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7 Popular Kitchen Cabinet Colors

Upgrading your kitchen is one of the most effective ways to boost the value of your home. But if you’re on a budget, a total kitchen overhaul might not be in the cards right now.

Fortunately, there are budget-friendly options that can give your kitchen the update it needs without breaking the bank. Installing new cabinets or having your existing cabinetry painted is one of those options.

According to a Cincinnati, OH, interior decorator, these colors are the most popular for kitchen cabinets. 

Light Brown

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This is one of the most traditional cabinet colors on the market. The best part about having light brown cabinetry is the flexibility it offers you. Light brown cabinets can work in virtually any kind of design scheme, from modern to classic. 

Natural Wood

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Like light brown cabinets, natural wood cabinetry plays well with many colors. Pictured, the natural wood cabinets bring warmth to an otherwise white and chrome kitchen. The natural wood cabinets help tie in the room’s accents, including the shelving unit, breakfast bar chairs, dining table, and flooring. If you’re interested in natural wood cabinets, consider what items you have in your kitchen they might enhance. 

Dark Brown

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Rich, coffee, or chocolate-toned cabinets make for a luxurious kitchen. Paired here with sapphire blue accents, the luxe color of the cabinets adds even more elegance to the space. Dark brown cabinets will also pair perfectly with jewel-toned walls, tiles, and accessories like emerald and ruby.


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White is one of the most flexible kitchen cabinet options simply because it goes with anything. Here, you can see that the cabinets complement a patterned backsplash which plays with another neutral—gray. With white cabinets, you’re free to mix and match metallics on your handles, light fixtures, and furnishings, so get creative! 


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Whether it’s navy, denim, or Robin’s egg, blue makes for a stunning kitchen cabinet color. A rich navy tone is pictured here, and it plays wonderfully with the warm-toned wood floors, white cabinetry, and canary yellow wall color. If you’re looking for something more neutral, blue cabinets can also work as accent cabinetry with natural wood or light brown cabinets. Still, if you want to go all-in on the blue cabinets, you can incorporate them throughout an entire kitchen. 


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Yet another neutral cabinet is the gray option. Whether you pair it with a white accent cabinet, as seen here, or flip flop it and accent with gray, this cabinet color works stunningly in various kitchen styles. Like the other neutral options mentioned, gray cabinets allow for plenty of freedom regarding backsplash, wall paint, lighting, and accessories. Remember, the lighter the gray, the more open and airy your kitchen will feel! 


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If you’re looking for something sleek and ultra-chic, black cabinets are the answer. One of the simplest ways to work black cabinetry into your kitchen decor is to use them as an accent with white cabinets. Place the black cabinets on the bottom and white cabinets on the top to bring balance to the space. Black cabinets will work in a kitchen, but they also work beautifully in dining rooms and bar areas. 

When choosing a kitchen cabinet color, think about what you want them to do for the room. Do you want the cabinets to serve as an accent piece, or do you want them to be the star of the show? Your vision for the space will help lead you to the color that’s right for you. For more help choosing the perfect color cabinets for your kitchen, contact Erika Lee with Decorating Den Interiors. 

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