Walking down the paint aisle at the home improvement store can be overwhelming. With so many paint chips to choose from, where do you start? Let us help you whittle down the choices with our picks for the best kitchen color palettes.

June 08, 2015

Make your kitchen an expression of your personal style by drenching it in the colors you love. For a no-regrets approach, choose neutral tones for the expensive foundation elements (cabinets, floors, countertops, appliances) and introduce color on the walls, backsplash, window treatments, lighting, and other less-expensive accents. With this strategy, you can easily and affordably swap out the color scheme as your taste and popular trends change.

Chomping at the bit to pick the perfect palette for your kitchen? These delicious color combinations are sure to please.

Blue + Orange

Bring your kitchen to life with this energetic duo. Bold and juicy citrus orange pairs perfectly with soft blue. Plus, both colors complement bright white woodwork and provide lively punctuations against the austere backdrop of modern design.

Red + Yellow

This regal combination has been popular in Europe for generations, and it has found its way into modern design. Pair a deep red with golden yellow to evoke the sense of a stately English manor, a relaxed French country cottage, or a beautiful Tuscan villa. To make your kitchen feel larger, use yellow as the room's anchor color, then add red accents to punctuate the design.

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Gray + Purple

When paired with a deep charcoal gray, purple doesn't seem quite as intimidating. A neutral base helps royal purple accents stand out without overwhelming the space. Balance rich, royal colors with plenty of white.

Black + White

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Few color combinations are as balanced as black and white. Make use of the timeless duo by pairing white foundational elements with black accents. Further amp up visual interest by incorporating a black-and-white backsplash, wallpaper, or tile flooring. 

Blue + Brown

This color combo has universal appeal. For modern or transitional homes, pair chocolate brown with crisp sky blue, and throw in a few bright accent colors for visual interest. In a country kitchen, pick robin's egg blue and wheat brown, then layer on cream-color accents for a warm and cozy look. To give the duo a traditional feeling, choose deep shades of both colors and break up the dark tones with crisp white and rich gold accents.

Gray + Yellow

Gray is gaining ground on white as the new go-to neutral for a contemporary kitchen. Create a sense of calm by using gray as a background color for black, white, or brown cabinets. To keep with the relaxed feeling, pepper the space with accents in a cool blue or soft green. To make the room more vibrant, introduce a bright accent color—the sky is the limit, as gray pairs well with almost every bold color.

Black + Red

Red is a surprisingly versatile color—especially when paired with a dark neutral. There are plenty of hues to choose from, depending on your kitchen style. For a modern look, go for an orangy red. If you're looking for a more traditional style, try a deep wine-color shade. Balance the red with black cabinets, flooring, or countertops.

Brown + Green

Sweet mint green is the perfect pair for rustic blond brown. The beauty of this color combo is that you don't have to stick with one shade of brown. A mix of wood grains gives a space character, and the green balances out the subtle differences. Try exposed ceiling beams, wood flooring, or a wood-clad island, then pair with a mint backsplash, wallpaper, or paint color.

Pink + White

Pink is not just for a child's bedroom. Integrate the color into an everyday space by pairing it with white. The result is a light, garden-fresh feel. Start with a plethora of pink accents—like furniture, art, or wallcoverings—then work up to cabinetry or a backsplash if you're feeling brave.

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Comments (1)

June 25, 2018
The yellow and gray combination is beautiful. Does anyone know where the window treatment came from?