Laundry day isn’t everyone’s favorite, at least not for my wife and me!
But I believe having a pretty and organized space can make it more bearable.
Many people forget to style this room since its primary function is utility. Still, those passionate about interior design see the laundry room as another chance to bring creativity and life into their home.
One easy way to change the laundry room’s atmosphere is by painting the cabinets and walls in colors you truly enjoy living in.
While Benjamin Moore’s Vanilla Milkshake is one of my top favorites, you can opt for many other classic colors like white, gray, or blue for a laundry room cabinet makeover.
You could even create a moodier space with dark neutrals or select your favorite medium shades like lime, orange, or even mauve.
Best Laundry Room Paint Colors for Cabinets
Did you know that the average American woman spends close to two hours a week doing laundry?
That’s more than four full days every year spent on laundry! If you’re spending that much time in your laundry room, it should be a place where you feel relaxed and comfortable.
That’s why I took around three days to compile my list of top picks for the best paint colors for your laundry room and the cabinets there.
1- Benjamin Moore Vanilla Milkshake
As I said, this is my favorite color; I could be biased!
Vanilla Milkshake is the perfect color for a small laundry room with no windows.
The warm grey and beige tones make it feel cozy and inviting, while the white keeps it feeling bright and airy.
This creamy, neutral color adds a warm feel to the space and is especially great for anyone who wants a laundry room that looks like a spa.
My wife believes it’s a warm and inviting off-white shade that will make you feel homey in your laundry room.
Consider complementing the color with black or brown handles, and it will add a touch of sophistication to your cabinets.
2- Benjamin Moore Simply White
This classic white (with subtle yellow undertones) is an excellent color for laundry room cabinets because it gives off a fresh, crisp look to your cabinets and walls.
Many homeowners and DIYers prefer to match their cabinets to walls with slightly lighter or darker paint colors.
But, for more contrast and a rich look, I suggest coating your walls with a darker color if you plan to paint the cabinets with Simply White or vice versa.
3- Benjamin Moore’s Smoke
Benjamin Moore Smoke is one of those colors that people usually have a strong reaction to – they either love it or hate it.
It’s bolder than some light colors but still has the calming effect of a lighter color compared to many other grays by different brands.
In my opinion, it’s more of a sophisticated grey that would look great in a contemporary setting, especially when paired with taupe and beige colors.
4- Farrow & Ball Blackened
If you want to give your kitchen a cool and trendy makeover, try painting the cabinets with Blackened from Farrow & Ball.
This color has a slight hint of gray, making it more interesting than pure classic white.
Adding stainless steel appliances and handles with a touch of gold will create a modern look and feel to this color.
5- Pigeon by Farrow and Ball
The Pigeon by Farrow and Ball paint color instantly caught my attention for my laundry room cabinets – and hence can be a perfect fit for you.
After doing a bit of research, I realized that it fit all the criteria I was looking for in a paint color.
While some have described it as gray with blue undertones, it looks like a very light green to me.
Nevertheless, it still provides the perfect amount of coloring while not being too overwhelming or bright if you contrast it with somewhat lighter walls and countertops.
6- Angelica by Benjamin Moore
Benjamin Moore’s Angelica is an exciting pale gray with lavender undertones that can be a perfect tone for laundry cabinets.
The color will give your room a calming feeling. Use it with light-colored walls, flooring, and countertops to create an inviting atmosphere.
You can also contrast the cabinets with white appliances and handles for a more modern look.
Angelica is easy to work with as it pairs nicely with a variety of colors and finishes.
So, it’s best to try it out to find whether it’s a perfect combination for your unique laundry room!
7- Sherwin Williams Sea Salt
My other laundry room paint color recommendation is Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams.
Sea Salt creates a tranquil feel in the room – similar to the one enjoyed in many coastal areas.
The cool blue-grey undertones anchor the space while the lightness of the color brightens it up, making any small room seem more open and airy.
8- Rainwashed by Sherwin-Williams
If you love the natural feel of water with soft blue and greens, Rainwashed from Sherwin-Williams is also great for coating your laundry cabinets.
Its a one of a kind muted blue-green to add interest without being too overwhelming.
With Rainwashed colored cabinets, you could try adding floating shelves nearby in natural wood.
The color also goes well with white or stainless steel appliances, and the pale color is perfect for small spaces with no windows.
9- Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige
Though it has been around for some time, Accessible Beige by Sherwin Williams is a beautiful and timeless color that never goes out of style.
Its many undertones make for the perfect beige laundry room cabinets.
Unlike plain white cabinets, Accessible Beige adds personality without being overbearing.
So, you can paint the rest of your laundry room in white or neutrals and let this color stand out.
May it be with light-colored walls, flooring, or countertops – the possibilities are endless with Accessible Beige!
10- Gorgeous PPG Misty Aqua
Misty Aqua is a soft, muted aqua with a turquoise and aquamarine undertone.
It would be perfect for painting a cabinet. Try pairing it with light creams and accentuating the look with soft neutrals.
Like Misty Aqua, Midsummer’s Dream by PPG is a tremendous breezy bay aqua-blue with a twilight blue undertone.
Pair it with a creamy white and lighter greys to bring this color to life.
The results will be nothing short of amazing!
11- Autumn Glow and Fresh Lemonade by PPG
Another outstanding pair of colors are Autumn Glow and Fresh Lemonade by PPG.
The former is a subdued terracotta with subtle undertones, while the latter is a stimulating perky yellow with a slight edge of lemons.
You could combine them to bring sunshine and warmth into your laundry room by using one on the cabinets and the other on the walls.
The combination of these two colors is sure to give your laundry room a vibrant, cheerful look!
12- Benjamin Moore’s Blushing Brilliance
Looking for a pink that’s chic and fun? Look no further than Blushing Brilliance by Benjamin Moore.
This snappy shade is inspired by the color of rosé wine, so if you love to pour yourself a glass while you’re folding laundry or waiting for your wet towels to dry, why not try the shade on your cabinets?
Silver-toned hardware and white appliances can help amplify the hue, making it look even more stunning.
13- Dunn-Edwards Peacock Plume
If you like to go with some unique dark color, this vivid blue-green hue of Peacock Plume by Dunn-Edwards is a go-to option worth trying.
Not only for cabinets, but if you have any spare wall space, this is a great shade to give your small laundry room its own identity.
Gilding or adding a copper frame to your mirror will help bounced light fill the space and make off-white appliances stand out.
14- Clare’s Sriracha and Coffee Date
Deep reddish Sriracha from Clare on walls with Clare’s Coffee Date rich dark brown cabinets makes for a perfect contrast while giving a shot of energy and sass to your laundry room.
Sriracha is a rich, sophisticated red, and Coffee Date has enough warmth to amplify it without being overwhelming.
The combination of colors can bring any laundry room to life. For the ultimate impact, pair up with natural wood furniture, light fixtures, and gold hardware.
15- Benjamin Moore Dark Royal Blue with Behr Very Navy
Benjamin Moore’s Dark Royal Blue and Very Navy by Behr is perfect if you want to give your laundry room cabinetry some pizzazz.
If you’re going for more of a coastal feel, pair it with cool whites, shades of gray, and gold-toned accents.
The contrasting colors of navy blue and off-white are perfect for creating a crisp and elegant look.
So, all these colors will help reflect the light, giving your space an airy and spacious feel.
And if you’re feeling bold, pinstripe detailing or wallpapering the walls with a navy pattern could add a bit of drama.
Mistakes to Avoid When Painting the Laundry Room Cabinets
Let me confess; although many homeowners are well aware, they still make mistakes when painting their laundry room cabinets. I have seen them many times!
So, to help you not repeat them, here are some of the most common mistakes to avoid when painting your cabinets or wardrobes in a laundry room:
1. Not Preparing the Surface:
The surface of your laundry room cabinets should be adequately sanded and prepared before painting.
This means removing any old paint or debris and filling in any holes, cracks, or chips, which ensures that your paint job goes smoothly and lasts for a long time.
Also, primer is essential to ensure proper adhesion of the paint to the cabinet surface.
Not using a primer means the paint will be more vulnerable to chipping, fading, and even peeling off over time.
2. Using the Wrong Paint Type:
Many types of paints are available today, and choosing the right one for your cabinets is essential.
If you have wooden cabinets, opt for oil-based paint; however, it’s better to use water-based latex paint for cabinets made from a composite material.
A semi-gloss paint, which will help make your cabinets easier to clean, is recommended as most laundry rooms remain moist/humid for a long time, even when there’s enough ventilation.
Also, depending on the paint type, color, and overall look you are trying to achieve, your laundry room cabinets may require several coats of paint.
So, you must apply multiple light coats instead of one thick coat that won’t dry properly and may leave behind an uneven finish.
Also, let each coat dry completely before applying the next one.
3. Applying the Paint With Doors On and with the Wrong Tools:
I always say that for your cabinets to look perfect, it’s best to remove the doors and drawers before painting them with the right set of rollers meant for painting cabinets.
If you, however, plan to use a paintbrush, use a Wooster angled brush which will be much easier than other types and will avoid brush strokes.
Not removing the doors or glass windows from your cabinets can be a huge mistake because it will take more time to paint around those tiny grooves, hinges, or other hardware.
This will ensure that they are not splattered with paint and are evenly coated without worrying about any paint drips that need to be removed later.
The Bottom Line
No matter what color you choose, painting your laundry room cabinets is an excellent way to upgrade the entire space and make it look new.
Using the best paint colors for your cabinets, you can create a unique atmosphere and place you are excited to be in.
No matter which color you decide to go with, I always suggest that you prepare the surface before starting any painting and try your selected hue on a small part of the cabinet to make sure you are happy with it.
Finally, add a few details, such as colorful knobs or handles, for an extra touch of style!
Jack Luis is a semi-retired painter who loved painting his clients’ ideas on their walls.
He had worked as a painter for more than a decade to serve the customers in areas such as Charleston, Mount Pleasant, Beaufort, Georgetown, SC (South Carolina). Today in his free time, he likes to read and write about the newer techniques that are being implemented in his profession. You may read more about him here or get in touch with him here.
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