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The Best Kitchen Island Colors for a Stunning Accent

Trends in kitchen design have shifted from the colored accent walls of old, to featuring kitchen island colors as the focal point of the space. The kitchen island is the decoration in the room, even as it performs a practical purpose.

Most of our clients choose island colors in shades of white, gray, black, or blue. But consider the dozens of kitchen paint color combinations you can choose from for the walls, cabinets, and the island. Pick kitchen island colors first, and create your paint palette around it.

Paint the Kitchen Island a Different Color from Your Cabinets

1. Eye-Catching Bold
Add a bold yet tasteful pop of color to a kitchen island surrounded by light cabinets. Consider Rustic Red, Intense Teal, or Hyper Blue.

2. Nature-inspired Elegance
Choose calm organic paint colors that bring nature indoors. Check out Sherwin-Williams 2022 color of the year, Evergreen Fog. It is a soft gray with subtle green undertones. You may also like a shade of greige (gray + beige) to match wood accents or flooring such as Windsor Greige. A rich brown like Best Bronze is striking.

3. Cheerful Pastels
Kitchen island paint colors give the space personality. You might enjoy the happy optimism of Blue Bell, kiwi green, Anchors Aweigh (also a popular cabinet paint color), or Lily yellow.

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Paint Your Island a Modern Black or Gray

Dark neutrals pair well with many other colors and materials from bright whites, to wood finishes, to natural stone. Some of our favorites include:

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Two-tone Cabinets with a Different Color for the Island

This is a 3-color paint palette: one color on the upper cabinets, a different color on the lower cabinets, and a complementary kitchen island color. We recommend you stay within similar color families.

Both photos below feature white upper cabinets, very light gray lower cabinets, and a darker gray kitchen island. But if you prefer a bold blue, for instance, you might color the island Azure Tide. Then stay in the same family by painting the upper cabinets a light Silent Ripple blue-gray, and the lower cabinets in the deeper gray-blue of Lakeside.

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How to Add Pizazz to White Cabinets and a White Kitchen Island

White kitchens are fresh, bright, and clean. But you'll still want an accent color, whether dazzling or muted. The way to achieve this is with contrasting countertops or a backsplash. One color combination that will never fail you is a black and white kitchen theme.

Trending kitchen paint colors in the white family vary from bright whites like Extra White, to a creamy Alabaster, to ivory tones like Antique White.

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Dress Up the Island with Carpentry Add-ons

Builder-grade cabinets, especially on your island, can be boring. On three sides, they have flat panels. Cincinnati Cabinet Refinishing can dress up your island with decorative baseboard trim, crown molding, and even rail lighting. These options are an inexpensive way to give your kitchen island a stylish facelift.

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The Best Kitchen Island Colors

Cabinet colors used to be limited by the wood type and stains available. Now, specialized paint products make it possible to choose from hundreds of colors, tints, and shades.

Kitchen cabinet painting saves you thousands of dollars over cabinet replacement. Custom trim and molding brings personality to a plain wood face. New cabinet hardware adds a finishing touch. Complement your new kitchen island with a fresh kitchen backsplash or updated faucets.

The island is the focal point in your kitchen, so give it the opportunity to shine.

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