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Kitchen Cabinets: The 9 Most Popular Colors To Pick From

Painted kitchen cabinets are back with a bang! It was not too long ago when pretty much everyone turned away from those vintage and retro hues and adopted a more modern approach toward kitchen cabinets. Beige, cream and brown became the order of the day. But then, fashion and interior design have a wonderful way of surprising us by turning back the clock and making the vintage cool again! Colorful kitchen cabinets are quickly topping the list of the hottest design trends of 2014. Since we already gave you a quick guide on how to paint the cabinets at your home, today we delve into the colors you can choose for your kitchen cabinets.

The number of colors you can choose from for your kitchen cabinets is indeed endless. Yet your search can be streamlined using a few simple parameters, like the existing theme and your own taste in color combinations. Never pick anything you are not comfortable with just because it is touted as a “hot hue”. Here are nine fashionable and effervescent colors that top the popularity charts. Dig in and enjoy!

It is time to leave behind the mundane and drench your kitchen in some vivacious color. Whether you love an understated  approach, or an over-the-top look with some cheerful hues, colorful kitchen cabinets offer you a multitude of exciting options. Move over boring kitchens!

Plush Purples: Color of the Year!

Purples and violets have been all the rage in the last few years, and every major fashion company and interior design giant predicts that these colors will continue to stay relevant in the next few years to come. Purple looks especially stunning in any setting that it is placed and instantly gives the room visual richness that is simply unmistakable. While purple has a lot going for it, painting your kitchen cabinets purple means that you should pay particular attention to the surrounding decor and matching hues. If you love an eclectic look, this is barely a problem.

Blend regal purple with dark hues for a sophisticated look

by Increation

For those who wish to incorporate purple kitchen cabinets in a more curated and modern interior, use a cool neutral shade for the remainder of the room. Too much purple can easily become overwhelming. Restraint is a must when incorporating these bright and alluring kitchen cabinets.

Industrial-style kitchen with bold purple cabinets

by Momoko Morton

Add a splash of trendy purple to the kitchen

by Jeff King & Company

Dig into the many shades of purple and violet!

by Elad Gonen

Combine purple with a hint of cool blue

by Green Goods

Sophisticated Grey

We move from a fashionable bright shade to arguably the hottest neutral on the planet today. If you are starting to feel like grey is becoming more prominent all around you, then your observation is spot on. While many homeowners feel that grey for kitchen cabinets can be dull, that is hardly the truth. Warm, deep greys add sophistication and style with ease. But to truly experience the magic of grey cabinets in the kitchen, opt for textured finishes and hip patterns that elevate the cabinets in a sleek and minimal home.

Warm, dark grey kitchen cabinet idea


Bring some sophistication to the kitchen with grey

by Maggie McManus Kitchens & Baths

Grey is definitely the hottest new neutral in the kitchen

by Mango design

Grey ushers in a refined elegance to any room it adorns

by RisherMartin Fine Homes

Stunning kitchen cabinets in cool gray

Brilliant Array of Blues

We once tried to figure out all the shades of blue that can be used in the house, and as you might have guessed, the list is simply endless. Blue is an eternal favorite, and a hint of this beautiful color in the kitchen can have an uplifting influence on the ambiance of the room. Teal, turquoise, robin’s egg, navy and cyan; the list goes on and on. Blue kitchen cabinets are a welcome addition to any kitchen that seeks to embrace a coastal or nautical look. The color even works radiantly in a country cottage-style kitchen. Rejuvenating and energizing, white seem like a natural complementary hue for the eternal shades of blue!

Robin’s egg blue kitchen cabinets steal the show here

by Gut Gut

Captivating use of blue kitchen cabinets in the contemporary kitchen

by Merzbau Design Collective

Blissful blue for the kitchen cabinets

by mark pinkerton – vi360 photography

Fresh blue and white color scheme for your kitchen

A Splash of Funky Orange

When we say orange, we do not intend to turn your kitchen into the set of That 70s Show! Orange kitchen cabinets can instantly infuse playfulness and brightness in a kitchen that is dark and unexciting. Even a single kitchen cabinet in orange will make its presence felt, and it is an easy way to infuse burnt orange accents into your kitchen. Much like purple, orange is another shade that needs balance and looks best when used in moderation. Combine it with simple grey, white or even very light shades of blue to achieve this elusive poise!

Kitchen cabinet color scheme that brings together orange, white and black

by De Mattei Construction

Colorful kitchen keeps you engrossed

by Shannon Malone

Bold dash of color to the open floor plan with the orange cabinets
Orange kitchen cabinets in a white backdrop

Serenity of White

There are a lot of folks who quickly raise an eyebrow when we tell them that white can be as engaging a color for kitchen cabinets as any. But the inspirations featured here will quickly change your mind. A simple yet cleverly done kitchen in white can make a perfect backdrop for any accent color you wish to include. Painting kitchen shelves white helps accentuate this appeal. You can obviously pair white kitchen cabinets with any other backsplash of your choice. If you have a problem committing to an accent color, this is the best way to ease your nerves.

An open display adds to the charm of the kitchen

by Cary Bernstein Architect

A minimalist take on white kitchen cabinets along with wooden ones
Beautiful kitchen in white has a warm, inviting appeal

by Beth Dana Design

Smart combination of black and white

by Woodworks Design

Unassuming simplicity of white!
Stylish transitional kitchen with white cabinets

by Studio 212 Interiors

Bold and Minimal Black

Black is not one of the first colors that come to mind when thinking about new kitchen cabinets. Yet it is probably the most natural fit in any contemporary kitchen with clean and well-defined lines and glossy, lacquered surfaces. Bringing together both black and white kitchen shelves is a classic design choice that will never let you down. A more daring approach to using black would be to couple it with dashing red that is equally audacious and prominent. Posh and urbane, black is for those who love a hint of minimalism in their kitchen.

You simply cannot go wrong with classic black and white

by Dijeau Poage Construction

Bold matte black kitchen cabinets create a stylish kitchen
Black kitchen cabinets are an ideal choice for those who love contemporary minimalism

by Seven Image Group – Interior Photography

Black cabinets in the backdrop offer the perfect setting

by The Works

Black and red kitchen surely leaves you spellbound!
Sensible combination of black and white kitchen cabinets

Refreshing Green

These days there is plenty of talk about giving the kitchen a green makeover. That obviously means ushering in sustainable practices that make your kitchen far more eco-friendly. But why not have a few green cabinets to go along with this design philosophy? Just like blue, green is available in a wide range of shades, hues and values. Lime green and dark olive green seem to be preferred in chic, contemporary kitchens. A lighter and more sober version of green can give your kitchen cabinets an amazing, vintage look. If creating a full-blown vintage kitchen is your aim, then do not give green cabinets a miss!

Small contemporary kitchen with trendy green cabinets

by Greg Natale

Add a touch of vintage charm to your kitchen with painted cabinets

by Rosewood Custom Cabinetry & Millwork

Colorful kitchen cabinetry is here to stay!

by Loop Design

Bright lime green for the kitchen cabinets

by McKinney Photography

Painted cabinets give the room a snug warmth

Sun-Kissed Charm of Yellow

Colors of nature always seem to fit in seamlessly, even when used in an artificial setting. Both green and yellow fit this billing. While green offers freshness, yellow ushers in a sparkle that fills the entire kitchen with a radiant glow. Yellow kitchen cabinets look even more stunning when used along with white kitchen countertops in stone or organic wooden textures. Different shades of yellow complement other bright colors like green, red and black with equal elegance. So, instead of using a neutral shade as a balancing color, try a discreet yellow for a change.

Hard to miss the color scheme here!

by Fieldwork Architecture

Lovely use of yellow in a restrained shade

by McCall Design

Yellow undeniably brings freshness to the kitchen

by Rafe Churchill

Modern kitchen cabinets in a rustic setting

Painting it Red!

And finally we arrive at red. Having recently flipped through some stylish retro kitchens, we can vouch for the fact that red is a great color for that look. Red kitchen cabinets are right at home in either a classic, retro setting or a classy, contemporary space. Most often, finding anything in between this spectrum can be a hard task. If you are choosing red for kitchen cabinets, keep the space as organized as possible. Black and white often tend to balance red beautifully and should give you the poise you are looking for!

A rustic touch to the red
Red kitchen cabinets can be both retro and contemporary at the same time

by Moya Living

Red kitchen cabinets with black countertop for the modern kitchen

by Eunice Fernandes

Fuchsia pendants that enhance the kitchen color scheme

by Corvallis Custom Kitchens & Baths

Contemporary kitchen cabinets in lacquered red

Are you ready for a colorful makeover? Which color do you think works best in your kitchen? Let us know below…

Sherry Nothingam

Sherry is a blogger who loves to live her life to the fullest. She enjoys everything associated with design, décor and stylish modern trends. Born in California, Sherry has grown up on open ranches and in a wild setting, which has defined her taste for design and developed her interest in examining how structures and homes interact with the beauti[...]

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