The paint colors for kitchen cabinets can make a huge impact on the look and feel of your kitchen. This is our guide to choosing the best!

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If you have been living with wood cabinets that were installed when your home was built, the stain color is likely outdated and not keeping up with current design trends. Painting the cabinets can make a major impact on the look and feel of your kitchen. There are timeless colors that will never go out of style – white and gray, and other colors that have a timeless feel – navy blue and ivory. What if you don’t want “white” or “gray” – let’s look at some shades of “greige”!


Greige is comprised of gray and beige color tones. Blending these two can create shades that will lean towards “warm” or “cool” depending on several factors – lighting, backsplash materials, countertop colors, flooring and furniture in the space.

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A gorgeous neutral gray that can be fun or sophisticated by Sherwin-Williams.

Graceful and elegant, conveying a sense of style and quiet restraint by Benjamin-Moore.

A light, shaded, modern beige with a mahogany undertone by Benjamin-Moore

Using a darker greige as an accent color to white cabinets also works well. The darker greige could be painted only on an island or all the lower cabinets in a kitchen, depending on the layout. The next photos show the impact that paint can have on dated woodwork, and also how painting the lower cabinetry/island helps to ground the space while the white upper cabinets open up the space.

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There are always more bold options, in 2022 color trends for cabinets include Mint Green, Sage Green, Baby Blue, and deeper grays with brown pigments. Countertops, backsplash, flooring and lighting all impact how different colors appear in your space. Deep blues with a redwood floor coordinate well. Lighter greens and blues add a fresh, light feel to any space. The best colors to paint your kitchen cabinets really is up to you and what kind of mood or energy you want to create.

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