If there’s one place you want to feel completely at home, it’s in your kitchen. Most of us spend a great deal of time there. Our kitchens are where we nourish our self and our family, where we gather to make plans, hatch ideas, and enjoy one another’s company. Does your kitchen make you happy? Could it use a little TLC?
Painting your kitchen can make a world of difference
Kitchens beckon to be painted for a variety of reasons:
- Perhaps the kitchen colors seem tired or out of style
- Perhaps the paint is worn, and the dings, scuffs, and stains are making you cringe
- Maybe you’ve just remodeled or replaced some appliances
Whatever your reason, there are a dizzying number of beautiful colors and options to ponder.
You may find it helpful to engage the trained eye of a professional color consultant, someone with the experience to know how those tiny swatches of color you’re considering will translate onto your walls.
Color consultants understand how color shapes a room’s personality. They know how to choose a pallet for your kitchen that relates well to adjoining spaces. A good consultant will seek to learn your unique style – be it modern and sleek, bold, funky or traditional – and weather a color’s resale value or contemporary trends are important factors to you.
If this will be a DYI project, you may want to visit houzz for a little inspiration. Paint company websites like Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams are also a great resource for ideas. And be sure to check out apps that let you upload a photo of your very own kitchen and explore color options virtually. Paint Tester is one of many such apps.
As you contemplate kitchen paint color options, here are five tips to help you select a winning combination.
1. Kitchen Countertops
Since countertops are a central feature in your kitchen, this is a great place to begin the search for successful kitchen color schemes. When you look down at your countertop, what do you see? Chances are you notice a mix of colors, including one that is dominant and others that are secondary. These secondary colors add depth and interest. Extending the dominant color to your walls is generally not a good idea, especially if the dominant color is dark. On the other hand, choosing a wall color that matches one those secondary colors can create a very pleasing harmonious look.
Photo by John Coley on Flickr
For a more vibrant high energy effect, consider choosing a paint color that complements one of the secondary colors in your countertop. Complementary colors embolden one another – think green & red, purple & yellow, black & white. Complementary colors are colors that contrast rather than match. They’re dynamic rather than harmonious. A color wheel is a useful tool to help you identify complementary color combinations.
2. Kitchen Cabinets
Because kitchen cabinets typically account for 40%-60% of the visual space in your kitchens, it’s wise when painting your walls to consider replacing, resurfacing or repainting your cabinets at the same time.
If your goal is to minimize the appearance of your kitchen cabinets, choose wall and cabinets colors that are similar or the same. To accentuate your cabinets, choose colors that are distinctly different, even complementary opposites.
Photo by Geneldekorasyon, from Wikimedia Commons
In the photo above the cabinets are especially prominent. Why is that? Of course their bright red color has something to do with it, but what effect do you think it would have if the wall and cabinet colors were more alike?
Perhaps your kitchen cabinets have a natural wood finish with a yellow, red, blue or brownish hue. Consider a wall color that includes at least a touch of that tint (for example a reddish-white or a yellowish-white). Natural wood cabinetry and painted walls look best when they relate to one another in this way.
Remember that your kitchen floor is also part of the mix. It’s a good idea to place your kitchen color swatches down on the floor to see if some options relate better than others. This may prove an effective way to whittle down your options.
Stepping into your kitchen shouldn’t be an aesthetic shock to your senses. Focus on kitchen colors that complement the feel and appearance of your home overall. Your kitchen can have a distinct personality but still needs to get along well with neighboring rooms.
5. Art, Photographs, and Favorite Dishware
What decorative artwork, photographs, furnishings and dishware will your kitchen feature? To achieve a coordinated look, remember to also keep these items in mind while thinking through cabinet and wall color option.
Choosing new kitchen paint colors can be fun. Live with your options for a while, and be sure to view them at different times of the day as the light shifts. With your overall aesthetic goals in mind, don’t hesitate to think outside the box. As long as you ponder your choices holistically, observing how colors relate to and influence one another, you’re bound to find a kitchen color scheme that is unique, lovely and welcomes you in.