Choosing the Perfect Kitchen Cabinet Color to Match Your Walls

Design By: Jean Stoffer Design

Like most things in life, we all want to make strict rules for interior design, but the great thing is, there are no rules. Sure, we want things to be aesthetically pleasing to the eye, but making each space and home unique is the fun of design.

A kitchen usually has a lot of cabinets which makes up a big portion of the room. So it’s important to choose a color you will love and be happy with. There are endless possibilities of color combinations for a kitchen – some being more seamless, lighter and brighter. While others can add lots of contrast with dark cabinets and lighter walls.

A question that is somewhat challenging to some is: should you paint your kitchen cabinetry the same color as your walls when going with a lighter color palette? This is actually a great timeless look that many designers use and love. But, back to the first thing I mentioned, there is not a right or wrong answer to this question. It can sometimes be challenging to match the colors up perfectly, but here are a couple of options that might help.

Matching Wall Color to Cabinetry

There are a couple of different options for going about choosing the right paint color for kitchen cabinets. The first route would be the least expensive, but a little more challenging. I shared in stories today of how with our current kitchen we chose the style and color of our cabinets a few weeks before we decided on our wall color. We then took a sample door color to our local Lowe’s Home Improvement and matched it up with a color that had the same tone but was a bit lighter.

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Our current kitchen
Walls: Sherwin Williams Creamy

I would always recommend choosing a few different paint sample options, bringing them back to the kitchen area, and comparing them to the cabinet door in that particular setting. Keep in mind, that every house and room displays different lighting and all colors will be different under different lighting.

Although this can be a little challenging to find the perfect match to an already existing cabinet color, there are a couple of benefits to a factory color paint finish. Some say it is a better finish and lasts longer. It is also quite a bit cheaper. To do a custom color, it could possibly run you 15-20% more on your total bill.

Matching Cabinetry to Wall Color

The other option for matching cabinets to a wall color is to go with a custom color on your cabinets. Basically, it is pretty simple, you choose a paint color that you love for your walls. Well, this may be the hard part at first, but once you have a wall paint color the rest is pretty easy.

After choosing the wall paint color, you will then meet with your cabinet company to give them the paint sample and the name of what paint color you have chosen.

Design By: Jean Stoffer Design

A few things to keep in mind when going with a custom paint color. Some cabinet companies only work with certain paint companies. This is something you will want to know upfront. Make sure and ask before choosing a specific paint color.

Another thing to consider is it will take a little longer production time for a custom-painted cabinet. If you aren’t on a time crunch, this shouldn’t be a problem. Then, as mentioned previously, this will cost you more than a factory-painted color finish.

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  • Reply Sue

    Gorgeous! Would you mind sharing where the beautiful square ceiling lights are from? Thank you!

    January 27, 2020 at 3:58 pm
    • Reply Henry

      Hello Sue!
      Aren’t they gorgeous? This is actually an inspirational picture from Jean Stoffer Design.

      January 27, 2020 at 6:00 pm
  • Reply Miranda

    Hi there! So beautiful! Could you please tell me, what backsplash tile was used behind the stove? Thank you!

    March 6, 2020 at 9:25 pm
    • Reply Brooke

      Hello Miranda! It was actually just a glossy subway tile from Lowes…hope this helps!

      March 9, 2020 at 2:46 pm
  • Reply Heather

    What color are the cabinets? Gorgeous

    April 21, 2020 at 2:34 am
  • Reply Jenna lassen

    What are the cabinet colors in your current home? The dark color and the white?

    January 13, 2021 at 12:10 pm
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