We first got the bright idea to switch up our kitchen paint colors after going to a local parade of homes this past spring. So many of the houses that I gravitated towards featured bright white kitchen with creamy cabinetry and nice dark wood floors. We already had the floors and I really liked the style of our cabinets, but the dark espresso shade made our kitchen seem like a cave and, in my opinion, really dated it. I started looking around for painting kitchen cabinets ideas to quickly update the space without spending a ton of money. I learned that Benjamin Moore Simply White is not only one of the top kitchen colors 2019, but one that most of the designers recommend as an easy "go with anything" shade for the entire house.
The best kitchen paint colors are those that highlight the beauty of your cabinetry, countertops and other decorative elements, while being subtle enough so as not to overpower any neighboring living areas. When in doubt, I always tell my clients to use a neutral tone because these rooms have a lot going on due to all of the elements required for functionality. It is often best to let the kitchen wall colors take the backseat and let other decorative items like a really cool backsplash or a decorative detailing on a center island take center stage of the design.
When people come into our shop, one of their most frequently asked questions is how to decide on the best kitchen paint colors with white cabinets. Some designers will tell you to have fun with color since simple white cabinets like these are a very basic and neutral backdrop. Others will say to keep it simple and monochromatic in order to create a lovely sleek and contemporary space. Of course the decision is up to the client, but my preference is generally the later of the two. I tend to prefer it when the kitchen cabinet paint colors are the focal point in the kitchen and have the most design impact.
I have always thought that painting kitchen cabinets is a great way to absolutely transform a space without spending a ton of money. Rather than gutting a space and replacing it with all new cabinets (especially if you have high quality custom cabinets fit specifically to your kitchen), refinishing the units is a fantastic cost effective options. Plus, if you are not committing to entirely new pieces, you can have fun with the kitchen cabinet colors and do something a little bit eclectic or out of the box like this awesome turquoise shade. If I had seen this color on a paint swatch, I never would have thought to use it in the kitchen, especially on the cabinets.
I love it when clients are ready to think outside of the box with our designs and experiment with new trends, unexpected styles, and bold color palettes. This home was one of my favorite projects we have ever done because of the awesome black and red kitchen colors we chose. The rest of the home is decorated in a unique art decor meets contemporary loft kind of design. We were so inspired by the huge picture windows and beautiful detailing used throughout the trim work, and knew that we want to do something very drastic in the space. The starting point for this design was actually looking into kitchen paint ideas and stumbling upon an old issue of architectural digest featuring a kitchen with deep ebony cabinets.
So many kitchen color schemes these days revolve around crisp white palettes, but this client asked us to create a look that was a little bit different than what you usually see in new homes today. They wanted cabinetry that highlighted the beauty of natural wood and to use a subtle tan paint palette that matched the rest of the decor in the main living areas. With these two instructions in mind, we started with beautiful white washed cabinets as the base of our design and then incorporated subtle kitchen colour ideas that brought out the lovely tones in the wood.