Kitchen Painting Ideas

Kitchen Painting Ideas

It’s no secret that a kitchen renovation can be a daunting (and expensive) task. If your kitchen cabinets are in good shape, painting them is an inexpensive, eco-friendly way to give your kitchen a major facelift. Below are some painted kitchen cabinet ideas to inspire you.
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Kitchen Painting Ideas

If you’re going to be doing the painting yourself, you’ll want to take time to research the right paints and method for painting. Now sure how to get started with such a big DIY project? Take a look at our article How to Paint Your Kitchen Cabinets Like a Pro, and you’ll be ready in no time.
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Kitchen Painting Ideas

When painting your kitchen cabinets, the design choices are limitless. You can brighten up the space with a coat of white, or blast the room with a vibrant color like cobalt. You can also combine colors for a trendy, dual-tone look in your kitchen.
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Kitchen Painting Ideas

Energize your kitchen by painting your cabinets a bright color, such as emerald, cobalt or golden yellow. Be conscious of how it will coordinate with the wall color and fixtures in your kitchen, as well as the rest of your home. With vibrant cabinets, you’ll want to stick to light and neutral wall colors to keep your space from becoming too dark or busy.
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Kitchen Painting Ideas

“For a breezy Palm Beach kitchen, I treated this wispy-cloud gray as an accent color. It’s muted and calm, and on sunny days, it reads as the lightest, palest blue. Painting it on the cabinets and architectural details draws attention to the textures of the raffia wallpaper and pecky cypress ceiling while keeping the focus on the stunning limestone-topped island.” —Beth Martell
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Kitchen Painting Ideas

“For a breezy Palm Beach kitchen, I treated this wispy-cloud gray as an accent color. It’s muted and calm, and on sunny days, it reads as the lightest, palest blue. Painting it on the cabinets and architectural details draws attention to the textures of the raffia wallpaper and pecky cypress ceiling while keeping the focus on the stunning limestone-topped island.” —Beth MartellMake it yours: Benjamin Moore Paper White 1590
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Kitchen Painting Ideas

This Behr kitchen paint color scheme pivots on one simple idea: pure white for most of the kitchen, with one highly distinctive accent in a limited area. For distinctive style, you don't need much more than this kitchen backsplash “splash” of Behr Embellished Blue. This is an effective look that works well in conjunction with the dark natural wood cabinetry. Kitchen Backsplash – Embellished Blue 510D-4 Wall – Ultra Pure White 1050
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Kitchen Painting Ideas

Punch up cabinetry with bright blues and reds, or ground a large space with a soothing gray or bay leaf green. Here, the ultimate kitchen color inspiration is served. (And if you get through all of these ideas and still love those pearly whites? Check out these designers’ top six shades.)
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Previous36 of the Most Stunning House Exteriors Ever view gallery 48 Photos Punch up cabinetry with bright blues and reds, or ground a large space with a soothing gray or bay leaf green. Here, the ultimate kitchen color inspiration is served. (And if you get through all of these ideas and still love those pearly whites? Check out these designers’ top six shades.) More view gallery
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Punch up cabinetry with bright blues and reds, or ground a large space with a soothing gray or bay leaf green. Here, the ultimate kitchen color inspiration is served. (And if you get through all of these ideas and still love those pearly whites? Check out these designers’ top six shades.) More view gallery
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Designer Elizabeth Swartz, ASID, drew color inspiration for her own kitchen (that gorgeous yellow paint is California Paint’s CAL #7263M, Sunspot) from Stangl Pottery’s Fruit Pattern. “My aunt had this for her everyday china when I was a kid,” says Swartz, “and I have great memories of wonderful family dinners with loads of cousins. I found a piece in an antique shop, started collecting it and built my kitchen color scheme around it.” What favorite family objects make you happy? Look to them for a kitchen color that will keep you smiling.
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A slightly paler purple distinguishes this kitchen by Jeff King, designed for homeowners who wanted a happy, colorful space. The kitchen faces south and opens onto a very colorful garden, so the color inside reflects and complements the colors outside. “Don’t worry about making design decisions for resale,” says the homeowner. “You will be living in the home and spending a lot of time in the kitchen, so do what truly is enjoyable to your eye.”
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“I couldn’t not do an aqua kitchen for clients who love the ocean. Their home is in landlocked Arkansas, but they requested the relaxing, transporting blue-green of tropical seas, and this color nails it. The kitchen is open to the family room, and enveloping it completely in watery blues, from the island to the refrigerator panel to the tiled backsplash, helps it recede and disappear.” —Tobi Fairley
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“I couldn’t not do an aqua kitchen for clients who love the ocean. Their home is in landlocked Arkansas, but they requested the relaxing, transporting blue-green of tropical seas, and this color nails it. The kitchen is open to the family room, and enveloping it completely in watery blues, from the island to the refrigerator panel to the tiled backsplash, helps it recede and disappear.” —Tobi FairleyMake it yours: Sherwin-Williams Tidewater SW 6477
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Most people start their days in their kitchens, and white can really energize a room. It feels fresh and clean, and an all-white kitchen will really wake you up the minute you step in it. You can also have more fun with your countertops and backsplash in an all-white kitchen and choose brighter colors or designs for those.
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The Icestone terazzo countertops in this kitchen by Massucco Warner Miller are made from recycled glass bottles that give the surface a sea-glass-like sheen. The cabinets were painted a pale turquoise to match. When attempting to match kitchen materials, remember that paint can always be tinted to coordinate with your countertop, cabinets or fabrics, so choose the paint last.
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These super-glossy blue wall tiles from the Italian company Fap Ceramiche add color and sheen to a modern kitchen. “A dose of your favorite color can personalize a kitchen and make it a refuge,” says architect Susan Doban, who frequently recommends vivid hues in her projects. A strip of chalkboard paint adds contrast — and a practical way to share information and favorite recipes.
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Benjamin Moore has great traditional, come-on-home colors. And this kitchen paint color, with its autumn gold back wall set off by another mildly spicy wall, exemplifies that homey nature. It's the kind of kitchen that guests will want to hang out in after the party's over.

The initial inspiration for this blue and red kitchen came from the red of the Icestone countertops, which were matched to a stock glass color from the cabinetry company. All told, the designers at Gaia Kitchen & Bath used three different color glass inserts, two different color cabinets and two different countertop materials.
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Color is a great way to add life to an inexpensive kitchen. The cabinets in this room by TS Kitchen Projects are from Ikea, and the ceramic tile was under $10 per square foot. Thanks to its bright green hues, the backsplash acts as a focal point for the room, making the space memorably playful.
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Cool slate grays anchor this kitchen by Susan Diana Harris, ASID, while brighter greens steal the show both indoors and out. The walls are painted Behr’s Fresh Grass (color #426), and the ceiling is Benjamin Moore’s Pale Vista (2029-60). The windows (not shown) were left unobstructed to allow for views of the leafy garden outside. If your own kitchen is graced with garden views, remember that your choice of plantings will affect the color experience when you are indoors.
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In this sunny kitchen by DD Allen, seafoam green cabinets are a soft backdrop to bright yellow stools from Wyeth in New York City. “Another way to change up color in a kitchen,” says Allen, “is to use director’s chair stools, and easily change out the canvas covers, which you can get in many different colors and patterns.”
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It doesn't matter that your house faces a freeway–you can still get into that easy-going beach attitude every time you step into your kitchen with these colors from Martha Stewart. Available at The Home Depot, these Martha Stewart Living colors–Moon Time, Sea Salt, and Sunhat–are sure to enliven your kitchen.
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This kitchen paint color scheme is a fresh look of minty green against the light wood of the frameless kitchen cabinets. Steamed Milk, a rich off-white, finishes off the trim and works well with the solid hardwood flooring.

Designer Judy O’Neil Labins chose custom-colored milk paint with a flat, chalky surface for this vintage-style kitchen. “Salmon is a great color,” says Labins, “and most people can wear it in a flattering way.” Trying to decide on a color for your own kitchen? Consider the shades you most like to wear. They’re probably the ones you most enjoy looking at, and will help you look your best when you’re working your hardest at the stove.