How to Pick Your Perfect Kitchen Paint Color
It’s probably no surprise that interior designers spend a lot of time fielding questions. People are constantly asking me where I bought that rug, or what kind of window covering they should be using for such-and-such a window. But hands down, the number one question that I’ve been getting lately is, “What color should I paint my kitchen?”
It seems like an easy thing to answer, right? And if you read design blogs, you’ll see that plenty of DIY-ers take a stab at it every day. Mostly, they advise some variation of picking a favorite color, then matching the rest of your kitchen to it. That kind of advice makes me cringe, because not only is it not the best solution, it can also be a total disaster!
You see, paint is probably the most adaptable part of your kitchen design. Your local hardware store stocks hundreds of colors, can ship in thousands, and can custom mix thousands more – most within similar price points. By comparison, the number of colors available for cabinetry, even custom builtins, is drastically smaller. Depending on your price range, tile and surface selection options can even narrow down your number of possible color combinations even further. That’s why the key to picking the perfect kitchen paint color is to pick it AFTER all of the hard parts have been decided – cabinets, appliances, countertops, accent tiles, and even flooring. Here’s a handy checklist to download and keep with you when deciding on your kitchen colors:
One more thing to remember: today’s home designs often incorporate open floor plans that combine kitchens with adjacent gathering areas like family rooms and breakfast areas. If this is true in your home, you’ll find it helps to think about the entire space as a whole. As walls come down between rooms, and lines continue to blur between where one room starts and another one ends, furniture, finishes, and color palettes are shared across multiple spaces. This helps maintain continuity, makes rooms feel more spacious, and actually helps them to live better with each other.
I know that this sounds like a tall order! But when you take the right things into consideration, and make your choices in the correct order, you’ll be surprised at how quickly things fall into place.