Paint colours for your kitchen

Choosing paint for your kitchen

When it comes to choosing paint for your kitchen, there’s a few things you need to consider.   Do you want a vibrant, energetic feel or a calm, relaxed space?  You can completely change the look and feel of your kitchen with a new paint colour, and it really doesn’t have to be all white.

Which colour is best for the kitchen?

Choosing paint for your kitchenA fresh coat of paint can completely revitalise your kitchen and the colour can change the feel of it entirely.  For an elegant, neutral aesthetic, grey is perfect and will complement any existing colours in the room.  White is the classic choice, for a timeless, clean and versatile look.  Pure white can look harsh, so an off white is the best choice and will feel warmer.

If you want a burst of colour, yellow and red are great warm colours to use and for cool ones, blue and green work well in kitchens.  Yellow is a very welcoming colour, red is vibrant and warm, blue is invigorating and green gives a energetic feel.  Try different tones to see which appeals most to you.

The best way to choose the colours is to start with a colour family, then narrow it down to the hue that you like best.  Always try some samples on the actual walls first, so that you can see how it will look in your home at different times of the day.

It’s also worth considering how the kitchen will flow with the other rooms of the house; whether the colour will complement the surrounding rooms or clash with them.

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How to combine colours

There are many options when it comes to combining colours in the kitchen, to find something that fits both your personality and existing decor.  Choosing paint for your kitchen

Painting the kitchen cabinets a different colour to walls is a popular trend now as it gives a gorgeous contrast in the room.  Likewise, if you have an island in your kitchen, you have the options of painting it to match the cabinets, or using it like you would an accent wall, to bring in a pop of colour.  Don’t forget the ceiling, as that can also be used as an accent wall, think of it like a ‘fifth wall’.

Neutrals like white, brown and grey are easy to pair with bright colours but bear in mind they all have undertones.   To choose a second, complementary colour have a look at a colour wheel (there are plenty available free online).  The colours sitting opposite on the wheel will complement each other.

A contrast of warm and cool colours gives a good balance to the room and the dominant colour will set the feel of the room; using the warmer tone on the walls creates a more inviting atmosphere, as it is on a larger surface area.

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Which type of paint?

You need to chose a type of paint which can stand up to the challenges of a kitchen; a warm environment with regular spills from cooking oils to water.  It Choosing paint for your kitchenmust be durable and easy to clean. Choose either gloss or satin, as glossier finishes will help to protect your walls from grease and water.  Gloss also works well on baseboards.  There are specialty paints that have a matte finish if you would prefer, but they are more expensive. For a higher level of hygiene, there is also a range of antimicrobial paints on the market.

Kitchen cabinets are in regular use, so you want a paint that hardens.  Oil based paint is best as the surface will be more tolerant to wear and tear.  It is more resistant to staining and easier to clean.

For the ceiling, flat paint is a good choice as it will help to hide any cosmetic irregularities and cracks.  Glossy paint is more reflective, so it will highlight any ceiling dents.

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Once you have chosen the right paint, put some thought into investing in good quality paint brushes too, as they will give you a better finish.  Alternatively, call in the experts to ensure the look you want.  Herts Decorators provide high quality and professional decorating services to our clients across Hertfordshire, book a free estimate with our team today!

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