Upgrade Your Kitchen with These Cabinet Color Ideas

Calling it a kitchen makeover technically wouldn’t be correct, because Robyn from The Simple Sweet Life built this beauty from the ground up. The busy mom decided to turn her unfinished basement into a full guest space for her sister and brother-in-law, and it was a win-win, she got to have family close by and they got new digs. But Robyn had her work cut out for her, transforming a basement that got very little natural light into a space that feels beautiful and modern.

Naturally one of the most important elements in the room, were the kitchen cabinets. “We wanted to put in a full kitchen, but it’s underground and doesn’t have a lot of natural light. So we really wanted to use a bright kitchen cabinet color that would pair nicely with the subway tile and the gold hardware,” explains Robyn. “We found Headspace, a beautiful blue-green that’s a best seller for its airness and versatility, it just spoke to me. Plus, it’s not so bright that it’s overwhelming.”

After choosing her favorite kitchen cabinet color ideas, she ordered a few paint swatches to make sure that the light blue kitchen cabinet color looked good in the space and matched with the other accessories. “I loved that the stick-on swatches were large enough that they really gave us a good idea of what the color would look like,” says Robyn. “We also really appreciated Clare’s no VOC formula, since we were working in a basement there wasn’t much ventilation, so we really felt good about using this formula, especially since we have little kids!” No surprise but Robyn’s sister and brother-in-law loved the kitchen cabinet color and the rest of the converted basement space. Nothing says love like a full-scale renovation!


Tips for choosing the best kitchen cabinet colors:

Don’t just limit yourself to white! While white paint can create a clean feeling in a kitchen, there are plenty of opportunities to add more colors than just white. Plus, you have to think about how hard it can be to keep that white kitchen cabinets looking clean. If you do choose whites (so classic) you can add color in other decor items like rugs, a back splash, and towels.

Upper and lower cabinets don’t need to match. For a lighter, airier feeling, do white kitchen cabinets on top and dark kitchen cabinets in a navy, black, or deep green on the bottom. Or commit to kitchen cabinet color schemes with darker hues on both the upper and lower cabinets.

When choosing kitchen cabinet paint colors consider the light the room gets – or doesn’t. You want the colors to balance the space. So if the light is limited and cold, you want to use lighter, warmer colors. If the kitchen is flooded with natural light try a darker, moodier color.

Feeling overwhelmed with all of the decision making? Take the process in steps. Start by choosing the best color for kitchen cabinets, then pick countertops, flooring, backsplash, appliances, and then decide on the wall paint color. For more expensive items, try to avoid trendy picks and opt for classics that will last.