Cabinets often occupy a significant space in your kitchen. So choosing a paint color that coordinates with your cabinetry is important. This page contains paint color advice for kitchen with maple cabinets.
I am useless at choosing colours for my kitchen. It is a small galley kitchen with maple units and wall cupboards. The work top is black with specks of grey, hardly noticeable, and the floor is a dark colour like a blacky brown. The splash back tiles are like a light terracotta. What colour would be best to give it some life please? I have added a couple of pictures of the kitchen, but they aren't very good. But they do show the colours of the cupboards and work tops.
By amanda 1
I am contemplating a color for my kitchen and need some suggestions. I have light blonde maple cabinets and dark countertops. The adjoining room is SW paint color Toasty Chocolate brown.
I am thinking about either a sage/olive green or a golden tone. I would like for the cabinets to stand out against the wall color as well as something that is not too dark as the adjoining living room is a dark color.
December 15, 2008
I have similiar cabinets and counters. I did mine with a very light sage and a shade darker sponged over. It looks great. If I had a picture I'd send it to you!
By carolyn 1
What color should I paint my kitchen? I have cedar maple cabinets, light hardwood floors, Impala black granite counter tops, seat cushions with brick red, sage green, and tan stripe. I can't make a decision. Help.
By EZCARDS from Washington, DC
October 12, 2009
I really like a cream color it is a neutral. That way you can change you accessories down the line without having to repaint your entire kitchen.
By Susan Root 1
I have dark green granite countertops and honey-maple cabinets in my kitchen. What paint color would look best with these?
By ashley 1
I want to paint my kitchen/dining room Middleshire Green (light mint blue), Milk Chocolate (light chocolate brown), and Light Raffia (sand). I know I want my walls textured in the light mint blue, but what about the trim and cabinets? I have a sandy colored countertop with different shades of sandy tan ceramic on my floor.
By Ashley from Philadelphia, MS
March 15, 2010
I would paint the cabinets the chocolate brown color or a little darker and the trim the sand color to or the chocolate brown.
What color (other than green) should I paint my kitchen walls? My appliances are white, floor is beige, and backsplash tile is cream. The cabinets are light maple and the kitchen is somewhat dark.
By Sue B
March 31, 2014
I would not choose any color other than cream. Cream is a shade of white that isn't bright white, but rather has a little tinge of yellow. It is the color of cream made from milk.
I would like some kitchen wall color suggestions for a medium size kitchen. It has maple cabinets, antiqued with mocha. The backsplash is ceramic 4x4 tiles of light taupe, antique whites, and a slight beige mixed into splashes of color. I have 4x4 every 4th tile of antique dark bronze inlays in backsplash.
By Karen from Perry, FL
June 1, 2011
You could go with a taupe, or very light brown paint to accent the maple. If you wanted a bold color, a country red (similar to the color of round plate shown on the counter and use white trim).
I would like suggestions for paint color for a kitchen with warm brown maple cabinets and an oak floor, whitish countertops and back-splash and almond-colored appliances. I tend to be country to traditional in decorating style.
By Eileen from Monroe, NY
March 25, 2010
I would suggest a sage green or a bluish/gray color.
By Scott 1
The color of my cabinets is "Hardrock Maple" the color of my countertop is "Butter-Rum". I have stainless steel appliances. I am looking for suggestions on floor color and paint color.
Please help, I have horrible design taste and do not want to mess up.
Scott from Kew Gardens, NY
October 3, 2007
How about ivory(slightly yellowish white)for the floor and a light shade of grey, blue grey, or sage(a light greyish green) for the walls. Get some paint chips and tape them to your walls. Paint chips are small but they will give you an iidea.
I have maple cabinets and stainless steel appliances. The countertop is black with gray and beige specks and the backsplash has a slight gray swirl. The kitchen is a galley kitchen and is very small.
By Robin B from Delran, NJ
We are buying a 10 yr. old home. The kitchen has light maple cabinets. We want to put in a granite countertop. What color of granite should we go with. We were thinking of old Venetian gold, but are confused if it will make the kitchen look too dull. The flooring is of oak wood medium color, neither dark nor too light. I don't want to have a white kitchen, so can anyone please suggest a good color to paint kitchen and for granite. Don't want too bright nor too dull.
By LH Sudbury 1
I have very light maple kitchen cabinets (from the 80s) and black counter tops. My kitchen walls run up against my dining room walls so they need to compliment each other. My dining room is a light blue and has white California shutters that I love. I would like to go with a darker, bolder color in the kitchen as it is very bland looking right now.
By LH Sudbury
I need to paint my kitchen. I have maple units with black worktops. I am also going to change the tiles. What paint colour do you think would work? What colour tiles would like good?
I need help with deciding a paint color for my kitchen. I am completely remodeling. I am having maple cabinets, walnut flooring, white trim, stainless appliances, and Giallo Napoli granite counter tops. I will be painting this weekend (6/4/11). Thank you.
June 1, 2011
As walnut has a slight purple cast, I would suggest a color that reflects that or the yellow of the maple. This is going to be tricky and as much as a hate to say it, I would recommend an off white unless you really want to be adventuresome and that you might consider a neon yellow. I am not sure what color your counter tops are, but I am guessing a gray with spots of purple. Also consider the color on next room so the colors will flow from room to room.
By jane 1
Can someone suggest kitchen paint colors? I have cherry maple cabinets, golden sand polished granite (which is creamy with specks of gold, pinkish coral and green), with quartzite gold porcelain floor tiles. The back splash is creamy with specks of gold.
I have only two walls to paint near the window. The room is very bright. I want the cabinets to pop more than the paint, but I still want some color. I want the room to seem bigger than it is. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thank you so much.
By Jane from Yonkers, NY
I'm looking for a paint color for my kitchen. The cabinets are maple, the countertop is Corian and the over all color is sage green with specks of darker sage and a grayish white. The back splash is grayish white.
By Eileen from West Chester, PA
May 16, 2011
I would suggest a very light maple color bordering on yellow or yellow in curtains or pursue something in the green family. A bright, light green might be appealing. What are your appliances? If they are white, then you may not need the brighter colors, but if they aren't, an bright accent color might be best. You have neutral colors to work with so you can play with colors. Consider how much light you have.
By Marla 1
I have maple cabinets, stainless steel appliances, black granite countertops, and cobalt blue pendant lights. What color do I paint the walls?
By Marla from WI
I want to paint my sofit and have medium brown maple cabinets. What colors will go with the cabinets?
By Clara G
I have medium maple cabinets with mixed dark brown quartz countertops. I am thinking of orange paint for small areas of walls in kitchen. Also I have stainless steel appliances.
By Susan B.
What color should I paint my kitchen walls? I have light/yellowish maple cabinets, tan granite counter and backslash, and off white tile flooring with stainless steel appliances? Thanks!
By Jake from San Jose, CA
We are doing a total renovation of our kitchen. The cabinets are Thomasville maple, stain is called cider. The appliances will be slate. I purchased a pendant light for above the sink which is a punched kettle black tin, the ceiling will be off white. The counter top is Silverstone, called tea leaf.
What paint color(s) would be best? Thank you.
I have red maple cabinets with black/gold granite counter tops and stainless appliances in a fairly large kitchen with lots of light. It is partially open to a dark green/cream painted living room. What paint color will match for the kitchen? (Something other than mustard yellow or beige/brown which makes my walls look pink.)
By dobsfamily 1
I need help with what color to paint the kitchen walls and the color for curtains? or Roman shades? I have light golden maple wood kitchen cabinets and ceramic 12x12 floor (called Caribbean Slate from Lowe's, it's a light neutral tile, which has gray/silver with green hues mixed with splashes of sand, beige, and cream tones- so neutral goes with practically anything). I am thinking of getting a darker granite counter with some black in it, and stainless steel appliances. The color in our dining room, which is separated by an archway, is a chocolate beige (Benjamin Moore Big Bend Beige). I'm thinking of just going with a beige to play it safe, but want to have color so thinking yellow? or gray color w/ slight green undertone? or green/sage? or bronze brass reddish color? I'm all over the map and not sure what direction to go. I could really use any help. Thanks.
By Ellen D. from Lakewood, NJ
I am looking for a paint colors for the kitchen. We have maple cabinets, darker hardwood floors, and granite countertops that are beige, cream, and black (fairly neutral).
We are trying to find a color for the kitchen walls to go with our new medium maple cabinets. Would appreciate your suggestions. specific brand and color code is welcome.
Well Brad, it would help in suggesting if you included the type/color of flooring and counter tops. Even appliances can come into play. Having just completed a kitchen remodel I can appreciate it when it all comes together.
I believe a light Sage color would be beautiful. (04/02/2005)
I am moving into a new house with white-washed kitchen cabinets and am struggling with a wall color. The counter top is marble-like with white and gray swirls. The entire first floor includes an open floor plan that includes dining room, living room and family room. So a neutral color is my first thought. The floor is hardwood everywhere with cream-colored ceramic tile in the kitchen. Any suggestions? (09/07/2005)
The walls in the colour "ginger" would be awesome with those cabinets. Cream would be my second choice. I would add something red to that kitchen to bring out the wood. I am in the process of reupholstering my living room. The sofa, chair & drapes will be raspberry velvet...sofa is done & looks totally awesome against the old hardwood floors & cream coloured walls. Have fun! Patsy
PS I am adding Native American items to the room, to bring these shades all together. (03/13/2006)
Please help me pick a paint color for my remodeled kitchen. I need to pick out paint this week. We have light stained maple cabinets to ceiling. Matching new oak hardwood floors. Tropical brown (black/brown) granite countertops with Stainless Steel Applicances. I just orders 2" light wood blinds.
Currently no backsplash because I can't decide. Do I pick a neutral color for the walls around the seating area or do I pick a color - I sort of liked Sherwood green by Benjamin Moore. If I do have a backsplash what color tiles?
I also put in new 6 panel oak doors. Two of the doors are very visible in the kitchen. I would also like a new kitchen set. I was thinking about glass table instead of adding more wood. I would love your suggestions.
I say go with a kitchen white. It will brighten up the room, provide a nice contrast for the wood, and just look fresh. Besides, should you decide to do something like add fabric, anything will match the white walls. Be sure you use a kitchen paint. They are designed to make it easier to wash the walls. The problem with using other colors is that you easily get cooking splatters and grease all over the place, and it is far easier to over look the dirt when the color isn't as obvious or bright as white. Besides, with all that gorgeous wood, why would you want to use a color that would wind up playing down the beauty of the wood. I used to like off white, but for some reason, as it ages, it starts to turn browner, and looks really awful in a very short period of time! (03/17/2005)
I'd use something neutral for the backsplash, because you probably won't ever change that again. I'd also choose something light because it sounds like everything else in your kitchen is dark. Maybe white, cream, tan, or grey (I'd pick white).
I don't know what color Sherwood green is, but it sounds wonderfully foresty with all the wood in your kitchen. You might want to get a small container of paint and paint a large visible section to see how that will feel before deciding. Or if you have a sheet, blanket, tablecloth or some other big thing in a similar color, have someone hold that up against the wall to see if it feels too dark or anything. Make sure the color you choose goes with other things you will have like curtains and pictures.
One thing I noticed once about glass tables while watching a movie is that you can see through them to people's laps, so you can see them fidgiting and stuff. I wonder if anyone makes stainless steel tables. You could get a table with tile matching your backsplash (easy if you choose white tile). Or you could start using tablecloths on a wood table. (03/18/2005)
Thanks for the help. I bought a sample bottle of the sherwood green and I don't like it. Then I went to a local paint store with my samples of wood and granite and they suggested a cream color wall. I have decided this would go well and it would show off the new cabinets. I could add accent colors with flowers, paintings and seat cushions. I still haven't decided on a dinette set.
I also have new maple cabinets and I choose a redwood floor. With the maple color running through it. I thought it would be really dark. But it isn't. The color I have chosen for the walls is a yellow, much like a butternut squash color, with a lighter yellow on the ceiling. It has warmed my woods and brightened the kitchen. I chose a beautiful green quartz counter top. And my accents are a burgundy. I am very happy with the results. (07/21/2007)
I'd suggest using a cream or gold-just keep it neutral. I like Tobacco Road by Sherwin Williams (old color, will probably have to ask for it). I also like Whole Wheat by Sherwin Williams. (07/29/2007)
I'm trying to determine what color to paint my kitchen walls. I have natural maple cabinets, white appliances, white tile floor with a little bit of a very light brown. Haven't selected the granite countertops yet, but will probably be gray-blackish. I was thinking about painting the walls a light yellow?
Todd from San Diego, CA
Your current colors are all neutrals so almost any color would match. Yellow would be nice, as would gray or sage green. (09/09/2007)
You could go with cream or a nice sage green. Maybe even go bolder and make one wall a really nice bright color and the others more neutral.
In my last house, I had natural maple cabinets with creamy white walls. The floors were a snap tile that looked a lot like flagstone, but with a bit of brown, tan and cream in them -- it was a really nice match with the cabinets. We used burgundy and sage for colors in the decorations and curtains.
I wish I could say I had had a nice granite top, but with 4 kids and a small kitchen we went with white formica figuring we'd change it later. Who knew we'd move 800 miles and have to start all over again? It should prove to be as much fun doing this new kitchen as the last! (09/11/2007)
I don't know your style, but I just painted mine a terra cotta color and it looks awesome, or Sage Green would also look great, or light yellow? Hope this helps. (03/31/2008)
Hi Todd! I would be afraid that the yellow walls might sort of clash with the yellowish maple cabinets. Our house that we bought finished has maple cabinets, maple floors, and white walls. I prefer white because I can decorate with colors of curtains, pictures, etc. easier than I can paint and therefore change it as I get the mood (and $$$!). I added red as my accent color. I have red framed pictures on the walls, red covers for my small appliances (mixer, toaster), and red towels. I used green for awhile and just covered the appliances with green covers and used green and white checked valances for the windows. Back to your house. If I were to paint the walls in your kitchen I would go with a nice sage green. (09/01/2008)
Definitely a warm red. Country Lane by Benjamin Moore looks awesome. (01/25/2009)
I was wondering if you could tell me which color goes really well with maple kitchen units?
I have light maple cabinets and love them because they are bright and versatile. My walls used to be two shades of peach, a very slightly darker shade sponged over a pale shade. Recently I did the same thing with very light greens and a metallic copper below the chair rail. It looks great. (10/09/2008)
I, too, have natural maple cabinets on two walls of the kitchen. The floors will be tile. What colors or tones should I consider to balance and enhance the room? I am considering a dark tile and burnt orange paint. (01/07/2009)
Need help picking out paint color for kitchen. New Maple spice cabinets. Granite counter tops are gold leaf, looks more tan/brown then gold. Floors will be light maple. No window in kitchen, not a bit of light. Please suggest color for walls. Was advised to look for a melon without going towards orange. Is there such a color?
hopeyoucanhelp from Columbus, OH
They probably meant something like peach or apricot. Those colors or lemon yellow would brighten things up. (11/30/2007)
I would go with a sage green to counteract the yellow tones of the maple floor. My kitchen has pale maple floors and pale maple cabinets and white tops (not my choices), so I added red wherever possible: valance, pictures, and canisters. No window. You could put a mirror over the sink and even put fluffy curtains around it to simulate a window. I once used an old barn window and attached a mirror behind that and hung a gingham valance over the top. (12/01/2007)
Use light colored paint since there are no windows.
Additional accessories could be brighter colored to balance the neutral tones: lemon, red, or brass, etc. (12/01/2007)
I chose a color for my master bath at Home Depot. It is a Behr brand and the color is Guava Jam. It sounds like something you might like. It's in the same spectrum as peach or apricot. The lightest shade on the card was called Powdered Petals which I thought was too girly since my hubby has to share my bath. (12/01/2007)
Hold paint swatches up against the cabinets until you find one that coordinates. I'd lean toward yellows since you say you have no windows. I live in a shaded home with small windows and appreciate your situation. (12/05/2007)
By Carol in PA
I have Maple color cabinets and Corian beige counter tops. The floor is cream. I wanted to know if wild honey color and a red ink color would fit in the kitchen?
By lil252525 from Goodyear, AZ
I have a rancher. I just had a new kitchen installed with natural maple cabinets, maple floor, white Corian countertops and appliances. My kitchen flows into the dining area and living room. I need color advice for the walls and would like something bright (other than yellow). Any ideas?
By Wendy from Baltimore, MD
There are computer programs in the paint section that show you what your room will look like in different colors. You take a picture of the room, put it on your computer, open the program and paint away. I think it cost me $5.00, well worth the price. Even if you have furniture in the room, it is designed so you can paint around things. I think Home Depot has a program at their store. (09/20/2010)
I have recently purchased new maple cabinets, they are stained praline. I have a dark granite counter top. What color will look best with the maple cabinets to make them pop?
By Sue from Buffalo NY
Try a deep teal (greenish blue). (04/19/2010)
Try the combinations at http://www.colorcombos.com/index.html
Useful site. (04/19/2010)
I have maple cabinets with a warm brown finish and dark granite countertops. (My tile floor looks like stone in shades of browns, grays, and blacks.) As my kitchen is open with my family room and has little wall space, I painted the walls a dark forest green (which I also used on an accent wall in the family room). It looks great and really makes the cabinets stand out. (04/20/2010)
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By Karen from NY
I would paint your walls a light color. I do not like dark rooms so I'd pick a cream, beige, gray, or a gold color. Pick a color that is in your flooring and backsplash. (09/26/2010)
I'm thinking a shade of green, but not ordinary green. I went to Valspar's website, and looked at colors (click on 'explore colors'). Look for a color called 'chopped chive.' (09/26/2010)
Personally, I like the antique white. I think with your cabinets and after seeing your black and white stove, I'd use the antique white. It wipes off easily and looks great with the wood.
We did our bathroom in a tiny blue print and maple corners and floor boards. We also have the pedestal sink and it looks fabulous. I am very partial to the antique white.
What colors are you best with living with? Make it something you like as you are in that area a lot! Perhaps a very light lavender or pale green is your cup of tea; or perhaps a light apricot color or even better a light tangerine! One lady I know loved red, and really wanted her kitchen that color; but when it was done, she hated it! While she loved red in other things, it just did not work for her at all on the walls, especially in a room she spent so much time in!
Another option available to think about: is changing the color of the cabinets. Easy to do: get a primer, paint it on first; then make the cabinets a different color. One woman had someone do this for her; and the green color she chose was just outstanding! Completely transformed the way her kitchen had looked for years! Her husband was very handy at woodworking and even "etched" a design in the cabinets for her; and she got new handles and knobs. Easy way to update a kitchen!
You can even go for some of the wonderful wallpaper they have out; they even have "textured" wallpapers that are white; and then you paint over them! These give a "textured" look to the wall without great expense! If I were you, I would go at different times to various paint centers, and choose colors that pop out at you. Then take a "sample" and hold near the wall; and try to "envision" what it would look like!
Good luck! (I am currently working on a bedroom in this same manner!) (09/28/2010)
My kitchen cabinets and floor are maple wood, the counter top is granite with light brown to dark brown speckles, and my dining table is dark wood with dark leather chairs. What is the best wall color?
By cherubs1 from CA
I think a butter-cream yellow will go nice, and who doesn't love a yellow kitchen! (12/09/2010)
I would also go with a gold color and use burnt orange and white for accessories/accents. Also consider a blueish gray. Use off white and a soft peach for the accessories/accents. (12/09/2010)
A sage green color would look nice with both the light and dark woods and brown speckled granite, too. If your tastes are bolder, consider a deep hunter green. Most shades of green also have a calming effect, too. Good luck! (12/09/2010)
I would go with olive for the walls and creamy white for the trim-work. (12/11/2010)