There may be tons of kitchen design trends to consider for 2022, but when it comes to choosing the right color palette for your cooking space, it’s best to go with what you love. Whether you’re all about no-fail neutral tones (of course, white cabinets are here to stay) or prefer to take a risk with arresting hues, there’s no shortage of stylish kitchen paint colors to try.
From gorgeous shades of green and blue to lasting combinations like black and white, it’s worth taking your time to pick the right color scheme to express your style and make your kitchen shine. Any paint color you pick should make your kitchen feel welcoming, whether you’re preparing meals with family or entertaining guests during the holidays. And if you live with kids, maybe there’s even room for a pop of color like sunny yellow. Think about how your wall and cabinet colors work with the rest of the space. They should complement everything from your island and flooring to your lighting and seating (if you happen to have an eat-in kitchen). The options are truly endless when it comes to kitchen paint colors, which means pacing yourself to find the perfect shade is key.
To give you some inspiration, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite kitchens featuring a slew of beautiful paint colors. You won’t be disappointed.
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Subdued gray wall paneling tempers the dark gray cabinets in this kitchen design scheme.
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Shades of Dark Green
Bold shades of emerald green, including painted cabinets, anchor interior designer Jean Stoffer’s West Michigan kitchen.
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For a modern look, have fun with a high-energy color like sky blue. It’s the perfect choice to bring personality to cabinets.
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In this charming kitchen setup, mint green cabinets steal the show and create visual interest alongside the exposed brick wall.
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In this airy kitchen, balancing soft cream wall tiles with cabinets in a deeper shade of the hue make for a cohesive look.
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Black and White
Black and white is a versatile combination that can blend seamlessly in a kitchen. Take a cue from this spacious layout that features Benjamin Moore’s Almost Black for a dose of drama.
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A navy blue island and cabinets provide visual contrast to the neutral porcelain tile in this Houston kitchen by Mary Patton.
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Lime green cabinets elevate this farmhouse kitchen, complete with a rustic table that acts as an island.
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In this light-filled kitchen, soft green serves as the perfect backdrop against striking black cabinets and window frames.
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The ceiling, which designers often refer to as the fifth wall, is often overlooked. This kitchen’s daring black ceiling proves that it’s worthy of attention.
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Shades of Green
The kitchen is one of the best places to experiment with color weights, like this design’s trendy mint green and teal color palette.
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In this inviting East Hampton cottage, a glossy blue kitchen ceiling begs one to look up.
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Thanks to a rich shade of blue, an oversized cabinet becomes the main focal point of a white kitchen design scheme.
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This kitchen, featuring attractive sage green cabinets against white walls, is a lesson in juxtaposition.
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This sweet, Midwestern shade looks extra fun when incorporated with a patterned tile. Install the tile all the way up the way for a fun backsplash that just won’t quit.
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Take a cue from design team Studio McGee: This trendy shade makes any kitchen look fresh and modern. Keep things bright by pairing the color with white backsplash and funky tiled flooring.
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This sleek material comes in plenty of bold colors, is super durable and can transform a traditional kitchen into a contemporary showstopper.
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Colors that fall opposite each other on the color wheel (like blue and orange or yellow) become fast friends in this happy kitchen.
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This dramatic purple is the color to watch out for, according to designer Francesco Bilotto. “You’ll see this tone showcased everywhere from kitchen cabinets to foyers,” he says. We’re partial to the dramatic backsplash in this modern space.
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Look for a new take on “greige” — a.k.a. gray and beige. “Sandstone feels brighter and more modern than that neutral from our past and will pair incredibly well with some of the other trending colors of the moment, such as shades of teal, dark blue and millennial pink,” says designer Jeffrey Phillip.
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To get the retro look, look for old-school-style appliances (recreations or originals) in pastels and keep everything else simple.
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This isn’t just any ho-hum neutral. The owners of this tiny Brooklyn home pumped up the trendy choice with hints of rich brown.
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Match your merlot to your cabinets for a kitchen that’s ready to have a good time. An emerald chair adds the finishing touch, without veering into Christmas color territory.
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It doesn’t have to look like Barbie’s Dream House. A darker magenta feels right at home in a grown-up space.
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What might have been a pretty traditional black-and-cream kitchen gets a welcome burst of brightness with a backsplash in a happy hue called “kelp.”
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Be bold and paint cabinets in your favorite color. Here, a rustic treatment ensures that the green doesn’t overwhelm the space.
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