Fresh Looks in the Kitchen

The kitchen is a favorite room for friends and family to gather for conversation. Give them something to talk about with a new look and a fresh coat of paint.

Dark grey Island and grey and brown counters in luxury kitchen

Set the Tones

Add some flavor to the kitchen with two-toned cabinetry. Create contrast by painting upper cabinets black and leaving lower cabinets in their natural wood. Tone-on-tone cabinetry is an easy changeup with dramatic benefits.

White Island and counters in luxury kitchen

Jazz Up Terrazzo, Magnify Marble

If you’ve fallen for the return of terrazzo, make it pop in your kitchen with the right paint. Find a vibrant fleck of color in your terrazzo flooring or countertop and use it to paint the walls or cabinets. The look is elegant with a dash of fun. If you’re smitten with large swaths of marble featuring wide veins, make it stand out through a neutral color scheme. Paint walls and cabinets in white or cream to draw out the vivid details of a marble countertop and backsplash.

marble island and white counters in luxury kitchen

Reinvent White

White kitchens never really go out of style; they just get reinvented. Today, light grays and gentle creams can replace white for a softer ambiance. You don’t have to completely redo your kitchen to get the look. Paint kitchen walls in one of the new neutrals and leave cabinets and island white. The contrast adds depth to the décor. Another option: Paint one wall of the kitchen a vibrant color and leave the rest white. This is especially effective for accenting an eating nook.

small dining and kitchen, blue walls

Warm up the Wood

From floors to ceiling beams to open shelving, natural (and faux) woods bespeak an easygoing charm suitable for so many styles. Think of the wood features in your kitchen as the stars, and let paint play an award-winning supporting role. Sage or cream cabinetry complements a farmhouse kitchen with a large wood island and wide-plank floors. Navy and red bring intensity to a traditional kitchen mixing antiques and carved woodwork. Cool blues and yellows reinforce the open, airy nature of a contemporary kitchen with pale-wood flooring and shelving.


  1. Are Homburg Gray and Pewter Green in the same color palette? Would Homburg Gray make a good color for a foyer and hallway that have natural light? Would Pewter Green be a good color for a master bedroom?

    Diane Bragg
    • Sherwin-Williams

      Hi Diane, we’d like to get a better sense of this space before making a recommendation. Please fill out the form for a free Virtual Color Consultation here.

  2. My kitchen walls and cabinets are painted Snowbound. The counters are white marble with gray veining. The backsplash is white subway tile. The backsplash above the stove is a light gray small tile. I would like to paint the lower cabinets a shade of blue to add some color to the room. The dining room which is open to the kitchen is painted Agreeable Gray with Extra white trim. I saw a photo on the SW site that used Downing Slate. I was also considering some darker shades but would like to still have a gray tint. Could you make suggestions to consider?

    • Sherwin-Williams

      Hi Doris, We love the palette you have in your kitchen. Downing Slate would work but also take a look at:

      Storm Cloud SW 6249
      Before the Storm SW 9564
      Serious Gray SW 6258


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