Dark green cabinets inside a kitchen with a candle lit long table beneath two yellow hanging lights

The Perfect Cabinet Color

When it comes to updating the look of your kitchen, painting your cabinets is a quick and cost-effective way to make a big impact. But with so many paint colors to choose from, it can be overwhelming to decide on the right one. Settling on a single color for your kitchen woodwork can be broken down into three easy steps.  In this article, we’ll guide you through the process of choosing the perfect paint color for your cabinets.

Color scheme your kitchen cabinets

A well lit aesthetic kitchen with three stools around an island and two tall light wood cabinets against the wall on both sides

To choose the right paint color for your cabinets, consider the overall style and color scheme of your kitchen. Traditional kitchens often look best with classic, neutral colors like white or beige. If you have a more modern kitchen, consider bold, statement-making colors like red or yellow. Remember to also consider how the paint color will coordinate with other elements in the kitchen, such as countertops, backsplash, and appliances. For example, cool, blue-gray cabinet color could complement stainless steel appliances.

Test out cabinet paint colors before making a decision:

An aesthetic neutral blue kitchen with a white backsplash

Once you have an idea of the general color direction you want to go in, it’s a good idea to test out a few paint colors before making a final decision. You can do this by purchasing small samples of paint and painting swatches on a piece of paper or cardboard, or by using paint sample pots and applying the color directly to your cabinets.

It’s important to view the paint color in different lighting conditions, depending on the time of day and type of light it’s exposed to. An awesome feature from Benjamin Moore is their light tool which allows you to see what the paint color looks like under varying lighting. It allows you to view the samples in both natural and artificial light to get a better idea of how the color will look in your kitchen. 

Choose a cabinet paint finish based on your needs:

a bare wood cabinet with empty spaces

In addition to choosing the right color, it’s also important to consider the finish of the paint. There are three main types of paint finishes: glossy, semi-gloss, and matte. Each has its own unique properties and is best suited for different applications.

Glossy finishes are highly reflective and easy to clean, making them a good choice for high-traffic areas. However, they can also show imperfections easily and may not be the best choice for cabinets with uneven surfaces.

Semi-gloss finishes are a good middle ground, offering reflectiveness and durability while still being easy to clean.

Matte finishes have a more subtle, subdued look and are less prone to showing imperfections. However, they may not be as durable as glossier finishes and may require more frequent cleaning.

Wrapping Up

Choosing the right paint color and finish for your cabinets can make a big difference in the overall look and feel of your kitchen. A final step before actually painting your cabinets is to use primer, so here is a guide behind choosing primers. By considering the color scheme of your kitchen, testing out paint samples, and selecting the right finish for your needs, you’ll be well on your way to beautiful cabinets that will last for years to come.

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