Kitchen Wall Colors with Dark Cabinets (20 Paint Ideas)

Are you looking for the best kitchen wall colors for your dark cabinets? These are tasteful color schemes and paint brands that best match your cabinet color and material. Transform your kitchen’s overall look with these tasteful wall colors that best match your dark kitchen cabinets. Whether you’re looking for an upgrade or just had a new kitchen installed, our comprehensive guide will help bring the best out of your dark kitchen cabinetry.

Interior of classic black kitchen

Sometimes it just takes just a few coats of paint to shake up those worn-out walls and moody cabinets into a great-looking ensemble. But before picking up that paintbrush, consider the material, color, number of cabinets, and style you’re going before. [toc]

Kitchen Wall Colors with Dark Finish Cabinets

Black kitchen interior with dining table and chairs

Below are the best options for kitchen wall colors with dark finish cabinetry.

Gray and Black Metal Cabinets

Modern kitchen with black cabinets and center island

The safest bet for gray metal cabinets is white, as it provides contrast while not clashing with your metallic hue. But pure white can make your kitchen look cold and commercial-looking. See our guide of the best kitchen colors with gray cabinets.

Cozy it up with whites that have olive or gold undertones. For a vibrant alternative, use citron colors.

Citron Color for An Electric Vibe

Citron color for an electric vibe

Paint Color #D5C757 | Dunn-Edwards Paints. Metallic Gray cabinets can be visually depressing and cold; with a citron paint, you’ll add zest to your kitchen area while it lets your cabinets stand out. The citron color is a mixture of yellow, green, and gray hues to create a vibrant tone.

Olive Color for Spring Feel

Olive color for spring feel

Sherwin-Williams Infinity Flat Ancient Olive 6001-3a Interior Paint. Enjoy Spring all year round with this fresh and serene color that can complement any shade of gray or black.

palace green cw 520

You can also opt for a darker shade of green, such as Benjamin Moore’s Palace Green CW 520, which has the same undertones of gray, which creates a gray-on-gray effect. Use white countertops and black accents to create a contemporary look.

White Dove for Warm and Lite

white dove oc 17

Benjamin Moore White Dove OC-17. The all-time-favorite white-in-yellow undertones create a bright contrast to your gray and black metals. The savory white opens up your kitchen space and highlights your darker colors.

Black and Black for an Industrial Look

Behr Marquee Interior Matte No. 1450

Behr Marquee Interior Matte No. 1450. When you’re not afraid of going all-out black, this is your best paint choice as the matte color gives contrast to your glossy metallic sheen. Add highlights to your moody kitchen with antique brass or polished copper. Don’t forget to layer your lighting.

Blue or Blue-Green Metal Cabinets

Modern blue green kitchen with white walls and island

Blues are a fresh alternative to the conventional gray metallic cabinets, match them with a white or black surround, and you’ve got a youthful and updated look.

Chic and Fresh 

daiquiri ice

Benjamin Moore – Daiquiri Ice. The mint green color gives you a stylish and lively contrast to your darker blue, green color, and since it’s an excellent color, you can add distressed gold and black accents to enhance the space.

Sunset Safari Inspired 

Hgtv home bronwyn rust interior

HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams Bronwyn Rust Interior. Take colors from nature with a rust-colored background. With strategic lighting, your kitchen can create the perfect upbeat mood even during the night.

A Hint of Sunshine

Glidden premium paint combed cotton

Glidden Premium Paint Combed Cotton. When you love the fresh white hue with your blue or blue-green cabinets but want it in a warmer tone, this is your perfect paint color option.

And the great thing about Glidden Premium is that it’s mold and mildew-resistant, making it great for your kitchen walls.

Best Wall Colors with Painted Cabinets

Here are the best wall paint colors for your kitchen with painted cabinets.

Navy Blue to Jet Black Painted Cabinets

Modern style kitchen with black furniture and wooden floor

Neutrals are your safest option for these dark tones, such as gray and white. Black on black is a great option but opt for a degree or two lighters than your black-painted cabinets.

For a chic urban vibe, try different shades of pink such as Classic Rose (hex# fbcce7) or Salmon colors (hex#f2c19f)

Rodda Martica Vista Paint No. 0811

Rodda martica vista paint no 0811

Yellow and blue is an upbeat color scheme that works on all kitchen styles, but the combination works amazingly with French-inspired kitchens.

Sweet and Young Dulux # e9c6de

Sweet and young dulux e9c6de

It works well with charcoal to black cabinets that give it a feminine touch. The juxtaposition of black hues with lighter pink is striking and works well in traditional and modern aesthetics.

The Boho-chic Feel Farrow & Ball Cinder Rose No.246.

The boho chic feel farrow & ball cinder rose no 246

A grown-up version of your young pink hue, the lovely hue employs tangerine undertones that add a more serious air to your kitchen theme. You’ll find it loving black and gray tones.

Red Painted Cabinets

Modern design kitchen with red cabinets white walls and gray fridge

The bold color may not be as popular as its neutral counterparts but is an exciting option if you want a lively kitchen 24-7, especially if you live in a gloomy location.

Smooth White Swiss Coffee by Benjamin Moore.

Swiss coffee

White is the best mellow hue to match your vibrant color, and you’ll find the smooth white has a tinge of beige undertones that will add a cozy atmosphere to your kitchen space. Read more about beige kitchen ideas here.

Cool and Crisp Paper White OC-55, Benjamin Moore. 

Paper white oc 55

This is an excellent choice for that crisp contrast to your red-painted cabinets. The elegant color is incredibly soothing, which makes it perfect for your vibrant-colored cabinets.

Cozy Traditional. Decorator White by Sherwin Williams 7559.

Decorator white 7559

If you aim for a more vintage color scheme to go with your red-painted cabinets, the ash-white hue is your perfect partner. Use a matte finish to go with glossy red.

Best Colors with Wood Cabinets

See the best wall paint colors for your kitchen with wood cabinetry.

Cherry Red toned.

Kitchen with Cherry Red toned cabinets beige walls and dining set

Cherry cabinets have a richness to them that adds warmth to any kitchen. The homogeneous texture also features random marks with a smooth, close-grained appearance.

As cherry wood is generally a warm color, you can tone down the hue with cooler neutrals but instead of leaning towards your yellow undertones, find nude shades such as flesh hues.

Soft and Flattering Tissue Pink by Benjamin Moore 1163. 

Tissue pink 1163

It is a soft and subtle hue that beautifully complements your cherry cabinets. Similar to your ivory color but with a tinge of reddish undertones.

Timeless Greige Magnolia Soft Linen JG-108.

Magnolia soft linen jg 108

If you have a darker cherry wood cabinet, choose a wall color leaning more toward the beige spectrum. This soft white is a match for the cherry wood.

Walnut Gray toned

Remodeled kitchen boasts kitchen island with a hood gray shaker cabinets quartz counters and modern stainless steel appliances

Walnut cabinets have a fine, straight wood grain with colors ranging from deep chocolate to light reddish-gray brown. Sapwood regions that are pale yellow or light brown may also be present. Walnut has a wide range of warm, rich tones that take a variety of treatments nicely.

Relaxed and Timeless Nuance SW 7049 by Sherwin Williams.

Nuance sw 7049

Inspired by an earthly palette, the gray and yellow undertones tie with the calming Walnut gray tone.

Classic White Vivid White SW1G1 by Dulux.

Vivid white sw1g1 by dulux

For a contemporary air, the classic white of Dulux is a classic color that will go well with your walnut cabinet. It’s a practical choice if you have a lot of kitchen cabinets which opens up the space.

Choosing Kitchen Paint Colors With Dark Toned Cabinets

When looking at lighter tints, we can’t always identify what a color’s undertones are. Then, when we chose that color for our walls, the outcome was far from what we anticipated.

For example, if you despise brown, you’ll be disappointed to learn that your wall paint contains brown undertones. Read more about the best kitchen paint colors here.

Dark brown kitchen room with steel appliances and hardwood floor

Check your paint swatch. When you’re unsure of the paint’s undertone, check the darkest shade in the paint swatch, this is the true color of your paint without undertones.

Be inspired. Nothing beats tried-and-tested color schemes. Look for working kitchens that have great palettes to serve as your inspiration. You’ll also find local showrooms that give you a chance to see the hue ideas yourself up close.

Remember the Basics. Use the 60-30-10 as your guide, where 60% is your backdrop (walls, ceilings, flooring), 30% on your furniture (cabinetry), and 10% is your accents (hardware, trimmings). This is a great way to balance the color you use and keep a landscaped look.

You can always stay with a two-color scheme wherein you only use two colors for your kitchen, which is great for small to medium-sized spaces.

Create a Mood Board. Creating a mood board is a practical first step so you can have all your inspiring pieces on one board. Mood boards are great for presenting the possible shades that can work well with your style goal and immediately purge elements.

Pantones of the Year. Every year, paint companies release each of their color of the year, including trendy and relevant color schemes.

aegean teal 2136 40

This year, for instance, Benjamin Moore’s Aegean Teal 2136-40 was an instant favorite for the kitchen, and Sherwin Williams released their Urbane Bronze SW 7048. Both colors are serene and relaxed hues, just the perfect hue to be surrounded in if you’re homebound.

Urbane bronze sw 7048Urbane Bronze SW 7048 by Sherwin Williams

For more related ideas visit our kitchen paint colors with oak cabinets page.

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