Do you really want to spruce up your kitchen cabinets?
The next best thing to fully updating your cabinets is getting a bucket of fresh paint. Cabinet paint completely transforms your cabinets. Dull white cabinets can suddenly pop, bringing life into your kitchen.
But here’s the million dollar question: what should you paint your kitchen cabinets? Knowing the perfect cabinet color takes some creativity, knowing what works in your kitchen, and boils down to personal preference.
For inspiration, here are kitchen cabinet paint ideas. These colors are based on their beauty, any trends, and are general colors that work best on kitchen cabinets.
Are you stumped deciding between two or three different colors? Use all of them! Contrasting colors give your kitchen an edge but are still subtle. This is handy if you prefer the minimalist look; your kitchen isn’t too loud but still has contrast.
Paint your overhead, underhead, and island cabinets different colors. For a traditional kitchen look, use white, gray, and navy.
Paint the Doors
If you love the contrast look but don’t want to buy several buckets of paint, just paint the doors.
That little extra color will make your cabinets pop and give them a bit of an edge. This effect looks a lot cooler when you have cabinet doors of all different sizes.
To really increase the dimension, use two different shades of the same color. Use one color for smaller doors and another for larger doors.
The job is also easier and is quicker to dry. Perfect for an amateur or for someone who is busy.
If you’re looking for color suggestions, a light green looks stylish and retro.
What if you have wood cabinets? You can spice up your cabinets with a little staining. Natural wood is so beautiful — painting over wood should be a crime.
But to ensure your wood won’t lose its glow, a little staining will only accentuate the natural wood shade.
You also have lots of options when staining wood.
You can transform dull and light wood with a lovely burgundy stain. Or, you can simple darken the wood’s natural color. Some stains even give the wood a more textured look for that perfect rustic look.
Some pro tips: staining wood takes a lot of expertise. It’s permanent, so you need to ensure your stain job looks perfect. For best results, apply a conditioner before and a finish after.
Paint the Walls and the Cabinets
If you’re painting your cabinets, why stop there? Give the surrounding walls a little paint. This creates a more dramatic look, making your kitchen truly stand out.
For best results, paint the walls and the cabinets different shades of the same color. The best example is blue. Light blue walls and dark blue cabinets give a subtle yet eye-catching appearance.
Paint Open Shelves, Too
Why settle for the cabinets and doors? If you have open cabinet shelves, paint the shelves. This completely makes your kitchen stand out and gives your shelves a unique cast.
Imagine placing your dishes on painted shelves and the cool cast it makes?
For your dishes, do you mainly stick to a specific color scheme?
Create the ultimate contrast by painting your shelves the opposite color. For example, if your dishes are light, paint your shelves a darker color. If your dishes are one color, such as a light red, paint your shelves a dark red.
Color blocking is a trend everywhere — from fashion to interior design, you can see many examples of color blocking.
The simplest color blocking fact to remember is to use colors on opposite ends of the color wheel, such as yellow and purple. Or, you can take two totally different colors and pair them, such as red and black.
This trend makes your cabinets look modern but super revolutionary. But how do you use color blocking? Take the advice from the contrasting colors section, but use them toward color blocking colors.
For example, paint one end of a row of cabinets blue and the opposite end red. Or, you can paint upper cabinets orange and yellow and the bottom cabinets purple.
If this sounds too bold for you, go for subtle shades of these colors. Or, omit one of those shades with white.
Use Three Colors
For a truly bold kitchen, why stop at two colors? If your kitchen is full of cabinets, go all out and use three rotating colors. If you’re truly an artist, you can find ways to create patterns with these three colors.
For best results, use three similar colors. These include blue, green and purple or pink, red and peach. You can also leave it subtle and use three shades of the same color.
If you’re the vampy kind of homeowner, darker colors are always in. They give your kitchen an ominous look while staying chic. And dark cabinet colors are also practical — they prevent stains and mask spills.
This style looks incredible on open cabinets. Darker colors accentuate your dishes and any other d?cor you have displayed.
If you think this sounds a little too morbid for you, anyone can play up darker colors. Black mixed with white always look posh.
Adding black details, such as around the cabinet door frames, is enough to completely transform the look of your cabinets.
Time to Use These Kitchen Cabinet Paint Styles
Why should you settle for plain and boring cabinets? If you’re undergoing kitchen renovation, include your cabinets in your project.
But choosing the best kitchen cabinet paint can be difficult. Today, there are so many trends to inspire you. Different tips and tricks can also help create contrast and give your cabinets an edge.
And when all else feels, stick to basics such as black or other solid colors.
Hopefully, these paint ideas gave you inspiration.
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