20 Ideas for Colorful Kitchen Cabinets to Update Your Space

Take the most-used space in your home up a design notch by adding a big pop of color on your cabinets. You'll love it!

contemporary-vintage styled neutral kitchen

Kitchens are meant to be practical and functional, but that doesn't mean they can't be beautiful, too. For a bold statement, add colorful kitchen cabinets. There's no reason to stick with white (though we love those, too) if blue, green, or yellow are what you're dreaming about. Check out our list of ideas for kitchen cabinets that make a big impact with not too much work.

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Bold Blue

blue kitchen cabinets

These colorful kitchen cabinets add a welcome pop of blue. Paired with white countertops and a white tile backsplash, this lovely hue stands out without being too loud. The color is perfect for a home that needs something a little extra special in the kitchen without going overboard.

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Chartreuse Confidence

green cabinets

Looking for a quick and easy way to revitalize an all-white kitchen? Take a cue from this one and paint colorful kitchen cabinets in an eye-catching hue. The bold chartreuse color of these cabinets personalizes the standard builder-style cabinetry. Plus, it complements the whimsical butterfly prints and wall decals sprinkled throughout the kitchen.

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Royal Purpleheart

Under-counter microwave

Although some trends point toward painting wood, some species make naturally colorful kitchen cabinets. One example is purpleheart, the dense, durable wood used to make these cabinets. A clear-coat finish brings out the purpleheart's reddish undertones, which work well with the stone countertops and stainless-steel appliances.

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Cozy Gray-Blue

contemporary-vintage styled neutral kitchen

The light blue-gray color of the cabinets in this kitchen gives it a balance of contemporary and vintage. The honed white granite countertops, apron-front sink, and exposed ceiling beams tie the look together effortlessly.

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Refreshing Mint

green kitchen island

These bright, colorful kitchen cabinets add an energetic feeling. The cheerful mint color is popular and fun and ensures the hardworking space is welcoming for the whole family.

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Beautiful Blues

Blue Kitchen cabinets

It's no secret that using your home's location is an easy way to cultivate a color palette. These robin's-egg blue cabinets nod to the stunning views of the land and sky outside the kitchen windows. The cabinets were also treated with a glaze, which gives the cabinets an aged look and the kitchen a casual, lived-in sensibility.

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Restrained Red

Red cabinets, open shelves

Colorful kitchen cabinets don't have to come in big doses to be effective. Adding just a few units with a distinctive hue can have more impact than painting all of them. Here, sections of red-dyed cabinets stand out in a contemporary kitchen where the rest of the cabinetry and shelving wear a natural wood finish.

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Gray Eminence

Gray + Blue + White Kitchen

It's not just brighter hues that make for colorful kitchen cabinets. The subtle sheen of stainless steel inspired this kitchen's calming palette of gray cabinets and blue backsplash tiles. The soft gray hue of the cabinetry modernizes the kitchen but doesn't overwhelm the small space.

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Butter Cupboards

Pale Yellow Cottage Kitchen

Yellow cabinetry gives even the darkest kitchen a sunnier disposition. But yellow comes in many shades, from pale buttermilk and zesty lemon to subdued gold. This kitchen's cabinetry is a buttery yellow, warming the cottage-style space without overwhelming it. The white ceiling and the hardwood floor tone down the brightness.

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Natural Appeal

gray brown kitchen cabinets

Give your cabinets a new look quickly with a fresh coat of paint. Muted colors inspired by nature add modern appeal to this cottage-style kitchen. The greenish-gray hue of the cabinetry expertly coordinates with the subway-tile backsplash and stained concrete countertops.

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Dropping Anchor

eclectic kitchen

Using painted kitchen cabinets doesn't mean forsaking natural wood finishes elsewhere in your kitchen. In fact, some colors and woods work exceptionally well together, with one surface reinforcing the other. For example, the rich hue of this island adds dramatic contrast to the white-painted cabinetry and a thick marble countertop. The dark finish of the island blends with the flooring, which helps anchor it in the center of the kitchen.

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Teal and Tradition

Kitchen w/ blue cabinets

White is a color, too, and going with more vibrant cabinetry in your kitchen doesn't mean you have to exclude white. Mixing colors allows you to enjoy the best of both worlds—and ensures a visually interesting result. This kitchen's teal cabinetry along one wall is lightened by a white tiled backsplash and center island.

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Barely-There Hues

Open kitchen with dark wood stools

Not sure you want your cabinets to scream color? Aim for more of a whisper. This pale blue island reflects a pastel approach, which results from layering a creamy-white glaze over a bright blue one. The off-white cabinetry throughout the rest of the kitchen exudes soft and welcoming energy.

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Striking Orange

Orange buffet

The bold orange accents add colorful kitchen cabinets to the otherwise white space. The cabinetry's clean lines and streamlined construction expertly coordinate the paint color inspired by midcentury modern style.

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Boost of Yellow

Multipurpose Coffee Station

Colorful kitchen cabinets are often found in contemporary-style kitchens but can also effectively energize a more traditional setting. Bold yellow paint graces the lower cabinets and an island in this cottage-style kitchen. The energetic hue adds a splash of needed color to the neutral space and contrasts the dark-stained countertops.

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Collected Color

Cottage Comfort

Colorful collectibles and traditional styling give this kitchen a welcoming, vintage look. Drawing inspiration from a collection of antique dishware, the milky green color of the island is a fresh accent for the white cabinets. The beaded-board paneling used on the island base adds subtle texture.

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Seeing Red

Kitchen with red cabinet

Afraid of going too far with bold color? Then concentrate it where it will count. In this kitchen, the hutch-inspired unit along one wall was painted an eye-catching red hue. The rest of the cabinets were painted white or stained with a dark, rich color. Although the splash of red is anything but subtle, it doesn't overwhelm the kitchen with color.

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Ebony and Ivory

Black & White

High contrast between cabinet colors can create a dramatic effect. In the kitchen of this contemporary-style home, a black-and-white color scheme carries over to the cabinets, creating a sleek and modern aesthetic. Stainless steel appliances and a polished island countertop contribute to the contemporary look.

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Festive Focal Point

Kitchen Makeover Inspiration

Color has the power to transform ordinary cabinetry into a true focal point. In this kitchen, vibrant yellow cabinetry adds warmth and energy to the otherwise neutral space. The look-at-me hue conveys the homeowners' personality and makes the utilitarian space a fun and spirited area for preparing meals and entertaining guests.

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