26 Kitchen Paint Color Ideas You Can Easily Copy

Global interior design firms provide style inspiration for dream kitchens

Brightly-lit kitchen with blue and white painted cabinets

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When you do not have the cash for a full-on remodel, a spanking new paint job will add oomph to a kitchen without having to overhaul everything else. But here is the thing — there are a bazillion colors to choose from at your local home improvement store. And that can make finding the best shade for your cooking space a mind-boggling chore. So, how do you pick?

To help you have that aha moment, we are sharing our favorite hues for cooking spaces. From neutral palettes to bold color schemes, here are 26 kitchen paint ideas you can easily copy.

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    Green and Pink Kitchen

    white kitchen with pink feature wall
    CaSA Colombo and Serboli Architecture

    Not too long ago, pink walls were usually relegated to children's bedrooms or retro bathrooms. But thanks to the rise of millennial pink, pink-colored walls are popping up everywhere. An example is the salmon pink wall in this mostly white kitchen by Casa Colombo and Serboli Architecture based in Barcelona, Spain. But the colorful goodness does not stop there. For a touch of lovely contrast, they painted the shutter apple green.

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    Blue Kitchen Colors

    blue and white modern kitchen
    Vidal Design Collaborative

    Various shades of blue wash over this white kitchen by Vidal Design Collaborative, a design and construction firm based in Southern California. The wall that carves out the breakfast nook is a paint shade called Soft Sky by Benjamin Moore. The pretty tile backsplash repeats the color.

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    Yellow Modern Kitchen With Pale Wood Feature Wall

    yellow modern farmhouse kitchen
    Alys Design

    Lower cabinets painted in Bright Yellow by Benjamin Moore light up this charming kitchen by the duo behind Alys Design located in Pittsboro, North Carolina. The sunshiny hue coordinates beautifully with the pale wood walls and the white platinum quartz countertop.


    If painting a furnished kitchen, use a roller on the large stretches of wall and use a brush for smaller strips of wall, such as those located between a backsplash and cabinets.

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    Retro Kitchen With Pops of Bright Paint Colors

    rainbow country kitchen
    Alison Kandler

    Striking strokes of uplifting colors add zip to this retro kitchen by Alison Kandler, an interior designer based in Santa Monica, California. The painted, vintage-inspired screen door is a cheerful shade of yellow. The cabinets are an earthy hue called Rolling Hill Green by Benjamin Moore. The single shudder on the right was distressed with orange chalk paint.

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    Red, White, and Blue Kitchen

    red, white and blue retro kitchen
    British Standard Cupboards

    Red, white, and blue is the winning color combination that lends a heaping dose of pep to this kitchen by British Standard Cupboards situated in the U.K. The retro-styled cooking space features two-tone cabinets, which offset a bold-colored refrigerator. The crisp, white upper walls lend an open and airy vibe. The geometric floor tile is a modern touch that keeps the room from feeling too kitschy. 

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    Blue, Green, and White Kitchen

    blue and green kitchen ideas
    Brett Mickan Interior Design

    Calming cool colors evoke serenity in this kitchen by Australian design firm Brett Mickan Interior Design. The earthy green wall and the two-tone blue and white cabinetry bring inviting character to the table.​

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    Minty Fresh Kitchen That is Thoroughly Modern

    Kitchen with mint cabinets
    Black Lacquer Design

    Black Lacquer Design based in Los Angeles, California is known for creating thoroughly modern spaces filled with striking colors and attention-grabbing patterns. Here, the firm combines a bold pattern floor tile with pastel cabinetry in a paint color called Mint Julep by Benjamin Moore. The result is an incredibly fresh cooking space that feels both stylish and approachable.


    Make sure to thoroughly clean your kitchen walls before painting. When mixed with water, TSP (trisodium phosphate) is a great cleaning solution for areas that have gathered grease.

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    Painted Wood Floor in Trellis Pattern

    wallpaper ceiling in kitchen
    Janet Gridley

    If you crave bold hues, kitchens are the perfect place to satisfy that hunger. Case in point: this colorful kitchen by interior designer Janet Gridley based in Dallas, Texas. The cooking space reflects the homeowner's love of bright colors. Our favorite feature is the patterned floor. Instead of ripping out the original wood floor during the renovation, it was given a brand-new look using porch and patio floor paint in white and blue.

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    Kitchen Inspired by an Orange Creamsicle

    orange and blue kitchen
    Nimu Equipo

    A wall in a frothy shade called Orange Creamsicle by Benjamin Moore brightens up this white cooking space by interior design firm Nimu Equipo based in Madrid, Spain. The kitchen island painted a striking shade of navy blue lends colorful contrast.

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    Create a Stunning Painted Backsplash

    painted kitchen backsplash
    Dittrich Hudson Vasetti Architects

    The talented designers at Dittrich Hudson Vasetti Architects situated in Bristol, England, used paint to spruce up a simple, white kitchen. They painted the backsplash portion of the wall pictured a shade called Julep by Sherman-Williams. Afterward, they installed a glass sheet to create a surface that is both water and stain-resistant. The surrounding walls are a hue called Mindful Gray, also by Sherman- Williams. The color adds a little contrast to the white flat front cabinetry.

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    Multi-Hued Kitchen Cabinets

    colorful Mondrian inspired kitchen
    Ande Bunbury Architects

    Celebrate your culinary creativity with this multi-hued cabinets idea by the design team at Ande Bunbury Architects based in Melbourne, Australia. The eclectic cooking space incorporates seven different paint colors to make a Mondrian-inspired statement. The walls were kept white to keep the room from feeling too busy.

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    Create a Bold Kitchen Accent Wall

    dark accent wall kitchen

    Painting one wall in a kitchen a bold, dramatic color can punch things up. For instance, take a gander at this cooking space spotted on Alvhem. A robust shade called Teal Tension by Dulux takes the room to a new stylish level. ​​​​​

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    Perfect Mix of Minty Blue and Soft Gray

    kitchen cabinets painted Tidewater
    JAS Design Build

    JAS Design Build based in Seattle, Washington, painted these kitchen cabinets a shade called Tidewater by Sherman-Williams. We love this cool color because it combines a dollop of minty blue with whisper-soft gray. The result is a refreshing, pale hue that feels soothing and fresh.

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    Retro Kitchen With Cheerful Paint Colors

    colorful stenciled kitchen floor
    Alison Kandler

    This retro cooking space by Santa Monica, California-based interior designer Alison Kandler has two cheerful paint ideas worth stealing. The old wood floor was enlivened with a colorful checker pattern. The brand-new kitchen island got a country farmhouse makeover thanks to a few coats of Red Barn by Benjamin Moore.

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    Zesty Shade of Acid Yellow

    acid yellow and gray kitchen
    Nerland Building Restoration and Design

    We love how a little paint can instantly personalize a cooking space. Here, Nerland Building Restoration and Design based in San Francisco, California uses acid yellow to add zest to a gray and white kitchen.

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    Historic Paint Colors for Kitchens

    tropical eat in kitchen
    Copper Sky Renovations

    Copper Sky Renovations based in Atlanta, Georgia, gave the kitchen in this home a timeless boost with historical paint colors by Benjamin Moore. A hue called Hale Orange tops off the Palace Blue walls. The red lower cabinet on the right is Cornwallis Red.

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    Paint Colors for a French Country Kitchen

    Witt Construction

    Three paint colors set the tone in this French country kitchen by Witt Construction based in Saratoga Springs, New York. The arched structure concealing the oven hood is a brilliant shade of red. The cabinetry is a creamy yellow. The kitchen island is a moody blue-black.


    If painting a kitchen island, you can protect the adjacent surfaces by covering the countertop and floor with masking paper and taping it into place.

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    Navy Blue Cabinets and a Sea Foam Green Kitchen Island

    green, navy and white kitchen
    Sustainable Kitchens

    Cool colors make this mostly white cooking space by Sustainable Kitchens more inviting. The base cabinets on the right are a deep navy blue. The kitchen island is a soothing shade of sea foam green. 

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    Tuscan Orange Kitchen Island and Neutrals

    Kitchen with pitch black wall
    The Vawdrey House

    Pitch-black matte paint gives this bespoke kitchen by The Vawdrey House based in Worthing, England, extra visual depth. The white kitchen island in front keeps the room from feeling dark and moody.

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    Pretty-in-Pink Kitchen

    pink and white kitchen
    Harvey Jones Kitchens

    Are you thinking pink? Behold this cooking space by Harvey Jones Kitchens based in London. The pink kitchen island casts a rosy glow on the mostly white room.

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    Creamy Hues Paired With Stark White

    greenish cream kitchen
    Grant K. Gibson Interior Design

    Pairing warm creamy colors with stark white hues can be confusing. Here is how to get the task done. Setting the tone in this kitchen by Grant K. Gibson Interior Design based in San Francisco, are walls painted Decorator's White by Benjamin Moore. It is a pure, crisp shade without yellow or blue undertones, so it pairs beautifully with anything like these cabinets in Bavarian Cream also by Benjamin Moore. 

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    Color Wash Your Kitchen Cabinets

    blue kitchen that shows of wood grain
    Sustainable Kitchens

    Show off your cabinets' wood grain with a color washing painting technique. In this chic cooking space by Sustainable Kitchens based in the U.K., a few thin coats of blue paint add depth to the natural wood grain.

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    Gorgeous Shade of Green for Chic Kitchens

    dark green kitchen paint color
    Turek Design

    A gorgeous shade of matte green by Sherman-Williams called Hunt Club gives this cooking space by Turek Design based in New York City an elegant and modern vibe.

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