Painting Top and Bottom Cabinets Different Colors

January 11, 2011

A kitchen with cabinets painted different colors.If you happen to be re-doing your kitchen cabinets, try using 2 different colors for the upper and lower cabinets. Try using a light color for the top cabinets and a darker color for the bottom. Using a darker color on the bottom with ground the cabinets and having a lighter color for the top cabinets will make them feel less bulky. The high contrast will create a clean and sleek look for your kitchen.


Bottom cabinets: Suggested Material Options -Mahogany Wood, Chocolate Brown Laminate, or Chocolate Brown Paint.

Top cabinets: Suggested Material Options - White Painted Wood, White Laminate, White with Glass Fronts, Aluminum, or Faux Aluminum Laminate (Wilsonart or Laminart Laminates have good faux metals)

By Theresa from Cleveland, OH

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February 15, 2020

I did a grey paint wash on the kitchen floor, the walls are painted a grey, it's so hard to see it all, but the counter top is a natural wood slab, blue is my favorite color so I did the bottom cabinets using a few different techniques. Now I am doing the top ones in a grey lighter than the blue, but as dark as I can to set them apart some from the walls. It is a large kitchen with full sun all day.Cabinet doors and drawers painted a deep blue.


My problem now is I can't get the shadowing to look right. I have to keep in mind the varnish makes it pop, what if I did a just grey with wood distressed on the top and had not used the same shadowing? I have designed and painted this myself and am now freaking on how it will look in the end!

Cabinet doors painted grey.
Grey top cabinets and blue bottom cabinets.
Cabinet doors painted blue.


February 15, 20201 found this helpful

I would go with an off white . More like beige or tan and you could add a little light gray to it .
I would definitely do a light color .

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February 15, 20200 found this helpful

Or maybe a light baby blue .
Definitely something light .

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