The Power of Painted Cabinets

by Kelli Kehler

Never underestimate the power of paint. When saddled with an interior design situation that isn’t ideal — like ugly or dated cabinets in a kitchen or bathroom — it can be easy to become overwhelmed, thinking the whole room needs to be overhauled. Especially if budgets are tight, a full gut job is often not an option, but this is where paint comes to the rescue.

Painted cabinets can not only transform a room, but cabinets painted in nontraditional colors become conversation pieces in their own right, and can define an entire space’s color palette. Greys and deep blues seem to be trusted mainstays in cabinet paint colors, but lately we’ve been seeing black, mint green and more of an emerald green color making their way onto revamped existing cabinets. We’re loving painted cabinets in all hues these days, so take a spin through some of our favorite examples of this DIY element to gather inspiration for your own project. —

Image above: In a hotel designed by Jersey Ice Cream Co., makes a jaw-dropping statement on streamlined, shaker-style cabinets. 


The Los Angeles home of Candis Cayne has an undeniably memorable kitchen thanks to cabinets painted in emerald green and their perfect ability to contrast with an intricate tile wall.


adds an air of sophistication to the small Craftsman bungalow of Anne Sage.


A barely-there powder blue hue uplifts the kitchen cabinets of a Hudson Valley home. The butcher block countertops are the perfect complement to this soothing shade.


A high-gloss teal paint paired with sleek Carrara marble countertops gives off a high-end and moody feel to this Salt Lake City kitchen.


In Saugerties, NY, homeowner Roy says, “We chose the color (Benjamin Moore) for a modern look but designed the kitchen cabinets in the classic shaker style.”


enlivens the cabinets in this New Orleans kitchen – a perfect color to perk up a home built in the early 1800s.


The owners of this Cleveland, OH home took a bathroom that had tan colors throughout and flipped it on its head with hand painted walls and a painted vanity in a similar shade.


It took many weekends for homeowner Nadia to paint her kitchen cabinets in , but the moody and rich results are well worth the work.


To save on reno costs to update a 1980s kitchen, the owners of this home opted to keep the old cabinets intact, but they painted them in New hardware combines with this chic blue-grey color and the whole kitchen is transformed (for less).


In Sweden, this whisper of a  on existing cabinetry pairs nicely with white tiles on the wall, modern grey sconce lighting and, if you look closely,  the same paint color is used on the shelving brackets above.


For a quirky pop of interest, red cabinets play off of blue and white backsplash tiles in this London home.


In Texas, the homeowner uses her go-to paint color of to complement a mustard yellow retro oven that came with the house.

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