How do you choose from all the kitchen cabinet colors available?
Especially when there are so many materials, stains, paint colors and finishes.
A feeling of space?
More character and style?
EXAMPLES: Cottage style - vintage finishes, painted cabinets in creamy pale colors.
Country/farmhouse - natural wood finishes or cabinets painted soft white or earthy shades of blue, red, or green.
Traditional - elegant fine detailing, crown molding. ALSO - mix and match colors, with an island cabinet and accents in another shade or finish (wood vs. painted).
What colors are you attracted to?
Dramatic deep tones?
Cool light colors?
Warm earthy hues?
Most kitchen cabinet colors fall into several basic color families. Here are pros and cons for each:
PRO: Clean fresh look that reflects light. Works well with future color scheme changes.
CON: Can show dirt and feel cold. Choose a warmer cream color rather than bright white.
PRO: Hide dirt so the easiest to keep looking clean, show off style and finish details.
CON: Can be bland, especially if you have lots of cabinets. Add glass doors, choose a less plain style, special finishes.
PRO: Rich, elegant, warm, dramatic, makes the kitchen a more intimate setting.
CON: Eats up light, can give an enclosed feeling. The bigger the kitchen, the better dark wood cabinets work, though you can use them beautifully in a small but open room with good lighting.
PRO: Unusual and fun with personality plus. Small kitchens can really get away with some zing.
(See more of this unique look at Ecelctic Kitchen Design.)
CON: Can be overwhelming - choose the color carefully to make sure you can live with it a long time.
Cherry, maple, oak, hickory, birch, etc.
PRO: Can be stained to almost any wood-tone shade or painted any color.
CON: Is there one?
PRO: Easy to clean, less expensive.
CON: Lower quality, looks cheap, limited color choices.
Easy-clean, gorgeous in colors or classic in white. Finishes like
Thermofoil, super shiny epoxy lacquer, even fine-grade laminate (see
link below to Martha Stewart cabinets) offer lots of choices in kitchen
CON: Some man-made finish cabinets look beautiful and expensive, others look cheap and kind of cheesy.
Thermofoil is usually limited to white and cream colors, and can require heat shields around a stove.
These Kraftmaid "Venicia" cabinets have a beautiful leather-like poly/vinyl finish.
(See more on this kitchen at Modern Kitchen Design.)
PRO: Industrial or commercial kitchen look.
CON: Shows fingerprints, can be noisy and feel sterile.
For more ideas, check out these manufacturer's kitchen cabinet colors online:
Plain and Fancy Cabinetry
has gorgeous cabinets, very well-made with lots of color and style options.
Home Depot now carries a beautiful line of Martha Stewart Cabinets with pretty colors and styles. Click on the "View Gallery" to get an overview, then go back and click on "View Styles and Finishes". Use the arrows on each page to advance. The website doesn't do the cabinets justice, though, so if you're near a Home Depot, pick up a copy of the catalog.
Thinking of remodeling?
Keep a notebook or scrapbook of notes, clippings and ideas.
Kitchen magazines are expensive - look through them in the grocery checkout line. If you see pix of a kitchen you really like, buy that magazine.
Stop in at home centers and pick up any free cabinet manufacturers' catalogs.