5 Most Popular Color Options for Kitchen Design

Since the industrial revolution, the kitchen has evolved from a place of hard labor to a place of leisure and socialization. The modern kitchen is now where we relax after work, where we enjoy our meals with friends and family as well as where we eat alone in front of the television (and maybe even do some light cooking!).

There are several factors to consider when choosing colors for your kitchen, such as how much light the room gets and the color of any cabinets or countertops in the kitchen. For example, white cabinets with light-colored flooring and ceilings will need more vibrant colors than dark wood ones.

Many clients come into Distinctive Cabinetry wanting to remodel their kitchen, yet are totally unsure of what color to select. Choosing colors is difficult because there are so many of them to choose from. For example, did you know there are about 700 shades of white paint alone? Our experienced kitchen design team in Walnut Creek, California, has put together a list of the five most popular color options for kitchen design. 

1) Navy Blue Kitchen

Navy blue is a dark shade of blue with a hint of black. It is one of the best colors for kitchen design because it helps reduce the glare from bright lights and provides a sense of warmth. However, this color can be quite overpowering in a small kitchen so it is recommended that you use navy blue as an accent color rather than as a primary color if your kitchen has less than 180 square feet of space.

The kitchen design below shows a beautiful blue and white mosaic pattern offset by navy blue cabinets from Ultracraft and natural wood elements.



2) Pastel Yellow Kitchen 

Pastel Yellow is one of the best colors for kitchen design. It is not too bright, but it is also not too dull, making it an ideal choice if you are looking for a color that will have a calming effect on your mind without being too distracting. Pastel yellow is a very sophisticated color that can make your kitchen feel inviting and warm. This is a great color to use if you want to evoke a sense of nostalgia in your guests.

StarMark Cabinetry features stunning shades of yellow in the kitchen remodels below.



3) Cream Kitchen 

Cream is one of the most popular colors used in the kitchen. It is also one of the best color options for kitchen designers to use. The reason behind this is that cream has a wide range of shades and it can be used to create an elegant or more relaxed feel depending on what shade it is. Cream’s versatility makes it one of the best color options for kitchen design. It can be used in kitchens with different styles, like contemporary, vintage, urban, modern, or traditional

Notice the subtly of the cream accent wall in this kitchen design by Waypoint Living Spaces.


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4) Light Gray Kitchen 

Light gray is a very popular color among designers. And it’s easy to see why. It has a peaceful and serene quality to it that can make any space feel more sophisticated and subdued. If you’re considering light gray as an option for your kitchen, here are some of the benefits you can expect:

Light gray is soothing and warm which makes it the perfect choice for those who tend to feel anxious in open spaces.

When paired with darker colors, the contrast helps make the space seem more open and inviting.

It exudes a sense of calmness and warmth which many people find relaxing and comforting.

Light gray is also one of the most versatile colors on this list because it pairs well with just about every other color out there! Eclipse Cabinetry demonstrates just how peaceful light gray can be on a kitchen design.



5) Warm Red Kitchen 

Warm red is the perfect color for kitchens because it tends to go well with most colors. Red is an especially popular color choice because it creates warmth and can be associated with love. The first thing that matters when you are looking for the best color for your kitchen is to know what kind of mood you want to create. Warm reds will make your kitchen feel inviting and comfortable, while cool blues will make it look more modern and chic.

Plato Cabinetry shows a nice example of how warm red tones can accentuate that cozy feeling.



It’s no secret the kitchen is the heart of the home. As such, it needs to be designed with every detail of its look, feel and functionality taken into account. Choosing the right color can be one of the most difficult decisions for a homeowner to make.

At Distinctive Cabinetry, we know what it takes to help clients select the right kitchen colors as well as deliver a professional and successful remodel to our customers. Our HOUZZ, “Best of Service,” award-winning kitchen designs can be found in Lafayette, Alamo, Walnut Creek, Moraga and the surrounding cities. Our high-end cabinet manufacturers include quality brands like Starmark Cabinetry, Ultracraft, Waypoint, and more. If you’re wanting to remodel or renovate your kitchen and unsure of where to start, call the experienced design team at Distinctive Cabinetry, they’d love to help: 925.588.2411 !


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