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Tried & True Paint Colors: Genius Shades for Kitchens

Designers and kitchen experts share the shades that elevate this hardworking space.
I’ve never met a blue I didn’t like and this one – Benjamin Moore Blue Note – was the perfect backdrop for our client’s bright and airy basement kitchen. We wanted something that still felt warm and inviting but would blend in seamlessly with the other design elements throughout the space.
— Dominique DeLaney, Dominique DeLaney Interior Design

“We did the cabinets here in Mouse’s Back by Farrow & Ball. Not only does it look stunning on Shaker-style cabinetry, the color is incredibly versatile and depending on the rest of the room can read more brown or more gray.” 
Wills & Prior, @Willsandprior

“We’ve always been a fan of gray kitchens, these cabinets are Benjamin Moore’s Coventry Gray. Gray cabinets go with everything and are more forgiving because they show less wear and dust than darker colors. The satin brass pulls warm up the color and helps give it a modern edge. The shiplap walls were done in Benjamin Moore’s Super White and the bar area is Sherwin Williams Cyberspace.”
Stonington Cabinetry & Design, @the_brothers_stonington

 “This kitchen with fresh and classic white cabinets gets an added bit of personality with a pop of saturated color on the island. The classic combination of Sherwin Williams Extra White, which is a bright and fresh color on the perimeter cabinetry paired with the deep classic blue of Sherwin Williams Naval on the island brings the space to life. The walls are painted Sherwin Williams Drift of Mist which gives a small bit of contrast and subtle dimension against the fresh white of the cabinetry all while keeping the space bright and clean.”
Sharp+Grey Interiors, @sharpandgrey

In the design for this kitchen in the Bay Area, Cecily Mendell wanted the walls to quietly reflect the fog that typically rolls in from the San Francisco Bay outside, so she chose ‘Coventry Gray’ by Benjamin Moore for the cabinets and Benjamin Moore’s ‘Classic Gray’ for the walls.
Cecily Mendell, Cecy J Interiors

“Every time I have used Baby Seal Black from Benjamin Moore, it tells a beautiful story! I used this color on my kitchen cabinets, and I don’t think I will ever grow tired of them. I also used it in an office from floor to ceiling, and the outcome was pure magic. It’s a sultry color that gives off all the feels.”
Kirsten Grove, Simply Grove

 “The navy cabinets were color matched by the cabinet company (UltraCraft Cabinetry) to Behr’s Secret Society. We loved the timeless look of white and navy. Our home is a 1930s brick Tudor and we felt that the colors really helped us mix in the more modern elements, while maintaining that ‘classic’ feel.”
Turntable Kitchen, @turntablekitchen

 “The cabinetry here is Benjamin Moore’s White Dove and the island cabinetry is Benjamin Moore’s Fog Mist. I love light and bright kitchens, but that doesn’t always translate to all white. To add a bit of interest, I love to softly inject neutral tones to give kitchens a classic feel while adding subtle dimension.”
JK Interior Living, @jkinteriorliving

“The island is Benjamin Moore’s Mysterious and the perimeter cabinets are a custom white, similar to Benjamin Moore’s Super White. This combination of a deep blue with bright white is such a popular Northeastern style. An accent island feels both safe and bold at the same time and it offers a perfect contrast, whether it’s a soft black, a blue, or even a gray, it’s always nice to have a subtle contrast.”
Stonington Cabinetry & Design, @the_brothers_stonington

“The cabinet colour at this project is Benjamin Moore Creekside Green. When selecting the colour for this kitchen, we knew it was going to be a dominant feature so we had four sample panels done up. We ended up with this green because it was the most versatile, and at the same time read very neutral.

We didn’t want it to lean grey/green, nor did we want it to scream that it was green. With the grass and gold accents, and warm wooden tones from the original flooring, we were able to select the perfect green to complement these warmer tones. This welcomed the use of neutral accents like our white pottery, grey and white counter, and grey Dash & Albert rug. I love the way these colours make the space feel, without feeling the need to over dominate.”
Megan Crosbie, Megan Crosbie Design, @megancrosbiedesign

“This home is flanked by a beautiful river and a vast marsh land, surrounded by nature on all sides. The home is flush with windows including two skylights in the kitchen. We knew we wanted to keep the majority of the home’s interior walls white to maximize those airy light filled moments. This also allowed every nature-filled window moment to pop, bringing the outside in. In designing the kitchen, it was important nothing blocked your eye line to enjoy all window views as well as the open dining, living room and family room—separate spaces yet open and connected. The kitchen being the epicenter of this home we wanted it to have a strong presence and ground the space without demanding attention. The color needed to connect to nature and complement the views throughout all the seasons of the year. We explored several earthy blue colors and examined how the color changed at all hours of the day and from every angle. We finally arrived at Gravel Gray 10% sheen by Benjamin Moore.” 
—Indigo Interiors Co., @indigointeriorsco

“Our client loves the calm of green (Sherwin Williams Svelte Sage) with a combination of soft white (Sherwin Williams Creamy). The creamy white highlights the lower cabinets and allows for splashes of red tones (another favorite color) and natural wood throughout. Forgoing upper cabinets allows the room to be filled with light, even on rainy days. The kitchen is where the day begins and ends—what better way to do it then with the serenity of the perfect color combinations.”
Woodstock Kitchen and Baths, @woodstockkitchensandbaths

“You’re going to be seeing more natural wood style cabinets, it’s a big emerging trend. This is natural quarter sawn white oak, not only are you getting the beautiful veining, it’s extremely durable. The perimeter cabinets are done in a Benjamin Moore’s Smoke Embers and the wall color is Benjamin Moore’s Classic Gray. We try to stick to the classics, but to elevate the look of gray, we really pay attention to the lighting in the room and look for those nuanced shades so it never feels one-size-fits-all.”
Stonington Cabinetry & Design, @the_brothers_stonington

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