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Find out what colour kitchen cabinets are timeless

Updated: Apr 30

Timeless Kitchen Cabinet Colors: A Guide to Lasting Elegance

What colour for timeless kitchen cabinets?

Looking for the most timeless kitchen cabinet colour? You're in the right place! In the ever-evolving world of kitchen design, certain elements stand the test of time. Among these is the timeless colour palette for kitchen cabinets. When it comes to choosing the right cabinet colour for your kitchen, you don't want to be too trend-led, in my opinion (unless it happens to be a trend that you adore and have done for a while) because trends come and go, whereas you want your kitchen to last for years to come. In this blog post we are going to look at some classic choices for paint colour and why they endure the test of time. There are some you'll be expecting, like white kitchens and black kitchen cabinets, but perhaps some more unexpected choices, too, like navy, sage green and even pastels!

What colour kitchen cabinets are timeless and how to choose

Here are all the ideas and inspiration you need to choose timeless kitchen cabinet colours to suit your interior style.

1. Classic White Cabinets

White kitchen cabinets have long been hailed as a timeless kitchen cabinet colour. They offer a clean, fresh look that complements various design styles, from traditional to modern (check out my post on shaker-style cabinets if you're looking for traditional cabinet inspo). According to interior designers, white cabinets create a sense of spaciousness, making them ideal for small kitchens or large spaces alike.

With white as your primary cabinet colour, you can easily experiment with different accent colours for areas like the sink backsplash or worktop upstand or swap out accessories to refresh the overall design. If a classic white kitchen feels a bit too safe, then you could add texture to the cabinet surfaces with microcement (one of my favourite kitchen makeover projects) or add a kitchen island or breakfast bar with some colour.

Be sure to check out my ideas posts about types of breakfast bars and creative and beautiful pantries

2. Navy Blue Cabinets

In recent years, navy blue has emerged as a great option for those seeking a timeless yet bold look in their kitchen. Navy cabinets add depth and sophistication to the space, serving as a focal point without overpowering the overall design. Pairing navy blue cabinets with brass hardware can enhance their elegance while maintaining a modern edge. Blue comes and goes in interior design trends, but navy is a timeless kitchen cabinet colour. You can dramatically change the impact and feel of navy blue by the colour and material you opt for with your kitchen hardware. Chrome and brass will create a totally different look. 

3. Natural Wood Cabinets

timeless wooden kitchen cabinets

Wood tones offer warmth and versatility as well as a natural and grounded feel, making them a timeless choice for kitchen cabinetry. Whether it’s oak, maple, or walnut, natural wood cabinets bring a sense of timeless charm. They pair effortlessly with various countertop materials and accent colours, allowing you to customize the look of your kitchen to suit your taste and style. Plyboard kitchen cabinets are a good way to add a modern twist on a timeless look if traditional wooden cabinets aren't quite fresh enough to suit your tastes. 

4. Grey Kitchen Cabinets

Gray is a neutral colour that had its 'moment' in interior design for about a decade due to its subtle yet sophisticated appeal and a huge variety of shades from pale off-white hued grey to dark and moody gun-metal or anthracite. Grey cabinets provide a soft backdrop that can complement a wide range of countertop materials, from light-coloured countertops for a clean look to darker tones for a more dramatic effect. The subtlety of grey cabinets allows other elements in the kitchen, such as the backsplash or accent decor, to shine. Pair with pale peachy pink for a modern look or sage green for a timeless feel. 

5. Sage Green Cabinets

timeless green kitchen cabinets

Speaking of sage green, for those seeking a softer alternative to traditional neutrals, sage green cabinets offer a timeless yet refreshing look. Sage green pairs well with white countertops and natural materials, creating a kitchen that feels inviting and serene. This subtle hue adds a touch of color without overwhelming the space, making it a good choice for both small and large kitchens. It's a safe colour to choose for a kitchen renovation because it's not tied to faddy kitchen trends, but it is a hugely popular choice because of its ties to nature, biophilia and natural and rustic schemes. 

6. Black Cabinets

In recent years, black cabinets have surged in popularity, and for good reason. Black cabinets offer a dramatic yet timeless look that adds depth and interest to a kitchen. They provide a striking contrast against lighter elements such as white walls or countertops, creating a modern aesthetic with timeless appeal.

Whether in a traditional kitchen or a more contemporary space, black cabinets make a great choice for those seeking a classic colour with a modern twist. Their versatility allows them to pair well with a wide range of accent colours, making them suitable for both large kitchens and smaller spaces. However, I would suggest opting for light-coloured or glossy/ reflective texture worktops in a small space to prevent too much light from being absorbed, making the space feel restrictive. 

7. Pastel Color Cabinets

Pale pink timeless kitchen units and green aga in traditional kitchen
Image credit: Olive & Barr

For those who prefer a softer aesthetic, pastel colour cabinets offer a timeless option that exudes charm and warmth. Pale blues, soft mints, and dusty pinks bring a sense of tranquillity to the kitchen, creating a timeless look that feels fresh and inviting.

Pastel cabinets pair well with wood tones and darker walls, as well as texture in the form of brick slips, microcement and natural stone floor tiles.

Timeless kitchen cabinet colours

When embarking on a kitchen remodel or renovation, choosing a timeless cabinet colour is a crucial design decision. Whether you opt for classic white cabinets, bold navy blue, warm wood tones, sophisticated grey, or serene sage green, selecting a colour that withstands the test of time ensures your kitchen remains a place of timeless elegance and lasting appeal.

Remember, your kitchen is not just a space for cooking; it’s the heart of your home, where memories are made and shared. By investing in timeless kitchen cabinets, you can create a dream kitchen that reflects your style and stands the test of time.

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