Kitchens with Color

In honor of  National Painting Week, I thought it would be fun to look at some boldly painted kitchen cabinets.

 It seems that only ten years ago, cabinetry options were limited to a wide variety of wood tones and maybe some white.  Color in the kitchen wasn’t for cabinetry, it was for linens or serving ware or walls.  Today,we’re embracing color everywhere…even on our kitchen cabinetry.  It started slow, with a few of us trying edgier neutrals, like black or gray, on our cupboards or maybe an accent island.  Then a brave soul or two showed us how pretty blue cabinetry could be.  Now, more and more designers and homeowners are stepping out of their comfort zones and trying every color of the rainbow.  Love it or hate it, you have to admit there’s something energizing about a kitchen that’s saturated with color.

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Calfinder Red KitchenRed Cabinetry | CalFinder

BH&G laquered red cabinetsHigh-Gloss Red Kitchen | Better Homes & Gardens

Pink painted kitchen cabinetsPink Pinated Kitchen Cabinets | House Beautiful

Decorista pink kitchenHot Pink Kitchen | Decorista Daydreams

Design Lovefest pink & orange kitchenPink and Orange Cupboards | Design Love Fest

 Red-Orange Cabinetry | Houzz
 Citrus Orange Kitchen | Houzz
Yellow painted kitchen cabinets
Yellow Kitchen Cabients | House and Home
The Kitchn yellow island
 Yellow Island | The Kitchn
HGTV Remodels energetic yellow kitchen Energetic Yellow Kitchen | HGTV Remodels
 Cheerful Yellow Cabinetry | Houzz
citron painted kitchen island
Citron Painted Kitchen Cabinets | BHG
avacado green base cabinets
Avocado Green Painted Kitchen Cabinets | BHG
 Lime Green Cabinets | Houzz
Green painted kitchen cabinets
 Kelly Green Painted Kitchen Cabinets | West London Painting Group
BH&G spring green cabinetsSpring Green Cupboards | Better Homes & Gardens

BH&G sage green cabinetsSage Green Kitchen | Better Homes & Gardens

The Virginia House moss green cabinetsMoss Green Cabinets | The Virginia House

Life in Grace turquoise lower cabinetsTurquoise Cottage Kitchen | Life in Grace

baby blue painted kitchen islandSky Blue Painted Kitchen Cabinets |  BHG

BH&G cottage blue kitchenCottage Blue Cabinetry | Better Homes & Gardens

BH&G moody blue cabinetsMoody Blue Kitchen | Better Homes & Gardens

Two Toned Blue Painted Kitchen cabientsBlue Duo Kitchen Cabinets | Southern Living

The Kitchn blue cabinetryRoyal Blue Cabinetry | The Kitchn via Apartment Therapy

royal blue painted base cabients kithcen with colofully painted cabinetsRoyal Blue Kitchen Base Cabinets | Better Homes and Gardens

Western Living Magazine navy cabinetsNavy Blue Lower Cabinets | Western Living Magazine

 Indigo Kitchen | Houzz
Purple Painted Ktichen Island
Lavender Painted Kitchen Islands |  No source, found on Pinterest

Houzz purple cabinetryPlum Cupboards | Houzz

Dark Purple Painted Kitchen CabinetsPurple Painted Kitchen Cabinets | Apartment Therapy

Remodelaholic periwinkle cabinetryPeriwinkle Cabinetry | 2 Little Hooligans featured at Remodelaholic

Canadian House & Home lavendar cabinetryLavendar Cabinetry by Marana Kitchens at Canadian House & Home

Lilyfield Life french gray cabinets French Gray Cabinets | Lilyfield Life

Blog Con Queso gray cabinetsGray Lower Cabinets | Blog Con Queso

Flickr gray kitchen Charcoal Gray Kitchen | Flickr

So, I’m really curious:  how many of you would be willing to try painting your kitchen cabinets with a bold color?  Would you try it out on a single cabinet or island first?  If you could try out a new color on your cabinets for a single day, what color would it be?

 View more of the kitchens I’m crushing on right now at my Kitchens Pinterest Board!




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  1. I’m ready to paint all my kitchen cabinets in Pencil Point by Behr (very similar to charcoal gray)! Right now they are natural oak that is yellowing from the finish the builders put on them. The breakfast table will be painted Gothic Amethyst or Amethyst Plox, I haven’t decided which just yet.

  2. Not everyone can build up the courage to paint their kitchen cabinets purple or lime green – but these were some great examples of what is possible if you have the guts! I think you can still get the same bold feel with more conservative colors without sacrificing your resale value later down the road. White, gray or even mocha colored paint can make a big impact in an average sized kitchen.

  3. I would like to paint my kitchen with the sky blue u showed. But what material are these cupboards made of?

    1. You would have to check over to the original sources for more info (linked under each post) but you can paint pretty much any cupboards. We have lots of tutorials — just search for painted cabinets here on our site and you’ll find lots of colors and methods! Thanks!

  4. My cabinets are simple 1968 style which are stained a dark maple. The cabinets are maple, and former owners painted the inside of them. I would like to paint them all white, do I have to strip them first to get a good finish on them? My walls are sage green, and appliances are white, except for our new frig which is stainless. Plan to change out the rest of the appliances as finances permit.

  5. We in the process of building our last home. I was surprise that my husband said how about a yellow kittchen. Our plan is to have yellow cabinets (loved the color after reviewing them on the web). Any suggestion to wall color (the area is an open concept).

    1. Hi Carolyn,
      How exciting, and what a fun kitchen color! Could you send me a photo of your kitchen or a similar kitchen for reference? I’d love to post on our Facebook page to get some more paint color suggestions for you as well.