Choosing the Right Paint Color That Compliments Your Kitchen Cabinets

During a kitchen remodel you will make a lot of detail choices.  You will select your kitchen cabinets, countertops, hardware, plumbing fixtures, appliances, and more. It is easy to get caught up in all of those choices because they are some of the largest focal points in the room.  But, without the ideal backdrop, the beauty of those choices may get lost.  While choosing a paint color that best coordinates with and enhances your kitchen cabinets may not sound like a very fun or particularly difficult thing to do, it is actually very important.

The first thing to do is think about the overall look that you hope to achieve.  Is your kitchen going to have a light, airy and traditional feel?  Will it be soft and beachy looking?  Will there be cherry cabinets with a rich and traditional feel?  Will there be dark cabinets with a modern twist?  Once you nail down the general kitchen aesthetic that you hope to achieve you can then begin looking at paint colors.  After all, there is never just one shade, or even just 20 shades, of a single color.  All paint color shades have options that are either cool or warm, bright and vibrant or subdued and pale, and so on.  Below are some paint color and cabinet combinations that work well together.

If you are like many homeowners and want to incorporate white into your kitchen (a hot trend), there are many ways to do it. Combining white, blue, and gray is a classic and beautiful color combination that works well for multiple different kitchen aesthetics.  Depending on the details you incorporate into the kitchen, this color combination could look traditional, transitional, modern, beachy, and more.  And, this color combination can be incorporated in multiple ways with either white cabinets, gray countertops, and blue paint or with gray cabinets, white countertops, and blue paint.  Or, if you want to make it even more interesting, you could have blue cabinets with either white or gray countertops and paint.

If you have wood cabinetry, there are a few different ways to select paint color.  SFGate explains how to choose either contrasting or harmonizing colors to coordinate with wood, “Because most cabinetry is made from brown or golden wood varieties, select paint colors that are opposite browns and golds on the color wheel. These include medium blue, soft gray, light blue, turquoise, teal, gray-green and aquamarine. If your cabinetry is cherry wood or has a slight red tint, shades of true green are appropriate wall color choices. According to This Old House, contrasting colors complement each other because they appear cleaner and brighter than if they were paired with neutral colors…Opt for a shade of paint that closely matches one of the wood grains in your cabinetry, a fleck in your countertops or a piece of tile in your backsplash. Select muted paint colors that make a statement such as soft mocha, taupe, ivory, light gray, pale aqua, subdued yellow or salmon.”