You have decided not to replace the cabinets, but rather to paint them to coordinate with your kitchen remodel. Choosing the right color is your next decision. This is a guide about kitchen cabinet paint color advice.
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My kitchen cabinets are cedar. The counter top is a bluish-green with specks of black (granite countertop). The floor is vinyl with bluish green and off white squares. Please help me. I am working on a limited budget. I don't know what to do about the ugly cedar cabinets. It's an eye sore. Help!
By Mary Lou10/18/2011
Question: Are they real cedar wood or just simulated to look like cedar? If they are real cedar, painting them may be a problem as the oils in the wood might make the paint fail to adhere.
I have a few questions about my kitchen. We just bought this place and I have no idea what to start with for colors. I like the countertop and I think that will be my jumping off point. I am planning on painting the cupboards, walls, trashing the curtains, and possibly putting blinds instead? The decorative little shelf off to the side is also going, but I thought maybe adding a small ledge for a breakfast bar there and a couple of stools?
So what colors where? The floor is a neutral linoleum tile which is brand new so I plan on keeping it for a while. I am working on a bit of a budget here so it's mainly getting paint.
Suggestions would be great! Thanks.
By Wilmamacd from PEI
Okay, I have figured out pretty much what I am doing as a whole for the kitchen.......
The walls are going a soft but somewhat bright green, called soft pistachio. The cupboards are definitely going stark white (What kind of gloss? Semi or High?) The door pulls are going to be satin nickel. Hoping to get these ones: http://www.kent.ca/kbs/en/product.j ... N&skuId=P135SN&catalogId=876
The window will be getting nothing if I can help it, blinds if my husband can't handle nothing on the window.....lol.
And I have decided to switch out the countertop to a more neutral one, thay way I can add more color with paint in the future. Also hoping to convince hubby that a new faucet is needed there ;).
Thanks for the input everyone.very helpful! I promise to post a photo when I get it all done.
I need to paint my kitchen cabinets and I don't know what color to paint them. My kitchen is pretty small, and we don't have a lot of light. I love Italian, so I painted the walls a golden yellow color with faux brown on top of the gold.
The kitchen cabinets are totally flat and are a cheap laminate with no design whatsoever. The counters are a dark speckled brown laminate. Help me please. When you give me some colors to pick from, I also need to know what color hardware (hinges and knobs) would look good. I'm going to replace all the hardware. The cabinets are over 25 years old.
By Cindy Scinto09/12/2011
I'm getting ready to paint my old, laminate kitchen cabinets also. I was terrified they would look, "painted." I found kits at Lowes from Rustoleum to refinish your cabinets with a color and pattern. Go to their website to see the options at: http://rustoleumtransformations.com/
Also, Lowes has the very best options for cabinet knobs. Look at the options here: http://www.lowes.com/pl_Kitchen_4294933153__s?Ntt=knobs
All the best to you! I'm excited to get that fresh, new look! 8^)
I am in the process of renovating my kitchen cabinets. I have a small kitchen which has red brick on one wall and as a backsplash. My counter top is a black faux marble laminate. I was considering putting pewter hardware on the cabinets. My appliances are white. My floor is a light grey. I have one other wall that is currently a peachy colour (this could be changed). What colour would be best for the cabinets and doors?
By Helen M
White or the same light gray as the floor.
I have a 10 foot red countertop in my kitchen dating from the 40s with off white cabinets. I would like to update, what color should I paint the cabinets?
By Dena Roberts03/07/2011
The "new" neutral colours work well with reds, the new neutrals are greys, a nice shade of grey would go very well with red. Try to get a really good picture of the colour with a digital camera and take it to the paint store with you to find a shade that compliments the red. My living room is a burgundy red and a soft grey. Looks great and if you don't like greys try a cream not a pinkish cream, but a brownish cream, really light, but some look pink and some look brown, ask if your paint store gives out sample pots of paint. Ours does, costs $3.50 for a pot worth it to get the right colour and not end up with a room you don't like!
What is a good color to paint my walnut colored kitchen cabinets, when I have antique white walls and a white counter top?
By MaryAnn from Port Richey, FL
Go online at HGTV there are some great ideas on colors. Also just check colors for painting kitchen cabinets on google. I did this for two months before I made a choice. It helpped me. Happy painting!
I'm just wondering if anyone has any ideas on painting my kitchen cabinets? I wanted some colors that would make my kitchen seem bigger. But the colors in here also wrap around my tiny dining area, which is open to the living room. Please Help!
By Msmargie13 from Grand Rapids, MI
By susan winship07/27/2009
Could you match the maple-colored trim? It would be lighter, but before committing to it, see if you can find some paper (think art supply or wallpaper store) that would have that color range so you could see how it would look
My walls are pale yellow and my kitchen cabinets are white with red countertops. What color would look good for the cabinets?
Feng shui says to use touches of red. I'd paint the yellow walls white but you might consider a warm white and do the cupboards in the same. That will make your countertop pop.
My appliances are white, but my table is off white with a stainless steel top (so the legs of table and the chairs are off white). What color should I paint my kitchen cabinets? off white to match the table or white to match the appliances, or does it matter?
By Carol Swanson06/11/2012
I agree with the person who suggested you paint the cabinets to match the appliances.
Paint the walls around the cabinets a different color to prevent "white out." Or put a pretty throw rug and towels in the kitchen.
You can never go wrong with white for cabinets. there are many shades of white!
I want red dishes and decor for my kitchen, but I'm unsure of what color to paint the cabinets and walls. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
By Miracle from Delphi, IN
Base of cabinets a grey mist from Loews as well as the walls. red (close to the Rustoleum red) cabinet doors with a top border of red on ceiling & walls and also in the middle of wall as a painted chair rail. If you have a ceiling fan you could also paint blades red and grey I have not done my fan blades yet but have the colors in my kitchen. I use paint cards & taped them to doors, cabinets & walls Good Luck. ezmeralda
I have light green tiles over my kitchen sink and behind my stove. What would be the best colors for my kitchen cabinets?
By Margaret from Auburn, AL
You also have to look at the countertop and floor so that it all coordinates. You could do black, brown or a cherry look if you want a darker cabinet. Or,go with a cream or off white, whichever fits with the green tiles. White will be harder to keep clean. Here's a good link on painting cabinets:
Not sure what color I need to paint my laminate cabinets, but my appliances are stainless steel and my counter is black and tan specs. Please help me!
By Lisa J.
By Cisco's Mom02/20/2013
Go on line and look at pictures of kitchens. Try HGTV or granite counters or Lowe's, Home Depot. All those pictures should give you some great ideas.
What is a good grey color for kitchen cabinets?
By Deana a from Chesapeake, VA
By Stephen from Pacifica, CA
By PENNY K03/17/2010
I lived in Africa once, and seeing that lovely blue with hints of green in it reminded me of the lovely days in the Highlands of Kenya. How about a soft green taken from the dark streaks in the granite; a pastel/light version.
It would be like the blue skies and green of Africa, with the dark woods you find in most houses there.
I just installed new black appliances in my kitchen. My cupboards are beige and I was wondering what color grey would go good or maybe a yellow?
Think I'd go for yellow and a red rug or blinds as a contrast. Grey would be a bit too neutral for me. You don't tell us the colour of the walls though, and if it's a small kitchen or large. Makes a difference.
Marg from England.
I have new hardwood flooring and the color is Maple Moka. What color should I use for the kitchen cabinets and countertops?
My kitchen is quite small. The walls are cream in colour. My appliances and fridge, etc. are mostly black and silver. I would like to know what colour would be nice to paint the cupboards? The tiles are off green black.
By Z. Cotwal
I have galley kitchen 14 feet x 5 feet with black granite counter and stainless steel appliances. The kitchen is open to the family room with beige wall paint and a red accent wall. Medium brown laminate flooring flows thru both rooms. The kitchen only has a large window over the sink area between upper cabinets. Cabinets have been stripped and now need to be painted. What color would you suggest?
Red! Same as the accent wall!
I have white kitchen cabinets that I've just stripped off and would like a different color. I'm unsure of what color to use since my sink, stove, and oven are white.
I have maroon tiles in my kitchen. What color it will work for my cabinets?
I have a very small kitchen, with dark cupboards that I would like to paint. The appliances are almond and the flooring is lino that looks like tile that I guess would be a off white to beige. The countertop is butcher block in appearance. On one end is a window and sink then cupboards on both sides along with the appliances and then the end wall has a large opening in it to open it up. It had just a countertop there, but I would like to put a cupboard of some sort that is not permanent. Just so there is more cupboard room for a family. We had lots as there is just the two of us.
Ideally we would pull it all out and start over, but we are moving and would just like it to look more updated. I would really appreciate some advice on colours as I am horrible at picking colours, but enjoy doing the work. Thank you.
By Sharon from Edmonton, Alberta
I want to redecorate my kitchen using paint. I have a hunter green counter. The cabinets are currently white with white/brass hardware. The floor is also hunter green vinyl tile. I want to replace the floor and paint the cabinets and walls. The counter must stay. The room borders the living dining area which is half charcoal floral wallpaper and painted jade/spruce green. I sent a photo of the ajoining wall colors. It came out a little darker than it actually is. All suggestions are welcome.
Sam from New York
By Sandy (Guest Post)03/20/2007
Hi! I would strip the white paint from the cabinets and go with a stain or a shade of brown paint. I would paint the walls a tan, taupe, apricot, pale yellow,, salmon, or a shade of gold--somewhere in that color range.
I have 1 teal wall, 3 cream walls, and black flooring. What would be the best colour for my kitchen cupboards?
By vikkixx23 from Cambridgeshire
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When I bought my condo they came with typical 90's kitchen cabinets, which are very blah. They are not real wood and have no molding on them. I have tried painting them white, but due to my black and stainless steal appliances the white paint just doesn't work. I would like to paint them black. I have Olive green paint on my walls for your info. Do you think its a good idea to paint the cabinets in such a dark color?
Amina from Nashua, NH
We would like to paint our oak kitchen cabinets. I've read quite a bit here about the primer to use. Thank you all for your tips! I am now wondering if there is a particular brand of paint that is especially kitchen-cabinet-friendly?
By Lisa from Lena, WI.
Is brick red too bold to paint kitchen cabinets? My cabinets are old 60's wood style without molding, just a small lip on edges, (deep grain too, yuck). I would like to wash the lip with a butter color to add some interest. My appliances are white and wall color is a medium olive color.
By NewWays02 from Lebanon, OH
What color should I paint my kitchen cabinets? I have black granite countertops, stainless backsplash and a butcherblock built in table/bar?
By erice from TX
They are painted with Home Depot's Behr Creme Brulee, a cream kind of color that has a yellowish tint. The trim is a bright white. The ceiling is pine tongue-and-groove and it is post and beam so is somewhat dark.
My question is, does anyone have any suggestions for what I should paint my cabinets that would be bright, but not white because we have a two year old and don't want everything to show? Also what could I do for the backs plash color? Thanks.
By josieposie21 from Springfield, NH
I think a stainless steel back splash would be beautiful with the French Vanilla cabinet color and also give a very clean line and look. Then you could go with a brushed stainless steel, nickel or pewter pulls for the cabinet doors to bring this look together. If the stainless steel sheets are too expensive, you might opt for a galvanized metal sheeting and polish it up. Then, down the road, when money allowed, you could perhaps incorporate stainless steel appliances. This would, in my opinion, be very pretty and easy to keep clean, too. I wish you well. Happy decorating. (07/05/2009)
Cupboards: Grey, medium shade
Backsplash: black Subway tiles with a "brick pattern layout" and black grout. If your budget is small, washable/vinyl wall paper that incorporates the colours you have chosen, will give you 2 to 3 years of wear and washing, and not cost a whole lot.
If you're going to replace your cupboard hardware, brushed nickle finish looks really sharp. Stay away from brass, copper, or any antique finishes. (07/05/2009)
Again I learned the hard way by putting large cast iron looking heavy handles, knobs and drawer pulls which ended up being way too heavy looking in my small kitchen; it actually made the room seem much smaller then it was to begin with if that makes sense.
Your kitchen colors would resemble those found in "Black Eyed Susan" flowers. Lets us know what you end up doing. (07/05/2009)
By Paula Jo
The house my husband and I are about to purchase has beautiful tile countertops and nice floors in the kitchen. The cabinets have been painted white though, and I'm not too crazy about it.
I saw posts about painting laminate. As you can see by the picture I am working on remodeling this kitchen. The cabinets are very dark/outdated, but are in "like new" condition.
What color should I paint my flat panel kitchen cabinets?
I want to paint my pressboard cabinets. The current theme is stars and stripes. I am hoping to interchange to a vivid bouquet of colors, including red and green. Any suggestions of what color I should paint my cabinets?
I want to paint my cabinets in my kitchen. The countertops are a soft white and the appliances are black. There is an island in the middle.
My kitchen has shoulder height white bead-board, with red paint above. The floor, which I can't change right now is beige vinyl.