Published on February 11, 2021

This week at Domino, we’re celebrating the heart—and workhorse—of the home: the kitchen. From up-and-coming cabinet styles to top-selling paints to try to just-dropped appliances, we’re serving up ideas for every type of budget. Check in daily to see what’s cooking.

Rainbows bring us joy most of the time. The exception is when we walk into a hardware store and see that one daunting wall stocked with paint chips. Where do you start? If you’re there to pick out a color for your kitchen cabinets, odds are you won’t be browsing the pinks and purples. Still, even if you’ve narrowed your choice down to neutrals, the process of elimination can be overwhelming. So to help you get in and out of there fast, we went to the leading paint brands and asked them the question on all of our minds: What’s your best paint for cupboards? In addition to fan-favorite creams and grays, dark blue stood out in the mix (peep DeVol’s popular Pantry Blue in the space pictured above). Seven brands share their top picks, below. 

Hale Navy, Benjamin Moore

To keep a hue like this from feeling too nautical, opt for jet-black appliances and soapstone counters over classic white features. 

Setting Plaster, Farrow & Ball

When you can’t afford plaster walls, mimic the treatment on your cabinets with this dusty pink that’s designed to look like the real deal. 

Swiss Coffee, Dunn-Edwards

White cupboards used to get all the attention; now it’s all about exuding warmth with this shade, which really shines when surrounded by rich woods and darker sand tones. 

Piano Room, Portola Paints

If cream feels too crisp for you still, go with this cooler stone-like color. It’s got that imperfect rustic vibe without skewing farmhouse-y. 

Agreeable Gray, Sherwin-Williams

The name says it all: This light shade can work with any style of cabinetry, from contemporary flat-slab fronts to traditional Shaker. 

Black, Behr

This top pick for both cupboards and trim pairs the best with warm oak, brushed metals, and glass, according to the brand. 

Inky Nib, Plain English

Depending on how the light strikes, this shade can read as either dark blue or black. Consider your kitchen a chameleon. 

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