The 6 Biggest Kitchen Colors of the Year — and How to Make Them Work

published Mar 20, 2024
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A kitchen with white upper cabinets and countertops as well as black hardware and lower cabinets
Credit: Minette Hand

Looking to freshen up your kitchen? A pop of color always works. Whether you plan to paint your walls or just introduce brighter decor, you’ll want to keep an eye on the biggest color trends. Most major paint brands, like Pantone, select a “color of the year” — and they’re often a nice place to start for kitchen refresh inspiration. 

In case you need inspo for your next kitchen redesign, keep reading for the lowdown on this year’s coolest (and hottest!) colors and what hues and items to pair them with in your home. 

Pantone: Peach Fuzz

The 2024 Pantone color of the year is Peach Fuzz, which just so happens to be a perfect hue for a kitchen. This fun, flirty color can lift spirits and add a touch of whimsy to an otherwise functional space in your home. Peach pairs well with lots of colors, but I’m loving it with yellow, gold, navy, and teal in particular. 

Peach Fuzz kitchen decor

Get a load of this citrusy wallpaper from Rifle Paper, which features peach florals and citrus fruits set against a stately navy background. Perfect for renters, this removable wallpaper is a great way to incorporate this trendy color in your kitchen. 

This set of two peach-colored ceramic vases from Wayfair is a great addition to a tablescape, hutch, or kitchen shelf. Display one by itself or both together as part of a layered look. 

Coordinating kitchen decor

This gold linear chandelier would look right at home in a peach-colored kitchen, since the two hues go hand in hand. Hang it over a center island for a dramatic look, or suspend this elegant light fixture above your kitchen table. 

Sherwin Williams: Upward

This sky-blue hue from Sherwin Williams is simply heaven-sent and works perfectly to add an airy touch to your kitchen. Slather it on the walls to offset clean white countertops and cabinets, or bring in a few decorative elements to lighten things up. I’m currently obsessed with pairing this beautiful blue with white, cream, black, or even light green for a chic, modern vibe. 

Upward kitchen decor

Looking for a simple DIY project for this weekend? Grab some of this light blue basketweave fabric from Williams Sonoma and cover your dining room chairs or barstools to give a nod to this heavenly hue. 

You can combine one of this year’s hottest hues with a delicious seaside scent when you place this Williams Sonoma candle on your countertop. It’s proof that sometimes a hint of color is just what a space needs. 

When light blue is the vibe, we’d be remiss not to include a trendy SMEG kitchen appliance. The light blue color is right on point, so if you’ve been meaning to pick up a new toaster or tea kettle, there’s no time like 2024, when Upward is one of the hottest colors to have in the kitchen. 

Coordinating kitchen decor

This minimalist wooden dining chair from Williams Sonoma is finished in shiny black, making it the perfect complement for a light blue color like Upward.

Benjamin Moore: Blue Nova

It’s no surprise that there are two blues chosen as hot colors for 2024, since blue is one of the most popular paint colors for kitchens and homes. Blue Nova, from Benjamin Moore, is a medium blue reminiscent of denim. It pops against white, but lends itself beautifully to cheery yellows and looks amazing with terra cotta or even light pink. 

Blue Nova kitchen decor

Bring Blue Nova into your kitchen with this simple blue stoneware set from Target. The medium blue works well with traditional silverware or a more modern black flatware set. 

The stem of this elegant goblet perfectly captures Benjamin Moore’s color choice for 2024. This set of four will ensure your next gathering is right on trend. 

Coordinating kitchen decor

These little birdies are an adorable addition to a tablescape or kitchen shelf, and will pop against the rich hue of Blue Nova. 

Behr: Cracked Pepper

This year, Behr chose an elegant dark gray hue for its color of the year. Called Cracked Pepper, this color is simply perfect for a kitchen. We’re totally here for using this as a paint color for a modern aesthetic, or perhaps just an accent wall for a touch of mood. Either way, it pairs perfectly with other super-trendy colors like pink and teal, and classics like brown, white, and cream. Not ready to commit to a dark gray? No worries — a few accessories are all it takes to cop this moody vibe. 

Cracked Pepper kitchen decor

This minimalist dish drying rack comes in a dark gray color, which helps it to keep a low profile on your kitchen counter. Despite its relatively small footprint, the rack is capable of storing plenty of dishes, and comes with a drip tray that can also be used on its own. 

These oversized flour sack kitchen towels from Hearth and Hand with Magnolia are the perfect accessory if you’d like to add a lovely touch of gray to your kitchen. Here, dark gray mini stripes pop against a cream-colored background on these towels that manage to get softer every time you wash them. 

Coordinating kitchen decor

This four-piece wooden utensil set from Williams Sonoma is a super functional way to get that beautiful brown and gray color scheme for your space. Walnut wood makes this set durable and long-lasting with proper care and maintenance. 

Glidden: Limitless

This pretty color from Glidden will have you scratching your head: Is it yellow, or is it neutral? Either way, this versatile color will look right at home in your kitchen, whether you incorporate it as paint or as functional decor. Its color base (somewhere between a beige and a light yellow) allows it to pair perfectly with jewel tones like bright green, royal blue, and fuchsia. It’s also stunning against a light pink or dusty rose hue. 

Limitless kitchen decor

This set of springy dish towels will play up the yellow in this year’s “it” color from Glidden. It also brings in a deep green color, which is another great match for Limitless. 

An elegant kitchen mat not only makes doing dishes a more pleasant task, it adds an unexpected touch of color. This light yellow and navy kitchen mat from Williams Sonoma is a great way to give a nod to Glidden’s popular color. 

Coordinating kitchen decor

With flirty pink handles, this knife set would be a perfect accessory for a kitchen with Limitless as a backdrop.