4 Top Kitchen Color Trends, Tons of Ideas

For kitchens starved for an update, a trip to the paint store is a quick, easy and budget-friendly way to freshen up the look and feel of this high-traffic room. Need ideas? Here are four top trends and accompanying color-wheel picks from designers.

Trend 1: Black & White, Just Right (White Walls, Black Cabinets)

Trend 1: Black & White, Just Right (White Walls, Black Cabinets)

St. Louis-based interior designer Amie Corley says the beauty of black or white cabinetry is that the colors give you a “clean, modern palette to which any wall color can be introduced successfully.” Her favorite white for kitchen walls with black cabinets: Benjamin Moore's Decorator White…

Trend 1: Black & White, Just Right (White Cabinetry, Black Walls)

Trend 1: Black & White, Just Right (White Cabinetry, Black Walls)

St. Louis-based interior designer Amie Corley’s favorite black for kitchen walls: Farrow and Ball's Off Black. “It’s a little warmer than pure black but still gives plenty of depth and richness to cabinets.” (Photo from housetohome.co.uk)

Trend 2: Green's a Go (larger spaces)

Trend 2: Green's a Go (larger spaces)

“I love green kitchens,” says St. Louis-based interior designer Amie Corley. “But no sage green allowed.” One of her favorite greens: Benjamin Moore's Yellow Green. “It’s intense,” though, she says. “I recently designed an all white kitchens with very pale yellow green walls. We popped the …

Trend 2: Green's a Go (smaller spaces)

Trend 2: Green's a Go (smaller spaces)

If your kitchen is short on wall space, St. Louis-based interior designer Amie Corley suggests using green as an accent. “I'd recommend using a bright green behind shelves, on partial walls, or if you have a small, galley-type kitchen." (Photo from Apartment Therapy)

Trend 3: Head's Up - A simple statement on the ceiling

Trend 3: Head's Up - A simple statement on the ceiling

Often consumed by cabinets, kitchen walls don’t have many bare spots. St. Louis-based interior designer Amie Corley offers a fun way to add more color—paint the ceiling. “I love the look of a crisp white kitchen with a slightly turquoise ceiling,” she says. (Photo from Apartment Therapy)

Trend 3: Head's Up - A bold statement on the ceiling

Trend 3: Head's Up - A bold statement on the ceiling

“A painted ceiling is always a great surprise and unexpected touch,” says St. Louis-based interior designer Amie Corley. Her go-to ceiling blue is Benjamin Moore's In Your Eyes. Don’t be afraid to go bolder, though. The burgundy ceiling pictured here gives a great example. (Photo from Alice …

Trend 4: Make the Island Pop (blue on white)

Trend 4: Make the Island Pop (blue on white)

Painting a kitchen island a different color than the cabinetry is a great way to make the whole room pop, says designers Amie Corley and Christine Duenke. (Photo from House of Turquoise)

Trend 4: Make the Island Pop (blue on brown)

Trend 4: Make the Island Pop (blue on brown)

To make an island pop in a kitchen, designer Amie Corley recommends using a color that is already present somewhere in the room to make it cohesive. “I love the look of a blue island in an all white kitchen,” she says. “My favorite blue would be Farrow and Ball's Dix Blue in a lacquer finis…