at Regatta at Auburn Bay in Calgary AB

If you’re torn between the warmth you tend to find in beige and the cool undertones in gray, greige may be the perfect solution for you. It provides a timeless, neutral backdrop that you can enjoy for years to come. Depending on the shade, greige can reflect light, making a kitchen feel brighter and more spacious.

4. White

White kitchen with wood flooring in Brooklyn at Easton Park by Brookfield Residential in Austin TX

White is a classic kitchen color that doesn’t go out of style. It’s the perfect foundation for bolder colors, different textures, and interesting accents. White works especially well in small kitchens since it can brighten the space and help it feel larger. White walls are the just-right balance if you use darker cabinetry like black or navy blue.

5. Yellow

Yellow kitchen in Freestyle 6 at Brighton Crossings by Brookfield Residential in Brighton CO

Yellow is a happy color, just as your kitchen is a joyful place to gather. If you crave positivity, choose any hue of yellow for your kitchen. Use different variations of yellow to brighten up the space and add an instant pop of sunshine. If you’re not ready to commit to a vibrant sunflower yellow, a soft creamy yellow makes a nice, but neutral, alternative to white.

6. Blue

Wood tone kitchen with blue walls in Citrus Plan 5 at New Haven by Brookfield Residential in Ontario CA

Light blue walls give a subtle and soothing look when paired with white or gray cabinets. Try a dark blue on an accent wall, or pair it with black cabinets for a more dramatic effect. Blue is a versatile color that works with various finishes and materials, so it can be used in modern, traditional, or coastal kitchen styles.

7. Black

Modern farmhouse kitchen in a Brookfield Residential home in the Denver CO area

Black walls make a chic statement with a natural hue. It adds depth and dimension, especially with other colors and textures. Black can accentuate other design elements in your kitchen, such as artwork, lighting fixtures, or decorative objects. Use it in moderation, and bring in other colors and textures for balance.

Dark cabinets and kitchen island in Savona 2 at Cranston's Riverstone in Calgary AB

Choosing the perfect paint color for your kitchen cabinets or walls can be fun and exciting. With so many trendy options, it’s easy to get caught up in the latest fads and designs, but your kitchen is ultimately your space, and you should choose colors that speak to your personal style and taste.

Check out the Brookfield Residential blog for design advice, homebuying insights, mortgage tips, and more, including popular new neutral paint colors for 2023 and this year's home décor and design trends. You can also explore where we build and connect with our sales team when you’re ready to learn more. We’ll be expecting you!