Kitchen Cabinet Paint color

Choosing the right color for your cabinets can seem like an impossible task as there are so many beautiful shades out there to choose from.  Whether you want to go for a classic white or think outside of the box, there are plenty of options you should feel great about choosing.

The key to a lovely cabinet is the prep work is the starting prep work.  We always wash the cabinets with a degreaser first.  Then sand them before the first coat of an oil-based primer. We let that dry for a day or two.  I prefer to have existing cabinets sprayed so the brush strokes don’t show through.  Use an oil-based paint for better durability.  For darker colors, you’ll need more coats to cover the cabinets.  Typically, I specify a semi-gloss finish as it is more durable and not too shiny, but for a more dramatic, elegant look in a very modern kitchen, a high-gloss finish can be divine.  For a more casual look, go for a flat enamel sheen.  It’s a softer look.  

So your cabinets don’t feel too blank, have fun with your hardware and let it warm up the room a bit.  My current favorites are the clean-lined brass versions.  Wait several days for your paint to cure before installing the hardware.

Below are a few of our paint favorites:

Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal (HC-166).This is a saturated warm gray that leans toward a green, but works well in kitchens and bathrooms.

Sherwin-Williams Caviar (SW 6990)  Choosing a black with depth can be a bit challenging, but we’re leaning into Caviar as the perfect black/brown for kitchen cabinets.

Benjamin Moore Balboa Mist (OC-27) This beautiful light gray paint is one of those paint shades that looks beautiful in almost any setting. It breathes an air of sophistication and appeal to any space.

Benjamin Moore Old Navy 2063-10  is elegant deep blue that leans toward classic navy–an impactful blue that looks great when paired w/a lighter quartz countertop.

Benjamin Moore Simply White (OC-117)  This paint is a lovely creamy color that looks great withmany different quartz and marble countertops and is clean, simple, and not too bright.

Sherwin-Williams Repose Gray (SW 7015)  A go-to neutral that’s not too gray or too beige.


Happy painting!!

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