Our 5 Most Popular Kitchen Cabinet Colors

Carrie (Regular Contributor)

May 3, 2012 8:00:00 AM

Updated for 2015!

When you are ready to remodel your kitchen and/or upgrade your kitchen cabinets, your first considerations will likely involve color schemes. It is important that your kitchen cabinet colors work with both the decor of your kitchen, as well as any living space that is visible from the kitchen area, and vice versa. You will also want to consider colors that work with your own decorating style, yet will also appeal to potential home buyers down the road.

One way to honor both considerations is to select cabinet colors that have long-standing popularity in the kitchen cabinet industry. By choosing a top kitchen cabinet color, you know your selection will meet your own aesthetic standards, and be considered a desirable choice for others as well.


1. Frosty White


This finish provides a traditional kitchen cabinet look with the ability to blend with almost any decor. They are especially appealing choices for smaller kitchen spaces as the white laminate finish adds light to an enclosed space and creates a feeling of spaciousness.

popular frosty white kitchen cabinets

2. Antique White with a Walnut Glaze


"Home" is the first term that comes to mind when you view kitchen cabinets with this glaze. Whether you have a country, vintage, or just plain cozy style, this glaze will make your guests feel instantly at home.

our popular antique white cabinets with walnut glaze

3. Classic Cherry


Cherry finishes have been a popular choice for decades. They provide a high-end look and work well with darker kitchen countertops, as well as stainless steel appliances. Unless you have an open floor plan, you may want to steer away from darker finishes if you have a small kitchen space.

classic cherry cabinetry close up

4. Secret


These kitchen cabinets have the perfect look for anyone who has an evolving decorative style. It is light enough to blend with lighter decor but has enough warmth to accommodate darker tones. It's contemporary and will easily blend with modern appliances.

this popular cabinet color is known as secret

5. Dark Wild Apple


These cabinets offer a deep, rich versitile tone that work with many kitchen designs, yet are just bright enough that they won't cramp a small kitchen's style. As seen in the picture below, this color complements both wood and stone countertop surfaces alike.

dark wild apple cabinetry makes our most popular list for the first time

6. Cherry Pear (Bonus Selection)


Yes, we know this is part of the '5 Most Popular' series, but we loved this one too much from last year's roundup that we couldn't bear to part with it just yet. Consider this a 'Bonus Kitchen.'

If Classic Cherry is just a little too dark for your taste, but you enjoy the warm and rosy tones of a cherry finish, then this is the recommended selection for you. It offers the warmth of a cherry finish while still maintaining a brighter overall presentation, somewhere between Oak and Maple. It can also help to add light to an enclosed kitchen space.

the cherry pear kitchen we weren't yet ready to say 'goodbye' to

While there are a variety of kitchen cabinet door colors to choose from, these recommendations offer a guaranteed way to select attractive cabinets for everyone's favorite living space.

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