Wanting a twist on traditional white or gray, tastemakers have recently spun the color wheel, landing on fresh shades for kitchen cabinets that we can’t get enough of. From fire-engine red to bright saturated blue (Race Lane by Ralph Lauren, above), these bold colors have us wanting to drop everything and hit the paint store. Which is your favorite?
While the thought of painting your cabinets fire-engine red might stop you in your tracks, think again: It’s an arresting shade fit for the heart of your home. Fresh, not stodgy, a lively red with a hint of orange can be a style shape-shifter depending on what lives in the room with it—red plus a farm sink, a well-worn wood table, and copper pots adds up to a rustic-chic French-feeling space. But when mixed with midcentury wishbone chairs and mod pendant lights, for example, red comes across as chicly contemporary.
Paint color: Blazer from Farrow & Ball
Soft, cool, and the epitome of fresh, mint is wildly pretty on kitchen cabinets, a riff off the shades of gray we see so frequently in kitchens. Mint looks stunning with silver, black, or brass hardware; makes white or chinoiserie china pop; and is the perfect backdrop for warm, rustic pieces—cutting boards, a bentwood chair.
Paint color: Blue Point from Ralph Lauren
Smoky-green kitchens are having a major moment. With its oversaturated feel and ocean-floor depth of color, this rich shade of green-meets-blue-meets-gray is dramatic but not off-putting. Not only is it flattering for all cabinet styles—from basic Shakers to arched cathedrals—but it has never met a countertop it doesn’t play well with: Just imagine it against butcher block, copper, or marble.
Ah, mellow yellow. It’s warm and oh so inviting, entreating friends and family to gather around and stay awhile. It’s also a great color for small kitchens, achieving the same brightening effect as white, only with a little more oomph. To keep buttery yellow from feeling overly saccharine, pair it with hits of black and metallics wherever you can.
Paint color: Banana Cream from Benjamin Moore