Design Decisions

Choosing a Kitchen Cabinet Color

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A couple of months ago we were knee deep into kitchen design for our flip house. We have finally made it to the point to where the cabinets are getting ready to be installed. Just two weeks and I will finally get to see this kitchen design and cabinet color come into play. Yes, just two week! I have to say though, choosing a cabinet color has been one of the hardest decisions in most designs we do.

Isn’t it amazing how much emphasis we put on color? That was one of the biggest decisions as we were picking out cabinetry. We weren’t as concerned about the brand or all the bells and whistles, although those things are cool too. The color is what makes the cabinetry aesthetically pleasing.

We initially though wanted to go bold and go with a darker color, but as we started looking, a few colors and combinations caught our eye and one was actually on the lighter side.

Here were a few colors that we were contemplating. Hopefully, this will help you if you are also in need of some kitchen cabinetry inspiration.

Farrow and Ball Shaded White

Much to our surprise, we fell in love with Shaded White by Farrow and Ball. While we thought we wanted to go with a darker color, this perfect mushroom-like shade is stunning. It’s not your typical off white. It’s different, and different is what we were seeking. Although it is different and beautiful, it still is very versatile and can be paired with many color combinations.

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Shaded White looks great paired with neutral colors and wood tones. I can even see implementing some black with this color. For instance, using black fixtures or even a black island would be a perfect combination. This is a great color to warm up any kitchen.

Farrow and Ball Railings

Farrow and Ball Railings is the color we have in our current kitchen and we love the dramatic effect that it offers, but still soft and relaxing. I absolutely love its blue undertones.

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Railings is stunning when paired with brass accents. It also looks beautiful paired with wood tones on the island, floor, and shelving.

Depending on how the light hits it, Railings can go from almost black to very blue as seen in the kitchen below:

Credit: Nicholas Bridger

Farrow and Ball Down Pipe

Farrow and Ball with another winner! This time the color is called Down Pipe. Down Pipe is another darker grey color with blue undertones. We love that darkness and the dramatic capability of Down Pipe. As we have envisioned a darker color, this truly piqued our interest. One concern we have with this color is it can look a bit green in some inspirational photos. Although I wasn’t so sure about this hint of green, Henry loves it.

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deVOL mixes their own paint, but they have said that their colors are based on Farrow & Ball colors.

Down Pipe also looks great with wood and brass. And of course, it also looks great with beautiful lighter colored marble or marble look countertops.

Credit: deVOL

Benjamin Moore Wish

After looking at many color options for our flip house kitchen cabinets, we finally agreed on Benjamin Moore Wish. Wish is a more of a neutral warm and cozy greige color. It is the perfect color against our Sherwin Williams Pure White walls and will still have enough contrast next to the white oak refrigerator panels and the white oak bar side of the island. Although we were thinking more on the darker side, I think Wish will be exactly enough warmth that the kitchen needs.

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  • Reply Robbin

    I’m so excited that you are not doing white cabinets. No offense to all those white cabinet kitchens out there . . . they are beautiful. But there is something so RICH about dark cabinets. An elegance that white cabinets can’t equal. Can’t WAIT to see your new house!!! Blessings from Missouri!

    October 23, 2019 at 3:55 pm
    • Reply Brooke

      Hello Robbin! We are so offended because we are are those people who have white cabinets now! lol, I am so kidding! I love that everyone can have different styles and opinions. While we do love lighter cabinets, I feel like we wanted to be different on this build and go bold. I do agree, there is just an elegance the darker cabinets bring to a kitchen.

      October 23, 2019 at 4:14 pm
  • Reply Laurielulu

    Hi! I’m a fairly new follower. I really love your IG posts. I am a native Californian and generally feel we have different esthetic than other regions. I appreciate it all (well don’t hate me, I’m not a fan of super farm house) Your Henry and fam are quite the builders. If I had a Henry I’d be building all the time too 😛 Brooke, I so appreciate your happy and positive personality. I restored our families 100+ year old colonial that my great grandmother, grandmother and now my mother have owned/lived in. There was only one bad update made in the 50’s by my grandmother. The original kitchen/butlers pantry has shaker cabinets painted a creamy color like your first choice. I LOVE it! But I get the trend for the dark and moody, so pretty. I’m not a big blue person so I prefer the dazzling green WOW what a color.

    Have I rambled long enough? Can’t wait to see what you choose 🤩🤩

    October 23, 2019 at 8:37 pm
    • Reply Brooke

      Hello Laurielulu! Thank you so much for the kind words and we are so glad you have found us! We don’t hate you at all, we love the fact that all people have different styles and opinions.
      I bet your great grandmother’s home is gorgeous and has so much character. I hope you checked out the article on what we chose, we did go bold!

      October 24, 2019 at 12:21 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    Farrow and Ball is the way to go- I’ll never use any other brand of paint! I recently had my kitchen cabinets redone by a local cabinet refinisher in Farrow and Ball’s “Duck Green” and it is such a lovely, high-quality color!

    February 25, 2021 at 4:50 pm
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