Choosing the Right Kitchen Cabinet Colors for Cabinet Painting in Denver

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Kitchen Cabinet Colors In-depth

Selecting the perfect kitchen cabinet colors for your Denver cabinet makeover is a highly personal and transformative decision for any homeowner. This choice carries a lot of weight as it can significantly impact the overall look and feel of your kitchen. However, it’s also a decision that many homeowners find themselves agonizing over, as they weigh the desire for a fresh, modern kitchen against the love of natural wood finishes. After all, no one wants to be stuck with a kitchen that doesn’t align with their taste, or worse, having to start over and paint the cabinets again with a different color.

Once you’ve made the bold decision to paint your existing cabinets, there’s another essential choice to make: whether you’ll also be replacing the countertops and backsplash. For the purpose of this discussion, let’s assume that you’ve opted for a comprehensive kitchen transformation, including new countertops and a fresh backsplash. It’s a wise choice, as these elements play a significant role in the final outcome of your kitchen’s aesthetic (if you did not know, we can help you with all of this).

I would suggest you need to select your kitchen finishes in the following order:

  • Choose the new countertop
  • Select your new backsplash
  • Decide on the new cabinet color

Starting with the countertops is often recommended. Collaborate with a reputable countertop installer and tap into their network of vendors to find the perfect countertop material that suits both your aesthetic preferences and budget. It’s essential to research the quality of materials as well. Unfortunately, I once encountered issues with a subpar quartz countertop imported from China, which suffered from color inconsistencies and chipping right from the day of installation.  We have a tremendous fabricator/installer at our fingertips, so if you need help, we would love to help you. 

Choosing the countertops first is practical because they are typically the first items to be installed, and your choices here are generally more limited than those for the backsplash. Once you’ve selected the countertop slab, you can move on to the exciting task of choosing the backsplash. The backsplash is a crucial element in setting the overall tone of your kitchen. If you’re aiming for a sleek, modern look, consider large-format and dark-colored tiles. For a timeless, clean aesthetic, classic white subway tiles are an excellent choice. Simplicity often translates to longevity in design. While some individuals opt for bold and unique backsplash choices to inject color into their kitchens, it’s essential to be aware that these choices may limit the design’s longevity, as they may align with passing fads and trends. If your goal is a design that remains stylish for years to come, consider a more simple and monochromatic color scheme. However, if you want something special, and a little pop, and are going to be in the home a while, go for it!  Either way, we would love to help you with the backsplash installation as well. 

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With the backsplash chosen, it’s now time to focus on selecting the color for your cabinets. You can use this guide here. This is where you have the most freedom and nearly endless possibilities when it comes to paint options. For a contemporary appearance, favor simplicity with dark grey or black hues. To brighten up your space, white cabinets are a classic choice. If you want a lighter shade with a touch of warmth, consider variations of beige, grey, or greige. With so many options available, it can be challenging to make a decision. If you’re struggling, you can explore virtual rendering tools that allow you to visualize your cabinets in different colors. While it may not provide a 100% accurate depiction, it can offer a valuable digital preview.

If you feel uncertain about selecting colors, enlisting the assistance of an interior designer or color expert is a wise decision. At Walls by Design, we provide the services of a designer for most of our projects (projects must be over $3000 to qualify). Their expertise can help ensure your color choices harmonize with your overall vision for the kitchen.  Jaci has been on staff with us for over three years, and she can actually help you pull all of this together. 

If you’ve narrowed down your choices to two or three but still find it difficult to decide, consider purchasing sample bottles of your preferred colors from your local Benjamin Moore retailer. Apply these samples to Mighty Boards, which provide a larger surface area for a more accurate assessment. You can move these boards around your kitchen to see how lighting affects the colors. Importantly, avoid painting these samples directly onto the cabinets, as they must be fully removed before starting the cabinet painting process.

Before embarking on this transformative journey, we recommend browsing through magazines or Pinterest to gather inspiration from kitchens you admire. This will help you visualize how various elements work together and reduce the need for trial and error in your cabinet painting project.

Remember, the key to a successful cabinet painting project in Denver lies not only in the final color choices but also in the careful planning and coordination of all the elements that make up your dream kitchen.



If you are considering a kitchen makeover, we at Walls by Design would love to help you.  The first step is to get an estimate for the cabinets. You can either schedule an in-person estimate, or you can use our virtual cabinet painting form on our website.  Either way, you will get to chat with one of our estimators about your project and can be a wealth of information for you, whether you hire WBD or not.  For more information about our painting process, you can visit us on our website at

Who is Walls by Design?

When it comes to transforming your kitchen cabinets into stunning focal points, Walls by Design stands out as the premier choice in Denver, Colorado. With their exceptional craftsmanship and eye for detail, Walls by Design has earned a reputation for being the best company to offer painting services for kitchen cabinets. We started as a residential exterior painter in 1999 and soon moved inside.  We have specialized on cabinet painting for almost 10 years, and have recently added some of these ancillary services like trim and tile installation, as well as offering countertops. 

Our team of skilled professionals combines expertise with creativity to deliver flawless finishes that breathe new life into any kitchen space. From meticulously preparing the surfaces to utilizing top-quality paints and techniques, Walls by Design ensures that each cabinet is treated with the utmost care and attention. Whether you desire a modern, sleek look or a timeless, classic aesthetic, Walls by Design will work closely with you to bring your vision to life, resulting in a kitchen that exudes beauty and elegance.

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We have had such a great experience with Walls By Design. The process of getting an estimate, booking them, and project planning was made easy by their efficiency. Garvin painted our kitchen and bathroom cabinets and Kylie painted our banister and wall trim. They were both efficient, friendly, and kept our space clean. Both did an amazing job! Garvin is coming back in January for a second project -we requested him since he was so wonderful the first time! Highly recommend.
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We had Walls By Design help us with a few different projects. We asked them to paint our cabinets, repair our cooking island, retile our backsplash, and paint our railings/banisters. From the quoting process to the final walkthrough, they are professional and friendly throughout the projects. Matthew did all the cabinet and railing painting and everything is immaculate - it is true artistry. Tim handled transforming our kitchen island from a plain box to a high-end cooktop, and Mark tied it all together with his expert tile work. We couldn’t be happier. Setting up the project was a breeze after we got our quotes so quickly from Kristen. Heather called us to quarterback the whole process - arranging for our color consultation with Jaci and putting all the scheduling puzzle pieces together. We will definitely be using WBD for any future services we need.

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