5 Popular Kitchen Cabinet Colors That Are Also Timeless

by Joanna Stewart

Thu, Nov 22, 2018

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mocha kitchen cabinets Photo via Podesta Construction

So, what timeless kitchen cabinet colors are guaranteed to look great decades later?

How do you avoid colors that will go out of style only a year later?

What is the most popular kitchen cabinet color?

These are extremely important questions as thousands of dollars are spent each year to cover up the mistakes of Purple Periwinkle or Totally Teal colored kitchen cabinets.

Below are a few color palettes that are designed to be timeless and help you get the most out of your kitchen remodel when you put your home on the market.

When you decide to update your kitchen, choosing the best kitchen cabinet colors is essential to building home equity and improving your home value.

You should know that I’m a big supporter of do-it-yourself-ers worldwide. But, as an architectural consultant I also know the value of professional designers and their experience. So, if you decide to paint your kitchen cabinets, consider these popular kitchen cabinet colors first, before applying your first gallon of paint.


white kitchen cabients Photo via Photo

One of the best kitchen cabinet colors is also the simplest.

White kitchen cabinets are a popular design choice that will last for decades without going out of style or appearing outdated. Today white kitchen cabinets can be found in the most contemporary homes as well as in traditional country cottages. And they both look stunning.

Not only are white kitchen cabinets timeless, but they also make small kitchens look larger and brighter.

A neutral base also allows for more opportunity to highlight colors on the walls, experiment with new countertop materials and use accents or highlights.

Traditional kitchens can get the same benefits of white cabinets while softening their look by using an off-white or eggshell color. This will give your cabinets an antique look while maintaining a solid finish that’s guaranteed to last a long time.


light green kitchen cabinets Photo via Montana Reclaimed Lumber

Although white kitchen cabinets are the most popular choice when painting your cabinets, there’s no reason to shy away from color. Pale green color palettes will freshen up your kitchen and give you a touch of color.

The careful use of green can help give your kitchen a timeless look without the risk of going out of style. However, now we’re entering dangerous territory where a slight color miscalculation could send you into the lime green abyss.

Green cabinets are a great addition to a traditional kitchen or craftsman style home with intricate wood detailing and butcher block countertops.

Black or Mocha

black kitchen cabinets Photo via Atmosphere Interior Design

When venturing beyond neutral kitchen colors, there are a few bold palettes that will satisfy the adventurer in you while still remaining timeless.

A popular kitchen cabinet color in modern homes is black or mocha kitchen cabinets. Dark and bold colors will anchor the room and give a strong presence. Using contrasting colors and materials on the counters and walls will make an immediate impression on your guests.

The benefits of black kitchen cabinets is that they allow for creativity when choosing your accessories and accent colors. Future homeowners will have the ability to update or change the accent colors while still enjoying the timeless design of dark kitchen cabinets.


yellow kitchen cabinets Photo via Adeni Design

The kitchen has become the center of family activity and there’s no reason your kitchen cabinets can’t reflect this energy. A bright cabinet color palette may not be for everyone but it is sure lighten up your kitchen.

While light yellow cabinets could work in just about any style home, they are most successful in country cottages, and traditional kitchen designs. Yellow base cabinets can be used in combination with white upper cabinets to give a touch of color without becoming overwhelming.

How can you incorporate colors that fill you with energy at the end of the day? Consider adding a touch of yellow.


gray kitchen cabinets Photo via VP Interiors

Imagine capturing the essence of a New York penthouse apartment in your suburban kitchen. Using tones of gray and clean lines can give you a high-end look with only a coat of paint.

Not only can you get a designer kitchen but it may also improve your home value at the fraction of the cost of a traditional remodel. Gray kitchen cabinets work well in modern homes as well as traditional style houses that are looking for a more conservative look.

Do-it-yourself homeowners love painting projects because it doesn’t take the help of a professional or expensive contractors.

Although painting your kitchen cabinets may be a straightforward project, you should take care to choose a color that is popular, yet will remain timeless. When it comes time to sell your home in 1 year or even 20 years down the road, these colors are guaranteed to help your kitchen retain its value.

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