A kitchen remodel is a quick way to add value to your home. But what if you don’t want to tear the whole kitchen out to build a new one?
Paint offers a simple and affordable way to refresh your kitchen cabinets. It’s often the best choice when the cabinets are structurally sound but simply tired.
Wondering how to choose your kitchen cabinet paint colors? Read on to learn more.
Use Color Theory
Look at the colors already present in your kitchen. Color theory will be your friend here.
A monochromatic color scheme will use varying shades of the same color. Your kitchen will look harmonious. Start with the walls and match your cabinets to those.
A complementary scheme uses two colors from opposite sides of the color wheel. It creates contrast but without being jarring. What color is opposite the color of your walls?
Or be really bold and choose a triadic color scheme. If your walls are one color and the furniture is another? Pick a third color an equal distance from them on the color wheel for your cabinets.
Check the Size and Style of Your Cabinets
When you’re thinking about painting kitchen cabinets, consider the type of cabinets. Their style can dictate the paint color you choose.
Modern cabinets will work well in primary hues. One or two cabinets painted in bright shades look fun alongside white cabinets. Traditional cabinets, part of more ‘farmhouse’ style kitchens, look better in whites, creams, or pastel shades.
Choose the colors to suit the size of your kitchen. Use pale colors to create the illusion of more space in a small or poorly lit kitchen. Larger spaces can handle darker cabinets.
Remember — if you’re updating the kitchen before you sell your home, stick to neutral shades.
Choose Kitchen Cabinet Paint Colors from Other Rooms
Do you have strong colors in the rest of your home, but the kitchen is neutral? Try carrying those colors through to your cabinets. Because they’ll act as spot colors, they won’t be so overwhelming.
A pop of blue can look amazing in a white kitchen. Or try a warm coral with natural wood finishes.
Look at the colors you use in the rooms next to the kitchen for the best continuity.
Set a Mood
Many people consider the kitchen to be the heart of the home. It’s often a warm and welcoming space.
Think about what colors you find to be welcoming or warm. Are they warm tones like peach or salmon? Or would you prefer to pair cream cabinets with wooden worktops or terracotta tiled floors for a classic look?
Your cabinet refurbishing efforts are as much about setting a mood as they are playing with color.
Get Kitchen Cabinets to Die For
Choosing your new kitchen cabinet paint colors doesn’t have to be hard. Involve the whole family to make it a family project. Or take your time checking paint swatches against your existing kitchen furniture.