Kitchen Paint Colors: 10 Handsome Hues to Consider

For many of us, the kitchen is the heart of the home — a room in which we greet the day, make important plans and break bread with family and friends. Given the significance of this gathering place, it seems like a given that the colors used to decorate it should be both energizing and easy to live with. Which hue is right for you? The choice is a personal one, but we’ve found 10 inspirational examples to point you in the right direction.

Apple green

Laminate, Island, Marble - simple, Breakfast Bar, Traditional, Raised Panel, Window seat, One-wall, Undermount, Painted Wall Mural

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You may have spotted apple green paint in a kitchen before, but probably not on the ceiling! Used overhead, this happy hue casts its glow around the room.

Pale straw

Corian, Farmhouse, Breakfast Bar, Traditional, French, Flat Panel, U-Shaped, Balcony, Pendant

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Yellow is one of the most popular paint colors for the kitchen, and this faint hue is as welcoming as a spring garden. Glass-front cabinets and marble counters can also underscore the cheerful ambiance.

Rich red

Granite - simple, Bamboo, Breakfast Bar, Eclectic, Flat Panel, Glass Panel, L-Shaped, Undermount

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The color red is thought to stimulate our appetite, so it’s a natural choice for the kitchen. Keep the look playful by mixing in coordinated patterns and details like the curtains, lampshades and cabinet knobs.

Moss green

Source: Jolly Home

A color that’s easy to live with, moss green evokes the great outdoors. For a cottage look, white cabinets and butcher-block counters are also a pleasing combination with these walls.

Warm beige

Craftsman, Rustic

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A few shades deeper than classic off-white, beige in the kitchen creates a sophisticated atmosphere. Add warm wood tones, decorative tile or granite countertops to liven things up.

Sunflower yellow

Bamboo, Breakfast Nook, Crown molding, Traditional, Sandstone, Flat Panel, Glass Panel, Undermount, Chandelier

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How can you give a traditional farmhouse kitchen an edgy feel? Paint the walls — or the cabinetry and woodwork — an unexpected color like this wake-me-up hue.

Foggy gray

Contemporary, Traditional

Source: Ryan McKinney

There’s something glamorous about using gray in the kitchen, especially when combined with marble counters and industrial-style light fixtures. Notice the varying shades of paint — lighter on the walls, darker on the work island.

Bold black

Granite - simple, Island, Breakfast Bar, Modern, European, U-Shaped

Source: Specht Harpman

The secret to success with black walls in a kitchen is to balance them with ample white elsewhere in the room. A dramatic stove hood and sizable work island do the trick.

Robin’s egg blue


Source: Stephen Alexander

Soothing and playful all at once, this pale shade of blue is ideal for a family kitchen with whimsical details. For a more traditional look, pair the color with white cabinetry as shown above.


Granite - simple, Island, Crown molding, Breakfast Bar, Craftsman, Flat Panel, L-Shaped, Undermount, Flush/Semi-Flush Mount, Pendant

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An accent wall in this eye-catching hue is well suited for a modern kitchen, but the cheerful color would be equally comfortable in any decor.

This article was originally published by Marie Proeller Hueston of on Zillow Blog. To see the original article, click here.

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