The Best Kitchen Paint Colors for Selling Your House

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By Clever Real Estate Updated October 21, 2021


Yellow, pink, and blue kitchen cabinets with pink and blue striped walls. (Hint: the best kitchen paint colors aren't any of these!)

If you're looking for the best kitchen paint colors to sell your home, you are in the right place! An important part of selling your home is decorating it to look its best. One of the most essential parts of staging a home is making sure that it is wearing a nice, fresh coat of paint.

If you are going to invest time and money into repainting your kitchen as a part of the staging process for selling your house, then it is totally worth it to make sure that it is a color that will help get you the best price for your home.

Here are the best colors to choose from:


Brown is one of the best colors that potential buyers like to see. This is because brown gives off an earthy, warm tone that puts people at ease. Since the kitchen is one of the primary gathering places in the home, it makes sense that you would want it to feel this way.

Brown is a versatile paint color. You can nicely pair brown paint with wooden cabinets and drawers of any grain. However, you can also match it with stainless steel appliances. It all depends on what kind of look you would like in your kitchen.

When selecting a brown for your kitchen, be sure to choose a woody brown like Grounded from Sherwin-Williams or Auberge from Benjamin Moore, as to not miss out on the specific type of ambiance you want to create.


White kitchens are classic! They are also very easy to clean. Why do you think that chefs wear white? This because no matter the stain, no matter the spill, white is easy to clean up in a hurry.

A nice, fresh coat of white paint can work wonders on your kitchen. It can immediately brighten up one of the most used areas of your home. This also gives it a boost of purpose.

White is also a great color for decorating, as marble or granite countertops stand out beautifully from white walls, as do stainless steel appliances.

When picking whites for your kitchen, the starker the better. You should pick something like Benjamin Moore's Decorator’s White or Sherwin-Williams' White Flour.


Many people associate gray with cloudy days, but it doesn't have to be dull!

When you are putting together a new look for your kitchen, a neutral color like gray will work wonders for it. Gray stands out nicely against white cabinets and can give a calming feel to an otherwise energetic space.

Gray also goes well with all colors of appliances. So whether your oven, refrigerator, and dishwasher are stainless steel, black, or white, you can be sure that they will look amazing in your gray kitchen.

The best grays for the kitchen have slightly blue-ish undertones. So, you should aim to use a color like Benjamin Moore's Iced Slate or Sherwin-Williams' Morning Fog when picking your hues.


Black is chic. It always will be.

When repainting your kitchen black, you are opening yourself up to endless accenting possibilities. Black is a bold choice, but it is also a great one if you have bold taste. If your appliances are a bright color (red, for example) the contrast to black paint can give your kitchen a daring, professional feel.

Black paint also highly compliments white marble countertops, as the classic black and white combo like this one never goes out of style. Black also looks great with the very common stainless steel appliances, giving your kitchen an instant modern upgrade.

Some homeowners choose to use black simply for an accent wall to make things like their white cabinets pop.

Not all black paints are created equally. Check out the likes of Benjamin Moore's Black Beauty and Bohemian Black from Sherwin-Williams so you can achieve the look you want.


Beige is a great color to paint your kitchen simply because it's neutral. The average American spends a lot of time in their kitchen. Because of this, you want the space to be one that is relaxing. This is why beige is the perfect color for your kitchen; it is a color that doesn’t mind just existing in the background.

To get the right look for your kitchen, you should stick with light beiges like Soft Beige, Dhurrie Beige, or Creamy Beige.


Red is definitely a statement color when it comes to kitchens. Even though it's definitely bold, it doesn’t need to be overwhelming. This is because you can use red just on a statement wall or all over to compliment cherry wood cabinets and drawers. The possibilities with red are endless!

When choosing a red for your kitchen, you do have to be careful. This is why it’s a good idea to pick softer reds like King’s Red if you are going to paint your entire kitchen one color. If you feel like doing only an accent wall, then a deep, bold red like Heritage Red is the perfect color for you.


Sometimes darker blues like navy blue can be too much for a kitchen. Their deep tones can feel too serious and make a room that you spend a lot of time in feel closed-off and heavy. To avoid this, many people choose to go the brighter route when repainting their kitchens to sell their homes.

Coral, light blues like turquoise add an airiness and space to kitchens that darker colors simply are not able to. When deciding what shade of blue to paint your kitchen, consider the mood you would like to put across.

If you are feeling tropical, then a blue like Dynamic Blue or Blue Lapiscould be the perfect color for your kitchen, especially if the cabinets are white. If you are feeling cheerful, then a blue more like Chesapeake Blue is the right color for your kitchen.

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Looking to sell your home? The Realtors at Clever know all about what color to paint your kitchen. We can’t wait to work with you! Call us today at 1-833-2-CLEVER or fill out our online form to get started.

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