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Publication Date: 2015-04-30

Design Insights

7 Great Paint Colors for a Kitchen

It doesn't have to be white. Use a gutsy blue or an ethereal green to bring beauty to this multifunctional space.

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Photography: Quentin Bacon

1. Blue: White Carrara marble countertops, finished with a traditional ogee edge, set off cabinets painted Benjamin Moore's Champion Cobalt in this Bridgehampton, New York, kitchen.

Photography: Jeremy Samuelson

2. Black: Dark cabinetry painted Benjamin Moore's Midsummer Night creates a classic Edwardian feeling in a San Francisco kitchen designed by Stephen Shubel.

Photography: Annie Schlechter

3. Gray: This multi-purpose New Jersey kitchen designed by Caitlin Wilson all comes together thanks to its consistent hue, Benjamin Moore's Natura in Silhouette.

Photography: Eric Piasecki

5. Pale Powder: The subtle color in this kitchen designed by Katie Ridder brings a coziness to the space, but doesn't distract from its traditional style.

Photography: David Duncan Livingston

4. Burnt Orange: The cabinets, painted in Benjamin Moore Aura in Salsa Dancing, bring drama to this California kitchen are. "We started with the tile, and that launched the color scheme," designer Melanie Coddington says. "It's paprika and black on cream, hand-painted with a simple design — not too busy and not too plain."

Photography: Eric Piasecki

5. Pale Powder: The subtle color in this kitchen designed by Katie Ridder brings a coziness to the space, but doesn't distract from its traditional style.

Photography: Eric Piasecki

6. Green: In a Purchase, New York, kitchen, designer Gideon Mendelson created a green gingham ceiling that giving a classic white kitchen some major personality. "And it brings extremely high ceilings down to a more comfortable place," he says.

7. Red: This otherwise neutral kitchen designed by Beverly Ellsley gets a dose of energy from a vibrant red.

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