Adding some color to your kitchen can transform it from boring to unbelievable.
Isn’t it about time you gave your kitchen a fresh new look? The easiest way to do that is with paint. Whether you’re painting the walls, the floor, the ceiling, or the cabinets, a new color can make your kitchen feel bigger, brighter, and more welcoming. But the key is to pick the right color and choose the right place to paint.
These kitchen paint color ideas will inspire you to try something new and creative in the most used space in your home. So will you create an accent wall, give your cabinets a coat of paint, or paint the ceiling?
1. Accent Wall Kitchen Paint Colors
Look for a wall in your kitchen that’s generally plain and framed by inside. This is the ideal wall to turn into your accent. Giving this wall a different look from the rest of the kitchen will break up the uniform look.
A safe and traditional approach to creating your accent wall is to paint this wall a hue two shades darker than the wall color you’ve painted the rest of the kitchen. But in a modern age, this can feel safe and boring.
Instead, consider choosing a bold and vibrant accent color. A jade, navy blue, or ruby color might look stunning. An accent wall gives you the effect of this bold color without it being overwhelming. You can then offset this bold color with a marble countertop and brass accents.
For a modern approach to the accent wall, consider using wallpaper or wall decals. Choose something with a mural or large geometric pattern. This will update the look of the accent wall to help your kitchen feel fresh and modern. Another modern choice is to use chalkboard paint on the wall. You’ll have a built-in noticeboard to write recipes, grocery lists, and notes to family members.
2. Bright Kitchen Paint Colors
The kitchen is the one room in your home where you could choose a bright color scheme, and people won’t think twice about it. If you want a lime green kitchen, go for it. Bright colors can brighten up the entire space and help it to feel energized. This may be precisely what you need to help you wake up and face the day.
Before you commit to a bright and bold color, you should get a paint sample. Paint a few patches throughout your kitchen, so you know exactly how the color will look in the changing light throughout the day.
If you’re nervous, start with an accent wall. Then you can continue painting throughout the rest of the kitchen. Depending on the amount of cabinetry you have, there may not be much wall to paint, and the color won’t be as overwhelming. Another option is to paint the cabinets the bold color and leave the walls white.
Whatever you decide, try to let the bright color be the focus of the room. Keep the other elements in the kitchen a neutral color, or you risk your kitchen looking like a circus or funhouse.
3. Colorful Interior Kitchen Paint Colors
In the last idea, we advised sticking to one color if you were going bold. However, if you want to use multiple colors, try a lighter color palette. Instead of hot pink, choose a pastel variant. Or skip the lime and grass green for a mint or sage instead.
Now that you have the tone of the color in mind, you need to pick your shades. The first option is to choose complementary colors. These are colors that are next to each other on the color wheel. So you could use shades of blue, teal, and green. Or you could have a warmer color palette and opt for pink, orange, and yellow.
The other option is to choose contrasting colors. These are colors opposite from each other on the color wheel. Pink and green look great next to each other and are a popular choice.
Try to balance the use of the two colors throughout your kitchen. You don’t want one color to overwhelm the other so that your kitchen is predominantly one color with only small accents of the other.
4. Dark Cabinets Kitchen Paint Colors
Your old wood cabinets can make your kitchen look dated. You can rip them out and completely replace them with new kitchen cabinets, but this is time-consuming and expensive. A more affordable option is to paint them. Modern interior design trends are embracing dark colored cabinetry.
The most popular choices are black, dark grey, navy blue, or forest green. The key to making dark cabinets look good in your kitchen is to keep the darker color low. Your cabinet color can quickly close in the feel of your kitchen, so it isn’t advisable to paint your upper cabinets a dark color. Instead, leave the wall cabinets white and paint your lower cabinets the dark color.
There are a few instances where it’s okay to paint the upper cabinets in a dark hue:
- You have a large and well-lit kitchen.
- There are a limited number of upper cabinets.
- Your upper cabinets are along one wall, and you have an open kitchen that blends into another room.
For more dark color cabinets, check out these black cabinet ideas.
5. Dark Colored Wall Kitchen Paint Colors
If you have a bright, large, or open kitchen, then you can paint the walls a dark color. You can use a darker shade to create depth in your kitchen. A popular choice is to paint the wall behind open cabinets. This will create the illusion of the wall being further away than it really is and the shelves will seem deeper than they really are. However, you can create a similar effect if your cabinets have doors.
When you use a dark kitchen wall color, you can limit the amount of wall that’s dark by installing a backsplash. Choose a lighter shade for the backsplash, such as white tile. This lighter color will reflect the light and help the kitchen feel larger.
6. Dark Interior Kitchen Paint Colors
For some, embracing the dark and moody colors work. Dark kitchens look right at home in ultra-modern, industrial, and minimalist homes. These kitchens embrace clean lines, sleek cabinets, and upscale materials and finishes. However, a dark hunter green can look right at home in a vintage-inspired kitchen.
Making an all dark color scheme work is all about what you do with it. Brass hardware can add a bit of shine and break up all of the darkness. You could also balance the dark color of the walls and cabinets by using natural materials. Wood, concrete, marble, and granite will all look beautiful and help prevent your kitchen from becoming a dark void. They also look right at home in the styles we mentioned earlier that embrace dark colors.
7. Light Color Kitchen Paint Colors
Light-colored paint for your kitchen gives you a chance to keep it light and fresh while also moving away from the stark and cold feeling of an all white palette. To achieve this look, stick with pastels.
When painting your kitchen a light color, you have two options. You can paint all the walls and leave your cabinets white or natural wood, or paint your cabinets and leave your walls a neutral color.
Decorate the rest of the kitchen to compliment the light color. Cool silver, stainless steel, and nickel finishes will look lovely with blues, purples, and greys. Warmer metals like gold, brass, and bronze look better with warmer colors such as pinks, oranges, and even greens.
8. Muted Kitchen Paint Colors
Pastels aren’t for everyone. You can still achieve a subtle touch of color without using pastels, though. Muted colors are a softer version of darker colors. The hue is less rich to achieve a softer and less bold look. Instead of lilac, choose a soft plum. Or instead of baby pink, choose a mauve. Skip the mint and choose a sage green instead.
These colors will give your kitchen a more formal and mature feel. Mauve and sage are especially a favorite of French and farmhouse kitchen enthusiasts. Similar to light colors, you have the option of painting either the walls or your cabinets.
9. Neutral Kitchen Paint Colors
If you’re planning on selling your home soon, then stick with a neutral color pallet. White, tans, greys, khaki, and off white shades are all popular. It also prevents you from turning off a potential buyer because you picked a polarizing, bold color.
Your kitchen doesn’t have to be one flat color and boring, though. Try to give your kitchen dimension and detail by choosing different neutral colors and shades. You can supplement this by adding natural materials. A natural wood floor or granite countertop will blend perfectly.
This type of color scheme can work in almost any style of kitchen. It works especially well in a farmhouse or French country style kitchen.
10. Painted Ceiling Kitchen Paint Colors
You don’t have to paint your kitchen walls to add color to your kitchen. Take a look up and consider painting your ceiling. This will give the space an unexpected pop of color. Traditional design rules state that painting your ceiling a color will close the ceiling in and make it feel lower than it really is. This isn’t true to a point.
Choose a lighter color, like robin’s egg blue, pale yellow, or mauve. These are the perfect colors for painting your ceiling or for using the same color on your ceiling and walls, so your entire kitchen is one color. If you have your heart set on a dark color for the ceiling, you could go with an inky black. But be careful, because black can close your ceiling in if your ceiling height is too low.
For more ceiling ideas, click here.
11. Shades of Grey Kitchen Paint Colors
Grey is a modern kitchen color. It can look warm and inviting with black or gold finishes or super sleek with stainless steel appliances. Most people choose a single shade of grey, but don’t let that stop you from choosing more.
Try to incorporate grey in different materials. You could have pale grey walls, a slightly darker shade for the cabinets, and an even darker shade for the countertops. Then finish the look with grey wood flooring.
You could keep your grey looking fresh by pairing it with white and light-colored wood. This will give your kitchen a Scandinavian feel.
Click here for some more grey kitchen ideas.
12. Two-Tone Kitchen Paint Colors
Using two colors in your kitchen can give your traditional or craftsman style home a modern feel without departing too far from the intended design aesthetic. You could go for a subtle effect by choosing a kitchen cabinet paint color that’s a similar shade to the other color. Think light grey and white, light and dark shade of grey, or two shades of blue.
The easiest way to create a two-tone effect in your kitchen is to paint the cabinets. The lower cabinets should be the darker color while the upper cabinets are lighter. If you have a kitchen island, you could paint the island darker, and the wall cabinets the lighter color.
How do I paint my cabinets?
You can paint your kitchen cabinets yourself, but you’ll need a couple of weekends to finish the project.
- Remove the doors and hardware.
- Clean and lightly sand the surfaces.
- Remove all of the dust from sanding.
- If necessary, apply a primer coat before you paint.
- Make sure the cabinet doors are fully dry before you flip them over and paint the other side.
What if I hate the color I’ve chosen?
The good thing about paint is that you can paint over it. If you hate the color you’ve chosen, then pick another one. You can avoid this by getting a sample of your chosen color and painting a couple of test patches. Then live with it for a few days. When you’re sure you like it, you’re ready to commit to painting the whole wall.
What’s wrong with white paint?
Nothing! White kitchens and white cabinets have always been the most popular choice. Other trends come and go, but white kitchens remain. Try to hang some colorful art or add other splashes of color. White walls, cabinets, ceiling, and floor can look a bit boring and sterile.