7 Beautiful Kitchen Color Schemes With Cherry Cabinets

Published June 1, 2022
Modern Kitchen with Stainless Appliances

Cherry cabinets feature lustrous color with a warm red undertones. While they're beautiful, finding the right color palette to complement their unique colors may be hard. Paint and accessories can either blend with your cherry cabinets or highlight their beauty, but the wrong colors can leave them looking out of place. Creating color schemes with cherry cabinets is simple with the right tips and inspiration.

What's in Your Kitchen Color Palette?

The kitchen is unique because it features large surfaces of color that other rooms do not. Cabinets, countertops, backsplashes, and exposed flooring, are all part of the kitchen color palette. Cabinets and backsplashes are vertically viewed, so they impact the room more than the horizontal surfaces, as it's what our eyes go to first. So, it's important to ensure that your cherry cabinets are paired with the best colors to enhance them. These are the elements to include in your kitchen color scheme, as they all must work together.

  • Cabinets: The cabinets are a dominant feature of your kitchen, so it's essential that your color scheme brings out the best in them.
  • Counters: Neutral stone and engineered materials are the counters of choice in most kitchens. White, gray, and beige, are the most popular colors and work beautifully with cherry cabinets.
  • Backsplash: Your backsplash is like the jewelry for your kitchen. It's meant to enhance your cabinetry and countertops, and is a stylish way to bring color and pattern into the space.
  • Flooring: Unless you're doing a large remodel or building a new home, your flooring is already set. You can focus on the colors you can change to get the look you want.
  • Paint: Paint is chosen after any selection of surface materials and cabinets. That's because it's easier to find the perfect color of paint than the perfect surface color.
  • Accents: This can include window treatments, kitchen linens, and rugs. Accents are your opportunity to add pops of color in an otherwise neutral kitchen.

Find the Perfect Color Scheme for Your Cherry Cabinets

Finding the right colors for your kitchen starts with inspiration. The majority of your colors are already in the kitchen, so you can be more creative with your palette, as long as you take your cherry cabinets into consideration.

White + A Pop of Color

To really show off the warm lustre of cherry cabinets, white walls are an excellent choice. This simple kitchen color palette gives you the option of adding a stylish pop of color. Red is a popular choice, but you can use any accent color to complete your color scheme with style.

Modern Kitchen with cherry cabinets and red chairs

Bright White + Silver Accents

Stainless steel appliances, which are almost a staple of today's kitchens, are the basis for this minimalistic color scheme for cherry cabinets. Accent furniture and accessories in silver or gray, combined with white walls, backsplash, and counters, provide a streamlined look.

Cherry cabinet and silver color palette

Soft White + Green

Soft white or cream cabinets above cherry is a gorgeous update to an elegant style. Mixing cabinet colors is can add definition to a kitchen needing a focal point. Adding patterned wallpaper to an adjacent dining space brings in gorgeous green colors to the kitchen space.

Modern kitchen with cherry cabinets and green details

Dark Brown + Soft White

Even though cherry cabinets are considered brown, they can be paired well with shades of dark brown. Bringing in a dark color through countertops and kitchen hardware and fixtures adds interest and a little drama to a tired kitchen. A patterned backsplash that picks up light and dark tones from the rest of the room can be a unifying element in the kitchen.

Cherry cabinet, dark brown and soft white color palette

Gold + Black

Black appliances contrast the warm undertones of cherry cabinets, resulting in a kitchen with luxury home vibes. Gold or soft yellow walls and backsplash keep the black color from feeling too heavy in the space and it can add an inviting appeal to the color palette so it doesn't get too formal.

Gold and black kitchen with cherry cabinet

Beige + Black

When putting together a totally relaxed color palette for cherry cabinets, beige should be a serious contender. There are so many types of beige, each with their own undertone. With the faint red undertone of cherry cabinets, you'll want to look for a beige color that does not have a green cast to it. Too much green next to cherry cabinets can bring out red or pink from the wood. Black accents in light fixtures and stools, helps to anchor this very neutral palette.

Cherry cabinet, beige and black color palette

Beige + Gray

The right gray color paired with a pale beige or soft white is a popular color combination for cherry cabinets. The trend for gray and white kitchens has been strong for several years, so finding a way to integrate the trend with your warm wood cabinets is a stylish decision. The best location to incorporate gray into a color scheme with your cherry cabinets is on the backsplash or counters. Very pale gray wall color can complement cherry cabinetry, but it can create a muddy look to both the cabinets and walls if it's too dark.

Beige and gray kitchen interior with cherry cabinets

A New Kitchen Color Scheme Can Change Everything

Changing things up in your kitchen can usually mean a major expense or upheaval when it involves surfaces or plumbing. A new color scheme that can include wall paint, furniture, or accessories is much more manageable for a quick update. Once you gather your kitchen inspiration, narrow down your choices and try out color samples and swatches to find the perfect color palette.

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