Most kitchen cabinets these days are wood-tone, or white, or mayyybe grey — but that doesn't mean yours have to be. If you choose to think about it that way, a cabinet is like a canvas, just waiting for a creative touch from you, the kitchen artist. To get your creative juices flowing, here are twelve ways to paint your cabinets that are anything but boring.
Above: Rainbow-colored cabinet fronts transform a kitchen from Elle Decoration, via Design Milk. This is a great way to make your kitchen really stand out without spending a ton of money. Note that most everything else in the kitchen is white, which keeps the attention on the colorful elements and keeps the effect from being too overwhelming.
In this kitchen from Marie Claire Maison, drawer fronts are painted in different brilliant colors, which echo the painted backsplash and the deep blue cabinets on the adjoining wall.
At his Manhattan apartment, spotted on Domino, designer Temo Callahan had an artistic friend paint the cabinet fronts in his tiny kitchen, with impressive results.
From Mad & Bolig, here's a fun way to spruce up dated wood cabinets: paint the cabinet doors in a cheerful, glossy hue. This sets up a nice contrast between the colored elements and the wood elements, and also saves you a lot of trouble painting the cabinet bases.
In this kitchen from House & Garden, a single contrasting cabinet door adds a playful touch.
From A Beautiful Mess, here's a clever idea for adding a bit of color to your kitchen: paint the inside of your cabinets. You may be the only one who knows about that bright pop of color, but it'll make you smile every time you open your cabinets.
From Casa Vogue, another kitchen with contrasting drawer fronts and cabinet doors.
This Italian kitchen from Hay In Style takes contrasting upper and lower cabinets to a new level. The bottom cabinet bases are painted to match the black countertop and sink, while the doors, painted sky blue, almost seem to float. The red handles make a perfect finishing touch.
Cleverly half-painted cabinets add a little color to this kitchen from Femina. (Notice how the color of the cabinets echoes the green of the painted floor below.)
Never underestimate the power of shine. Dark, glossy cabinets steal the show in this kitchen from Mad & Bolig.
From Architectural Digest via Casinha Colorida, here's a look I love: cabinets painted the same color as the walls (and maybe the ceiling, too). It's a beautiful, immersive look that feels at once classic and fresh.