Popular Kitchen Cabinet Paint Colors

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What are the most popular kitchen cabinet paint colors?

This is a question I see quite often. It’s no surprise though, kitchen cabinets are a major part of a kitchen and you of course want them to look the best they can. I get it! I’ve been there.

Painting your outdated kitchen cabinets is a fantastic way to give them a new life. If they are in good shape, why not? Painting your cabinets is the best way to update your kitchen without taking on a full renovation.

So you know you want to paint your kitchen cabinets, but what paint color should you choose?

Who better to ask about the most popular kitchen cabinet paint colors than non-other than the cabinet painting experts? At WOW 1 Day Painting, we do paint our fair share of cabinets and I am going to share the most popular paint colors customers go for. However, I wanted to talk with someone who exclusively paints kitchen cabinets, a true expert in the matter.

I decided to reach out to the very talented, expert cabinet painter, Bethany from My Reclaimed Cottage to find out what paint colors are most popular among her clients.

As expected, white paint colors topped the list, however, there were a handful of non-white paint colors that also made it. It’s a true mixed bag of paint colors.

Before I dive into the actual paint colors there a few tips to remember when you are choosing a kitchen cabinet paint color.

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HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST KITCHEN CABINET PAINT COLOR

So when you start thinking about a paint color make sure you take into account your walls, counters, backsplash, floor, and appliances. You want everything to be in balance and play nicely with one another.

Consider the following:

  • Cabinet style
  • Kitchen size
  • Decor style
  • Lighting – natural and artificial
  • Countertop color
  • Backsplash
  • Floor color
  • Appliances

Do your paint color research.

All that being said it’s a good idea to do some research before diving right in with a paint color for your kitchen cabinets. You want to make sure it’s the best choice and you’ll enjoy it for years to come.

Here are some helpful tips:

  • Do a Google search for the paint color you are thinking about. You’ll be able to find great articles and pictures of what the color looks like.

I have a ton of in-depth posts about all different paint colors. For example, my two most recent paint color posts were the ever so popular Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray and Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray.

  • Go to Pinterest. Just like Google, you’ll be able to find several helpful pictures of the paint colors in question. 

I am browsing and posting on Pinterest all the time. Check out my Pinterest page for some inspiration.

  • Talk to a professional. Sometimes scheduling a color consultation and getting help from someone who knows about paint colors can be a tremendous help. 

This is something I do all the time for clients. A lot of the time people know what they want but they just need a little help making the final decision.

Sure, painting your cabinets is much cheaper than replacing them but, if you choose the wrong color you’ll end up repainting them. Not only is this more time but, it’s also more money.


13 MOST POPULAR KITCHEN CABINET PAINT COLORS

Choosing a paint color for interior walls is undoubtedly difficult, we know it’s no easy task. And choosing a paint color for kitchen cabinets is no different. No one wants to deal with the frustration and headache that can come from picking the wrong paint color.

Some of the most popular kitchen cabinet paint colors are whites and grays. But as of lately some cabinet colors that have been trending are darker colors and blues.

So, today I’m sharing with you the 13 best and most popular kitchen cabinet paint colors.

PURE WHITE SW 7005 SHERWIN WILLIAMS

LRV 84

Sherwin WIlliams Pure White is such an all around beautiful white paint color. What makes this partiular white such a popular color for kitchen cabinets? It’s because Pure White has, in my opinion the absolute perfect balane of undertones. Some whites can have a loud blue or yellow undertone that pushes them to the warmer or cooler side. Whereas Pure White is right smack in the middle not leaning one way or the other. It’s an amazing white kitchen cabinet color for sure.

ALABASTER SW 7008 SHERWIN WILLIAMS

LRV 82

It’s no surprise that Sherwin Williams Alabaster made it to the popular kitchen cabinet paint colors list. It’s a fantastic off-white paint color. It’s a great option for kitchen finishes that have some warm tones in them. Being that Alabaster isn’t a stark white, rather it’s more on the creamy side, it just works well.

READ MORE: SHERWIN WILLIAMS ALABASTER

REPOSE GRAY SW 7015 SHERWIN WILLIAMS

LRV 58

Surprise, surprise, Sherwin Williams Repose Gray made it to the popular list. Actually, no surprise at all! Repose Gray is my favorite gray paint color. I think it’s the best Sherwin Williams gray paint color for kitchen cabinets. It works well on cabinets because it has some depth to it. Repose is not too light of a gray, it’s just dark enough.

READ MORE: REPOSE GRAY-MY FAVORITE GRAY

ALPACA SW 7022 SHERWIN WILLIAMS

LRV 57

This one I was surprised about. Sherwin WIlliams Alpaca is a warm, greige/taupe paint color. It’s warmer that Repose Gray. I think Alpaca is a popular kitchen cabinet paint color for the fact that it is a warmer taupe-ish color. Taupe paint colors work well with fixed elements like tile, with pink undertones. So the slight taupish feel Alpace has makes it an extremely useful color for kitchen cabinets.

IRON ORE SW 7069 SHERWIN WILLIAMS

LRV 6

Dark kitchen cabinets are making a comeback. I’m seeing them everywhere. Need proof? Iron Ore from Sherwin WIlliams made the popular list. Iron Ore is such a requested cabinet color because it’s dark and moody, yet it’s not quite black.

PEPPERCORN SW 7674 SHERWIN WILLIAMS

LRV 10

Sherwin Williams Peppercorn is a fantastic dark gray paint color. Just like Iron Ore, Peppercorn is a dark bold gray however it’s a bit lighter and grayer. Peppercorn is a great option for kitchen cabinets.

CHANTILLY LACE OC-65 BENJAMIN MOORE

LRV 92.2

Chantilly Lace is the best Benjamin Moore white paint color for kitchen cabinets when you want a true white. There are no surprises with this gorgeous Benjamin Moore white. Chantilly Lace is a crisp and clean white. It’s a favorite among designers and homeowners alike. It’s no wonder it’s one of the most popular cabinet colors.

WATER’S EDGE 1635 BENJAMIN MOORE

LRV 30.42. Also known as James River Gray AC-23

I am genuinely so happy to see Benjamin Moore Water’s Edge make it to the popular list. Why do you ask? Because blue kitchen cabinets are so beautiful! They make a bold statement without being too bold. Water’s Edge is the perfect blue-gray kitchen cabinet color. Blue-gray paint colors tend to be a bit more neutral than straight-up blues which make them easier to use.

BLUE NOTE 2129-30 BENJAMIN MOORE

LRV 7.14

Blue Note by Benjamin Moore is another fantastic kitchen cabinet paint color. Not only is it a darker color, but it’s also another blue on the popular list. This is a bold color that will make a statement in your kitchen. Whether you use Blue Note on all your cabinets or as an accent on your island, this color will truly shine. Try pairing it with brass cabinet pulls to complete the kitchens look.

WHITE DOVE OC-17 BENJAMIN MOORE

LRV 85.38

Yet another beautiful off-white paint color to add to the popular list. Benjamin Moore White Dove is truly one of the best white paint color for kitchen cabinets. Like SW Alabaster, it’s not a bright, stark white. There is a tiny bit of warm to it that makes it easy to use with the fixed elembet in your kitchen.

READ MORE: WHITE DOVE- BENJAMIN MOORE

DORIAN GRAY SW 7017 SHERWIN WILLIAMS

LRV 39

Are you still wondering if gray is a popular kitchen cabinet paint color? Wonder no more, it still is. Dorian Gray by Sherwin Williams is a darker, more mid-toned gray paint color. It works well on kitchen cabinets because it has greige undertones. The balance of undertones makes it effortless to pair with the fixed elements of a kitchen.

NAVAL SW 6244 SHERWIN WILLIAMS

LRV 4

Not only is Sherwin Willaims Naval an overall fan favorite but it’s also on the popular kitchen cabinet paint color list. Honestly, I knew Naval would make the list. It can be considered a navy blue but with a bit more saturation to it. In my experience, Naval is often used as an accent color, for with a two tones kitchen cabinet look or on an island.

SIMPLY WHITE 2143-70 BENJAMIN MOORE

LRV 91.7

Guess white, I mean what? We have another popular white kitchen cabinet paint color on the list. You saw it coming, I did say that white paint colors topped the list. So, Sherwin Williams Simply White is a warm white with a touch of yellow in it. It’s a great update option for kitchens that have warmer tones in them.


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POPULAR KITCHEN CABINET PAINT COLORS RECAP

Some of the most popular paint colors on this list are what you would expect. But I do think that people are exploring different options other than white and the proof is on this list. There are dark as well as light gray. Then there are also different shades of blue. It’s a well rounded mix of colors and I believe they are all amazing paint color options for kitchen cabinets.

THE BEST SHERWIN WILLIAMS KITCHEN CABINET PAINT COLORS

  • PURE WHITE
  • ALABASTER
  • REPOSE GRAY
  • ALPACA
  • IRON ORE
  • PEPPERCORN
  • DORIAN GRAY
  • NAVAL
dark gray kitchen cabinets
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Naval island
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READ MORE: THE BEST SHERWIN WILLIAM SGRAY PAINT COLORS

THE BEST BENJAMIN MOORE KITCHEN CABINET PAINT COLORS

  • CHANTILLY LACE
  • WATER’S EDGE
  • BLUE NOTE
  • WHITE DOVE
  • SIMPLY WHITE
white kitchen cabinets
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READ MORE: THE BEST BENJAMIN MOORE GRAY PAINT COLORS

FINAL THOUGHTS – POPULAR KITCHEN CABINET PAINT COLORS

Painting your kitchen cabinets is a great way to update your kitchen. Paint can truly transform the space. Not only is it a more budget-friendly way to renovate your kitchen, but it’s also a project you can DIY.

READ MORE: HOW TO PAINT KITCHEN CABINETS

When it comes to choosing a kitchen cabinet paint color, don’t forget to take into account things like the lighting or design features in the room. You want to make sure the kitchen is well balanced.

Don’t forget to swatch the paint color you choose. If you read my paint color posts, you’ll see I’m adamant about this.

Be prepared to swatch! Grab yourself some chippy brushes.

Swatching the paint colors will allow you to get a real feel of how they look once they are up on the cabinets. 

Use Samplize Peel & Stick Paint Samples for a mess-free way to test paint colors!

Finally, take your time and go through the appropriate steps when choosing the perfect cabinet color.  Using this advice will save you time, money, and aggravation in the long run.


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37 thoughts on “Popular Kitchen Cabinet Paint Colors”

  1. Your post very essential for choosing cabinet colors. Here the combination of grey is much preferable for me. Others are also very standard combinations. Thanks a lot for helping me out to choose the color!!

  2. My beautiful large kitchen has green granite on island and counters.
    -The name is Hawaiian green , it is definitely dark green with an occasional dot of dark red. -Cabinets and fridge are dark stained solid cherry. the b
    -Back splash is soft, cream/ white 5″ stone squares set on diagonal.
    -Hard wood floors.- medium color.
    -Bronze hardward pulls
    After 15 years of the dark look, I want to go lighter. Would Antigue white by Benjamin Moore worK, especially with dark green granite?

    1. Hi Neil!
      Check out the color Swiss Coffee by Benjamin Moore. Its a warm off white that I think will complement your beautiful green granite. Sometimes Antique White can show some pinkish undertones in certain lighting. Make sure to swatch your choices!

  3. I have ‘Days End’ by Benjamin Moore in my kitchen for the island and lower cabinetry. I have white for my pantry cabinetry and around my fridge, and my one upper cabinet. The rest of the uppers are floating shelves. I LOVE the navy/gray color of Days End.

  4. I’m struggling. My floor has browns, tans and gray and I want my walls gray and cabinets a gray but what I end up with is blue. Going Greige is an idea but did want to pull out the gray in my flooring and have more gray to my kitchen. ideas??

    1. Hey Kay,
      not knowing exactly how the floors look, its hard to give you a color that will work perfectly. However. I can recommend you take a look at a few Greige paint colors that may do the trick. Lighter options Sherwin williams Agreeable Gray 7029, Repose Gray 7015, Worldly Gray 7043. Darker options.Dorian Gray 7017, Mega Greige7031 and Intellectual Gray 7045

  5. Nice options. Are you able to have look at the name of the paint colour on the resource you’ve made for pinning? 2nd row from top, first colour in the row. It’s repeated from the bottom row and I believe the bottom colour matches the name.

  6. Hello,

    I want to paint my kitchen (well the whole house In BM classic Gray) and I was thinking about doing SW Alabaster for the kitchen cabinets. My floors are Pergo rustic amber chestnut. Do you think I can pull it off? Or itโ€™s too much. Any advice is welcomed and appreciated. Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š

    1. The look of two different shades on the top and the bottom is one that appeals to me. What are the visual effects of having the darker shade on the top cabinets versus the lighter shade on top w the darker on the bottom?
      Thank you!

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  8. I have an antique Harvest Gold stove and don’t want to get rid of it. I want to paint my kitchen cabinets an off white color. They are now a shade of light yellow. What color would you recommend to compliment the stove? Thanks for any help!

  9. I have my walls painted Agreeable gray. My floor is tile, white with a little taupe, mostly white. I can’t decide what color to paint my cupboards. Any suggestions?

  10. I have Black walnut stained cabinets, wall color is a taupe that can has a medium grey/brown tone(custom color). My new floors are light grey, Small brick tile backsplash has cream white, tan, deep taupe. The countertops are a taupe quartz. Iโ€™m debating on painting the island cabinets an accent or complimentary color but Iโ€™m not sure what color will work. Any ideas ?

  11. I have a very small kitchen that I am in the process to paint the walls and cabinets. I was thinking gauntlet gray on cabinets and LFG or Repose Gray for the walls. Would they coordinate well together?

  12. Are you familiar with the color KITTY GRAY by BM? How would that be for a kitchen island and a range hood that is amongst a wall of white cabinets?

  13. I’m so nervous – starting kitchen painting today – doing SW Alabaster top cabinets with SW Roycroft Mist Gray bottoms and a Charcoal blue island with Mega Griege accent wall behind cabinets. I know it’s a lot of colors but I think they go well together – I have been so stressed over this!

  14. Hi I painted my walls in Sherwin williams silver point grey, I have tile flooring in a neutral looking color. I want to repaint my kitchen cabinets in sherwin williams naval with white counter top. Do you think this combination will pull it off?

  15. For weeks Iโ€™ve been going back and forth between navy blue or charcoal grey cabinets. Iโ€™m so glad you mentioned Charcoal Blue from Sherwin Williams, thatโ€™s exactly what I want! A perfect mix between the two. We have a kitchen cabinet painting company coming to paint our cabinets in a few weeks so this post was super helpful! Thank you!!

  16. Hello!
    I’m looking to paint all the cabinets in my house. The kitchen, wet bar and baths. My kithen and wet bar have a dark granite white is a mix of dark green and black with light gray and silver flecks. No backsplash and tan colored porcelain 12″ tiles. The current cabinets are an awful orangey wood tone. I’d like to brighten up the kitchen but don’t want a bright white. Suggestions?
    Thank you!

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