White is an optimal color for a small kitchen as it reflects light and gives the appearance of more space, according to Better Homes and Gardens. Additionally, using soft colors, such as a grey-green, throughout a small kitchen also creates a more open feel.
Using white on a kitchen's ceiling, cabinets and counters creates a seamless look that keeps the eye from stopping. Using either white or another soft color also creates minimal contrast throughout the kitchen, making the entire space seems larger.
HGTV recommends using several shades of a light, neutral paint tone to add depth and warmth to a small kitchen. Select colors that complement adjoining spaces and coincide with the chosen design style.