Published on December 11, 2020

Painting your kitchen cabinets is the quickest way to completely transform your space. It’s also the best thing you can do for your budget. Exhibit A: Designer Elizabeth Stamos saved $20,000 to $30,000 by keeping the cherrywood cabinets in her 1980s Chicago townhouse and covering them in a blue-gray from Benjamin Moore. The millwork isn’t new, but the mood is. 

Interior designers have a running list in their head of the warmest whites, the coolest blues, the dreamiest greens—you name the hue, they’ll tell you which one they stand by. However, we really wanted to know which colors they’re genuinely excited about for kitchens (right now and into 2021), so we asked them to share the one paint color they can’t stop thinking about. 

Black Forest Green by Benjamin Moore

This deep, rich green casts slightly black when natural light hits it. It pairs beautifully with walnut wood as a contrasting tone, so if you’re thinking of adding a butcher block island, this is definitely one to consider. Becky Shea

Kendall Charcoal by Benjamin Moore

This is the perfect gray color; it’s moody but not too dark. I just did an entire kitchen in this shade and it turned out so chic. Hilary Matt

Grandeur Plum by Sherwin-Williams

Paired with Carrara marble countertops and brass hardware, this one would make for a charming kitchen for the client who embraces a saturated and dynamic color palette. Eneia White

China White by Benjamin Moore

We’ll be using this perfect, creamy, off-white shade on cabinets for a current renovation project and can’t wait to see how it transforms the space with warmth and charm. Molly Torres 

The kitchen is the heart of the home. It needs to be inviting and appealing, so I like to keep things clean and bright. For a cooler space, my go-to is China White, while Benjamin Moore’s White Dove is perfect for a warmer one. Kara Mann

Salon Drab by Farrow & Ball 

The greenish-grayish brown pairs really nicely with nonlacquered brass hardware. I love how it feels really rich but still earthy. Jake Arnold 

Duck Green by Farrow & Ball

It’s been a particularly hard year for most of us, and green in any space just feels right. As the color of nature, it’s comforting, calming, and optimistic, which is the tonic we need right now. Nina Blair

Drop Cloth by Farrow & Ball

A beautiful taupe-beige looks really elegant paired with antiqued brass hardware and fixtures. Olivia Stutz

Cornforth White by Farrow & Ball

We’re not shy when it comes to color, but sometimes a space calls for a neutral backdrop. This soft white is a versatile neutral that simply goes well with everything. Alexis Tompkins and Leann Conquer of Chroma SF

Railings by Farrow & Ball

I am doing a ton of tuxedo kitchens right now: Railings for the lower cabinets and Cool December by Dunn-Edwards for the uppers (it’s great for an all-white kitchen as well). Breegan Jane

Super White by Benjamin Moore 

Grays used to be all the rage, but recent trends are going warmer. This paint is an affordable white that’s minimal enough to lend itself to modern forms. When you use this color, it’s because you want the countertop and appliances to make a statement. It lets the stars shine. Megan Grehl

Calke Green by Farrow & Ball

I am excited about using this color in a new construction project in northwest Washington, D.C. It’s such a rich, velvety green, reminiscent of the thick carpet of moss you find blanketing the pathways in nearby Rock Creek Park. Melissa Colgan

More stories like this: 
The 11 Paint Colors Featured in Our Favorite Green Kitchens
Hands Down: The 12 Best Blue Paint Colors for Kitchen Cabinets
How Much It Actually Costs to Paint Your Kitchen Cabinets

Discussion