Kitchen with pale gray cabinets, white backsplash, stainless appliances.

NEUTRAL KITCHEN COLOR IDEAS

Using neutral kitchen colors can create a timeless, tranquil and spacious feeling in the room you cook and entertain in. Neutral kitchen color schemes can also serve as the perfect understated backdrop for dramatic appliances, exciting pops of color and on-trend natural textiles and materials. Whether you’re remodeling a kitchen for a forever home, or getting your home ready to sell, investing in a neutral kitchen can be a great aesthetic choice and produce a robust return on investment.

White kitchen with gray cabinets, natural wood island and stainless appliances. White kitchen with gray cabinets, natural wood island and stainless appliances.

WHAT ARE NEUTRAL COLORS FOR A KITCHEN?

Whites, grays, beiges, soft sage greens and even black shades are common in neutral kitchen color palettes. Whites can help make a room feel clean and bright. Grays and beiges can bring warmth and coziness to a kitchen space. If you’re looking for ways to bring the outdoors in, sage greens help create a serene, natural feeling. Black done thoughtfully can make a striking statement.

WHAT ARE NEUTRAL KITCHEN CABINET COLORS?

Because they’re a visually prominent feature in a kitchen, cabinets provide the perfect opportunity to make a color statement. White cabinets are a perennial favorite. They can add lightness and airiness to a kitchen, work beautifully with a variety of countertop materials and they can be a subtle counterpoint to an interesting backsplash. At the other end of the spectrum, black cabinets can help create a sophisticated, dramatic vibe. Pair them with brass hardware to warm them up. 

If the idea of a bolder neutral—black, pewter, sage, even navy—is compelling, but you’re afraid that a dark neutral will be too heavy for your space, consider painting an island or the lower cabinets a darker hue and leave the upper cabinets white. The dark color can add interest and help ground the room without being overwhelming.

Between white and black there’s a whole world of neutral grays and beiges that can help you tell your kitchen color story. Grays can lean blue, green or brown and come in soft or saturated hues to accommodate different neutral kitchen color schemes. Beiges will easily add warmth to a space and can provide a beautiful canvas for strong pops of color, or bold accents.

Kitchen with dark gray cabinets and stainless commercial-style range Kitchen with dark gray cabinets and stainless commercial-style range

HOW DO YOU STYLE A NEUTRAL KITCHEN?

Whatever your kitchen style—mid-century, farmhouse, modern, traditional, or eclectic— a neutral color scheme can provide a beautiful backdrop for your decor. Adding appliances in complementary finishes and colors along with countertops, hardware and backsplashes in a mix of textures and materials, all help create an inspired look and feel. 

SHOP KITCHENAID® MAJOR APPLIANCES
IN NEUTRAL COLORS AND FINISHES

If you’re remodeling your kitchen yourself and purchasing new appliances, keep in mind that kitchen appliances play a star role in every kitchen’s decor. In addition to being key to the performance of the space, they’re important visual/style pieces as well. When you're considering major appliances for your kitchen remodel, think about finishes. KitchenAid brand offers major appliances in white, stainless steel and black stainless—with smudge resistant Printshield Finish—to work seamlessly with any neutral palette.

SHOP KITCHENAID® PANEL-READY APPLIANCES

Panel ready appliances are a great way to enhance a sleek, monochromatic look in a kitchen. Just affix an exterior panel to the appliance that matches surrounding cabinetry for a wall-to-wall cabinet look. Find panel ready options from KitchenAid brand for dishwashers, undercounter refrigeration and more.

SHOP KITCHENAID® COUNTERTOP APPLIANCES
FOR NEUTRAL COLOR SCHEMES

When you’re remodeling a kitchen space, don’t overlook what goes on the countertop. The iconic KitchenAid® stand mixer comes in over 40 unique colors, including neutrals. Add additional small appliances like hand mixers and blenders, in neutral shades to complete a seamless, neutral kitchen design. 

NEUTRALS TO FIT ANY SIZE KITCHEN

The size of your space will also influence how you style your kitchen and the color scheme you use as well. Whites are great for small kitchens. They can make a space feel more continuous and unified. Using glossy finishes will reflect light, giving the space a sense of lightness and openness. If you want to bring color into a small kitchen, add a backsplash with color, or paint an accent wall. Painting a larger space, like an open concept kitchen, with a neutral shade will help it blend in seamlessly with surrounding areas, creating a cohesive look and feel in your home.

KitchenAid® beetroot stand mixer on white countertop KitchenAid® beetroot stand mixer on white countertop

HOW DO YOU ADD COLOR TO A NEUTRAL KITCHEN?

There are so many great ways to bring color into a neutral space. Add a colorful woven rug, a painting, or a beautiful banquette cushion. Natural colors and textures are very much on trend. Consider bringing nature’s colors in with houseplants, or an indoor herb garden. Accent an all-white kitchen with a backsplash created with hand painted tiles. 

Adding a colorful small appliance to your countertop is a simple way to add an exclamation point to a neutral kitchen. Personalize a KitchenAid® stand mixer in your favorite color, add a bowl in a matching print or complementary color, engrave it and suddenly a neutral kitchen has a fun personality.

White kitchen with stainless steel built-in oven and range White kitchen with stainless steel built-in oven and range

WHAT IS THE MOST POPULAR COLOR FOR A KITCHEN?

White continues to be the most popular choice for a kitchen. There are so many ways to customize a white kitchen so it’s easy to see why people gravitate to white. Subtle shifts in shades of white can make a big impact and change the mood and style of the room. Make whites cool and modern with glossy countertops and sleek, stainless appliances. Or, shift to creamier whites, reclaimed woods, an appliance in a soft green color and brass cabinet hardware for a warmer traditional, or farmhouse vibe.

EXPLORE KITCHENAID® APPLIANCES WITH COLOR

Whether you’re looking to create a bold statement with a commercial-range in a designer color, or punctuate your kitchen with a pop of countertop color, KitchenAid brand offers all the latest appliance colors.

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