If you are sick of your tired old kitchen cabinets but you can’t afford a new kitchen just yet, painting them can make all the difference in the world.
It’s simply amazing what a little paint can do anywhere in the home, but especially in the kitchen, where you spend so of your time.
It’s important that the color you choose goes well with the rest of your décor and that it’s a color you love, since it takes up so much of your visual space.
Let’s look at the top tips you can take advantage of so you can pick the perfect color for your kitchen cabinets.
Tip #1- Consider the Style of the Kitchen
The style of your kitchen is usually decided for you if you have not renovated since moving in. However, you can still work with any space by refacing your kitchen cabinets or getting custom woodwork made for you. Given the style you were either given or designed, you certainly wouldn’t want to put a metallic grey on country styled cabinets or paint those arts and craft style cabinets a sleek black.
Think about the style of cabinets you have now, the color of your countertops, and what colors you like in general. Traditional kitchens with classic styling look good in white or cream but if that sounds boring, remember that you can always spice things up with stencils or add some bold hardware for a new look.
More modern kitchens can one of the popular shades of grey or dark blue. If you have bold colored appliances, consider a white kitchen with those bold colored accents, such as red towels or yellow decorations.
Tip #2- Don’t Forget the Size
Remember that if you have a small or not well-lit kitchen, painting your cabinets a dark color will make the kitchen seem smaller and even dank looking! The smaller your kitchen, the more light it will need, so choose bright or light colors.
If you have a big kitchen, you can go with the new, more modern colors that tend to be darker, such as slate, dark blue, or forest green.
Tip #3- Consider Contrast
Contrast can be your best friend when it comes to choosing a color. If you have light colored tile or countertops, dark colored cabinets, such as black or dark chestnut, can create an eye-pleasing contrast.
Tip #4- Two-Tones
If you want to really make a statement, consider using more than one color. You could pick one bold color (such as red) and then pair it will a more neutral cabinet color, such as cherrywood. You could paint the lower cabinets in cherry wood and use red stencils on the white cabinets above.
Tip #5- Shabby Chic
If you love the country look, going for the distressed, shabby chic finish on your cabinets is a modern yet easy to maintain look. There are a multitude of videos online that can help explain how to get that “well-used” look and which colors work best for achieving it.
Tip #6- One Color in Different Shades
If you aren’t ready to go bold but those white cabinets are just too boring, try two shades in the same color. You might try a darker shade of grey or brown on the top cabinets, then the lighter shade on the bottom ones. This allows you to keep things neutral but still keep them interesting.
Tip #7- Try it On
Unless your kitchen is very, very small, you should probably buy a small quart of the color you would like to use and paint just one or two cabinets. Give yourself a day or two to look at the color and decide if you really love the color choice you made. If you aren’t sure, try another color on two other cabinets. Chances are that one of these colors will really stand out in your mind as the “perfect” choice.
Modern Popular Cabinet Colors
While everyone has their own idea about what works as a great cabinet color, the following are some of the popular choices people seem to be choosing for their kitchen cabinets:
- Soldier Blue from the Milk Paint Company
- Nocturnal Grey from Benjamin Moore
- Wrought Iron from Benjamin Moore
- Black Bean from Sherwin Williams
- Dark Harbor from Benjamin Moore
- Night Watch from PPG
- Porpoise from Sherwin Williams
There is no denying that a fresh coat of paint is probably the easiest and most inexpensive way to update your kitchen. Best of all, even if you should decide later that you aren’t crazy about your color choice, a new can of paint is just a hardware store away.