17 painted kitchen cabinet ideas to revitalise your doors

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Be bold with your painted kitchen cabinet ideas (Image credit: Olive & Barr)

From delicate pastels to dark and moody hues, there’s a plethora of colours and finishes to choose from when it comes to your kitchen design. But with this high traffic area needing to operate on both a practical and aesthetic level, how do you choose the right colour for your cabinets?

While wipe clean white can seem the most practical approach, bolder colours can also help hide a multitude of marks and inject a sense of personality. We’ve rounded up 17 painted kitchen cabinet ideas to brighten up the heart of your home.

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Al Bruce

Founder Al Bruce began his illustrious career 25 years ago studying to be a cabinet maker at college. From humble beginnings, his natural skill in the craft of cabinetry and keen business acumen saw him quickly rise up through the ranks of the handmade kitchen industry, gaining invaluable experience and a wealth of knowledge along the way.

emma irving senior product manager at Rust-oleum
Emma Irving

Emma Irving, Senior Product Manager at Rust-Oleum Europe has worked at the company for over 13 years and has worked in the painting and decorating industry for 15 years. Emma has worked on some of the companies biggest innovative products and launches.

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Susie Spence

Susie Spence is the Director of Design and Innovation at Howdens. Susie looks after forecasting in colour and kitchen design to ensure that Howdens continue to be market leaders. She’s also in charge of the product development and design teams who work to bring these trends and innovative ideas to market.

Steve Jenkins
Steve Jenkins

Steve is Homebuilding & Renovating's DIY content editor, and has been a writer and editor for two decades. He is an avid DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating homes. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has strong all-round building skills, having previously worked in the industry for 10 years.

Sarah Harley
Assistant Editor

Sarah is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Assistant Editor and joined the team in 2024. An established homes and interiors writer, Sarah has renovated and extended a number of properties, including a listing building and renovation project that featured on Grand Designs. Although she said she would never buy a listed property again, she has recently purchased a Grade II listed apartment. As it had already been professionally renovated, she has instead set her sights on tackling some changes to improve the building’s energy efficiency, as well as adding some personal touches to the interior.