Create a serene kitchen setting with a light and cheery hue inspired by the sky. This airy, bright blue paint lightens the look of the deep espresso floors and complements the clean white cabinets, marble countertops, and classic subway tiles. Be sure to use painters tape—especially if the walls curve, as in this archway—to achieve the desired crisp lines.
Paint Color: Quietude SW612, Sherwin-Williams.
Take neutrals to the next level. Taupe-color walls serve as a warm but subtle backdrop for dramatic accents, like this kitchen's bold blue island and shimmering ocean-inspired backsplash. The sandy paint color, along with clean white trim, helps ease the transition between an open kitchen and the surrounding rooms. Keep in ming that for such a high-traffic area, you'll want paint that lasts and is easy to clean. Opt for a high-gloss or semi-gloss finish.
Paint Color: Northern Cliffs, Benjamin Moore.
Few hues are more timeless than crisp, clean white. For a warmer look, opt for a shade with a yellow undertone. Then dress your kitchen with the neutral paint color, then layer on color through cabinetry, lighting, and decor. If you choose to paint cabinets, be sure to apply two to three coats of paint, letting cabinets dry in between coats. This provides extra durability in a high-traffic area.
Paint Color: White Dove, Benjamin Moore
There's no happier place to enjoy that first sip of morning coffee than in a yellow kitchen. The cheery paint color provides a golden glow all day long and helps brighten taupe-gray cabinetry and dark countertops. Yellow works especially well for kitchens that don't already get a lot of light, so try it in a basement kitchenette or a home where the blinds stay closed.
Paint Color: Sequin SW6394, Sherwin-Williams
A deliciously rich mix of gray and beige, greige feels at home in any style of kitchen. Greige is incredibly versatile. The color can be mixed up depending on the ratio of gray to brown you choose. Balance the deep hue with white details, such as this cottage kitchen's beaded-board paneling, or an off-white ceiling color like khaki.
Paint Color: Texas Leather, Benjamin Moore
From rich gray to clean white, find your next paint color in our roundup of top neutral paint colors that work for any room. The trick is to pair neutrals together, or amplify the shades with a singular accent color.
Usher in an earthy atmosphere with an organic shade of green. Tan undertones help calm this statement-making shade of chartreuse. The kitchen paint color livens up white cabinetry and enhances natural materials like bamboo curtains and raw pine shelves. Keep the bright shade from overwhelming the space by using it as an accent color.
Paint Color: Fennel, Pratt & Lambert Paints.
For a fresh twist on cottage style, coat your kitchen walls with pale blue paint. The soft, powdery shade showcases rich wood floors and sets off white-painted cabinetry. When it comes time to pick a paint shade, look for inspiration in other accents of your kitchen. This blue-gray shade can be found in the tile backsplash above the countertops, leading to a lovely uniform look.
Paint Color: Online SW7072, Sherwin-Williams.
For a color scheme that's not as stark as bright white, look to cream. The muted yellow-white adds warmth to rustic and modern kitchens alike. Ground the paint color with a darker shade on your island base, or pair with a rich wood tone, like this room's espresso ceiling beams, cabinets, and countertops. Plus, the shade is versatile enough to blend with this room's various shades of wood.
Paint Color: Mascarpone, Benjamin Moore.
Discover the beauty and elegance of a black kitchen with charcoal paint. Dark and moody, the color is always in style and creates a sophisticated backdrop for retro relics, such as funky pendant lights, a restored wet bar, and colorful banquette seating. Consider painting a portion of the wall with actual charcoal paint for an easy-to-use message board perfect for writing grocery lists and little reminders.
Paint Color: Onyx, Benjamin Moore.
What's old is new again. Mint paint creates a beautiful blast from the past when used in the kitchen. Feature the pastel green hue on walls for full-on color, or use it on cabinetry or an island for a subtle statement. For best results, use mint in a room that gets plenty of daylight. Mint and light combine to create a bright, happy atmosphere that works in a variety of climates.
Paint Color: Healing Aloe, Benjamin Moore
Subtle differences in shades of gray provide surprising palette-focused interest in this expansive kitchen. The neutral kitchen paint color offers just a hint of monochromatic color, keeping the room light and bright while showcasing a pantry door with a pop of citrus color. Keep it cool with stainless steel appliances.
Paint Color: Silver Satin, Benjamin Moore.
Discover seven more kitchen paint colors that top our list, and get inspired to try them in your home. Just be sure to always check the chip—paint colors look different on screen than they do in person.