Need help narrowing down a wall color for your cook space? We asked the pros to share their go-to hues for a gorgeous-looking kitchen.

By Virginia Sole-Smith
William Abranowicz

6 Great Whites

It’s the undisputed ideal—but there are just sooooo many white paints to choose from. Decorating pros reveal their tried-and-true favorites.

Decorator’s White by Benjamin Moore
“This is a true white without any undertones. It’s the cleanest and crispest you can find, making it a great choice for kitchens.” —Tobi Fairley, Little Rock, Arkansas–based designer
To buy: From $38,

Clunch by Farrow & Ball
“If your cabinets are a deep shade, this is your ideal white for the walls. It’s bright and fresh, to balance out the cabinets’ rich tones.” —Tracy Morris, Washington, D.C.–based designer
To buy: $99,

White Dove by Benjamin Moore
“With just a hint of gray, this is a warm, natural-looking white that makes a great backdrop for art, too. It’s my all-time favorite. —Elaine Griffin, New York City–based designer
To buy: From $38,

Precious Pearls by Dunn-Edwards
“An easy way to give your kitchen an upscale look is to paint the walls with this white, which has beautiful, slightly shimmery opalescent undertones.” —Nate Berkus, Los Angeles–based designer
To buy: Visit to locate a store near you.

Ballet White by Benjamin Moore
“This is just the right white for a modern kitchen. It looks slightly beige or gray, depending on the natural light in the room. I love it with a clean-lined cabinet.” —Tracy Morris
To buy: From $38,

Antique White by Sherwin-Williams
“This white is one of my standbys because it’s so warm. It gives a kitchen a cozy, lived-in feeling.” —Tobi Fairley
To buy: From $30,

4 Gorgeous Non-White Wall Colors for Kitchens

Kitchen with blue cabinets

Deep blue, cheery yellow, rich tan, poppy green: You can’t lose with these designer-approved hues if you want to bring a splash of color to your cook space

Woodlawn Blue by Benjamin Moore
“There’s just enough warmth in the base of this blue to keep it from veering too ‘baby.’ If you want a cook space that feels calm, cool, and collected, this is your shade.” —Tracy Morris
To buy: From $38,

Golden Straw by Benjamin Moore
“I’ve put this apricot-y yellow in a million kitchens because it looks good with everything, especially wood-tone or white cabinets. It’s practically a neutral, but with a sunshine-y oomph.” —Elaine Griffin
To buy: From $38,

Smoked Trout by Farrow & Ball
“Funny name but great color! This tone oozes Old-World charm. It works in a traditional setting or a transitional one. Choose it if you’re looking to do something a little different with your kitchen without going overboard.” —Tracy Morris
To buy: $99,

Wasabi by C2
“This is a fabulous leafy green. I’ve used it on kitchen islands and cabinets to inject a shot of color into an otherwise all-white kitchen.” —Tobi Fairley
To buy: $55,



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