Kitchen Paint - Tips and Advice for Painting your Kitchen

Three easy steps to a new color

Choosing the colors of your kitchen, walls and cabinets is probably the most important decision in your redesign, as it will affect how your finished room looks and feels. There are many factors to consider when you are making the decision, but we've narrowed it down to three key steps that will help you choose what's right for you:

Step 1

In most kitchens, there is an unspoken divide between the eating area and the cooking areas. Most would agree that these two areas should consist of different colors. Choose a stimulating color for the cooking area and cabinets and a warmer more relaxed tone for the eating area. Stimulating colors include red, orange, yellow or any other bright color. Relaxing colors are generally darker blues, greens and purples. Keep in mind you do not necessarily have to have two colors - you may instead choose different shades of the same color.

Step 2

You should always look around at what already exists in your kitchen and work around it. What colors are your existing kitchen furniture and kitchen appliances? Wall color should compliment the flooring, cabinets, tables and appliances. For example, brighter colors tend to blend well with stainless steel appliances. You should also remember the accessories that you will use as decoration. If you already have curtains, tablecloths or other accessories, you'll want to choose a color that complements them so your entire room will flow. Remember, if you are unsure of how to choose the colors for your decor, you can always ask the opinions of professionals.

Step 3

Keep in mind, your kitchen is not a separate unit, but part of your home as a whole. If the rest of your decor is shaded in soft neutral colors, a hot pink kitchen just won't mesh. Continue with the same types of colors that already exist in your home, but do not limit yourself - be creative, but also complementary.

Before you jump into your project, take time to examine your choices and don't rush into any decisions. Soak in all the colors and styles in your kitchen as well as the rest of your home, and get a feel for what you are truly looking to add. And most of all, relax - it's just paint, so if something goes horribly wrong , chances are it can be fixed with just a little bit of time and effort - and another gallon!

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