Kitchen Cabinet Colors: Avoid These 8 HUGE Mistakes in 2024.

Jan 06, 2024By Tyler Bains
Tyler Bains

Your kitchen is the heart of your home, and the color of your cabinets can make or break its vibe. In this article, we'll dive into the seven common kitchen cabinet color mistakes you need to steer clear of in 2024. Let's make sure your kitchen doesn't become a design disaster!

Mistake #1: Testing, Skip the Swatch, Feel the Shadeasas

One major error is not bringing your chosen colors home for a test run. Your kitchen has its own personality with unique lighting and surroundings. So, before committing, test those paint samples in your kitchen to avoid surprises.

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Mistake #2: Defaulting to White Cabinets: Time to Break the Trend?

While white cabinets are sleek and versatile, don't default to them without exploring other options. With 399 other paint colors out there, consider something different to add personality and uniqueness to your kitchen.

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Mistake #3: Impractical Colors: Keeping it Real with Cleanup

Choosing impractical colors, especially for white cabinets, can be a maintenance nightmare. Keep in mind the effort needed to keep them spotless. Consider off-white shades that maintain the vibe without the constant cleaning struggle.

Mistake #4: Too Trendy, Avoid the Annual Repaint Ritual

Being overly trendy with cabinet colors can be costly and tedious. Trends change, and keeping up with them might mean repainting every year. Choose a color you genuinely love; it's the only way to ensure it stands the test of time.

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Mistake #5: Too Expensive, Avoid the Color of the Year Trap

Picking the color of the year might seem exciting, but it's an expensive habit. Instead, go for colors that resonate with you, ensuring you won't tire of them quickly. As a friend once said, "It'll only go out of style if you get sick of it."

Mistake #6: Forgetting About the Finish

The finish of your cabinets can significantly impact the overall look of your kitchen. A high-gloss finish reflects light and makes a bold statement, while a matte finish offers a more subtle, sophisticated look. Don't forget to consider the finish when choosing your cabinet color.

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Mistake #7: Picking Colors for You, Not Buyers: Future-Proofing Your Choice

If you're planning to move in the near future, think about your cabinet color choices. Opt for less saturated and polarizing colors that could appeal to a broader audience. This way, you won't need a costly repaint before selling your home.

Mistake #8: Flooring Fiasco: Don't Ignore the Ground Beneath

Your flooring is a crucial part of the color puzzle. Avoid conflicting hues by considering your floor's color when choosing cabinet shades. Leverage contrast to allow cabinets and floors to visually separate and complement each other.

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Bonus Mistake: Mixing Metals

Keep it simple with your cabinet hardware. Choose one metal finish for a cohesive look. Mixing metals can be like combining a platinum engagement ring with a gold wedding band – it might work, but simplicity often wins.

Pro Tip: I recently had a great conversation with Elsinore about kitchen hardware and cabinet painting on my channel. Check it out here for more insights!