Benjamin Moore's most timeless kitchen cabinet colors – 5 classic shades for the heart of the home

From deep and dark shades to light neutrals, these are the most classic kitchen cabinet colors

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While many factors will determine the best paint color for your kitchen cabinets; keeping in mind timelessness will stand you in good stead for a kitchen that doesn't quickly date.

Although timelessness can be interpreted differently for each of us, certain paint colors are widely regarded as classic choices that endure trend cycles, and Benjamin Moore has some of the best among them for kitchen cabinet colors.

If your kitchen is in need of a refresh, read on to uncover Benjamin Moore's most timeless kitchen cabinet colors, guaranteed to give the heart of your home lasting appeal, whatever your design style.

Benjamin Moore's most timeless kitchen cabinet colors

Whether you favor light and airy neutrals or moody dark hues, these paint ideas have your kitchen cabinet ideas covered.

1. Newburg Green

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If you're looking to create a sophisticated scheme for your kitchen ideas, dark kitchen cabinets are one of the most enduring choices. We've seen plenty of designers and homeowners turn to deep shades of blue and green lately, and Benjamin Moore's Newburg Green is a go-to shade to tap into this color trend.

'Newburg Green is a captivating shade of teal that brings stylish sophistication to a space,' says Helen.

Sitting somewhere on the color wheel between green and blue, Newburg Green is a timeless take on decorating with teal that feels incredibly liveable and not too saturated.

'The bold shade offers balance, using its mid-point between blue and green to great effect. Its warm ambiance and organic quality make it one of those rare shades that is truly usable,' adds Helen.

2. Chelsea Gray

gray kitchen cabinets

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Gray kitchen ideas will always be in style. A classic take on decorating with neutrals, gray creates a calming kitchen and pairs well with almost every decorating aesthetic.

The key to getting the most from a gray kitchen is choosing the right gray paint. Too cool-toned, and gray paints can soon appear drab, especially in rooms with limited amounts of natural light. Benjamin Moore's Chelsea Gray on the other hand is a failsafe choice, with warm undertones creating an inviting feel in the kitchen.

'Chelsea Gray is a handsome gray with rich brownish-violet undertones,' says Helen. 'Even though it is a fairly dark hue, it is warm and welcoming, especially when used as an accent tone, making it perfect for kitchen cabinetry. Pair it with warm white walls to create a sophisticated and timeless look.'

3. Char Brown

kitchen with dark brown cabinets and marbled wall

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For a darker and slightly moodier look, choose dark brown kitchen cabinets. Decorating with brown has seen endless appeal thus far in 2024 from designers and homeowners alike, largely seen as a softer and warmer take on black.

'Char Brown is a lush brown with a hint of mossy undertone,' explains Helen. 'A bold neutral, Char Brown is perfect for creating a focal point in rooms such as luxurious kitchens.'

To maximize the impact of this dark brown paint, Helen suggests color drenching for a dramatic yet cozy look: 'For an undeniable statement, apply this deep brown across all kitchen cabinetry and walls – making your space feel larger and more inviting.'

4. White Dove

kitchen with white cabinets and lime green walls

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White kitchen ideas are arguably some of the most timeless. Creating a clean, modern, and classic look, white kitchen cabinets work well in many spaces and will maintain appeal all year round.

Benjamin Moore's White Dove is a warm white paint that makes for an excellent kitchen cabinet color choice. Maintaining a light and airy finish without feeling stark, this white paint is a favorite amongst designers.

'White Dove is a perennial favorite since it combines a slightly warm undertone without being too yellow,' says interior designer Brandon Lange, creative director at BZ Interiors. 'It works well with almost any color or style and is one of Benjamin Moore's most popular whites for a reason.'

While White Dove is incredibly versatile, Helen adds that it works especially well in well-lit spaces. 'This hue creates a contemporary feel and is especially suited to kitchens with a lot of natural light to create a soft, calming feel. Finish the look with natural colors and textures across worktops, furniture, and accessories.'

5. Aegean Teal

kitchen with teal cabinets, wooden worktops and copper pendant lights

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If you want to strike a balance between timeless and playful, Benjamin Moore's Aegean Teal is a more colorful blue-green paint that instantly uplifts a kitchen.

'Aegean Teal’s warmth and organic quality offer a casual elegance to a space,' says Helen. 'This mid-tone is a blend of blues, greens, and grays and is liveable and approachable, making it a perfect choice in the kitchen.'

Although more adventurous than a neutral paint, the subtle gray tones that feature in Aegean Teal ensure it maintains liveability and doesn't overwhelm the heart of the home. Pair with light wooden kitchen countertops, as pictured above, to lean into a calming scheme.


Refreshing your kitchen cabinets can totally transform the look and feel of your kitchen, and these timeless paint colors will endure well beyond the latest trends to ensure longevity in style.

Paint & Color Editor

Emily is H&G's Paint & Color Editor, covering all things color across interior design and home decor. She joined the team in the summer of 2023, having studied Fashion Communication at university before working in various creative roles ahead of making the leap into interiors. She lives in Glasgow where she loves admiring the city's architecture, frequenting her favorite coffee spots, and sourcing vintage furniture for her tenement apartment. Emily's interior style is inspired by the simplicity of midcentury design, mixed with more playful modern pieces that inject small (but bold) doses of color.