Tips for Choosing a Paint Color for Your Kitchen

We form strong feelings about colors. These associations impact how we feel in a room, and thus how we behave. The color of your kitchen can dramatically impact the kind of activities it sees.

0016-From-The-Hip-Photo-WebGet inspired. Choose one element to help you design your color scheme. Maybe it’s bold tile flooring, or sleek brushed steel appliances. Don’t commit just yet. First, envision what the rest of your space will look like. Once you have an idea, you can begin researching and dreaming, but stay flexible – the perfect complement to those tiles may not be available.

Select the least flexible elements first. Before choosing a paint color, evaluate everything else in the room – cabinets, appliances, flooring and furniture. If the kitchen is open to the dining or other rooms, you’ll also need to consider how the paint color will complement other decor schemes. When remodeling your kitchen keep the color you like in mind, but don’t let it drive your decisions if you see cabinetry you prefer or appliances at a better price.

3_week_kitchens_01-1024×683Look to the light. The amount of light in your kitchen – artificial or natural – impacts how color works in the room. If you have poor lighting, dark colors and matte finishes may make your kitchen seem dreary. Take paint samples home to see how they work in your kitchen first.

Don’t be afraid of color. White kitchens are a popular trend today, but don’t be afraid to select a color that speaks to you. Unconventional colors can make neutral cabinets and countertops pop. Sometimes paint color actually covers little surface area after cabinets and backsplashes, so a wall can be the perfect place to add a splash of color.