Bobby Berk approves these 6 paint colors for your kitchen – and there's not a white in sight

The Queer Eye star has spoken – these are the hues that your kitchen deserves

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Queer Eye expert Bobby Berk has established himself as one of the most recognized interior designers of the moment – so when it comes to his paint recommendations – you are in safe hands. 

The Emmy award winner has recently addressed the kitchen – the most practical (and arguably, the most used) room of your home. In this space, balancing style and functionality can be tricky. However, color is arguably the most impactful way to inject personality without getting in the way of your appliances or overcrowding your countertops. So, Bobby understands it's essential to get this hue right. 

From deep black to olive green, these designer-approved kitchen colors will look good in any home. The only question is which one you should choose. 

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'Color has the power to express your emotions and transform your home,' Bobby Berk says. 'Break out your paint brushes for all of my favorite shades for your space.'

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Bobby Berk is an interior designer who stars in the Netflix series Queer Eye. He is also an Emmy-winning television host and author of Queer Eye: Love Yourself, Love Your Life (opens in new tab)

Among his top picks (seen above, on the second slide of the photo carousel) is Benjamin Moore's Galápagos Green (opens in new tab) a tone that the designer used in the kitchen of a traditional Los Feliz home (pictured below). This shade merges gray and green kitchen ideas to create a polished, dark moss-green finish. Valspar's Gray-Green Linen (opens in new tab) (also Bobby Berk approved) has a similar aesthetic. 

For a cooler, slightly more vibrant green,  Bobby recommends Clare's OMGreen (opens in new tab)a color that is described as a harmonious green that will stand out in a spirited space.

Green shades like this have dominated kitchen trends in recent years, but their appeal shows no signs of wavering. Clara Ewart, the head of design at Kitesgrove (opens in new tab), agrees that green rooms will continue to stay in vogue for 2023, so you can experiment with Bobby's choices with confidence.

'We love taking inspiration from nature and often use greens and blues as the basis of our schemes for an inviting space, and always try to bring the outdoors in with plants and an array of natural materials,' she says. 'Green shades are wonderful to work with; they are almost as versatile as neutrals.'

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For a moody alternative, Bobby loves Benjamin Moore's Black Satin (opens in new tab) and Old Navy (opens in new tab) – two distinctly dark kitchen ideas that will create a contrast against Backdrop's Mojave Gathering (opens in new tab). Whichever tone you choose, however, you can rest easy knowing Bobby approves of this all-important space. 

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Megan Slack
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Megan is the News and Trends Editor at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes. As the News Editor, she often focuses on emerging microtrends, sleep and wellbeing stories, and celebrity-focused pieces. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.