Taupe Kitchen Cabinets

By Kate Riley March 21, 2017

I placed the order for new kitchen cabinets at the flip house. I chose a pale taupe color for the lower cabinets and the kitchen island, and a soft white for the upper cabinets and pantry. I’ve done gray cabinets in a kitchen before, I still love it, but for this remodel, I’m choosing a warmer neutral. It will complement the dark flooring, white walls, and the transitional looks already in place in the home (see the fireplace makeover here and the bathroom makeover here).

Warmer grays are definitely trending. Some might say “taupe is the new gray.” For years we shunned tan and beige and the pendulum swung the other way toward cooler gray which dominated for some time. However I’m happy to see it swinging back to the middle; some call it taupe some call it greige, but I love it when I see it – that soothing neutral that’s a blend of beige and gray.

Taupe kitchen cabinets to inspire:


devol kitchens


devol kitchens



laura lee home



randi destefano



via decorpad


tobi fairley



traditional home


chelsea construction


via homebunch

Notice how all hardware finishes look great with taupe painted cabinetry, you can’t go wrong with, bronze, nickel, or brass.


  1. I really like this cabinet color, it is a good neutral. The taupe brings a sense of warmth and comfort to the space without being stark and boring. I also enjoy that due to the neutral quality nearly any home decor you choose will work well!

  2. I love the taupe paint color! What color would you recommend to get this color paint?

  3. Love the color on the first photo! What taupe and what white did you end up using? I’m thinking about painting cabinets in my kitchen, and this would be beautiful!

    • I just painted my kitchen cabinets . I used accessible beige by Sherwin Williams for my cabinet color and Sherwin Williams alabaster for my trim color. I love it !

  4. I love taupe. So glad it’s making a comeback. Our den walls have been painted taupe for a number of years. Guess I”m a style setter. Haha. Love all the inspiration photos.

  5. I love it! This color has always been a favorite of mine. I like the look of the grey, but it never felt right in my own home where the taupe does.

  6. I never could get on board with the cool grays. At the time, we lived in a stone Tuscan-style house with travertine floors and dark alder trim and doors. It was originally painted Navajo white which I grew to hate! We transitioned it to more of a Mediterranean look and used lots of blues, greens, and taupe. It was great! One of my favorites is Tony Taupe by Sherwin Williams. We painted our three-story foyer that color and it was amazing. Sometimes it looked tan. Sometimes it looked like a warm grey. The color looked great with Contented and Comfort Gray (both greenish blues) by Sherwin Williams. We loved it, but we also had a lot of natural light. I just tried it in our basement in our new home and it was way too dark. One shade lighter is balanced beige and that was the ticket for our new house which has white trim. I’m glad to see the cool grays fading out.

  7. I used to love cool blues and grays, I was way ahead of trend in the 90s. But when I moved to the Pacific Northwest, I knew I didn’t want cool grays. Blues, sure. Grays, nope. I love it here but we do have plenty of gray days and I want my house to be cozy.

  8. LOVE! I am redesigning an office… and am incorporating a combination of the gray and taupe. I’m loving it! Thanks for your continued inspiration.

  9. Hi , I live in Australia and the best colour for these cabinets is called Dulux paints Russian toffee . Lighter colours are hogs bristle – or still lighter 1/2 or 1/4 strength hogs bristle – they all work well together and are the most popular greige family .
    I painted my cabinets the Russian toffee color 12 years ago and have Calacatta marble with them . They look fabulous and have not dated at all

  10. Taupe is so pretty on cabinets! I’m getting ready to paint an old pine china cabinet to give it a fresh modern feel and would love a recommendation for a taupe paint brand/color.

  11. Kate!!!… I’m madly in love with the color of the fist kitchen cabinets… please tell us what color it is, I’ve seen a few people interested
    Love and light

  12. I love the cabinet colors of the fifth and sixth photos, what colors are those?

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