These are the best neutral kitchen cabinet paint colors designers use for a liveable, elegant scheme

We love the uplifting and inspiring effect of being in interior spaces that use bold color and pattern, but when it comes to the everyday, we tend to need something a little quieter. We are all for a fun wallpaper in the powder room or a dramatic paint choice in the hallway, but often the best kitchen color ideas are underpinned by a classic and unassuming neutral. Our understanding of neutral kitchens has evolved over the past few years, as we have embraced earthy tones such as terracotta and green, and have found ways to combine gray with splashes of color. If you are currently brainstorming some painted kitchen ideas and are leaning towards decorating with neutrals, we have rounded up the best neutral kitchen cabinet paint colors below, as recommended by designers.


Interior designers recommend gray kitchen cabinets for a sophisticated neutral scheme. From charcoal to mushroom, gray is particularly well suited to kitchens that receive a lot of natural light, which is something to bear in mind. They also suggest greige (a blend of gray and beige) to bring extra warmth to cooler rooms. 'I’m a neutral fan when it comes to kitchen cabinets, but I really appreciate a hint of blue and gray undertones,' begins interior designer Breegan Jane.


If you're not so keen on gray but want to paint your kitchen cabinets in a shade that will never date, consider going with beige. Slubby beige kitchens always feel warm, soulful, and classic. Named after the French word for natural wool that hasn't been dyed or bleached, beige is quite easy to work with, combining beautifully with white subway tile, black or brass hardware, wooden kitchen countertops, and so on.


As far as we are concerned, green is a neutral, as it's a naturally occurring tone much like beige and oh-so-easy on the eye. Sage green is one of the key kitchen cabinet color trends we're seeing this year, and it's highly versatile: a soft, earthy green looks beautiful with wooden countertops or terracotta tiles.


For a clean and crisp look that keeps things bright and airy in a small kitchen, white cabinets are a failsafe option. White kitchens are also highly versatile and will work whether you're going for Scandi, contemporary, or traditional.

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