Beyond White Cabinets - 25 Kitchens That Stand out with Color

When it comes to designing your kitchen, hands down the cabinets are the star. Typically  they also account for the largest chunk of the kitchen budget. And for these reasons, you should be putting a lot of thought into what materials and color you choose. 

It’s no wonder so many people get hung up on kitchen cabinet color and end up playing it safe with white cabinets.  All of a sudden, you start thinking of resale value when you never considered selling your home before. Or perhaps you do plan to sell your home in the next 5 years, but want to stand out without turning away potential buyers. Keep reading.

Don’t get me wrong. I love a beautiful crisp white kitchen. But if you’re considering color and need a little courage, here are 25 beautiful kitchens that go beyond white. Some are classic yet bold black, while others stand out of line with courageous colors of pink, orange, and purple. Yes, you read that correctly. Still, they are all beautifully and carefully chosen colors that will stand the test of time. 


Black Cabinets

"When people ask, what is the new black, I often respond with, 'Black is the new black'". - Leatrice Eiseman, author of Color: Messages and Meanings. I couldn't agree more. It's classic, elegant, and can be dressed up or down. Personally, I love black paired with brass, woods, leather, and woven textures for a look I call, "Sophisticated Warmth".  

Be very careful when selecting a black. In different light, the black you thought you chose is actually purple or green. If you want my picks for the best blacks, download my color guide, "80 All-time Favorite Paint Colors". 

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Blue Cabinets

Another classic and sophisticated choice could be a blue tone. A softer muted blue will have gray undertones and convey a sense of warmth and trust, while deeper moody blues will read more thought provoking and elegant. I personally love those blues you could argue are green because they fall right in between on the color wheel. 

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Green Cabinets

Green is having a moment right now. From deep lagoon greens to dusty sage greens, you will see the color popping up everywhere from fashion, to automobiles, to home goods.  But it's not a trend in my opinion, it's a resurgence of a timeless shade that connects us to the natural world.

Leafy greens will evoke youthfulness and freshness. Deep emerald greens are associated with elegance and abundance. 

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Kitchens that Dared to Dream!

These homeowners dared greatly and I could't be more inspired. I know a lot of thought went into studying up on the perfect shade and the results are stunning. 

This particular yellow hue, falls perfectly between a buttery tone and a fresh citrus color. The pops of black keep it from feeling too old or stuffy. Absolute perfection! 

I have a confession. I don't love red. But this particular red moves closer to orange and the result is exotic and warm. Generally speaking, I love colors that play in that space between colors (tertiary colors). They are the ones that beg you to ask, "Now is that red or orange?", "Blue or green", and so on. 

About a year ago, if you had asked me what I thought of the color purple, I would have said, "Loved the movie". Today, I'm warming up to it especially if it falls more in the dusty muted color range OR deep, rich, jewel toned purple. 

Another confession. When I was in my 20's I lived in an adorable little 2-story carriage house. I painted the kitchen walls THIS shade of pink and I loved it. I knew it was the only time in my life I could get away with it before setting down and I was right. I think I was inspired by the wood bathroom floor my mom painted the same color when I was little. Love. Pink. 

I mean, what else can you say about this kitchen except I want to be friends with whoever lives here. 


Natural Wood Cabinetry

Perhaps you want to skip paint all together. Consider natural wood for a beautiful alternative. But with great caution. For the love of kitchens, let's all agree there are some woods we should just. stop. putting. in. our. kitchens!  No more espresso, dark cherry, or red oak. I beg you!  

If you love the idea of a darker wood, try walnut instead. For a lighter wood, white oak is gorgeous. Even pine and maple are  having a moment now. For a more industrial (and cost effective) option, I'm seeing a lot of birch plywood options showing up too. 

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Alright friends, there you have it. I hope you're inspired to play with color in your kitchen. If you're thinking of a facelift, existing cabinets can be painted (by a professional) if they are in good condition. New cabinets should always be painted in a professional painting environment to prevent dust, hair, and other debris from sticking.


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