Choosing the Best Paint Color for Your Kitchen

Choosing the best paint color for your kitchen can be overwhelming, but there is a way to make it a bit easier. Your kitchen walls, and possibly your kitchen cabinets, are what’s going to be painted, but you can also bring in color and your Marin County home’s style in other ways.

Using furniture, appliances, and decor in addition to the walls, you can create a cohesive kitchen you’ll love spending time in.

When choosing the best paint color for your kitchen, there are a number of items to consider:

  • Your home’s style
  • The feeling you want to convey
  • Cabinets and other fixtures
  • Furniture
  • Neighboring rooms
  • Classic or trendy color palette

How to Find the Best Kitchen Paint Color

Know Your Home’s Style

Certain color trends will work better with your home’s style than others. If you’re looking to update your kitchen, consider your home’s overall style. Is your home vintage, boho, or modern? It may be fun for now to have a bright wall paint, but you want to ensure that you’ll love your kitchen in five years as much as you do now.

At MoonDance Painting, we prefer using Sherwin-Williams paint.


They’ve created a great resource on their website for choosing color palettes, including their take on a vintage kitchen.

Their Late Victorian color palette offers some bold color choices with some muted secondary colors, like their Cajun Red and Crewel Tan.

If your dream kitchen is a classic style with muted tones, these are some perfect shades that will complement white cabinets and stainless steel appliances.

These are primarily neutrals, but also feature some color, like Classic Sand and a blue-tinted Light French Gray.

Knowing your home’s style before even beginning to look at paint swatches will help create a cohesive home that you’ll love for years to come.

The Feeling You Want to Convey with Your Kitchen

When painting your kitchen, there are a few different avenues you can go. Kitchens are often a gathering place for families, so many choose a calming color palette. Muted tones with white accents give your kitchen a clean and serene look.

In this kitchen, the tile backsplash introduces different shades of blue that complement the pale blue wall color and the white cabinetry. This helps create a calm environment in one of the most important rooms of the home. It almost quietly alludes to the joy of the beach and ocean air, without anchors or seashells.


If you want to create an energetic space, your paint color is one way to show it. You can also use pops of color in your backsplash, quirky drawer pulls, or cabinetry offer a unique way to showcase color.

By considering how you want to feel, you can better choose the best paint color for your kitchen.

Consider Cabinets and Other Fixtures

If you’re working with existing appliances and cabinetry, remember that they may not be cohesive with all possible color choices. But, if you’re looking at a total kitchen remodel, you can have some fun while choosing cabinetry and appliances. (And painting your cabinets is definitely an option, too.)

When working with existing appliances, there are a few different options. Stainless steel appliances give you some flexibility, but if you have a white refrigerator and oven, you’ll want to be careful with the paint color you choose for your kitchen walls.


There’s also an opportunity to go bright! Cabinets don’t have to be a single color, and adding a contrasting paint color inside your kitchen cabinets offer a unique result. It can create a great statement piece that doubles as a conversation starter.

Backsplashes are also a great opportunity to add some color to your kitchen, both in color and tile style. You could choose a colored tile and white and grey cabinets to create a nice contrast, like the kitchen below.


Your walls aren’t the only thing that can be painted. By utilizing cabinets and other fixtures, you can create a cohesive and memorable kitchen.

Your walls aren’t the only thing that can be painted. By utilizing cabinets and other fixtures, you can create a cohesive and memorable kitchen.

Use Your Furniture

Using your furniture is a great way to help create your dream kitchen. If you want to go bold, consider painting your kitchen table and/or chairs one of your accent colors.

Most tables are wood or other neutral tone, but a deep blue or the Classic Sand color from the Sherwin-Williams paint swatches above could pair nicely with a neutral wall color.

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If you want to choose something more subtle, consider mismatched chairs that complement the backsplash or other decor in your kitchen and dining area. Mismatched chairs can give a homey feel to a kitchen, and are an ideal way to use thrift shop or vintage store finds. There’s no need for four or six of the same chair!

Using your furniture is another great way to create your dream kitchen. Color can bring a kitchen to life, and it doesn’t need to only be on your walls.

Remember Your Neighboring Rooms

When choosing the best paint color for your kitchen, remember the color and style of the adjacent rooms. If your living room shares a wall with your kitchen, consider how the colors will look when walking into the kitchen from the living room, or vice versa.

The colors don’t need to be identical, but they should be complementary. If you’re looking for a way to test out color patterns, Adobe’s Color CC program is a great tool. You can choose triad, complementary, analogous, shades, and more.


If your living room has olive green, you can pick that as the base color, and look at the color wheel to determine the color for your kitchen. This is an easy way to get ideas on complementary color choices.

Decide on a Classic or Trendy Color Palette

When choosing your kitchen’s paint color, consider what will help you feel at home while preparing meals or spending time with family and friends. The classic color palette will never go out of style, but may be too bland for some.

Or, you could choose a trendy paint color, though you may then be looking to repaint in a few years. One compromise is finding some fun accents that are easily changed when you desire. For example, there are many unique door handles or drawer pulls, especially if you search estate sales and vintage stores.

You can also focus on furniture, area rugs, and other decor to help bring some funkiness to your new kitchen. There are a variety of stores in Marin County that have vintage or other unique decor pieces to help pull the room together.

By using this method, your kitchen’s foundation is a classic color, but there are still fun, trendy accents.

Your home is an extension of you, which means that choosing the best paint color for your kitchen is important. Depending on your style, appliances, and adjoining rooms, among other factors, gives you the chance to create a cohesive look for your kitchen.

Are you ready to get started? Our Marin County-based team is ready to help you choose the best paint color for your kitchen.