Best Paint Colors For Kitchens With White Cabinets (2024)

White cabinets are the easiest cabinet color to work with when choosing a wall color because it's such a blank canvas color, and brings a classic look to any kitchen.

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Determine The Undertone of Your White Cabinets

Before you even think of choosing a paint color for your kitchen walls, it's important to determine whether your kitchen cabinet color is a warm, neutral or cool white.

If your cabinets are a cool white, you can opt for a cooler wall color or something slightly warmer to offset some of the coldness in the cabinets.

If your cabinets are a warm white, you'll want to stay clear of cool toned colors that may bring out the yellow undertones in your cabinets.

If your cabinets are a neutral white, like Sherwin Williams Pure White, you can pretty much pick any color for the walls and not have to worry about how it will work alongside your cabinets.

Consider the Direction the Windows Face and the Amount of Natural Light

When choosing a paint color for your kitchen walls, it's important to determine the exposure of the room and how much light it gets.

If your kitchen is north facing, a color such as a cool white will make your walls look a bit gray and dull. In this case, you'll want to pick a color with some warmth to offset the dullness that comes with north facing light.

If your kitchen gets lots of warm southern light all day long, you can get away with a cooler color because the warm light and bright sunshine will diminish the coolness from that color. Conversely, if you choose an already warm paint color, the southern exposure will up the warmth in that color.

East and west facing kitchens (my kitchen has both - morning light from the east and afternoon light from the west) will benefit from a slightly warm to warm paint color the most, as the cooler toned paint colors can look blue or cold when the sun is not shining directly into the room.

With that being said, let's delve into some of the most popular paint colors to paint your kitchen walls if you have white cabinets.

Warm Gray and Greige

Shades of gray and greige (gray + beige) continue to be popular choices for kitchens with white cabinets because they are neutral colors that don't compete for attention.

Whether you have warm or cool toned white cabinets, a warmer gray in particular is an excellent choice.

If like me, you chose white cabinets and countertops for your kitchen - and you don't want that light and bright look to look cold and stark - adding in warmth is very important.

For this reason, I painted my kitchen walls Sherwin Williams Repose Gray, lightened by 50%. While I love the color at full strength, the lightened version of it lifts the light in my kitchen making it feel light and airy, even during the darkest part of the day when I have no direct sunlight.

In my personal opinion, I would say it's hands-down one of the best colors for anywhere in your home.

If your kitchen is open to another space, such as your living room or dining room, don't forget to continue the same paint color throughout. It's important for paint colors to flow from one space to another when you have an open plan layout, or your home will not appear cohesive .

Warm Shades of Gray and Greige to Consider

The warm tones inherent in greige paint colors serve as the perfect color to add life to a white kitchen. There are many different shades of to choose from, but these are some of the most popular to narrow down the perfect choice for your kitchen.

Sherwin Williams Repose Gray

Repose gray is my go-to paint color for every room in the house! If you're looking for a whole house paint color, this is one of the most popular choices.

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I originally painted the majority of my main floor Repose Gray, then repainted it a few years later but just lightened the color by 50%.

As much as I loved it at full strength, half strength is legitimately the most perfect color for a kitchen with white cabinets, or any room in your home.

Sherwin Williams Crushed Ice

If you are looking for a gray with a tiny bit more warmth to it - Sherwin Williams Crushed Ice is an excellent choice.

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It is a beautiful light gray with a taupe undertone which looks amazing with the warm toned kitchen cabinets and some natural accents.

For reference, it's a bit more saturated in color than Repose Gray while being a bit lighter.

I actually tested it in my kitchen while we were remodeling but it didn't work well in the dining area that doesn't get a lot of natural light. If you do have an abundance of light, you'll love it.

Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray

Agreeable Gray by Sherwin Williams is another great choice to pair with a warm toned white kitchen cabinet. It is quite similar to Repose Gray however leans slightly more warm so may be more suited to a room which needs an injection of warmth such as a north facing kitchen.

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Benjamin Moore Classic Gray

Classic Gray was actually my first choice for our kitchen remodel, and I changed my mind at the last second.

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It's considerably warmer than my favorite Repose Gray, but it's another really really great choice that looks amazing against white kitchen cabinets.

Benjamin Moore Worldly Gray

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I would describe BM Worldly Gray as being a little bit darker than SW Agreeable Gray. It leans a little more into its green undertones, and in a well lit space, the slight purple undertone may become more apparent.

Don't let that scare you, though! It's a beautiful light and bright warm gray that adds the right amount of contrast between walls and white kitchen cabinets.

Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray

Edgecomb Gray is a really popular choice for a paint color that leans more beige than the rest. It just have just enough gray to stop it being overly warm, but it's definitely warmer than the other colors we have discussed.

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It works really well with warmer whites, cooler whites as well as wood tones.

Read These In-Depth Paint Color Reviews

  • Sherwin Williams Repose Gray
  • Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray
  • Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray
  • Sherwin Williams Worldly Gray
  • Benjamin Moore Classic Gray

Cool Toned Grays

If you have warm light (or don't might that these colors may look blue in cooler light), then these cooler grays look great against white cabinets:

Sherwin Williams Passive

If you're looking for a cool, modern gray then Sherwin Williams Passive is a long time favorite of designers.

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A cool toned gray like Passive looks amazing when paired with cooler whites and marble, lots of polished chrome, as well as other cooler colors like bright blue.

Sherwin Williams Light French Gray

In a well lit kitchen with an abundance of natural light, many will tell you that Sherwin Williams Light French Gray is the perfect medium neutral gray.

However (and I know from experience in my own home), that if you get northern light or your room is poorly lit, it can look too dark and a smidge purple. Lighting with everything with this paint color!

Benjamin Moore Gray Owl

I've found that Benjamin Moore Gray Owl can be a divisive color in the design community. Like so many gray paint colors, it can change depending on the light.

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In the right conditions, it's the perfect light gray. In the wrong room, it can look green, blue or even purple!

Read These In-Depth Paint Color Reviews

  • Sherwin Williams Passive
  • Sherwin Williams Light French Gray
  • Benjamin Moore Gray Owl
  • Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray

White Paint Colors That Work With White Cabinets

White on white is also a stunning choice if you are looking for a beautiful bright and airy kitchen. Sticking with white is also the easiest way to make a small kitchen appear larger.

While white walls may not be the most practical especially for those of us with young families, you cannot deny the beauty of a simple, clean look.

To make the most of white on white, choose the same shade for cabinets and walls, then break it up and provide contrast by choosing brass, black elements or gold elements, depending on your preference.

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Choosing a white paint color that works with and not against your white cabinets can be tricky. For this reason, it's really important that you determine what color your cabinets are painted (if possible) or figure out whether they are a cool, warm or neutral white.

The easiest way to figure out the undertone is to take a piece of bright white print paper. Put it up against the white cabinet and see how the color compares.

If your cabinets suddenly look yellow next to the white paper, they are a warm white. If they look bluer, or about the same as the white paper, they are a cool tone. If your cabinets just look fractionally warmer, but not yellow at all, then they are probably a pretty neutral white

If you already know what color your cabinets were painted, and you want to paint your walls white, it's best to use that same color. That way you don't have to worry about the wall color making your white cabinets look yellow.

However, if your cabinets are a really bright white or a cooler white and you want to soften the look, you could definitely go for a significantly warmer white on your walls and not worry about how it would affect the cabinets.

For instance, if your cabinets are painted Sherwin Williams Extra White or Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace, you could paint your walls White Dove or Alabaster which will bring out the creaminess on the walls, but keep your cabinets looking bright white.

Blue and Green Paint Colors

While not as universally popular for kitchens as they are as bathroom paint colors, blue and green can look really nice when paired with white cabinets.

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With neutral white cabinets you are very lucky that you can really choose any wall color to compliment your kitchen. The world is really your oyster!

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Bold colors such as blue/greens are a wonderful way of adding a trendy design aesthetic to your kitchen and look wonderful against white.

Green is especially trendy for 2022 and really lends its hand to bringing the outside garden into your space.

Sherwin Williams Rock Garden or Ripe Olive are two beautiful choices if you are looking to emulate this earthy green aesthetic while Sherwin Williams Rainstorm is a gorgeous dark teal which looks stunning against white cabinets for a real statement look.

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Adding Striking Contrast

Darker paint colors look stunning and provide a wonderful contrast against a cool white kitchen cabinet, and really create a modern look.

This is probably not a fantastic choice for a smaller kitchen but if you have adequate space and plenty of natural and artificial lighting - this can be a really trendy and eye catching look for your space.

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Cool white toned cabinets tend to give off coastal vibes so it would only make sense that dark blues and navy would look amazing as a bold wall color to compliment this.

While I'm not sure of the exact shade in the photo below, Sherwin Williams Naval or Hale Navy would be two great paint choices to emulate a look like this.

The addition of dark wood tones really helps to balance out the cooler tones of the cabinets and blue walls, too.

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A Word on Trim

To really ensure the white cabinet aesthetic works well you're going to want to make sure your trim is the exact same paint color as your cabinet paint color.

This will ensure you create a cohesive look and will make sure there isn't too much contrast and confusion to the eye. Sometimes the devil really is in the detail.

If your cabinets are painted in a satin finish, you'll want to keep the trim similar - so either a satin finish or a semi-gloss finish will work.

Final Thoughts

Choosing the right wall paint color to match your white cabinetry shouldn't be an overwhelming process.

Whether you are on the hunt for the best white paint color to match your cabinets, the perfect warm color to inject life into the space, or a cool toned gray that reinforces the rest of your home's color palette, be sure to test the paint samples first!

I highly recommend purchasing peel and stick samples from Samplize as they have real paint (not a printed chip!), they don't require you to store a gazillion paint samples and they ship overnight!

The best way to see if a color truly works in your kitchen is through COMPARISON! Place the paint sample next to the white cabinets so you can see how the look together.

Watch how the color changes in the morning, afternoon and at night with artificial light. And move it around the room and see how it looks, too.

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Best Paint Colors For Kitchens With White Cabinets (2024)


What color should I paint my kitchen if my cabinets are white? ›

Warm Gray and Greige. Shades of gray and greige (gray + beige) continue to be popular choices for kitchens with white cabinets because they are neutral colors that don't compete for attention. Whether you have warm or cool toned white cabinets, a warmer gray in particular is an excellent choice.

What looks better with white cabinets? ›

Dark floors: Dark colors, from espresso to true black, make a dramatic statement with white cabinets. Dark options are best with white cabinets in modern spaces, especially if you have dark accents in your kitchen, such as your backsplash.

What is a good accent color for a white kitchen? ›

For a stronger look, introduce bolder and brighter accent shades that will punctuate the look. Bright orange, red, yellow and citrus shades would all work well. Add depth to a white scheme with rich, dark shades of green, navy and gray.

What color walls go well with white cabinets? ›

The best colors that go with white cabinets are warm colors like cream, beige, brown, yellow, and pink. Bolder colors like blue and green will give a powerful contrasting look to the kitchen. Neutral colors like white or grey are also a great match for white cabinets.

What is the most popular color for a kitchen? ›

According to kitchen design and painting experts, the most popular color for a kitchen is tied between navy blue and white. Home stagers and listing agents often suggest painting the kitchen a fresh white color to make the space look larger, cleaner and inviting.

What is the Colour for kitchen cupboards 2022? ›

White is still the most popular kitchen cabinet color in 2022 and beyond. However, we are seeing a shift towards warmer and more natural tones. We cover the best colors for cabinets from Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams like Simply White, Dove White, and Chantilly Lace.

Are white cabinets still in for 2022? ›

First, let's talk about white kitchen cabinets … these aren't going anywhere in 2022. A white kitchen is classic and never goes 'out of style'. It may not always be the current trend, but white kitchen cabinets are always beautiful. We'll also continue to see the two-tone cabinet color trend in 2022.

What color paint is in Style 2022? ›

Pantone's 2022 Color of the Year is making history with its best reveal yet: an entirely new hue created, for the first time ever, to serve as Color of the Year. They call it Very Peri (17-3938).

Should walls match white cabinets? ›

The truth is that there is no right or wrong answer to this question. The color of your walls does not have to be identical to the color of your kitchen cabinets. If your walls are painted white, for example, you don't have to have pure white cabinets. However, the paint colors can be the same if you want them to be.

What colors are complementary to white? ›

10+ Colors that Match with White
  • Royal Blue. Royal blue and white channels nautical vibes for a fun and whimsical look. ...
  • Teal. Teal is a gorgeous color that channels peace and tranquility. ...
  • Beige. If you're looking for a classy yet understated style, beige and white are the perfect match. ...
  • Gold. ...
  • Purple. ...
  • Black. ...
  • Gray. ...
  • Lime.
4 Oct 2022

What colors should not be used in a kitchen? ›

'Colors to absolutely be avoided are darker colors and shades of green, blue, red, and purple, which will cast a shadow on food and darken the space. Green and orange, in particular, should be avoided in kitchens,' she warns.

What shade of a white for an all white kitchen? ›

Our go-to white paint for cabinets and trim is White Dove (OC-17) by Benjamin Moore. This classic, slightly creamy paint will make your all-white kitchen gleam—not blind. For cabinets, it's best to avoid ultra-pure shades of white, as they tend to lend a chilly feel to a kitchen.

Which wall color is best for kitchen? ›

When it comes to kitchens, white, gray, blue, red, yellow, and green really shine. Each of these shades can do something different for the room, but they all help create a warm and welcoming space. Warmer colors such as red are believed to stimulate the appetite and are an excellent option for kitchens.

Which wall color goes with white? ›

With white as your base, adding neutral colours and tones to your home can create a more put-together, layered look. For example, shades of brown and light grey, green, or blue can play together to create a tranquil feel, whilst using black objects strategically can give the room an added edge.

What is the kitchen trend for 2022? ›

Black accents and appliances

Brass and copper cabinet handles and hardware have been all the rage, but now sophisticated black accents are leading the way in stylish kitchens. “While natural, subtle colors and warm tones in the kitchen will continue to trend in 2022, black accents will be the exception,” says Vernazza.

How do I pick a paint color for my kitchen? ›

Avoid dark colors, as they might seem to shrink your kitchen's size and could clash with your cabinets. White cabinetry can pair well with most wall colors. To brighten and expand your room, select a light color like white, yellow or beige. One of these shades will likely make your kitchen feel cheerful and pristine.

What color makes a kitchen look bigger? ›

Go with Light Colors

Light colors are more reflective than dark colors and they will make your kitchen appear bigger as well as more open and airy. Light blues, greens, or pale yellows are other great colors to make your space look larger than life.

What is the kitchen trend for 2023? ›

Bring in the light

The right lighting can completely transform a space. In the kitchen, 2023 trends favor a minimalist, elegant aesthetic. There are many different options for lighting a kitchen, including recessed lights, pendant lights over an island, and track lighting along the ceiling.

What is the most timeless kitchen cabinet color? ›

The two most timeless colors of all, are white, and black. No one can deny the appeal of bright white cabinets streaming across a kitchen, they lighten the entire room and give it an airy, refreshing ambience. Likewise, black cabinets are equally timeless.

What is the most popular countertop for 2022? ›

The most popular and trending countertop for 2022 is a marble countertop. Closely trailing behind is concrete countertops and butcher block countertops. What countertop edge is in style 2022? Waterfall edge countertops have been on the come-up for years now.

Why is everyone getting white cabinets? ›

From a psychological standpoint, white kitchens tend to feel cleaner. Plus, it's more difficult to hide stains on white cabinets, so you're more likely to clean your cabinets more frequently.

What kitchen trends are going out of style? ›

All-white kitchens and double ovens are on their way out due to their lack of practicality. Smart appliances, unpainted cabinets, and darker colors in kitchen designs are gaining popularity.

What is the new color for 2023? ›

Bright and cheery, Benjamin Moore's pick for 2023 color of the year is a vibrant red-orange called Raspberry Blush.

What is the most popular Sherwin-Williams color for 2022? ›

Introducing Evergreen Fog SW 9130, the 2022 Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year.

What is the best color for year 2022? ›

For those color enthusiasts looking for inspiration, here are the six shades and tones that will dominate in 2022.
  • Gray-Green. Brie Williams. ...
  • Earthy Tones. Björn Wallander. ...
  • Citron. Annie Schlechter. ...
  • Deep Aubergine. Brie Williams. ...
  • Chartreuse. Kelly Marshall. ...
  • Warm Neutrals. Thomas Loof.
18 Oct 2021

What backsplash goes with off-white cabinets? ›

White, brown, beige, black, and gray can be the backsplash colors for off-white cabinets in your kitchen. These colors have a beautiful harmony with the off-white cabinets and can help you to have a stylish appeal for your kitchen cabinets.

Should countertop be lighter or darker than cabinets? ›

Dark kitchen cabinets will make the kitchen appear smaller and it may be difficult to see what is on the counters. On the other hand, if your kitchen has light colored cabinetry or furniture that stands out in comparison with darker kitchen colors, then darker countertops will work well.

What is the most popular kitchen countertop color? ›

If you're asking for the most popular kitchen countertops, then those in white or off-white tones are one on the list. You can choose granite, quartz, or marble for this matter as long as it projects that color.

Does a white kitchen look outdated? ›

White kitchens will never go out of style, they're just not trending hard like the beige and green cabinets of 2022. So if you're about to jump into a kitchen remodel and you're wondering if you should really purchase those white kitchen cabinets, I got ya!

How can I make my white kitchen look expensive? ›

Use lighter colors.

A light color on the walls and cabinets instantly brightens a space making it look larger and in turn, more expensive. Light colors reflect light and hide a multitude of sins, including those scratches, dings and dents in your old cabinets.

What color white walls goes with white cabinets? ›

White on White

White is the most compatible color to be paired with white kitchen cabinets. If you're going for a clean or minimalistic look, white on white is a perfect choice. You should experiment with different shades, for example, bright and bright white, bright and warm white, or bright and cool white.

Is white or off white better for kitchen cabinets? ›

Off-white will work well, but only if your trim molding is the same color (off-white). If you do white trim, your cabinets will read dirty, or at least more of a color like butter yellow (or whatever the undertone of the off-white is). Good luck with your kitchen!

Can I paint my walls the same Colour as my kitchen cabinets? ›

In fact, paint everything in your kitchen the same color: the cabinets, the walls, shelves, the island —and even the ceiling if you want to really commit. We've documented before how painting furniture the same color as the wall can make a space look bigger and also give cabinetry and shelves a built-in look.

What are the 3 best colors that go together? ›

If you're looking for a few basic but perennially popular 3 color combinations to kickstart your color palette, think about combinations like: Yellow, red, and blue. Green, orange, and purple. Teal, magenta, and gold.

What color stands out the most against white? ›

The eye sees Red the same as Black…. so Red provides a good amount of contrast against light colors or white.

What colour kitchen sells a house? ›

Light neutrals are the most popular choice, with 27% of survey respondents reporting that having a white kitchen would make them more likely to buy a property, followed by 22% who would be swayed by a light grey kitchen. More surprisingly, bold colourways like black and dark blue also made the list.

What is the best color for a small kitchen? ›

Similar to white, muted or neutral shades are best colours for small kitchens since they reflect more light.

What color of white does Joanna Gaines use? ›

Joanna Gaines has used Alabaster so much it's one of her favorite colors! She painted the main living areas of her own farmhouse Alabaster and she continually uses it in homes she designs on Fixer Upper as well.

What is the most popular white color in Sherwin Williams? ›

Pure White SW 7005, Sherwin-Williams

As the most popular white at Sherwin-Williams, this is truly a foolproof white paint color.

What color should you not paint your kitchen? ›

'Colors to absolutely be avoided are darker colors and shades of green, blue, red, and purple, which will cast a shadow on food and darken the space. Green and orange, in particular, should be avoided in kitchens,' she warns.

What counters go with white cabinets? ›

It is popular to have white cabinets with a bright and striking countertop, usually slate gray, stone, or quartz. It is popular to have stainless steel appliances as well as colorful kitchen decor to brighten up the kitchen.

Are white kitchen cabinets still popular in 2022? ›

White cabinets are a timeless choice that will stay trending in 2022. They will make your kitchen look bigger, cleaner, and more elegant while still providing ample storage space for all of your dishes and utensils.

Are white cabinets in for 2022? ›

White kitchens are here to stay…in 2022 and beyond.” The simple truth is, the best white kitchens never go out of style. They provide a clean, fresh, versatile background onto which you can infuse a variety of décor preferences.

How do I pick the right color for my kitchen? ›

6 Simple steps to finding the perfect kitchen colour palette
  1. Choose your cabinet colours. There's a reason that cabinets should be your first consideration when choosing a kitchen colour scheme. ...
  2. Choose your appliance colours. ...
  3. Select your countertops. ...
  4. Choose flooring. ...
  5. Choose your wall colour. ...
  6. Choose hardware colours.

What color paint makes a kitchen look bigger? ›

Go with Light Colors

Light colors are more reflective than dark colors and they will make your kitchen appear bigger as well as more open and airy. Light blues, greens, or pale yellows are other great colors to make your space look larger than life.

Which colour combination is best for kitchen? ›

  1. Green + Gold. Green grounds kitchens when applied in large doses on cabinetry or walls. ...
  2. Dark Blue + Light Blue. Create a timeless kitchen color combination by mixing various shades of blue. ...
  3. Dark Gray + Green. ...
  4. Blue + Orange. ...
  5. Red + Yellow. ...
  6. Gray + Purple. ...
  7. Black + White. ...
  8. Blue + Brown.
2 Sept 2022

What backsplash goes with off white cabinets? ›

White, brown, beige, black, and gray can be the backsplash colors for off-white cabinets in your kitchen. These colors have a beautiful harmony with the off-white cabinets and can help you to have a stylish appeal for your kitchen cabinets.

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