How to Choose Paint Colors for Your Kitchen

Image courtesy of Suat Eman/

Image courtesy of Suat Eman/

Giving your kitchen a fresh coat of paint is one of the best ways to update it. The paint in your kitchen is especially prone to damage from high temperatures, steam and grease. But, how do you choose the right color? If this seems daunting to you, these tips can help.

Before you get started, make any needed repairs to your kitchen so you won’t have to worry about damaging your new paint job. Contact a plumber who specializes in drain cleaning, appliance repair and water heater repair on Long Island to make sure your kitchen is in working order.

Consider the Rest of Your Home

While you don’t have to choose a color that you are already using in your home, you should use one that complements the style in your other rooms. When you choose a paint color that matches the rest of your home, your kitchen will feel like it belongs and the flow from the kitchen to adjoining rooms will feel natural. Choose a color that is in the same family as the colors you are already using, or a contrasting color that will add some interest.

Assess the Lighting and Size of the Kitchen

Both the lighting and the size of your kitchen play a role in what kinds of colors will look best in the room. If your kitchen doesn’t have much lighting, you may want to go with a lighter color to make the space look brighter.

Smaller kitchens aren’t usually very conducive to darker colors, as they will just look smaller and darker. However, if you have a very large kitchen, you may be able to pull of a deep shade or you could paint just one wall a darker color to create an accent wall and ground the space.

It’s wise to pick up some paint chips and tape them to your wall to see how they look at different times of the day with different lighting.

Coordinate with Your Cabinets

Make sure the paint colors you choose will work with your cabinets. Even if you plan to refinish them, keep in mind the fact that your cabinets are probably the largest thing in the kitchen, so the way they look makes a big impact on the rest of the room.

Use the Right Finish

Some paint finishes are better for kitchens because they are easier to clean and maintain. Steer clear of gloss, matte, flat or eggshell finishes and opt for semi gloss or satin paints instead. Since paint finishes and colors can be hard to match, keep a small can of the paint you use so you’ll have it on hand for touch ups.

Prepare Your Kitchen

Before you paint your kitchen, make repairs to your appliances, faucet and cupboards. This way, you won’t have to worry about damaging your newly painted walls. Make sure all the walls are perfectly clean and dents and scratches are filled in.

Other things you can do to make your kitchen feel like new include repairing cabinets, adding window treatments, installing new cupboard knobs and drawer pulls and making sure your plumbing is in excellent condition. We specialize in kitchen remodels, drain cleaning and water heater repair on Long Island, so contact us for help updating your kitchen.

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