7 Best Kitchen Paint Colors

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On the walls: Sherwin Williams White Duck SW 7010.

Kylie M. Interiors

Yep, finding that perfect paint color for your kitchen walls can be daunting and extremely confusing process. Is a dramatic, bold color on your walls a good idea? Is a light, pastel hue better? It's a tough decision, especially when having to take into account how often you cook and the type of light your space receives. The great news is we are here to help; these paint shades are guaranteed to make your cooking space more inviting. 

  • 01 of 07

    Best Shade of Terracotta: Sherwin-Williams Cavern Clay SW 7701

    Paint swatch of Sherwin Williams Cavern Clay

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    "Kitchens with an earthy, retro '70s vibe are increasing in popularity," says interior architect John Mochelle. "Recently we paired walnut cabinetry with beautiful terracotta walls in a paint called Cavern Clay, by Sherwin-Williams. The warm reddish color works well natural wood tones, avocado green, purplish grays, creamy white, and golden yellow."

  • 02 of 07

    Best Shade of Beige: Magnolia Homes Cinnamon Sugar

    Magnolia Home paint swatch in Cinnamon Sugar

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    "When it comes to painting kitchens, beige tones are too often overlooked, and it is a shame," says interior designer Tara Polony. "Beige walls create a feeling of warmth, which fits right in with the process of cooking." A pretty beige color to consider is Cinnamon Sugar by Magnolia Homes. It has a subtle brown base that feels cozy and not muddy.

  • 03 of 07

    Best Shade of Ocean Blue: Sherwin-Williams Let it Rain SW 9152

    Sherwin Williams Let It Rain color swatch

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    "No color is off limits for a kitchen, but these days I prefer kitchen walls in serene tones of a pale ocean blue," says Heidi Techner, the program director of interior design at Harcum College. "Let it Rain by Sherwin-Williams combines elements of an invigorating blue with a calming gray undertone to create a relaxing and restorative energy." She suggests working this color like a neutral. White cabinetry and pine flooring make for beautiful accents when paired with this shade in the kitchen.

  • 04 of 07

    Best Shade of Taupe: Benjamin Moore Upper West Side CSP-70

    Benjamin Moore Upper West Side paint swatch

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    White is sometimes a little too lackluster for a kitchen space. Interior designer Alec Holland says, "One of my favorites is Upper West Side from Benjamin Moore. It is warm enough to create a little depth and drama without feeling dark or moody. It also looks thoroughly chic with white kitchen cabinetry." When you want a hint of color, but aren't looking to stray far from quiet hues, this taupe is a great option.

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  • 05 of 07

    Best Shade of Red: Glidden Red Delicious 00YR 08/409

    Glidden Red Delicious paint swatch

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    "Red is a stimulating color making it ideal for a kitchen accent wall because it can stimulate the appetite, and even create an energizing environment for lively conversation," says Heidi Techner. A yummy color worth trying is Red Delicious by Glidden. Pair with cerulean blue cabinetry for a truly luxurious look.

  • 06 of 07

    Best Neutral Shade: Benjamin Moore Gray Owl 2137-60

    Benjamin Moore Gray Owl paint swatch

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    "Gray Owl by Benjamin Moore works in most kitchens because it goes with a broad range of colorful cabinetry," says Patrick Planeta, owner of Planeta Design Group. "It makes white cabinets standout, and the paint shade is also light enough that when paired with darker cabinetry it will not make the rest of the kitchen feel oppressive or heavy." He also appreciates the color's ability to balance tonal differences, which makes it perfect for kitchens with two-toned cabinets.

  • 07 of 07

    Best Shade of Creamy Greige: Sherwin Williams White Duck SW 7010

    Sherwin Williams White Duck paint swatch

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    Kylie, interior designer and décor blogger behind Kylie M. Interiors, says White Duck by Sherwin-Williams is a pitch-perfect blend of cream and greige—meaning that it never feels too beige or gray as the light changes throughout the day. It allows white subway tile to sing and provides a clean backdrop for rustic wood accents.