Best Kitchen Colors for 2018 (Based on Data)

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Kitchen colors

Welcome to our main kitchen colors article which is a cornerstone article featured on our main kitchen remodel page.  For photos, see our massive kitchen design ideas gallery here.

The kitchen color decisions you must make include:

  • Wall color;
  • Floor color;
  • Backsplash color(s);
  • Appliance finish; and
  • Cabinet finish.

All of these elements make up the color scheme of the kitchen.  Compare that complexity with a bedroom, which really only has walls, floor, ceiling and furniture.

Given all the color decisions you must make, what are good colors for a kitchen?

You’re in luck.  We’ve analyzed over 1.7 million kitchens.  Below we set out the percentages of the different colors for each design aspect of the kitchen.  Obviously, what’s popular isn’t necessarily best, but it does provide some guidance as to what’s commonly used.

Kitchen Color Analysis

1. Top Kitchen Colors

First, we set out, based on popularity, the top kitchen colors.

Generally, and not surprisingly, white and brown (i.e. wood tone) are the most popular kitchen colors across most design features within a kitchen.

a. Overall Kitchen Color

  • Most popular:  Brown
  • 2nd most popular: White
  • 3rd most popular: Gray

b. Floor

  • Most popular:  Brown
  • 2nd most popular:  Beige
  • 3rd most popular: White

c. Backsplash

  • Most popular:  White
  • 2nd most popular:  Beige
  • 3rd most popular: Gray

d. Appliances

  • Most popular:  Stainless Steel
  • 2nd most popular:  Panel
  • 3rd most popular:  Black

e. Cabinets

  • Most popular:  White
  • 2nd most popular:  Medium Wood
  • 3rd most popular:  Dark Wood

2. Least Popular Kitchen Colors

Pink is the least popular kitchen color.  Here’s the breakdown.

a. Overall

  • Least popular:  Pink
  • 2nd least popular: Violet
  • 3rd least popular: Turquoise

b. Floor

  • Least popular:  Pink
  • 2nd least popular: Purple
  • 3rd least popular: Turquoise

c. Backsplash

  • Most least popular: Pink
  • 2nd least popular: Orange
  • 3rd least popular: Yellow

d. Appliances

  • Most least popular: Color
  • 2nd least popular: White
  • 3rd least popular: Black

e. Cabinets

  • Most least popular:  Purple
  • 2nd least popular: Turquoise
  • 3rd least popular: Orange

Kitchen Color Examples

1. Red

Red is a prominent choice for a kitchen color thanks to how it uses an intense tone all the way through. Red has a loud look to it but it is best suited for areas where white and black are mixed together. It blends in well with the colors but you have to get enough of those two to make it easier for the surface to look better. It can be dark or light in its tone too but you should choose a choice that is attractive enough to add a good look.

See all red kitchens here.

2. Orange

When aiming to get a retro-inspired kitchen, orange is a color that stands out. It has a bright look with an upbeat style to it. It can blend in with white tones and most metals. You must watch for how light gets into a kitchen with orange items though. You don’t want those colors to be too intense or to bear with lots of light getting in a spot. Also, you should clean off any stains as quickly as possible as they can tarnish an intense orange tone.

See all orange kitchens here.

3. Wood Tone

wood tone kitchen color image

A wood tone look should add a homely and comfortable look to a space. It does well with many off-white colors, particularly countertops. A wood tone look does not have to entail materials that are completely wood. Laminate veneer materials may be applied to give off a wood-like style that comes complete with wood stress marks. Make sure any wood materials that you actually get are sealed off properly so there won’t be any problems with stains or water getting into pores.

See wood-tone kitchens here.

4. Yellow

Yellow kitchen color image

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On the surface, yellow has a casual look to its design. But yellow is also a color that stands out more for how it includes an intense look all the way through. Yellow is bright and stunning with a strong appearance that gives off a look of vibrancy. It can work well in rooms that have windows as the strong yellow tone will make the sunlight even more energetic. It is a comfortable color that can go well with white walls although you can add a few darker surfaces here and there to create a better overall look.

But like with any other bright color, yellow can still stain easily. You have to be careful when using any yellow surface as it might not be appropriate in spots where stains can develop quickly.

See yellow kitchens here.

5. Green

Green kitchen color image

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We all want to go green these days. With a green kitchen, you can do just that. A green kitchen will come with a nice tone that isn’t too dark or light. You can alter the green to create a lighter lime tone or you can use a darker forest shade depending on what you might prefer. When you choose a good color, you will establish a fine look that adds a relaxed style to any kitchen. It can also be used with other white materials in an area.

See all green kitchens here.

6. Turquoise

Turquoise kitchen color image

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Blue can be a bit of an intense color in some cases. Turquoise is an option to have if you’re trying to find something a little nicer in tone. Turquoise is a combination of blue and green. It offers a look similar to what you’d see in an ocean setting. The lighter color will remind you of the beauty of the ocean. This can be used well with other light materials but it can be even better if you use it alongside wood or rope accents. It can also be used along ceramic bodies.

7. Blue


Blue materials can be organized in any space in your home. A blue surface will provide you with an attractive look that features a deep tone that makes a larger room look a little smaller. You can also use a light blue color if you want to make a small kitchen larger. Blue is very versatile but you should try and pair it with white materials around your kitchen if possible. White colors around the kitchen can add to an attractive and enticing look all around if chosen right.

See all blue kitchens here.

8. Purple

Purple kitchen color image

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When it comes to kitchens, purple is a rather unpopular color. This is because most people don’t associate purple with kitchens. Still, it can offer a grand eggplant tone that creates a striking approach to your kitchen if used right. You should see how the purple tone mixes in with metals around your kitchen.

See all purple kitchens here.

9. Pink

Pink is another color that is not as popular. Still, it could be used in a retro-inspired kitchen. It is especially great in spaces where plenty of light can be found all around here. Pink can make any small kitchen a little larger. You can even get something nice with a few metal appliances mixed in around the space. This is a comfortable and attractive choice that you are bound to enjoy having.

See all pink kitchens here.

10. Black

Black kitchen color image

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Black has become a very popular color for kitchens thanks to how it comes with a more intense look than what most other options have. Black has a deep style that is unique and fine to use in many spots. You can use black especially in a larger kitchen to help make it a little smaller. It keeps such a kitchen from being far too cavernous in terms of how it feels. Your black surface will also fit in well with white tones all around the floors and walls as it creates a contrast that takes the two extremes and puts them together. This adds a wonderful style when chosen right.

See all black kitchens here.

11. Gray


Gray is a good choice to have if you don’t want something that is too dark or light. Some people think that gray is a dull color but it’s actually something that creates a stronger look in your kitchen if used well enough. Gray can be paired with several metallic accents all over the kitchen. It can also fit in well with white walls and countertops. Gray especially offers a classy tone that ages well although it is a color that needs to be cleaned and dusted regularly. This is so the surface will not be too hard to handle in any case.

See all gray kitchens here.

12. White

White kitchen color image

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While many colors that you have read about are often best when paired with other colors, white is an exception. You could add white to any space that you want without having to add far too many other colors in a spot. You can even use a white floor to go with a white series of walls, cabinets, and other points.

White is a strong option for how it expands upon the size of a room. It is ideal for cramped kitchens as it adds a new dimension where the room feels a little longer or wider. Also, light shines off of white materials rather well to create a stronger tone all the way through.

But you will have to watch for how you are maintaining a white surface. It is very easy for white surfaces to develop noticeable stains. You especially have to clean them off regularly. Don’t forget to also seal your surfaces or add glossy finishes so they can allow light to shine quite well around a surface.

See all white kitchens here.

13. Beige

Beige kitchen color image

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Beige is a good choice if you want something that is light like white but not as bright or vibrant. Beige is a mix between white and brown. It can be used on all parts of a kitchen at a given time although you could always add some plain white materials and even some metallic items all around the kitchen.

Beige has an aged look that adds a sense of refinement to your kitchen. It can stain quickly like white though so make sure you clean it regularly and carefully so it looks clean without risking added damage.

See all beige kitchens here.

14. Brown

Brown is the last of the colors to take a look at. Brown is noted for being a deeper color. It has a quality look that adds class to any kitchen. It can also come in a light or dark tone depending on the kind of paint you use. Of course, brown can also be used if you have straight wood materials to use.

Brown kitchen color image

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Brown mixes well with off-white tones around your kitchen. It can also shrink down a larger kitchen so it does not look too intimidating. Because it is so dark in its tone, brown will also be easier to handle without worrying about stains being all that visible. It is still best for you to get it cleaned off though.

All of these colors are entertaining and attractive to have. Still, you have to look at what you will find through many kitchen service providers. Some colors are a little more popular than others. The last few colors that you read about actually dominate the kitchen world in terms of what’s hot.

See all brown kitchens here.

Kitchen Color Combinations and Other Color Considerations

1. White Kitchen with Dark Island

White Kitchen with Dark Island

2. White Kitchen with White Island Design


White Kitchen with White Island

3. Natural Wood Kitchen with White Island

Natural wood kitchen with white island

4. Natural Wood Kitchen with Matching Island

Natural wood kitchen with matching wood island

5. Dark Kitchen Design

Dark kitchen cabinets kitchen design

Check out our gallery of 52 dark kitchens.

Adding splashes of color:

While many kitchens have a dominant color scheme (i.e. white or natural wood), many incorporate splashes of color.  Methods of doing so include:

  • Back splashes
  • Tile flooring
  • Walls (there is often very little wall surface area because of the space cabinets take up, so painting walls red, yellow or green actually adds a small splash of color and doesn’t overwhelm the kitchen in bright colors).
  • Island/eat-in counter stools
  • Curtains
  • Light fixtures
  • Floor runners/mats

6. Great example of how a back splash can really dress up a kitchen

Modern Kitchen with Blue Back Splash

7. Great Example of a White Kitchen with Splashes of Color


Kitchen with colorful decorations

8. Example of a Kitchen Incorporating Green Cabinets in the Design

Kitchen with green cabinets

Main types of wood used in kitchens:

Wood is used for cabinets, islands, paneling, pantries, flooring and ceilings.  Some kitchens are literally all wood.  Most kitchens incorporate some wood.  FYI – in this case I’m referring to a natural wood appearance and not painted wood.

Popular types of wood used for kitchen cabinets (hardwood):

  • Alder
  • Cherry
  • Maple
  • Oak

Stainless Steel:

While few residential kitchens embrace stainless steel extensively, many incorporate stainless steel elements such as appliances, some counter top space, sinks, light fixtures, and fixtures.

9. Kitchen with Stainless Steel Counters (Looks Good)

Stainless Steel Countertops in Luxury Kitchen

Most Popular Kitchen Colors

Close to 870,000 different kitchens were analyzed in terms of the colors that they use. The results are as follows in terms of which colors are the most popular for use in kitchens.

 Color  Percentage
Red 1.2
Orange 1.9
Wood Tone 2.9
Yellow 0.8
Green 1.3
Turquoise 4.6
Blue 0.8
Purple 0.7
Pink 0.1
Black 7.3
Gray 11.6
White 18.3
Beige 9.9
Brown 38.6

Overall, neutral colors are among the most popular options for you to have. Brown is especially popular for how it offers a more relaxed style all the way around. You can choose from any particular color that you want so feel free to look around to see what options are right for your use.

Most Popular Colors By Style

1. Contemporary

Color  Percentage
Brown 31.7
White 24.3
Gray 13.1
Beige 11.2
Black 8.5
Red 1.5
Blue 1.2
Other 8.5

2. Eclectic

Color  Percentage
Brown 52
White 22.6
Black 11.8
Gray 6.5
Beige 5
Wood tone 0.4
Green 0.3
Red 0.3
Other 1.1

3. Modern

Color  Percentage
Brown 29.2
White 22.8
Black 13.9
Gray 9.2
Beige 8
Wood tone 4.2
Green 3
Red 2.5
Other 7.2

4. Traditional

Color  Percentage
Brown 47.7
Beige 10.5
White 10.2
Gray 10
Black 8.5
Wood tone 4.7
Orange 4
Red 3.5
Other 0.9

5. Asian

Color  Percentage
Brown 66.5
Black 12.5
Wood tone 5.5
Beige 5.2
White 2.3
Orange 2.1
Other 5.9

6. Beach Style

Color  Percentage
 Brown 22.3
 White 20
 Gray 15.6
 Beige 11
 Turquoise 8.9
 Wood tone 7.2
 Other 15

7. Craftsman

Color  Percentage
 Brown 52.3
 Beige 9.5
 White 9.1
 Gray 9
 Wood tone 8.2
 Black 7
 Orange 3.5
 Other 2.5

8. Farmhouse

Color  Percentage
 Brown 35.6
 White 17.6
 Beige 12.3
 Gray 9.6
 Black 9
 Wood tone 4.6
 Orange 4.1
 Red 3.5
 Other 3.7

9. Industrial

Color  Percentage
 Brown 68
 Beige 11.3
 White 9.2
 Black 4.2
 Gray 3.1
 Orange 0.6
 Blue 0.5
 Other 3.1

10. Mediterranean

Color  Percentage
 Brown 56
 Beige 12.1
 White 7.7
 Black 7.1
 Gray 4.9
 Red 1.1
 Green 1.1
 Wood tone1.1 1.1
 Orange 1
 Others 7.9

11. Midcentury

Color  Percentage
 Brown 45
 White 31.2
 Black 6.5
 Wood tone 6
 Gray 3.2
 Orange 2
 Other 6.1

12. Rustic

Color  Percentage
 Brown 69.5
 Wood tone 8.2
 Black 8
 Gray 6.2
 White 4.1
 Orange 2
 Beige 1.2
 Red 0.8

13. Scandinavian

Color  Percentage
 White 51
 Brown 16.1
 Beige 10.4
 Gray 8
 Black 2.6
 Other 11.9

14. Shabby-Chic Style

Color  Percentage
 Brown 36.3
 White 22.7
 Beige 22.7
 Gray 10.1
 Black 5.3
 Other 2.9

15. Southwestern

Color  Percentage
 Brown 69.9
 Wood tone 8.6
 White 8.2
 Beige 7.1
 Black 3.5
 Other 5.7

16. Transitional

Color  Percentage
 Brown 41
 White 25.2
 Beige 9.8
 Gray 9
 Black 4.9
 Wood tone 3.1
 Orange 2.2
 Red 1
 Other  3.8

17. Tropical

Color  Percentage
 Brown 56
 White 14.6
 Gray 13.9
 White 10.5
 Black 3.2
 Wood tone 0.4
 Other 1.4

18. Victorian

Color  Percentage
 Brown 38
 White 22
 Beige 15.4
 Gray 9.4
 Black 4.8
 Wood tone 2.5
 Red 1.6
 Orange 1.4
 Other 4.9






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