Everyone knows the phenomenon: people at parties always end up in the kitchen. This may be because that’s where the food is, it may be because there’s always lots of activity, or it may simply be the best smelling room in the house. Whatever the reason, kitchens offer a great space to gather and hang out, so choosing the right kitchen paint colours are essential for anyone considering a new coat of paint in the room that attracts guests. But every kitchen is a little different and so are the people who use the, but here are some tips we have on how to choose the right kitchen paint colours.
Kitchens are unlike any other room in our homes not only because of their function, but from a painter’s perspective, they offer less wall space but just as much painting space. Actual walls in kitchens, on average, only take up about half of the kitchen wallspace. The rest is dedicated to cabinets, trim, and other spaces. This makes kitchens especially exciting and also a little daunting.
When thinking about kitchen colours, you have to consider each of the things you are painting. Cupboards, trim, and walls are rarely painted the same colour, so kitchens can be a fun place to experiment with multiple colours. So when you are painting a kitchen, don’t think just one colour, but an entire design.
Colour palettes in 2014 are moving towards natural, seaside-inspired hues, so look for blues and yellows that remind guests of the oceanfront. Brighter colours and softer hues go well together and make for a welcoming space to guests and family members.
Always consider the furniture you have or plan to have as well. Lighter furniture, especially at breakfast bars, benefits from more welcoming and lighter colours. Just be careful not to wash out a space, always look for brighter colours against very light, weathered, or faded furniture.
When picking kitchen colours, it’s also important to think about the connecting rooms as well. A dining room right next to the kitchen, for example, should complement the colours in the kitchen to avoid harsh transitions. While use of what I like to call ‘statement colours,’ colours that people notice when they enter a room (they make a statement), try not to make every colour in your kitchen a statement colour. Instead, just like cuisine these days, stick with a couple of basics and a deciding flavour to bring out the natural beauty of your selections. Simple is always better than complicated, both with cooking in the kitchen and the paint on the walls. Luckily, with the huge selection of colours from Benjamin Moore finding the ideal scheme should be pretty simple.
Finally, don’t forget about your kitchen’s “fifth wall,” the ceiling! Painted ceilings can make a statement or really tie a room together. Whatever your choices, just make sure your kitchen paint colours offer a casual, welcoming, and comforting feel. Your guests will all gather there, so they should feel welcome right down to the walls.