If you have light kitchen countertops, you’re in luck. When you’re tackling a cabinet painting project, you can choose from a wide spectrum of colors that will coordinate beautifully with your countertops. For some, this means endless possibilities. For others, it’s an overwhelming decision.

If you’re in the latter camp, you may be wondering how to choose a new cabinet paint color to match your light countertops. Whether they’re white, cream, gray or a different color altogether, there are a few different avenues to consider to create the inviting space you want. 

Choose a Contrasting Color When Cabinet Painting

If your counters are white or light, a contrasting dark or bright color can bring drama and beauty to your kitchen, while adding visual interest. If your counters are white, hues like black, espresso or navy blue are classic options. 

If your counters are light gray, consider a deep, charcoal gray for your cabinets, or a pop of color, such as mint green, acqua or yellow. If you’re still not sure which contrasting color to choose, use an online color wheel as a resource.

Opt for a Harmonizing Color for Your Cabinets

Contrasting colors are a great choice for a larger kitchen or one filled with lots of natural light. However, if your square footage is on the smaller side, avoid dark or overly dramatic colors that can make the space feel smaller and cluttered. Instead, opt for a harmonizing color when painting your cabinets. 

These kinds of colors will flow with your light countertops. For instance, if you have white countertops, consider stripping your cabinets and sticking with the natural earth tones of the wood and refinishing them instead. Another possibility is to opt for a little color, just on the lighter side, such as a soft gray, taupe, or light blue.

Be Adventurous When Painting Your Cabinets

If you already have light, neutral countertops, you can take more of a risk with the painting color you choose for your cabinets. Yellow, for instance, is an exciting color that can add brightness and joy to your kitchen. Sky blue is another option to keep things mellow, while bringing in an element of nature. Emerald green, cranberry red, or other jewel-tones can also add personality and spice up your kitchen.

Take an All-White Approach in Your Kitchen

According to Houzz’s 2021 Kitchen Trends, among the homeowners planning to upgrade or update their kitchen cabinetry, white was still the most popular choice, coming in at 41%. If you have white countertops and a white backsplash, you can get that gleaming, bright space you want with white cabinets. However, make sure you have pops of color in your hardware, accessories, and decor throughout. Otherwise, an all-white kitchen will appear too clinical.

Don’t Forget About Hardware 

When you’re choosing a color for your cabinet painting project, factor in the new hardware, too. You want door knobs, drawer pulls and any exposed hinges to accentuate your choices, not distract or clash with them. 

If you choose a contrasting color to stand out in your kitchen, then opt for hardware that will blend in. If, however, you opted to go neutral or all-white, choose more interesting hardware that will make a statement, like a modern farmhouse look in bronze.

Consider the Rest of the Space 

Beyond the cabinets and counters, you also have to take into account the rest of your space. If your backsplash, window treatments, appliances and floors are there to stay, you want cabinets that will flow well with the rest of the space. 

Think about the vibe or aesthetic you’d like to pull off – whether it’s cozy and rustic or modern and sophisticated – and use that as your guide. If you already have a lot of color in your kitchen, it’s also best to go with a lighter or more neutral approach with a cabinet paint color, like gray or cream. This will ground your space and still give you the freedom to continue to incorporate playful touches with decor. 

Let the Cabinet Painting Experts at N-Hance® Help

At N-Hance, we can take old, worn, chipped, or beat up cabinets and make them look brand new with our custom cabinet painting service. Whether you want white or a pop of color, we’ll completely transform your space in a way that’s fast, affordable and hassle-free.

We offer an extensive palette of paints and stains, as well as finishing techniques, so you can bring your vision to life. This includes the 12 standard colors in our N-Hance Color Palette, as well as 12 standard stains. If you have a different paint or stain in mind, just bring us a sample and we’ll match it precisely. 

If you’re not quite sure which color will look best in your kitchen, N-Hance can help guide you. We’ll discuss all your cabinet painting options, your space, and your aesthetic, then make recommendations. We’ll even bring samples to your home, so you can get a better sense of which option is ideal for you. Whether you’re interested in going light and bright or dark and dramatic, we’ll help you choose a color you love. 

If you’d like to learn more about our cabinet painting services and how to choose the right color for your light countertops, call your local N-Hance at (855) 642-6230 today to set up a FREE design consultation.