Instead of plain-Jane white, a coat of vivid paint brings cabinets into the limelight. "Pick something you won't tire of that works with the other shades in your home," says Julie Richard, the Massachusetts-based owner of Shelter Interior Design and an Ace Hardware design expert. If your cupboards have glass fronts, lacquer the inside.
Get the look: Benjamin Moore's Grape Green (2027-40) and St. Elmo's Fire (362). See benjaminmoore.com for stores.