Kitchen Paint Colors With Maple Cabinets (12 Options)

Maple cabinets are a distinctive, eye-catching feature in any kitchen. The other elements in the kitchen, from the lighting, flooring, and countertops, can add or detract from the beauty of the cabinets. 

Kitchen interior with maple cabinets, center island and stainless steel appliances

However, changing out these major elements takes a significant investment of time and money.  Before you resort to a major kitchen renovation or throw up your hands in disgust, consider painting the walls in your kitchen.

In this article, you’ll learn about different options for kitchen color schemes, and the most popular kitchen paint colors to pair with maple cabinets.[toc] 

Quick Look – Paint Colors That Go With Maple Cabinets

White Cream
Greige Light-gray
Green-gray Blue-gray
Classic gray Mint-green
Terracotta Light yellow
Pale Pink Lavender

Kitchen Color Schemes With Maple Cabinets

Huge kitchen with wooden cabinets and white tile flooring

Before you can choose a color scheme for the walls around your maple cabinets, it’s important to understand what kind of wood you’re working with.

While there are over one hundred different species of maple worldwide, most kitchen cabinets in America come from the same type of tree: Hard MapleThis species, which is also called Rock, or Sugar Maple, produces beautiful wood that is also highly durable. 

Kitchen with yellow lighting white appliances and maple cabinets

Maple cabinets can be made from planks cut from the center of the tree, or closer to the bark. The core or center of the tree is called the heartwood, and this can be a very deep, dark, reddish-brown. 

In contrast, planks cut from the sapwood that surrounds the core have a very light white color with reddish-brown flecks. See our guide to what color to paint for white cabinets for more ideas. Both heartwood and softwood will change in color as they age. Heartwood maple is very dark when installed and generally mellows a bit as the years pass, becoming less intense. 

Light-colored softwood will deepen from a light white to a creamy yellow, and then to a glowing honey-like color. The color and material of your countertops and kitchen floor make up two large components of your color scheme. 

Kitchen Color Scheme For White Maple

white kitchen interior with white maple cabinets

New maple is a creamy white color with pink or light-red streaks. If there are other red or pink elements in your existing color scheme, you can use a neighboring color from the pink/red family to tie all the elements together. 

If the rest of your kitchen is made up of neutral colors or white and black elements, use yellow or orange paint to introduce warmth and prevent a sterile, commercial feel. With light-colored floors and cabinets, keep the design feeling breezy and open by choosing gray or blue-tinged white shades.

Color For Honey Maple Cabinets

A kitchen with wooden interior and gray walls

As maple ages, it takes on a honeyed, amber glow. Bold or bright colors don’t mesh well with wood of this color. Stick to muted or faded tones with a touch of brown or gray to sustain the homey, hearth-like appearance of your kitchen. 

Stay away from blue and blueish-purple paint, as it clashes with the yellow undertones of this cabinetry, leading to a slightly jarring effect. Yellowy greens pick up the glow of maple-hued cabinets and spread it around your room for a cohesive, woodsy look. 

A kitchen iterior with maple cabinets center island and appliances

Avoid mustard yellows, as they have too much brown in them. The brown undertones will compete with your cabinets rather than showing them off. 

Marigold tones pair well with this wood, especially when there aren’t a lot of exposed walls. A little bit of yellow goes a long way. 

Popular Paint Colors With Maple Cabinetry

Kitchen with maple cabinets and black appliances

Kitchen cabinets not only need to support some of the heaviest items in your household, but they are also highly visible. 

Maple is an obvious choice for quality, long-lasting cabinets due to its durability and the natural beauty of its grain, so it’s not unusual to purchase an older home and find maple cabinets that look like they could have been installed yesterday. 

The problem is, that trends change over time, and trends in kitchen decor have a much shorter lifespan than these cabinets do. When paired with old, tired paint, this wood cabinetry can look dated or unfashionable, despite having years of life left in it. 

Wooden kitchen interior with gray walls

Check out our recommendations for the most popular, timeless, and trendy kitchen paint colors to pair with your cabinets for a current and up-to-date look. Read more about the best kitchen paint colors here.

Acacia Haze

The Haven line from Sherwin-Williams consists of misty, unobtrusive earth tones, reminiscent of the edges of a forest on a sunless day. 

Acacia haze SW 9132

Quiet and calming, Sherwin Williams Acacia Haze (SW 9132) is a greenish-gray hue that will provide contrast to the reddish tones in your wooden cabinets. Choose it for a cozy cottage feel in your room design

Perfect Penny

From Behr’s 2022 collection comes an earthy terracotta paint that lives up to its promise of perfection when paired with this cabinetry.

Perfect Penny (S180-6)

Rather than the almost aggressive quality of some terracotta-colored paints, Behr’s Perfect Penny (S180-6) is quiet and subtle. 

The pinkish-red undertones of this paint make it an ideal choice to pair with any color maple, and you can expect it to look great even as the wood changes color with age. 

Classic Gray

Classic grey OC-23

A true neutral from Benjamin Moore’s Off-White collection, Classic Grey (OC-23) is, well, a classic. Sophisticated without being pretentious, versatile but not at all blah, a coat of Classic Grey paint next to these cabinets updates your kitchen without trying too hard to be trendy. 

This is an especially good choice if you’re getting the house ready for sale, as bold paint choices can make it difficult for potential buyers to imagine themselves in the space. 

Paint With Dark Maple Cabinetry

Kitchen interior with beige walls center table with chairs and dark maple cabinets

Dark maple cabinets are beautiful but can overwhelm a kitchen with few windows or not enough lighting. See our gallery of the best kitchen wall colors with dark cabinets here.

To make the most of the light you do have, turn to bright and light neutrals. Skip plain whites in favor of light grays or pale, creamy yellows to help dark maple stand out. 

To soften the look of dark maple, consider a  very light blush-colored paint. This will help draw attention to the lighter red streaks in the wood rather than the dark brown, leading to an overall lightened effect. 

For more related ideas check out what color countertops go with maple cabinets.

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