30 Dreamy Kitchen Paint Colors and Ideas

You know, your walls don't have to be white.

mint green kitchen
John M. Hall

Punch up those cabinets with bright blues and reds, or ground a large space with a soothing gray or green. Here, the ultimate kitchen color inspiration is served. (And if you get through all of these ideas and still love those pearly whites? Check out these designers' top six shades.)

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TK
Kitchen: Hale Navy

White floors and countertops pop in a sunny kitchen by Windsor Smith. The paint color could pass for black, but it's actually an intense blue.

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Stuart Tyson/Studio D
Paint Color: Hale Navy

“I’ve had a longtime love affair with this saturated, inky
blue. It’s the color of night, verging on black. I used it in my kitchen, since it’s where I do my most creative work. Then
I did the exterior of the house — and even the tennis courts!” —Windsor Smith

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andrew howard gray kitchen
Lucas Allen
Kitchen: Gull Wing Gray

Andrew Howard relied on two grays to get the job done in a Florida kitchen inspired by the outdoors. Darker trim can break up a wall of cabinets.

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Stuart Tyson/Studio D
Paint Color: Gull Wing Gray

“The real story in this Florida kitchen is the oversized window and the big sky. One day we were staring outside, trying to determine the perfect color, and there it was, right in our face. The blue was grayed a bit to soften the intensity, and the center panels are the palest shade in that line, . Painting the frames of the cabinets a darker color and tying it into the trim can be an unexpected choice.” —Andrew Howard

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kevin isbell white kitchen
Don Freeman
Kitchen: White Dove

Kevin Isbell updated a dark-wood kitchen by coating the walls and cabinetry in , but left the ceiling bare. “The whole house had a wonderfully distressed patina,” he says. “I wanted to maintain as much of that as possible.”

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benjamin moore white dove
Stuart Tyson/Studio D
Paint Color: White Dove

“The one color that people consistently pick for moldings and windows is White Dove. It has the softness of alabaster, with a little gray and a little yellow. For long-term livability, what helps is that yellow cast. Put it up against other colors and you’ll see how well it works. It’s practically universal.” —Doty Horn

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miles redd green kitchen
Thomas Loof
Kitchen: Bamboo Leaf

Miles Redd hid an exhaust unit and enlivened a teeny cooking space by painting the entire kitchen — including the fridge and roller shade — a verdant green. "We pumped up the color just a scootch and lacquered it to give it life," he says.

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fine paints of europe bamboo leaf
Lara Robby/Studio D
Paint Color: Bamboo Leaf

“In a small space, I like to take one strong color and use it everywhere. There’s something refreshing about emerald green. It puts a modern spin on a tiny Manhattan kitchen and feels cool and sparkling, especially in this glassy finish. Kind of like a gin and tonic ...” —Miles Redd

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Nancy Nolan
Kitchen: Tidewater

A cool sea breeze washes over this blue kitchen designed by Tobi Fairley, with matching counter stools to boot.

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sherwin-williams tidewater kitchen paint color
Lara Robby/Studio D
Paint Color: Tidewater

"I couldn't not do an aqua kitchen for clients who love the ocean. Their home is in landlocked Arkansas, but they requested the relaxing, transporting blue-green of tropical seas, and this color nails it. The kitchen is open to the family room, and enveloping it completely in watery blues, from the island to the refrigerator panel to the tiled backsplash, helps it recede and disappear." —Tobi Fairley

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red kitchen
Laura Moss
Kitchen: Red Geranium

This otherwise neutral kitchen designed by Beverly Ellsley gets a dose of energy from a vibrant red against the white cabinets.

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glidden red geranium
Lara Robby/Studio D
Paint Color: Red Geranium

"The problem with kitchens is that there's so much cabinetry, which, frankly, can be boring. Red paint on the walls adds some excitement and fills up all the blanks, pulling the room together. And it has been proven that red makes people hungry." —Beverly Ellsley

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Best kitchen colors chelsea gray
Francesco Lagnese
Kitchen: Chelsea Gray

In a Florida home, Marshall Watson departed from the expected pastels in favor of shades of gray. He opted for Benjamin Moore's Chelsea Gray for the inviting kitchen.

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benjamin moore chelsea gray kitchen paint color
Lara Robby/Studio D
Paint Color: Chelsea Gray

"Gray brings in a sense of shadow that softens the environment. It's a relief to have that coolness." —Marshall Watson

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Kitchen Paint Colors Black
Maura McEvoy
Kitchen: Glossy Black

In a tiny New York City apartment, Nick Olsen didn't shy away from drama. The lacquered black kitchen is simply stunning. The shining finish reflects light, giving it a jewel box feel.

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Lara Robby/Studio D
Paint Color: Glossy Black

"In an open kitchen that's the first thing you see as you walk in the front door, I needed something dramatic. So I painted all the cabinetry black, which really shows off the stainless steel appliances, the copper tile backsplash, and the glass pendants. Black is handsome. It has solidity and heft." —Palmer Weiss

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Maura McEvoy
Kitchen: Paper White

Bring out natural textures with the palest of grays. In a kitchen by Beth Martell, a showstopper island gets its chance to shine thanks to subdued cabinets and trim.

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benjamin moore paper white kitchen paint color
Lara Robby/Studio D
Paint Color: Paper White

"For a breezy Palm Beach kitchen, I treated this wispy-cloud gray as an accent color. It's muted and calm, and on sunny days, it reads as the lightest, palest blue. Painting it on the cabinets and architectural details draws attention to the textures of the raffia wallpaper and pecky cypress ceiling while keeping the focus on the stunning limestone-topped island." —Beth Martell

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pale powder kitchen
Eric Piasecki
Kitchen: Pale Powder

The subtle color in this kitchen designed by Katie Ridder brings a coziness to the space, but doesn't distract from its traditional style.

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farrow & ball pale powder kitchen paint color
Lara Robby/Studio D
Paint Color: Pale Powder

"If you want something clean and neutral but more interesting than white, try this whisper of a color that goes green or blue in different lights. It adds character and a bit of age, it's easy to live with, and it makes a smoother transition to the adjacent rooms, which are full of color." —Katie Ridder

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kitchen with exposed ceiling
Christopher Baker
Kitchen: Deep Ocean

Designer Gary McBournie's weathered, nautical look stays light and fresh thanks to the glossy floor.

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benjamin moore ocean blue
Lara Robby/Studio D
Paint Color: Deep Ocean

"Blue was a natural for a Nantucket boathouse, and it brightened all that old wood. Then we spattered it with red, white, and blue, so you don't notice all the sand you track in. You just tap a wet paintbrush against a strip of wood, but it's more difficult to control than you think. It could end up looking like a Jackson Pollock — but that would be cool too." —Gary McBournie

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turquoise kitchen
Simon Upton
Kitchen: South Beach

This green hue takes white from blah to beachy when peeking out from behind the cottage kitchen's glass-front cabinets.

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benjamin moore south beach kitchen paint color
Lara Robby/Studio D
Paint Color: South Beach

"This is a really green turquoise. It reminds me of sea glass, and we used it in a beach house that was all about fresh air and fresh color. I probably wouldn't have chosen it for solid cabinet fronts, but it worked well in the back, as an accent color. And it tied in with other things we used in the kitchen." —Jason Bell

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parrish chilcoat and joe lucas gray kitchen
Victoria Pearson
Kitchen: Down Pipe

"In a room this big, with east and west exposures, all this gray is grounding," Joe Lucas says of a masculine California bachelor pad he designed with Parrish Chilcoat.

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Natipernavigare
Kitchen: Down Pipe

“I’ve been having a good time with this deep gray. It changes a lot in different conditions. When the room is dark or in shadow, it seems almost black. But in direct sunlight, it’s the color of a Baltic afternoon. So it’s not boring.” —David Netto

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mint green kitchen with farmhouse table
John M. Hall
Kitchen: Teresa's Green

For a farmhouse kitchen in New York, Shaker-style cabinets painted Teresa's Green by Farrow & Ball have a wonderfully old-fashioned but surprisingly fresh look.

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farrow & ball teresa's green kitchen paint color
Lara Robby/Studio D
Paint Color: Teresa's Green

"On the beautiful blue side of a classic celadon, this color is a complement to everything it meets. Let it be the bold stroke and keep the rest of the scheme simple; you can't go wrong with black and white for countertops, tile, etc. Throw some fresh fruits and vegetables into low wooden bowls and take a cue from them for accent colors — bright carrot-orange or eggplant would do well. But then again, it'd be hard to go wrong." —David Kaihoi

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stephen shubel black kitchen cabinets
Jeremy Samuelson
Kitchen: Midsummer Night

That pop of white prevents the espresso cabinetry from overpowering designer Stephen Shubel's San Francisco kitchen — and adds the illusion of extra space.

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benjamin moore midsummer night kitchen paint color
Lara Robby/Studio D
Paint Color: Midsummer Night

"We wanted the walls and cabinets to recede, so we painted them this dark, almost black, color — like bittersweet chocolate. And then we did white marble counters and painted the inside of the cabinets white, which made all the dishes really pop. The room ended up looking very graphic. Somehow it was contemporary and old-world at the same time, and definitely warmer than an all-white kitchen." —Stephen Shubel

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