7 Colorful Kitchens That Will Inspire You to Pick Up a Paintbrush

So long, all-white cabinets.

When it comes to kitchen design, white cabinets are undeniably classic and timeless—but colorful kitchens will always be the ones to steal the show, attract attention, and collect compliments. We've been noticing colorful kitchen cabinets racking up likes on Instagram, with various shades of blue and green (and even pink!), causing us to give our boring white cabinets some second thoughts. Exercise caution when admiring the gorgeous kitchens below, because fair warning: They will make you want to repaint.

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Seaworthy Kitchen Cabinets

Kitchen cabinets at the Philadelphia boutique hotel Lokal, painted in Sherwin Williams Seaworthy navy, with plates and small appliances on counter
Jersey Ice Cream Co / Lokal / Heidi's Bridge

When searching for a paint color that was historic, yet also bold and eye-catching, the husband-and-wife design duo behind Jersey Ice Cream Co opted for a rich navy. Sherwin-Williams' Seaworthy looks simultaneously modern and timeless when featured on the kitchen cabinets in the Philadelphia boutique hotel Lokal.

02 of 07

Luxe Green Kitchen

Kitchen cabinets painted in Sherwin-Williams Pewter Green, with gold handles. White backsplash and counters.
Emily Henderson Design / Photography by Sara Tramp

In her Portland kitchen renovation, designer Emily Henderson created a monster: a kitchen so pretty it makes our own kitchens feel badly about themselves. Although she completed this project back in 2018, we're still a little green with envy years later. The good news: We can steal this enviable style by painting both upper and lower cabinets in the same hue: Pewter Green by Sherwin-Williams.

03 of 07

Paint Only the Lower Cabinets

Kitchen with lower cabinets painted Hunter Green by Benjamin Moore, a white tile backsplash, and open shelving above. Movable island with copper pot rack above.
Shavonda Gardner

If you're afraid to commit to painting your entire kitchen, take a tip from Shavonda Gardner and paint just the lower cabinets. Shavonda's kitchen has green lower cabinets and white upper. Leaving upper cabinets white or opting for open shelving helps balance out a more dramatic hue on the bottom cabinets. Check out the full kitchen design, with cabinets painted in Hunter Green by Benjamin Moore.

04 of 07

Play With Contrast

Kitchen with lower cabinets painted Paean Black and walls painted a rose-pink titled, Sulking Room Pink. Wooden counters decorated with flowers.
Farrow & Ball

In this Farrow & Ball kitchen, moody black lower cabinets are an unexpected match to rose-pink walls. The darker color on the bottom helps ground the space. To get the look, pair up Sulking Room Pink with Paean Black.

05 of 07

Soothing Blue

Kitchen with lower light blue cabinets, brass hardware, and open wooden shelving above. Wood floors with a striped rug.
Clare / The Simple Sweet Life

To create a kitchen that's calm and airy, follow Robyn Meacham's lead and brush on a soft blue-green hue. When paired with shiny brass hardware and open shelving above, the lower cabinets in Headspace by Clare look fresh and modern. You would never guess that this bright kitchen is located in the basement.

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Another Dreamy Green

Dark green lower cabinets in kitchenette painted Pratt and Lambert's Sierra Night with wooden open shelving above and brass lighting.
Jenny Komenda / Juniper

After deciding to go adventurous in her studio kitchenette, Jenny Komenda from Juniper Print Shop painted the white Shaker cabinets in Pratt and Lambert's Sierra Night. If you decide to duplicate the look for your kitchen, follow the cabinet painting tutorial on Jenny's blog.

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Failproof Navy

Kitchen cabinet in Benjamin Moore's Hale Navy with brass hardware
Benjamin Moore

Looking for another reason why you should introduce blue paint into your kitchen color scheme? Behold, luxurious cabinets brushed in Benjamin Moore's popular color Hale Navy. Hale Navy with brass hardware is a can't-go-wrong combination.

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