Color Schemes to Make Old Kitchen Cabinets Look More Modern


The cost of replacing old kitchen cabinets can be extravagant, especially if you’ll be paying installation costs. Thankfully, a well-chosen color scheme, whether in paint or accessories, can give your kitchen a makeover, making your cabinets appear more modern. According to HGTV, “almost anything goes when it comes to color in the kitchen,” but some color schemes may be particularly helpful in transforming your kitchen.

Warm Versus Cool Colors

  • In picking a color scheme for your kitchen, it’s important to know whether to choose a warm or cool color scheme. According to Aromaleight, “Warm colors are based on yellows, oranges, browns, yellowish greens, orangish reds, and the like. Cool colors are based on blues, greens, pinks, purples, blue-greens, magentas, and blue-based reds.” Designer Kenneth Brown, in an article on HGTV, recommends choosing light cool colors for the walls if you have wood cabinets and warm wall colors for white cabinets.


  • White is a classic kitchen color for walls and cabinets. If you’re able to repaint your cabinets, white is an ideal color, which can create a fresh, clean look and will complement most other colors in your kitchen. High-gloss white paint can be cleaned easily, keeping your kitchen looking bright and new-looking.

Where to Put Color

  • Painting your walls and cabinets isn’t the only way to create a modern look in a kitchen with old cabinets. Infusing fabrics, countertops, and backsplashes with color can balance shabby-looking cabinets and modernize your kitchen. You can also choose funky or bold colors for accessories such as storage tins, cans and other containers. With bolder surfaces and backsplashes, neutral wall colors would be best.

Hardware, Accessories and Appliances

  • In addition to well-chosen color schemes, you can make your cabinets and kitchen more modern with accessories and hardware. Replacing your hardware with contemporary designs in modern-looking metals, such as chrome or nickel, is a simple way to update the look of old cabinets. A contemporary sink faucet, light fixture, or stainless-steel kitchen appliances — which complement your hardware and color scheme — can create an overall modern look in a kitchen with old kitchen cabinets.

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