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Kitchen cabinets. Oh my.
Today I'm sharing my go to paint colors for your kitchen cabinets.
Should I paint my cabinets? Is it OK to paint over oak? Are white kitchens trendy?
Do you have a "good gray" for my kitchen cabinets?
These are questions I get asked all the time.
Bottom Line: If you don't LOVE your kitchen the way it is, then yes, you should totally paint your cabinets. Even if they are oak. White kitchens are not trendy, they are timeless. There is no timestamp on a white kitchen. There are many "good grays" and "good whites", but every kitchen is different, because there are other elements to consider like countertops, backsplash, flooring, and appliances.
Not to mention natural light!
Here are my "go to" paint colors for kitchen cabinets.
Chantilly Lace is not only one of my favorite kitchen cabinet colors, but also trim colors. This is a pure white. Not a creamy in any way. If you have white subway tile, or white appliances, I recommend this color.
White Dove is used all the time. Again, this is also I color I use on trim. If your cabinets are that creamy white with a brown glaze, then I nearly always recommend White Dove for trim. If you want a white kitchen but are nervous it will feel too sterile, and you're looking for something a little softer, then White Dove is for you.
Swiss Coffee is a creamy, very light greige color. It's off-white without looking dirty. For example, because of the lack of natural light in my client's kitchen (below) we had to go with more of an intentional color on the cabinets. We used Swiss Coffee. Her kitchen still reads like a white kitchen, but if we had gone with a more pure white, her cabinets would have looked dingy because there just wasn't enough light to make them sing. Swiss Coffee is a rich creamy color with gray undertones.
Gunmetal not only looks fantastic on cabinets, but also looks sexy on walls. Think master bedroom color. Gunmetal is medium gray with blue-green undertones. I have it on the cabinets in my laundry room and (per my recommendation) my neighbors have their lower kitchen cabinets this color. It's soft without being light. Looks great with black granite countertops. Gunmetal--love it.
Lead Gray was also on my go to list for grays. This is another rich and swanky color, that can look totally blue or almost black, depending on the light in your space. This color is amazing on cabinets. If you're nervous to try it, use it as your island color in a white kitchen.
Have I mentioned any of your favorite cabinet colors? What am I missing? I would love to hear from you in the comment section! If you'd like to learn more about how natural light can effect color, my friend Anne-Marie has written a very informative post here.
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