We never met a colorful kitchen we didn’t like, but choosing colored cabinets is not a choice for the faint of heart. Too often we opt for white or wood cabinetry in our kitchen because it goes with everything. But if you’re feeling bored and want to add some personality to your kitchen, here are 15 stunning spaces to show you the right way to do it. The key is balance: If you have light floors and countertops, go for dark colors like green or dark blue and keep your accessories simple to keep the kitchen from feeling like a circus. Above all, choose a color you love. You spend a lot of time in your kitchen, so shouldn’t it be a space that makes you happy?

1. Paint the Island: If you’re just looking for a quick weekend project or want to give a paint color a trial run before you buy gallons of it, why not just paint the island? This could be a great IKEA hack for a budget kitchen makeover. (via At Home In Love)

2. Paint the Lower Cabinets: You couldn’t help but smile if you walked into this zesty yellow kitchen every morning! A dark island and black countertop gives it an industrial feel. (via Better Homes and Gardens)

3. Lovely Lavender: Although this color choice is unexpected for a kitchen, its softness makes it easy to live with for a long time. It doesn’t feel overly feminine paired with those modern lines and a stainless-steel island. (via House and Home)

4. Bubblegum Pink: Not for the faint of heart, this pink kitchen is BOLD. But the white countertops, white walls and open shelving helps tone down the bright color. (via Kitchen Sourcebook)

5. Lucky Green: Exposed brick, butcher block countertops and copper accents warm up this gorgeous green kitchen. (via Desire to Inspire)

6. Two Toned: We love that this colorful kitchen went full pastel with the painted cabinets. With light cabinets, the dark navy blue island really draws the eye to the heart of the home. (via Domaine Home)

7. Modern Nautical: Here, navy and white create the perfect balance of dark and light contrasts — especially with the gold accents. (via Domaine Home)

8. Parisian Pastels: Inspired by famous Parisian patisserie Ladurée, minty green cabinets and mirrors make this petite kitchen feel larger. (via One Kings Lane)

9. Sunshine Yellow: Imbue your kitchen with instant warmth — especially if it lacks windows — by coating your cabinets in buttery yellow. Touches of white with a subway tile backsplash or white accessories displayed on open shelves keeps the look fresh. (via A Beautiful Mess)

10. Soft Gray: Lighter colors can be just as effective as a bright hue. A bit of gray paint, a vintage ceiling fixture, a thrifted mirror and a darling miniature mirror turned this dated kitchen space into a modern beauty. (via Logan Killen)

11. Colorful Accessories: The cabinets are a soft blue, but the complementary hot pink rug helps bring even more color into this tiny kitchen. (via Apartment Therapy)

12. Half Time: Painting upper cabinets and lower cabinets a different color keeps things interesting, and it’s an easy makeover you can do by yourself (think half the work). (via Better Homes and Gardens)

13. Tiny Accents: If you’re really nervous about painting all your cabinets, or just want to give a color a trial run, just paint the inside and see how you feel about it. Who knows — if you really love it, you might just end up with an entirely teal kitchen. (via A Beautiful Mess)

14. Cottage Yellow: You can’t go wrong with buttery yellow cabinets and warm wood floors for a country-kitchen feeling. (via Better Homes and Gardens)

15. Gone Red: Proof that red can work in the kitchen, these bright red beauties make a cheerful statement in a galley kitchen. Silver pulls, stainless-steel appliances and white countertops provide plenty of visual relief from the hot color. (via Better Homes and Gardens)

What color would you paint your cabinets? Would you go for hot pink or stick to soft pastels? Talk to us in the comments below!