Having two colors on your cabinets suggests an earlier time, when kitchens were assembled from different furniture-like pieces instead of banks of identical built-ins. Consider shades of the same color, or a complementary scheme, with the darker or stronger hue on the base cabinets to anchor the room. A light shade on the uppers creates an open and airy feel, especially when wall paint is also light, as shown in the kitchen at left. For a long-lasting paint job, be sure to properly prep and prime first, and use a top coat specifically formulated for cabinetry.
$150 to $300, depending on the number of cabinets. Multi-Purpose Latex Primer, $27 per gallon, and All Surface Enamel Acrylic Latex High Gloss Paint, $57 per gallon; sherwin-williams.com