6 Tips When Selecting Your Kitchen Cabinet Color

The first question people ask me when they are designing or renovating their kitchen is, what color cabinet should I select? Sounds like an easy question but actually there are several factors that need to be addressed so let’s jump right in my friends.


Kitchen Location– Where your kitchen is situated in the house and if it is open to another room is very important. For example, if the kitchen is a separate room without a lot of natural light the choice may be a lighter cabinet or adding some color. If you have an open plan consider the finishes in the other spaces and how the kitchen will relate to them and visually connect. Also consider how the cabinet color will impact the scale of the room.

aakit4 Choose Your Look – Decide which design aesthetic you are after for your new kitchen. If you are trying to create a light and airy feel, I suggest a painted white cabinet with some glass cabinet doors. If it is a touch of elegance you are after then how about a dark mahogany finish with some leaded glass cabinets. Search through hundreds of kitchens here for ideas.

Mixing It Up– This can be easily achieved by adding a pop of color or changing the finish on a hood or shown here on shelving. Islands are a popular place to change the finish creating a nice focal point in the center of the kitchen. Consider the lower cabinets in an entirely different color for a more modern look that really grounds the kitchen while creating a design detail.



Trendy Vs. Timeless– Many of my clients will design or renovate their kitchen once while living in a particular home. If you know you will be moving in a few years and you decide to go with the current trends they most likely will still be in style when you sell. If you are concerned about re-sale, classic white kitchens are always a winner and maybe add a pop of color on the island which can always be re-painted. At the end of the day you need to love your kitchen so go with your instincts not the current trend.


Cabinet Door Style– The style of the door can help determine the finish, if you are going for a mission style kitchen then natural cherry and finishes of that period make good choices. If you have selected a modern style door then a sleek white may be the ticket. Consider the amount of glass or decorative doors you are incorporating into the design and how they impact the overall feel you are creating.


Glazing Or DistressingOnce you have determined if your cabinet doors will be finished or painted the next question is, will there be a glaze or any distressing. A glaze adds a decorative element to your cabinets enhancing the color and look of the door. If your door has more detail the glaze will stand out more. There are different degrees of glazing, a light glaze for a subtle design detail vs. a heavier glaze that will stand out more. A distressed cabinet door adds a vintage or cottage element to your kitchen and is lovely when applied to colored cabinets like below.


Creating your dream kitchen can be super exciting and super challenging, take the time to research and look at several kitchen cabinet colors, finishes and manufacturers well before you begin designing and the process will run much smoother having one of the major decisions out of the way. You can always email me in Just Ask if you need help deciding.


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  • Kate

    Didn’t think I would like a different color on the island, but it does give the kitchen another design element. I’m not good at visualizing, that’s why I love your Blog, you have so many good examples.

  • http://adoreyourplace.com/ Cathy from Adore Your Place

    Most of my clients just love the island in a different color as you said it adds another dimension to the design.

  • http://www.superiorcleaningsolutions.com/ Cameron

    Most people select white kitchen cabinets for their kitchen. Because white kitchen cabinets can make a small kitchen look big and attractive as well.

    • http://adoreyourplace.com/ Cathy from Adore Your Place

      I am a huge fan of white cabinets Cameron, from cottage to modern white works and is timeless

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    Thanks a lot for your thought on this topic.. thanks for sharing..

    • http://adoreyourplace.com/ Cathy from Adore Your Place

      Glad that you liked it :)