Painting kitchen cupboards? Here are 5 stylish colour schemes to copy

If you are planning on painting kitchen cupboards, get inspired by these gorgeous ideas...

Painting kitchen cupboards ideas
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Painting kitchen cupboards, whether they are base or wall, is the best way to update units that you really don’t like. Or if you rent or can’t afford to replace your own it is an easy makeover. It’s a perfectly acceptable thing to do and with paint technology being so good these days you can use a satin wood finish that will do the job well. We’ve put five gorgeous colour ideas together – which will you choose?

For more kitchen ideas head over to our gallery and if you are after more advice on painting kitchen cupboards check out our guide. 

1. Paint kitchen cabinets in a stylish dusky pink

Painting kitchen cupboards ideas

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Dusky pink is a timeless shade that won’t date or ‘Painted Powder’ which is this colour’s name from Burbidge kitchens. A pink that has a hint of blue in it has a cooler feel. This makes it a good choice for a south-facing room – you can essentially ‘cool’ it down with a tone like this. It is a really easy-on-the-eye colour that’s easy to accessorise and it looks fabulous with this marble worktop and splashback. The chrome handles look great with it too. 

If you love pink as much as we do, make sure you check out our pink room ideas feature too. 

2. Mix grey and white for a classic look 

Painting kitchen cupboards ideas

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Grey is still such a popular colour (this one is called Natural Slate) and it’s easy to see why. It pretty much goes with any colour and as long as you match it to a similar tone you’re on to a winner! We love the idea shown here of painting the drawers a contrasting colour – why not give it a go?

For more grey kitchen ideas head over to our gallery. 

3. Mix neutrals with painted kitchen cupboards

Painting kitchen cupboards ideas

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Not all of us yearn after bolds and brights, and beautiful neutrals definitely offer a calming feel to a room. Yet choosing the right shades can be a minefield, as there are so many shades of white and cream to choose from! The walls in this kitchen are painted in this lovely warming shade called Mushroom 142, which perfectly complements the units which are painted in Flint 236, both by Little Greene. 

4. Pick out the perfect shade of blue 

Interior stylist, Beam’s kitchen was previously quite dark and dingy, the units were wood effect and the worktop black with square slate style splashback tiles. She set about giving it a revamp by covering the worktop in white wood textured Fablon and painting the units in Annie Sloan’s Louis Blue. The splashback tiles got a coat of white paint to lighten them up – it looks fabulous don’t you think? 

5. Go for a dramatic look with dark green 

Painting kitchen cupboards ideas

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When your kitchen is as bright and airy as this one you can afford to go dark with your units. These units are from the Shaker kitchen range at Harvey Jones and are painted in Dulux’s Highland Green – they will paint their units in any colour you like, and will repaint them at a later date if you change your mind a few years later. This shade looks fabulous with the white walls, worktop and shelving and warmth is added to the scheme with the dark wood flooring. 

Love the look of this kitchen? You are going to want to check out our shaker kitchens feature next. 

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