Painting your house can be an exciting and emotional experience. Whether it is renovating your old house or buying a new one, painting often signifies a new beginning with a hope to fill your home and life with color. The kitchen is perhaps the most important part of the house and ensuring that it looks stylish yet welcoming can be a frustrating and daunting task. The huge array of color options can be overwhelming. However, with a few tips and tricks to brighten up your kitchen with these 6 paint ideas, step back and watch as your kitchen transforms into your favorite place in the house.
Identify Your Home’s Style
The first and foremost rule about kitchen coloring is to follow your own personal taste. At the end of the day, it is your house, and your kitchen should reflect your personality and what you wish to convey through the colors.
Nonetheless, it is always a good idea to consider your home’s overall style before settling on a particular color. A bold color may look good now, but you should be sure that you will like this color for years to come.
For instance, is your house vintage? Then go for rustic browns and neutral shades. On the contrary, a splash of bold shades like burgundy red and plum or even black can easily suit a modern kitchen when paired right.
Express Feelings Through Your Kitchen
A kitchen is the most commonplace for family gatherings, so it is always a good idea to put more effort into painting it. Many people prefer warmer tones to create a soothing effect and go for colors like white, blues, and pale yellows.
Others prefer an energetic look to their kitchen with red, greens, and berry shades.
Take Your Fixtures and Cabinets into Account
Be sure to take your cabinets and fixtures into consideration when choosing a color. The color must be in sync with them; otherwise, your kitchen might look clumsy or tacky.
Alternatively, if you plan on remodeling the whole kitchen, use a paint sprayer to paint cabinets that gives you a great opportunity to experiment. Use contrasting colors for the insides of the cabinets for a unique look.
Another great option to brighten your kitchen is to go for one color for the cabinets with splashes of bold colors for the drawers, backsplash, and other kitchen items.
Unfortunately, the same versatility cannot be applied to your kitchen appliances, like refrigerators and ovens. Though stainless steel usually complements most colors, the same cannot be said for a white-colored appliance, so keep that in mind before settling on a color.
Include Your Furniture
The furniture of your kitchen is another great way to incorporate color into your kitchen. If you prefer wooden furniture, paint them powdered light blue and pair them with floral wall coverings on the walls and patterned tiles for the backsplash for a 1950s’ style cottage kitchen.
Consider mixing and matching chairs around the dining table for a homey feeling and a good chance to make use of thrift store gems.
Be in Sync with Other Rooms
You may prefer different styles for your rooms; however, for rooms adjacent to your kitchen, it is ideal to use complementary tones. An easy way to do this to use the Adobe Color CC program.
For example, if your living room is olive green, use that as a base color and find the complementary colors on the color wheel.
Decide on the Color Palette
Think about what makes you feel at home with family and friends when choosing a color palette. If classic colors are too bland for you, try experimenting with fun accents that you can easily change, such as door handles, drawer pulls, and rugs.
Let’s walk through different color shades that will suit your kitchen depending on the look you are aiming for.
Warm Neutrals In The Kitchen
Neutral is not just one color but any color, depending on the shade and tint. Always considered a safe bet, these shades complement most furniture items and never get old.
Colors like soft blue-gray, beige, dark gray are great for the cabinets, backsplashes, and walls. You can perk up the kitchen by combining cool colors like blue, green, and violet or warm tones like red, pink, yellow, and orange.
Red is a shade many people are afraid to experiment with as there is a fine line between looking bold and looking tacky. Kitchens with plenty of dark colors like fog-gray steel appliances are a good choice to incorporate red in the cabinets.
Choose dark shades like burgundy red for your cabinets for an elegant yet bold look to your kitchen. On the contrary, if you are unsure of using red for large spaces like cabinets and walls, buy kitchen items and other accents in red shades for a funky addition.
Earthy Brown In The Kitchen
A great alternative for neutral-averse people is brown shades. Brown signifies the earth, the source of food that comes to your kitchen, and also evokes a homey and cozy feeling, perfect for private time with the family.
Choose reddish brown shades for the walls, paired with dark brown kitchen cabinets. Top it off with hunter green kitchen islands, and you will never want to leave the warmth of your kitchen.
Blue Shades To Brighten Up Your Kitchen
Blue shades are a popular color choice for people who want to add a splash of color to their kitchen without appearing bold. Draw the eyes up with aqua ceilings or create a midwestern-cottage appeal with blue patterned wallpapers or a backsplash paired with white cabinets.
Evoke the feeling of the seaside with sky blue banquette for the dining space with a white tiled backsplash.
Feeling bold? Make your kitchen look vibrant with cobalt blue cabinets and drawers complemented by rugs of subtle reds. Go retro with old-school-style kitchen appliances in poppy mint and keep the rest simple white shades.
A Kitchen Full Of Sunny Yellows
Light yellow is a perfectly balanced color for kitchens as they comfortably complement wooden cabinets and lets you focus on other parts of the kitchen without drawing too much attention.
Yellow adds ambiance to a room, which is perfect if you live in a sun-deprived area or own a small kitchen. Deeper yellows, like Ralph Lauren Home Kayak Yellow and Mesa Sunrise, will give a classic, timeless look to your kitchen that your guests will appreciate.
Add a dramatic appeal to a classic kitchen with teal cabinets paired with stenciled ceilings and a lemon yellow tray to liven up the room for a fun way to include yellow accents.
Pure White To Brighten Up Your Kitchen
You can never go wrong with white. This never-out-of-style color is a class of color unto itself. Go all white with walls, ceilings, cabinets, and furniture topped off with steel-coned pendant lights for a sophisticated, ultra-modern look.
Other Fun Shades
Not feeling like trying generic colors? Color your cabinets hunter green with a white backsplash to brighten up your kitchen for a fresh and modern look. Alternately, berry cabinetry with Victorian-style furnishings to give your kitchen a traditional look.
You can also try colors like dark magenta for cabinets or plum red for a backsplash, which are quickly becoming popular choices for house owners.
Now that you have settled on a color, keep it lasting for years to come by protecting it with an appropriate finish. Instead of the easily stained matte finish, opt for satin or semi-gloss (which is stain, dirt, and mildew-resistant) as your kitchen will be prone to spills and splatters.
If you are lucky enough to own your home, you also have the opportunity to paint it however you like. Of course, painting is a lot of work.
Therefore, researching and evaluating your options when settling on a paint color is essential. Wall colors can drastically change the look of any room, including your kitchen, so choose wisely before choosing a color so that it can brighten up your kitchen for years to come.
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