The excitement of moving into a new house generates a list of project ideas that are necessary to personalize your new space. Some of the obvious projects are hanging pictures, organizing décor items, placing furniture and applying color to your walls. Painting is probably the most common interior décor project for most homeowners. Popular today are accent walls and different room colors to help separate interior spaces. Second to the family room, the kitchen is a popular gathering space. The kitchen, however, includes permanent décor design fixtures that must be considered when choosing kitchen paint colors.
Before we go into colors, let’s first understand which paint type to use in kitchens. You want to use a finish that’s easy to clean after you splatter spaghetti sauce on the walls. For easy cleaning, choose a semi-gloss finish. This finish is popular in kitchens and baths because it’s scrub able.
Neutral Paint Colors
Neutral colors are by far the most popular colors due to their “never going out style” status. Neutral colors are defined as light such as white, off-whites, creams, and some light grays and blues. If you prefer color kitchen décor that you can easily update, but don’t want the décor items to clash with your wall color, going neutral is recommended.
Bold Paint Colors
Going bold is risky, but if you just moved into your new space and not planning to sell any time soon, then why not? Bold colors are fun and generate conversations. Bold colors are defined as bright reds, blues, and greens, orange, purple and even pink. If you decide later that going bold wasn’t a good decision, you can always paint over.
How to Decide Which Kitchen Paint Colors is Décor Safe for Me?
This really comes down to personal preference. However, take the following into consideration before finalizing your color choice:
- Kitchen cabinet color – white cabinets will go with any color, but neutral colors may make the kitchen too white. Natural or stained wood colors may look better with lighter walls. You need to ask yourself if you want your cabinets or walls to stand out.
- Kitchen Floor – like your cabinets, replacing your new floor is not an option. Lighter floors will work with just about any wall color. Dark floors and bold wall colors may not.
- Kitchen space – If your kitchen is open to the main gathering space, you’ll need to decide if want the kitchen to blend with the other open space. If so, a color similar to the main living area may be appropriate. Or if you want the kitchen space stand as it’s own space, a bold color is possible.
If your kitchen is closed off from the other spaces, you may want to consider a lighter color depending how much natural and/or artificial light is in the space. Bold colors will make the space darker, while lighter colors brighten the space.
- Kitchen appliances & décor – stainless steel appliances are popular, but white and black are other choices. Stainless steel and white can be a good accent to many walls colors. Black, on the other hand, will not.
At the end of the day, there’s really no right or wrong color because colors define personalities. The challenging part is choosing which color is best right now. It’s recommended to gather paint sample cards or purchase small paint samples and apply throughout the space. There are also apps available where you can take pictures with your smart device and apply colors to the walls with a press of a button.