May 17, 2022

Charlie Doodle

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The Best Kitchen Cabinet Paint Colors, According to 18 Designers

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“You’ll see me use this color any and everywhere. With its warm gray undertone, it will never feel stark or cold. And using this warmer white with brass hardware gives a very sophisticated kitchen vibe that can be made playful or modern.”—Beth Diana Smith

Farrow & Ball Studio Green (No. 93)

“I like that this is almost a soft black with a hint of green. To prep your millwork or paint over previously painted cabinets, start by using a wood knot and resin blocking primer. I usually do three to four coats of this before putting on the primer. Farrow & Ball recommends different primers based on the shade you pick. For example, we did one coat of Interior Wood and a primer undercoat for dark tones. We used the Estate Eggshell finish for our topcoat, because I prefer a low-shine finish on my cabinets, as it hides any imperfections that you may see otherwise. Finally, we did two coats with an air sprayer, with four hours of drying time between.”—Pallavi Kale

Sherwin-Williams Privilege Green (SW 6193)

“Green is gaining popularity, with nearly all the paint companies selecting a version of green as their current color of the year. I have found that the key is proper prep work. If the cabinets are not prepped properly, the paint finish looks amateurish. So whether it’s a DIY project or you hire a painter, be sure that time will be put into sanding and smoothing the cabinets before painting.”— Pamela O’Brien

Farrow & Ball Lime White (No. 1)

“This is a really rich taupe-y off-white that is completely classic but very warm and interesting. I like to do this shade in either Modern Eggshell or Full Gloss depending on the look we are trying to achieve. Full Gloss works better in a space that’s a little more polished, and Modern Eggshell is perfect when we’re trying to achieve a more rustic look. I always suggest using the Farrow & Ball primer under the paint, as even the most beautiful cabinet color in the world still won’t look good if it’s scuffed and chipped.”—Emma Beryl

Christina Kim Interior Design conceived this kitchen with North End Builders. The cabinets are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Classic Gray.

Photo: Raquel Langworthy Photography

Benjamin Moore Classic Gray (OC-23)

“This is actually a white paint with a tiny drop of warm gray. It’s a great look for an elevated white kitchen. First things first: We always wash the cabinets with a degreaser. Then they get sanded before getting one coat of an oil-based primer. We let that dry for a day or two and try not to rush it. Then we cover the cabinets in two coats of Benjamin Moore Advance in the Satin finish and lightly sand between coats. I’m always amazed when even older cabinets turn out so fresh and great-looking!”—Christina Kim

Sherwin-Williams Repose Gray (SW 7015)

“This is my go-to neutral kitchen cabinet color. It’s the perfect shade of greige—not too gray or too beige—and brings that earthy, organic vibe I love to see in kitchens. Choosing a high-quality paint is crucial. Kitchen cabinets are not the place to skimp on quality. Finish is also extremely important; be sure to select a durable finish that’s easy to wipe. Leave the eggshell and matte paints for your walls: Choose a more durable finish that won’t hold on to all your sticky fingerprints.”—McCall Dulkys

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