My Favorite Non-White Kitchen Cabinet Paint Colors

While I love a white kitchen as much as the next girl, and I still find them timeless, I’m noticing a trend towards kitchen cabinets that aren’t white.  And I like it.  I’m seeing a lot of light, warm gray/greige/taupe colors trending on kitchen cabinets, and I think they’re a great look.  They still give you a light and airy feeling, but they offer a bit more warmth and dare I say, interest, to them.  And you all know, that I love painting cabinets in colors that I don’t come across on a regular basis.  It keeps things interesting.  With this trend, I thought I’d share some of my favorite non-white cabinet paint colors.

My Favorite Non-White Kitchen Cabinet Paint Colors

Apparition (Benjamin Moore)

Apparition, a Benjamin Moore color, is another one that gives a new take on non-white kitchen cabinet colors.  This tone on tone look is so appealing to me, and I love the cabinets paired with a lighter countertop.  If I had my way, this is the direction I would go if I were building a home or remodeling a kitchen.
My Favorite Non-White Cabinet Colors - Apparition - Benjamin Moore

I’m not sure how I feel about the trim being painted the same color as the cabinets throughout the rest of the room, but it’s growing on me.

Purbeck Stone (Farrow and Ball)

The Europeans seem to have high end kitchens down to a science, and Humphrey Munson is one of my favorites to watch for kitchen trends.  I’m absolutely smitten with this kitchen color combination of Purbeck Stone and Downpipe on the built in hutch (both are Farrow and Ball colors).  Don’t even get me started on that stunning marble backsplash above the stove.Farrow and Ball Purbeck and Downpipe Kitchen Cabinets

Edgecomb Gray (Benjamin Moore)

Edgecomb Gray is another color that plays well with lighter countertops.  I have this color on my own cabinets, and I have to give the caveat that with darker countertops, it doesn’t have the same look and feel.  It reads as more of a creamy white (which is why it leaves me aching for new countertops and backsplash).  But, in the right context, it’s a stunner.  Not that I don’t like it, I just wish the color read the same way as it does in this kitchen.Edgecomb Gray Kitchen Cabinets

Here’s another shot of this beautiful kitchen.  Such a subtle stunner, isn’t it?

Hardwick White (Farrow and Ball)

Again with the stunning European kitchens.  These cabinets are painted in Hardwick White, and you can see by looking at the walls, that it’s not a white by any means.  Again, very subtle and classic, without being white.  I think this kitchen really demonstrates what I’m talking about, in that the non-white kitchen cabinet color gives this kitchen a bit more depth and interest.  So very elegant.Non-White Kitchen Cabinet Paint Colors - Hardwick White - Farrow and Ball

Mindful Gray (Sherwin Williams)

While the color is subtle, I think that’s what I love about it.  Mindful Gray (Sherwin Williams) is a warm gray that pairs well with white perimeter cabinets, as in this photo, or all by itself.

Non-white Kitchen Cabinet Paint Colors - Mindful Gray (Sherwin Williams)

Revere Pewter (Benjamin Moore)

Of course, I can’t go through non-white kitchen cabinet paint colors without mentioning Revere Pewter.  It is such a classic, whether on walls or cabinetry.  Here you can see how stunning it is with light cabinets in Kayla’s kitchen from Painted by Kayla Payne.  And the hardware she chose really makes it shine even more.

Favorite Non-White Kitchen Cabinet Paint Colors - Revere Pewter (Benjamin Moore)


This kitchen embodies exactly what I’m talking about, when I say that a kitchen can be light, bright and timeless with cabinets that aren’t white.  It’s so classic and elegant, I can hardly stand it.  The paint color on the perimeter cabinets is Flagstone, but this is via Houzz, and they didn’t provide the paint company.  It also might be a color that is associated with the cabinet maker, I can’t be sure.  Either way, if you find a color that is from a cabinet maker, you can always have it color matched if you’re looking to have your kitchen cabinets painted.  That’s what I did when I painted my kitchen cabinets.

Anew Gray (Sherwin Williams)

I know I have mentioned this color before, but I still can’t get it out of my mind, it’s so pretty.  Anew Gray is a light, but warm gray/beige, it plays well with existing beige and brown finishes, while still giving you a modern look.  I know a lot of you have a lot of brown finishes in your home that aren’t going away anytime soon, and choosing the right color is key to keeping it current without drawing further attention to it in a negative way.  Check out this Anew Gray kitchen here.

Gray Painted Kitchen Cabinets Sherwin Williams

Fieldstone (Benjamin Moore)

Fieldstone (Benjamin Moore) is another kitchen cabinet color that falls outside of the lines of the “norm”, but is striking and different as well.

Go Custom 

This kitchen caught my eye, and when I looked for the information on the color, it is listed as “Glidden’s Barley Beige, 50% darker.”  So, if you’re struggling with finding the perfect color, consider going custom and essentially, create your own color.  Your options are endless!

There were a lot of kitchens at Homearama 2018 that fell into the category of non-white cabinets.  Do you remember any of them?

I don’t know the color of these cabinets, but you can see that they’re similar to some of the colors I’ve shared here.  I fell in love with this kitchen on the tour.  It’s set up for entertaining, but is also so polished and pretty.

Large kitchen with greige cabinets

This is another greige kitchen that I remember loving on the tour.  The brass hardware, brick wall and wood finishes really tie it all together beautifully.

Greige kitchen with island

What do you think of the trend of non-white kitchen cabinets?  Are you on board, or still on the sidelines about it?  Would you choose to redo or build a kitchen like this?



  • Reply
    Mike Belk
    January 10, 2019 at 7:08 am

    Personally, I like to see color in the kitchen. Not sure about blue or purple islands, but definite color contrast from the cabinetry and the tile and even the countertops, it is nice to see color in the kitchen design.

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    January 10, 2019 at 8:27 am

    Pretty examples…I never get tired of looking at kitchens! Although, white is still my first choice, I do love the grays too. Enjoy the rest of your week!

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    January 10, 2019 at 8:33 am

    I’m on board with non-white cabinets! Mine are painted Loggia (SW from Lowe’s). My trim is painted the same color, and my island is painted navy blue (Salty Dog SW).

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      January 10, 2019 at 12:50 pm

      That sounds like a gorgeous color combination Peggy! I love navy blue, and I’ll bet it looks really sophisticated with the Loggia!

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      March 16, 2019 at 6:34 pm

      I’m looking at painting my oak cabinets loggia. Can you post a pic? Thank you

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    January 10, 2019 at 1:36 pm

    I’ve never been a fan of white for my own kitchen. I had one in our previous house and hated it! I was constantly having to wipe down the cabinets. I’m not a fan of my current kitchen and we are in the process of having it completely gutted and I chose wood cabinets but also am talking to the cabinet maker about possibly a color as I like either look.

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    Gayle Eatchel
    January 10, 2019 at 5:36 pm

    I currently have yellow oak cabinets and I hate them. They are extra tall and makes my kitchen look like they are stuck in 1980, YUCKY! Problem is that my husband loves natural wood. We plan on selling our home in two to three years. I am going to have a real estate agent over asap so we can get an appraisal. I really hope that will help in changing his mind. Please PRAY for me!!! I absolutely love every kitchen you displayed they’re all stunning.

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    Karin M
    February 4, 2019 at 2:56 pm

    I have orangy wood trim. Ugh! Any recommendations on what color to paint the cabinets?

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      February 4, 2019 at 11:18 pm

      I look at paint colors for cabinets and try to cue off of existing finishes in the kitchen – floors, counters, etc… That’s the best way to draw colors for the cabinets that will work with the room as a whole.

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    February 24, 2019 at 11:10 am

    Beautiful examples!!!

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    Mary Evans
    March 21, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    So very beautiful. My countertop in this house is the same at in this house you just completed. I was wanting to,paint them white and not sure how they would look, you have show me Howe beautiful my kitchen would look, thank you for sharing this lovely kitchen.
    Blessings, Mary

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    Dorothy Gibson
    September 26, 2019 at 2:31 pm

    Could you kindly help me out.
    I had my kitchen cabinets painted Gray Screen by SW.
    I just can’t get used to it.
    I wish they were a white.
    Every time I look at them I see blue not gray.
    I am so frustrated.
    Kindly advise.


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      October 2, 2019 at 2:46 pm

      Send me a photo – maybe adjusting the wall color will help? Is repainting an option? Painter’s remorse is the worst!

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    October 7, 2019 at 9:53 pm

    May I ask you a question? I have black appliances and black floor and black countertops(alot of black I know). I want to paint my cabinets and walls in my kitchen, what colors would you recommend?

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