Current trends in kitchen design favor a little color and I'm a fan of this. Monochromatic, all white kitchens have their place, but painting your cupboards is a great way to add some color without coating your walls. And if you anchor the room with color on the lower cabinets, you can still have a clean, light look from the counter top to the ceiling.
You could gut your kitchen and rebuild, but you can also try out this trend by simply painting over what you have. It's a great way to freshen the space and dated cabinets can really bring your room down. I've put together some great examples of painted cabinets to give you a little inspiration.
Starting basic with black and white. The simple design in this kitchen doesn't let the dark tone overwhelm. A look to suit many color schemes. SOURCE
This kitchen is modern and light. A sweet pastel on the lower cabinets matches the feel of the rest of the home, and brings out the pretty kitchen floor. source
A classic moss green for the upper and lower cabinets inthis kitchen. The marble and natural wood throughout the room compliment this beautifully. source
Could this be my favorite? Possibly. A stunning blue on the lower cabinets, with open shelving to keep things light. The warm metals add a classic and stylish touch. source
Calm, warm greys make this a serene space. The pale tones of the paint, countertop, and backsplash are warmed up with a bit of wood and greenery. This is a look that will hold up over time.