What Color Should You Paint Your Cabinets?
One of the most crucial decisions when designing or decorating your kitchen is the color of the cabinets. After all, Cabinets take up, on average, 40% of the visual space in the kitchen. Ultimately the decision is up to you, but here are some guidelines and ideas to get you started.
If you are planning on selling your home within the next few years, stick with neutral colors.
Neutral, however, doesn’t mean boring! Plus, there are still a variety of color choices within the “neutral” category, including:
- Classic white
- Creamy beige, taupe, or ivory
- Darker neutrals such as espresso or chocolate brown, or
- Grey, which is becoming an increasingly popular color choice.
One of the greatest things about neutral colors is that they look great with just about any decor. For example, the white kitchen on the right is given a splash of cheerful color with blue textiles on the curtains and chair pillow, and some yellow tulips on the table. Image source: bgh.com
If you’re planning on staying in your current home for many years to come, however, then feel free to explore other color options:
For bold color with a big impact, red is the way to go.
Red is a more versatile color than meets the eye. Depending on the specific shade and the accompanying decor, a red kitchen can be ultra-modern, vintage retro, or even give off a classic country farmhouse look, such as the inspiration on the left. However, red can be a little overwhelming, so it’s not a recommended choice for smaller spaces. Image source: everydayhomeblog.com
For a clean, airy, and bright feel, try blue.
Blue is one of the most popular non-neutral color choices for cabinets, and it’s easy to see why. Blue is naturally easy on the eye, and invokes feelings of fresh, cool air. It’s an ideal choice for a beach bungalow feel, and pairs great with brightly colored decor such as yellows, oranges, and bright crisp green. Another great feature, if you choose a lighter toned blue, is that it can help open up a small space. In the inspiration photo on right, the powder blue cabinets play well with the matching trim and cream-colored walls. Image source: homebunch.com
Green can give you a blend of traditional and modern.
While green is a more unconventional color for kitchens, it can yield amazing looks, and can be paired many ways. A darker, muted green will look fantastic alongside wood surfaces, while the bright fresh green, on left, when used with cream for a two-toned scheme, provides a look that is both traditional and modern. However, green is a controversial color that may not be for everyone, so if you expect that you will be selling your home sometime down the road, it may be a color you want to avoid. Image source: bhg.com
Or, try something out of the ordinary.
Of course, there are still other options when deciding what colors to paint your cabinets. For something truely unique and out of the ordinary, a sunny pastel yellow can really brighten things up, or you could consider a light purple as an alternative for the classic blue. Image source: 10rooms.blogspot.com
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