What Color Should I Paint My Kitchen Cabinets?

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Would you like to update the appearance of your kitchen? One simple way to do this is by giving your kitchen cabinets a new coat of paint. Once you decide your kitchen cabinets need some color the next question becomes: What color? Take a look at a few color choices and the difference they can make in a kitchen’s décor.

White Cabinets

A kitchen lined with bright white cabinets is an inviting place to be. Even if you have just a little natural light entering through a window in your kitchen, these cabinets will reflect it creating an airy atmosphere. Choosing white gives your cabinets a fresh, clean appearance that opens up the door to many other creative ideas for your kitchen’s décor.

White cabinets serve as an ideal background for colorful artwork on your walls, vases of bright flowers, photographs and even a collection of copper pots and pans.

A kitchen floor done in a bright blue or pale yellow would be a dramatic pairing with your white cabinets. Furthermore, a row of white cabinets would make a tile kitchen floor featuring a bold diamond or hexagon pattern stand out even more.

Red Cabinets

Maybe you’ve had brown walnut kitchen cabinets for years. Why not make a change that will really shake up the décor? If this idea appeals to you, consider red kitchen cabinets.

Red is such a dramatic color that it works best to make your cabinets the star of the kitchen while allowing other features in the décor to play supporting roles. If you have an island, a butcher block countertop would complement your red cabinets. A wood kitchen floor in light oak or hickory would also enhance your cabinets.

Red cabinets would complement a white stone sink, backsplash in a white subway tile design or quartz countertops. Stainless steel appliances also look appealing against the backdrop of red kitchen cabinets.

Blue Cabinets

If ten people pictured a blue kitchen cabinet, there’s a good chance each person would envision a different shade of blue. That’s the great thing about choosing this color. You may want to paint your cabinets navy blue and complement it with other shades of blue throughout your décor.

If you go with dark blue, a backsplash with a design in a retro blue mosaic tile would serve as a contrast to your darker cabinets. Alternatively, if you want to go with a pastel blue paint for your cabinets, you may want a backsplash with a design in iridescent aquamarine. The blues in your backsplash would pair well with the pastel blue of your cabinets.

Dark granite or marble countertops enhance the look of cabinets in a light blue while white quartz countertops would look attractive with dark blue cabinets.

No matter the shade, blue is a calming color which goes a long way to setting the tone in your kitchen. If you want to add even more flair to your new cabinet color, pick up some brushed nickel handles featuring an antique flowery design. Or, go with sleek, stainless steel circular knobs for a more modern look.

Gray Cabinets

When you want to spruce up the look of your kitchen, you may not immediately think of the color gray for your cabinet painting project. But, as you may have heard, there are a lot of shades of gray.

Cabinets painted in a soft gray can lend a soothing tone to a kitchen. Plus, the color hides the dust and splatters that tend to make their way onto cabinet doors. This color can also complement a gathering of stainless-steel appliances including smaller ones like mixers, toasters and blenders.

If you go with a dark gray for your cabinets, it’s a good idea to have lighter features throughout the décor. White marble countertops, a white sink and a beige or soft gray kitchen floor are all solid examples.

Maybe you envision a light gray color for your cabinets. If so, think about a backsplash designed in gleaming stainless steel. You may be wondering if you can get a stainless-steel backsplash in a subway tile design. Yes, you can! When it comes to stainless steel backsplash you can go with a plain finish, a hammered finish or even one that features a design of small squares. These textures add interest to the look of your gray cabinets.

Black Cabinets

Black cabinets are another bold choice for a kitchen. Though black cabinets were all the rage back in the 1920s, they can be a highlight in a kitchen with a modern décor today. If you have a kitchen with dark granite countertops and a soft gray floor, black cabinets would be an attractive, elegant addition to the scene.

White marble countertops pair well with black cabinets because of the black running through the design of the counters. This countertop choice also lightens up the tone of the room a bit. A white tile floor would serve as a dramatic contrast to your cabinets.

Black cabinets create an attractive background for all sorts of colorful details in the décor of your kitchen. Backsplash in red with an intricate black design would be a standout choice. Dishes in a bright blue, yellow or orange would look appealing against your black cabinets. Don’t forget to choose some silver or gold handles or knobs to give your cabinet doors some unexpected sparkle.

Preparing to Paint

As with any decorating project, cabinet refinishing and/or painting requires a bit of preparation. For one, it’s necessary to find paint designed to withstand the stains and splatters that can occur in a kitchen. In short, you want paint that can be cleaned easily while retaining its attractive appearance for years.

Now that you’re looking closely at that line of cabinets in your kitchen, you’re sure they definitely need some fresh color. But, you’re not sure about doing the painting work yourself. The answer? Hire a professional painting contractor to get the cabinet painting work done right!

At Absolute Painting, our professional painters are familiar with a variety of durable paints that are perfect for kitchen cabinet projects. Plus, we have the skills and experience to paint your cabinets, so they have lasting beauty. We are proud to serve homeowners in Lawrence KS as well as Lenexa KS.

Our team of painters understands how disruptive it can be to have painting and cabinet refinishing work done in a home. So, we work with you to schedule the painting project at a time that works best for you and your household. Not sure about the color? We can advise you on color options that you may love for your kitchen area. Call us at Absolute Painting today and let us have the opportunity to give your kitchen cabinets the makeover they deserve!


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