Kitchen Color Ideas with White Cabinets


If your kitchen cabinets are white, you're in luck. These white cabinets provide a bright contrast that will allow you to paint your kitchen walls nearly any color you want. Because the white helps reflect light and brighten up the room, you can go dark and bold with your wall color choices without fear of making the kitchen seem small or overwhelming.

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  • Copper and terra cotta paint colors are popular for kitchen walls and provide a rich contrast for bright white cabinets. These earthy yet bright colors are bold, but neutral enough to allow you to add colorful dishes and towels to your kitchen without clashing. If you have copper-bottom pots that hang on a rack or other copper kitchenware on display, check your paint swatches against the true copper for the shades that bring out its shine best.


  • If you think gray in the kitchen sounds drab and depressing, you're probably not looking at the right shades. Choose a soft medium gray with blue undertones to go with bright white cabinets or a darker charcoal gray to complement either bright white or off-white cabinets. Grays can help bring out your granite countertops or stainless steel appliances and make a great background for hanging decorative mug racks or display plates. If you're worried about going too dark with the grays, try a light to medium gray as a basecoat, then apply a sponge or rag-texture charcoal glaze over the top. Brighten the kitchen with bright hand towels and rugs. Purples, yellows and greens all go well in a gray and white kitchen and can be mixed and matched.


  • Give your kitchen a look that fits with both retro and contemporary stylings by adding green to the walls around your white cabinets. Sage greens offer a more contemporary feel and come in light to moderate shades. Mint greens will brighten up the space and give it a retro 1950s feel that works well if you have classic ceramics from that era on display. Country style kitchens can benefit from darker moss or olive greens as long as there is plenty of white to brighten up the area. For a lighter, more airy look, try a tropical-style seafoam green that is pale enough to keep the kitchen feeling open and airy, but bright enough to catch the eye and add interest to the room. Accent your green kitchen, no matter what the shade, by using accessories that are a few shades darker than your wall color combined with bits of dark purple, lavender and gray for most shades, or yellow and turquoise for a seaside color palette.

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