DESIGNER ROUND UP: Kitchen Cabinet Colours

If you’ve ever had the opportunity to design your own kitchen, you’ll know that there are a ton of decisions that need to be made from the colour of your cabinets to the counter top material, counter top colour, sink style, sink material, faucet, hardware, appliances, cabinet style, the list goes on… SO I thought I would provide my top favourite kitchen cabinet colours to help make at least some, or part of the decision process a little easier. Be sure to keep scrolling for pictures.


Vanessa Enns Interiors Designer Round Up Kitchen Cabinet Colours


Benjamin Moore Simply White

This white was the 2016 colour of year and there’s a good reason. Simply White is a soft, warm white that feels clean and is extremely versatile. It is a favourite of mine for baseboards, trim and ceilings. This colour also looks great in a kitchen making it feel bright, airy and crisp. The best part about this white is that it looks great in almost all lighting and with all colour palettes.


Benjamin Moore White Dove

Benjamin Moore White Dove is a warm white that appears creamier. I selected this colour for my own kitchen to provide more warmth to the space. While it might look similar to Simply white in the photos, it does have a slight yellow/grey undertone to provide that creamy colour and is less bright. This colour isĀ  one of the more popular off-whites.


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Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace

This colour is a very crisp white. It looks very bright and modern. It is a great option for kitchen cabinetry because it immediately makes the kitchen feel bigger and brighter. It is also great if you have a contrasting colour island or countertop that you really want to make pop.

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Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter

Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter has been a long time favourite wall colour for me. However, it also looks great on cabinetry. I find it to be a really easy greige colour to use because the undertones aren’t too blue, green or purple like some greiges. As a cabinetry colour, it allows you to veer away from the more classic white kitchen while still keeping your space light and bright. I love the combination of white upper cabinets with Revere Pewter painted base cabinets.

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Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray

I love this colour. It is a beautiful, rich gray that isn’t too dark. It is considered a warm gray. It looks amazing when paired with a bright white like Simply White. As you can see in the pictures below, it also looks nice paired with either satin nickel or brass hardware and looks great with marble.

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Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal

Kendall Charcoal is darker than Chelsea Gray if you are looking for a darker colour that is still on the warm side. This colour is also very versatile and pairs well with other shades of white. This shade in a kitchen provides drama and contrast. I would use this colour for base cabinets or for an island.

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Kendall Charcoal Island, White Dove Upper Cabinets and Pantry (Image via Muti Kitchen and Bath)
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Benjamin Moore Hale Navy

Hale Navy is having a moment. It is a very popular paint colour not only for cabinets but for walls as well. It is such a beautiful, rich shade of blue that looks amazing in almost all lighting. It is neither a cool nor warm shade making it an easy shade to work with. Hale Navy allows you to add colour to your space without being overwhelming or too out there. I think that this blue shade is classic enough for a kitchen and you won’t tire of it. It really is the perfect navy.



Benjamin Moore Gray 2121-10

I really love how dark shade of Benjamin Moore Gray 2121-10. If you are looking for drama, this paint colour will offer it. It is a true gray with black undertones so it feels more warm than a gray with blue undertones. I love how it was used in the picture below to add depth and warmth to the kitchen.

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Benjamin Moore Coventry Gray

Coventry Gray is a medium-gray that is more on the cool side. It is a light, fresh and bright gray colour. It has a slight green-ish/blue-ish undertone to it so make sure to test it out in your lighting.

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DESIGNER ROUND UP: Island Pendant Lights

Happy hump day!

Today I’ve pulled together some of my favourite island pendant lights that are commonly used by designers. These days designers aren’t only doing the three, small pendant lights over an island in a kitchen that you used to see a number of years ago. These days it’s all about the island pendant lights being a focal point and you can have two, three or even more lights over the island. In my own kitchen, I have 2 of the black iron medium Darlana pendants. I love them because they contrast against my all white kitchen and the black iron ties into other details in the house such as the iron hardware on my doors.

Tip for Hanging Lights Above Island:

2 Pendants: They should be spaced 30″ apart (15″ each way from the centre of the island) and the bottom of the light should be 30 – 36″ above the island.

3 Pendants: They should be spaced 28″ apart and 12″ in from the end of the island. The bottom of the light should be 30 – 36″ above the island.

Here’s my round up along with some inspiration. Enjoy!

Vanessa Enns Interiors Designer Round Up Island Pendant Lights
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  1. Hick’s Pendant

2. Darlana Lantern

3. Henry Industrial Pendant

4. Morris Lantern

5. Industrial Pendant

6. Caged Lantern with Paper Shade

7. Cone Pendant

8. Globe Pendant



I always love scrolling through pinterest and ogling over the amazing house designs that are featured on there. I find I am most drawn to kitchen designs because I personally believe that the kitchen is the most important room in the house. It is where family gathers, where you spend time cooking, where guests gather around the island with a drink, etc. I redid my kitchen last year and the last item on my list to finish off the kitchen are new bar stools. Looking at the images online there seems to be some designer favs that are used over and over so I thought I’d put together a little bar stool round up with sources.


The Round Up:

Vanessa Enns Interiors Designer Round Up Bar Stools
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Design Inspiration:

  1. Riviera Stool from Serena and Lily


2. Tig Bar Stools from Crate and Barrel


4. Smart and Sleek Stool from Wisteria