Kitchen Color Ideas & Inspiration

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Kitchen Color Ideas & Inspiration

Now is the time to put our kitchen color ideas on the menu! Refresh the busiest room in your house with the most popular Benjamin Moore kitchen paint colors.

Our favorite kitchen colors offer welcoming color combinations and enticing kitchen hues you and your family will love.

Best Kitchen Paint Colors

While “best” is always subjective, here are a few kitchen paint colors homeowners turn to again and again. Which ones catch your eye?

Kitchen with yellow-painted accent wall, white counters and cabinets, stand-alone oven, stove top, and sink.

Brighten Up with Bold Kitchen Wall Colors

For time-honored kitchen color schemes, white, gray, and neutrals provide a classic color palette. However, with typically less wall space in the kitchen, it’s a great room to play with brighter, stronger colors.

If you opt for bolder hues in your kitchen, be sure to add balance with softer, more neutral colors for design equilibrium. We love the zing of playful energy that Banana Yellow 2022-40 adds to this small kitchen with predominant white cabinetry. Scroll to the bottom of this page to see this same kitchen, but accented with Ravishing Red 2008-10 and Patriot Blue 2064-20.

Other lively hues homeowners love for a smaller kitchen wall color include Smoldering Red 2007-10, Venezuelan Sea 2054-30 and Blue Danube 2062-30.

Classic white kitchen cabinets pair perfectly with any pop of color you choose in a kitchen. Some of our favorite white paint colors for the kitchen include White Dove OC-17, Silver Satin OC-26, and seen here, White Heron OC-57.
Gray-painted kitchen with sink, dishwasher, and window.

Curated Color for Kitchen Cabinets

Cabinets tend to be the visual centerpiece in the kitchen, so choosing the just-right color is important.

Blues, greens, and pale or muted grays are very popular in today’s kitchen. Here, pale gray Titanium OC-49 on both walls and cabinets opens up this small kitchen space. This sleek, monochromatic look uses sheen to differentiate the surfaces: Matte on walls, satin on cabinets, and semi-gloss on trim.

Undoubtedly, painting kitchen cabinets is more affordable than replacing them. While doing it yourself may hold appeal, refinishing your cabinets can be challenging for even the most ambitious DIY-er. For example: Cabinets must fully dry between steps, making it a multi-day job.

We recommend hiring a professional painter for the best outcome. It’s also worth noting that professional painters prefer Benjamin Moore’s ADVANCE® Interior on kitchen cabinetry for its hard, furniture-quality finish. So be sure to put ADVANCE® on your shopping list, whether doing it yourself or hiring a painting pro!

EXPLORE KITCHEN CABINET COLORS
Kitchen with dark blue-painted island, white counters and cabinets, a wooden table, and various white stool seating.

Kitchen Island Colors Add Spice

Not quite ready for a full kitchen cabinet re-paint? Use dynamic hues to breathe a bit of your personality into your kitchen in small doses.

Consider a fresh coat of paint color for your lower cabinets only. Or highlight a central kitchen island with bold color. Use color to creatively delineate different spaces in your kitchen—from a work area, to shelving insets, to furniture.

Here, a deep blue kitchen island offers high impact style in Oxford Gray 2128-40. The choice of a rich, semi-gloss sheen elevates it from practical to posh.

Other kitchen island paint colors that offer a major wow-factor include Aegean Teal 2136-40, Tarrytown Green HC-134, Kendall Charcoal HC-166.
Kitchen with two dark blue doors, white cabinets, green island, modern overhead lighting, and various plants.

A Refreshing Green Kitchen

From the soft sage of Gray Mirage 2142-50 to the muted jade of Herb Bouquet 460, green paint colors effortlessly bring the outside in to any room. Verdant hues provide a fresh, airy sensibility, whether in a sleek contemporary kitchen or a cozy cottage kitchenette. Looking for green kitchen paint color ideas? Consider layering a slight variation of greens in your kitchen design. Here, warm Fernwood Green 2145-40 feels fresh against a cooler green, Flora AF-470, while the deep blue Witching Hour 2120-30 grounds the space.

Rich brown paint colors like French Press AF-170, Fairview Taupe HC-85, and Gettysburg Gray HC-107 are also favorites in the kitchen for their earthy neutrality and depth.
Close up of kitchen shelves painted with black chalkboard paint, used to display herbs, various cutlery, and cutting boards.

Enhance Your Kitchen with Chalkboard Paint

Erasable chalkboard walls are available in every Benjamin Moore color, so the creative color possibilities are 3,500+ colors strong!

Use chalkboard paint in the kitchen to add some play to pragmatism: think to-do lists, recipes, and sports schedules. Invite kids of all ages to write on the walls—and OFF digital devices—and spark a little creativity every day!

Consider delineating a dedicated section of your kitchen with a fun, bold chalkboard paint color, like Twilight Magenta 2074-30 or Newport Green 2050-30. Or add a dash of drama with classic chalkboard Black 2132-10, seen here with these chalkboard-painted inset shelves.
Kitchen painted in shades of blue, with tan and white accents on cabinets and counters.

Layered Blue Paint Colors in a Modern Kitchen

Light blues and greens set a relaxing mood: Why not bring that calming energy to one of the busiest places in the home?

Here, the layers of blue paint colors in this midcentury kitchen create a refreshing atmosphere and conjure blue skies—even on the rainiest of days. Oxford Gray 2128-40 on the kitchen walls and cheery Blue Hydrangea 2062-60 on the lower kitchen cabinets create a soothing monochromatic color scheme. A tinge of blue undertone in Patriotic White 2135-70 on the ceiling contributes to the color synergy. A springy light green on the upper cabinets pulls in the greenery from outside using Guilford Green HC-116.

Other blue paint colors we love for the kitchen include Smoke 2122-40, Caribbean Mist 2061-70, and Woodlawn Blue HC-147 from our Historical Collection.
Close up of a kitchen with black tile backsplash, gas range top, and island counter with sink.

The Kitchen Backsplash

Can you paint a tile backsplash? While the answer is “yes,” there are several important considerations:
  • Grout lines will be covered up and the individual tiles will be less defined. If you’ll miss those grout lines, repainting may not be a great option.
  • Painted tile may not last as long as unpainted ceramic tile
  • Frequent exposure to water will likely cause the paint on the tile to blister and peel.
In spite of these caveats for painting tile, if you still want to paint your tile backsplash, we recommend connecting with a painting contractor to get the job done professionally. Your local Benjamin Moore® retailer can help you find a reliable painter in your neighborhood.
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