35+ Interior Designers Reveal Their Favorite Kitchen Paint Colors

From soft blues to deep greens, design experts explain their go-to paint colors for the kitchen.

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Trevor Tondro

A simple color change can transform your kitchen in a major way. The right shade of grey, for instance, can turn an interior from dreary to sophisticated. The right red hue, meanwhile, can take it from lackluster to dramatic in an instant. To help make your experience of pinpointing the perfect paint color for your kitchen, we checked in with some of our favorite interior designers on their go-to shades.

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Benjamin Moore Raccoon Fur 2126-20
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Benjamin Moore

"For kitchens with lots of natural light and elevated ceilings, I like to use Raccoon Fur from Benjamin Moore (2126-20). After applying a few hand-brushed coats, I have it sanded and waxed so that the finished texture is beautifully chalky and uneven." — Dan Scotti

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Farrow & Ball Mizzle No. 266
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Farrow & Ball

"For color, I love Farrow & Ball's 'Mizzle;' it is a dusty, grey green, again, a very versatile color. It's soft, yet fresh at the same time, and feels super earthy. Mizzle is also a super flexible color, that plays well with so many different finishes. There is also a timelessness to this color, I could see it as being original to a turn-of-the-century butler's pantry." — Amy Sklar

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Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter HC-172
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Benjamin Moore

"Revere Pewter is the perfect grey-beige color for cabinets that looks beautiful with brass hardware and Calcutta marble countertops. It is still fresh and bright, but a nice alternative to white." — Shelley Johnstone

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Benjamin Moore Lucerne AF-530
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Benjamin Moore

“When adding color to a kitchen, we typically use blue and love Benjamin Moore Lucerne. The color has a little punch, adds a bit of personality to the space, and pairs well with black and brass accents.” — STUDIO LIFE.STYLE

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Pratt & Lambert Twilight Chimes 1140
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Pratt & Lambert

“Though cabinets won’t have paint for a little while yet, I can safely say it’ll go down in the MWM books as a favorite, offbeat kitchen color: Pratt & Lambert Twilight Chimes 28-4, in the highest gloss finish possible. It’s a very clear periwinkle, and we are pairing it with tangerine and white in a modern house on the water in Seattle! I’m already anticipating the calls we’re going to get from the painting contractor, just asking 'if we are sure this is the right color'!" — Julie Massucco Kleiner, Massucco Warner Miller

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Benjamin Moore Moroccan Spice AF-285
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Benjamin Moore

"An earthy red is always appetizing. Painting the island 'Moroccan Spice' by Benjamin Moore provides a dramatic focus in the kitchen." — Karen Vidal

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Benjamin Moore Hale Navy HC-154
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Benjamin Moore

"I love an unexpected color in a kitchen. It’s a rich navy that provides a perfect base that can complement a range of colors, while still adding serious drama. In a smaller kitchen, using it not only on cabinets, but also walls and trim visually expands the space and makes for an unexpected surprise!" — MA Allen

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Valspar Sky Space 5001-6B
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Valspar

"Sky Space at Lowe's from Valspar's 2018 Colors of the Year is a nostalgic, versatile blue-green that pairs well with both warm and cool, making it an easy companion for any kitchen.” — Sue Kim, Senior Color Designer, Valspar Paint

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Benjamin Moore White Ice 2139-70
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Benjamin Moore

"Benjamin Moore's White Ice changes with the different lights of the day. The look of the kitchen is bright and fresh in the morning and moodier in the afternoon.” — Lilly Bunn

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Farrow & Ball Off Black No. 57
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Benjamin Moore

"I am currently loving Farrow & Ball's Off Black for cabinetry. It looks stunning with brushed polish chrome and nickel." — Nicole Fuller

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Farrow & Ball Cornforth White No.228
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Farrow & Ball

"When we’re looking for a moodier vibe, Farrow & Ball Cornforth White No.228 is always a success. It’s fun to watch this paint throughout the day, as it subtly picks up the surrounding colors and light. It pairs well with just about every color and material and is really sophisticated.” — Aimee Less, Director of Interior Design, Rios Clementi Hale Studios

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Behr Restless Sea PPU13-20
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Behr

"In my view, a navy kitchen will never go out of style. This particular shade, Restless Sea, is classic without being dull, and colorful without trying too hard. Plus, it’s not too dark. I’d pair this with brass accents for a sophisticated and stylish look." — Will Taylor, Bright Bazaar

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Farrow & Ball Shaded White No.201
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Farrow & Ball

"I'm pondering changing my lower kitchen cabinets to Farrow & Ball's Shaded White from a medium true grey. The warmth of this beige-grey color with brass hardware and natural stone is hard to beat in a classic kitchen. It also plays beautifully with many different wood tones since it's more beige than grey." — Erin Gates

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Sherwin-Williams Red Barn SW 7591
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Sherwin-Williams

"It takes me back to a classic red barn in the countryside, the perfect complement to farm-to-table cuisine. I’m also a sucker for the quintessential classic red KitchenAid mixer. Also, think beyond red paint on the wall and consider painting barstools, chairs or even window trim." — Leigh Spicher, National Director of Design Studios at Ashton Woods

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Benjamin Moore Chatsworth Cream 225
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Benjamin Moore

"For those looking for a subtle, supple shade, Benjamin Moore's Chatsworth Cream might be just the ticket. It's the prettiest warm white." — Christine Markatos Lowe

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Farrow & Ball Pitch Black No. 256
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Farrow & Ball

“I love Farrow & Ball Pitch Black. Pair it with a white marble with lots of veins to give the kitchen a timeless yet ultra-chic look.” — Kara Smith, President, SFA Design


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Benjamin Moore Midnight Dream 2129-10
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Benjamin Moore

“Nothing is more classic than a black and white palette in a kitchen. Recently we used Benjamin Moore’s Midnight Dream on our client’s island to contrast with the surrounding white envelope. It is a beautiful black with just the right hint of peacock blue to give it a bit more depth and drama.” — STUDIO GILD

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Sherwin-Williams Gossamer Veil SW 9165
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Sherwin-Williams

"This color is the perfect neutral. It’s a chameleon that can go with everything and doesn’t pull focus away from the cabinetry or backsplash. It looks great with natural wood and also works well with black. Paint color should never be the star in the kitchen." — Donna Mondi

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Sherwin-Williams Knitting Needles SW 7672
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Sherwin-Williams

"I recently used Sherwin Williams' Knitting Needles for all the cabinetry in a kitchen and the results are amazing. This is a light gray that manages to be not too green or too blue, a color that manages to be sophisticated and contemporary, but not boring. The satin finish from Sherwin Williams is beautiful for cabinetry and very durable. I paired the cabinet color with antique brass hardware and the contrast is stunning." — Jeff Andrews

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Benjamin Moore Downpour Blue 2063-20
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Benjamin Moore

"I am loving the colored lower cabinetry trend. A deep glossy blue adds unexpected polish and pop, while still feeling classy and classic. A sure bet is Benjamin Moore Downpour Blue on the lower cabinetry paired with on the upper cabinets. The best part is that this color combo is enhanced by either polished nickel or polished brass hardware — it's versatile and unique." — Emilie Munroe

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Benjamin Moore Feather Down 953
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Benjamin Moore

"This is a go-to of mine. It's a perfect warm neutral for walls to offset clean white cabinetry and millwork. It looks beautiful on cabinetry as well when we want a creamy look. It's just enough grey and brown to pair perfectly with warmer or cooler tones." — Wendy Labrum

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Farrow & Ball Stiffkey Blue No. 281
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Farrow & Ball

"This is a fantastic color for a kitchen. The elegant and timeless color conjures images of nature, the depth of the sea and the vast sky. The color's tonality works well with paonazzo marble and burnished brass hardware. It also complements colors such as green, lilac and grey. It is dramatic while being peaceful, which is the perfect combination." — Sara Story

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Farrow & Ball Breakfast Room Green No. 81
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Farrow & Ball

"For kitchen walls, I love Farrow & Ball's aptly named Breakfast Room Green. For the woodwork in the kitchen, I adore using Farrow & Ball's Tanner Brown. It's the perfect combo for a super chic kitchen." — Ken Fulk

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Benjamin Moore Navy Masterpiece 1652
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Benjamin Moore

"Benjamin Moore's Navy Masterpiece in a matte finish has limitless depth. If you want a lighter kitchen experience try bleached raw oak cabinetry on a Navy Masterpiece backdrop. You can't go wrong." — Don Stewart

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Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal HC-166
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Benjamin Moore

"A dark kitchen island is always timeless. It lays the foundation for the kitchen and creates a strong presence." — Katie Hodges

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Benjamin Moore Regent Green 2136-20
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Benjamin Moore

"A very dark green works beautifully in older homes and with more traditional cabinetry. It's bolder and moodier than what the cabinets probably were originally, but still feels period appropriate, whereas black might read too modern or too masculine." — Michelle Smith

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Farrow & Ball's Drawing Room Blue 253
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Farrow & Ball

"On a recent project, I was inspired to use a bold blue on my client's kitchen cabinets. We custom mixed the color, but it was very similar to Farrow & Ball's Drawing Room Blue 253. In flat form, it is a very pretty deep blue that stops just short of purple territory, but using it in a high gloss, like I did, offers a much stronger impact. I paired it with an antiqued mirror subway tile from Ann Sacks on the backsplash and white Caesarstone countertops. The end result was a bit glam, a bit modern, and anything but dull." — Amanda Nisbet

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Benjamin Moore La Poloma Gray 1551
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Benjamin Moore

"The warm quality can have a brownish stone undertone that pairs well with white." — Highlyann Krasnow

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C2 Pond Ripple BD 82
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C2

"All of the colors from Barry Dixon's 'Naturals' palette from C2 are incredible. Right now my favorite is Pond Ripple. It's a mossy green with a clay undertone. It would look incredible in a kitchen with unlacquered brass hardware and honed Calcutta Gold marble countertops." — Jon Call

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Farrow & Ball Cabbage White 269
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Farrow & Ball

"It's a delightful, versatile neutral that pairs brilliantly with blues, greens, and grays. The hint of green elicits thoughts of the first days of spring and the taste of fresh garden vegetables." — Sarah Barnard

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Benjamin Moore's London Fog 1541
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Benjamin Moore

"This is my favorite paint color for a kitchen, or anywhere for that matter. It's the perfect color: It enhances any room by changing subtly with the lighting and surrounding colors." — Robin Baron

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Benjamin Moore Simply White OC-117
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Benjamin Moore

"This is a happy light yellow cast tan. It has enough saturation to complement white cabinets and is also light enough to be flattering to wood cabinets. Meanwhile, my favorite trim color is . I use it 90 percent of the time; it is a neutral white that goes with most colors." — Susan Morgan

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Benjamin Moore Inner Glow 348
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Benjamin Moore

"So many kitchens today are white and gray, to which yellow is often the perfect complement. This color works very well with white cabinets, white marble calacatta and Carerra. I've even paired it with very casual concrete countertops." — Lindsey Coral Harper

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Sherwin-Williams Creamy 7012
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Sherwin-Williams

"Homeowners are embracing white cabinets and Creamy is a great color for this use. It's a clean white that will not look dingy or yellowed when mixed with your countertop or backsplash." — Becki Kerns

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Portola Paints Dolphin
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Portola Paints

"I love to use a muted gray color for kitchens. It is a calming color that you end up loving more and more with time. I never worry about my clients tiring of it after a year. It is also a particularly great complementary color with darker tones if you are, say, using two different colors for the cabinets and island." — Alison Palevsky

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Farrow & Ball Plummett No. 272
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Farrow & Ball

"I crave juxtaposition, so I am envisioning bleached out, reclaimed, herringbone wood floors combined with kitchen cabinets painted in Plummet by Farrow & Ball. I would use a full gloss finish to add a modern element into the design and to reflect light. I would accent the minimalistic details of the millwork in a gilded paint and select simple brass pulls to play into the element of a classically rich, yet simplistic design." — Katie Scott

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Benjamin Moore Baltic Gray 1467
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Benjamin Moore

"A hand-brushed painted finish done in an enamel-based paint is strikingly beautiful. The process takes patience and is a true art, several layers of application with focused sanding between coats. Benjamin Moore Baltic Gray 1467 is a favorite. It's a lovely mid-tone grey." — Christine Gachot

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Benjamin Moore Super White PM-1
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Benjamin Moore

"Super White by Benjamin Moore allows us to play with millwork and furniture, adding patterning and texture while keeping the kitchen fresh. We are also able to change the mood of the kitchen by adding different accent colors through accessories." — Greg Natale

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Fine Paints Of Europe Navy Blue No. 1798 Hollandlac Brilliant Finish
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Fine Paints Of Europe

"This is the most durable paint finish. Ultra-gloss with a marine quality, the Hollandlac line is the finest choice for any application." — Joy Moyler

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Farrow & Ball Lamp Room Gray No. 88
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Farrow & Ball

"Lamp Room Gray by Farrow & Ball is one of my favorite colors to use in an interior because it looks great next to Carrera marble and also plays nicely with Fornasetti pieces. For a more modern look, I like to pair it with brass accents; otherwise, nickel offers a more traditional feel. Overall, it's a very versatile shade of grey." — Trip Haenisch

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Benjamin Moore White Dove OC-17
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Benjamin Moore

"For our clients looking for a warmer white, we recommend White Dove by Benjamin Moore. To ground the room and give it a bit of drama, we love using grays and blues for the the lower kitchen cabinetry." — Consort (Mat Sanders and Brandon Quattrone)


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Portola Paints Costa Azul 340
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Portola Paints

"I am always inspired by the abundance of color we have in California and love the textural quality Portola Paints gives a space. Right now, I am working on a kitchen in Hybrid Alkyd Gloss enamel in Costa Azul #PC 340. I love the crispness with white marble countertops and zinc lighting." — Jeffrey Alan Marks

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Fine Paints of Europe BS02A03 Grey, Hollandlac Finish
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Fine Paints Of Europe

"Clean and crisp, this works with just about anything we throw at it. It's an updated palette for the classic white kitchen." — Frank Ponterio

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