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  • Writer's pictureBetsey Dempsey

What color should I paint my kitchen cabinets?

Painting your kitchen cabinets instead of replacing them can save you many thousands of dollars. A fresh, new color will give your kitchen an entire new look. It is so worth it! But, how do you go about picking the right color? You need to get it right the first time. No one wants to have to do that job twice! There are several factors you need to consider when picking out a color.



  1. What do you have for a countertop? If it is very neutral and quiet, you will have more flexibility with color for the cabinets. If the countertop has a lot of color and/or movement in it, you should consider going with a more neutral color cabinet.

  2. What is your flooring? If it is or looks like wood and the color isn't too bold, most colors will work fine. If it is tile, you will want to consider the colors in the tile. Personally, I'm not a fan of paint colors that look similar to finishes nearby but don't quite work. For example, I try to avoid orange/red paint near wood or terracotta floors.

  3. What is it about your current cabinet color that you don't like? Is it too dark or light? Just sick of the natural wood? Looking for some color? This conversation will help direct you when looking at colors.

  4. What colors are in nearby rooms/halls? You'll want to make sure it all works together. It doesn't have to match, just go well.

  5. Do you have decent natural light? If not, you can go lighter with your cabinets. Also consider getting more lighting. Tape lights are great for under the counter, install more functional island pendants, or even just brighter bulbs.

  6. Will you be selling your home in the next few years? Keeping everything on the neutral side will help resale. That doesn't mean it has to be boring though!

  7. Is there a focal point in the kitchen? Do you have an island that is already an existing accent color, a bold floor, or a great view out the window? Keep the cabinets neutral. If there is nothing in particular of interest to look at in your kitchen, a little color on the cabinets can make a great statement.

When you have decided on a few color options, be sure to do samples and tape them up on your cabinet doors. Check out my previous blog post about sampling colors. Move them around because one location will look different than others. In my next post we'll talk about how to go about painting your cabinets for a factory-like finish. There are lots of little tips and tricks that can make it look professional.

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