Apr 20, 2022
Kitchen Remodel

5 Tips For Choosing Kitchen Cabinet Paint Colors

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You're not alone in thinking painting is a game-changer part of designing a kitchen. Choosing the right color, size, and design to maximize storage space for your kitchen cabinets is important to create and maintain a comfortable kitchen environment. Specific colors can make you feel different emotions, so it's worth considering the color of cabinets.

Here are five tips on how to pick the best colors for your kitchen cabinets:

1. Style and Design

A traditionally chic kitchen with glass front cabinet style.

Choosing suitable kitchen cabinets is essential when designing your kitchen. If a cabinet lacks storage space for all of your kitchen items, it will look cluttered, disorganized, and messy. You have to have kitchen cabinets to store your food, cookware, and appliances where it is accessible.

By applying the design style of your cabinets, you'll have an easier time choosing paint colors for your kitchen.  Favoring classic shades of creams and whites in your kitchen cabinet will help it retain an elegant and timeless look. Why not paint the kitchen cabinets in neutrals or pastels? Or you can go with bolder colors such as black, red, and green if your kitchen is more contemporary.

2. Size and Lighting

A chic styled kitchen inspired with french cabinets.

How do you want to decorate your kitchen? Is it big or small? Do you prefer a big, light kitchen or a smaller, darker one? Your answers determine which kitchen cabinets you buy.

Your kitchen's dimensions, light levels, and traffic patterns impact your cabinetry. Lighter cabinets should be used in kitchens with low light levels and small dimensions, while darker cabinets are ideal for larger spaces that allow for ample lighting.

If you have a tiny kitchen or one that's dark, you might want to add lighter cabinets. However, if you have a larger kitchen with good lighting, darker cabinets can make your kitchen feel more spacious and cozy.

3. Shade

White on Green kitchen cabinets nicely paired with steel appliances.

When choosing a kitchen cabinet color, consider a dark color—black or gray-brown—to contrast with a light kitchen design. A black-and-white kitchen design looks striking when contrasted with lighter shades and bold contrasts. Gray or dark brown kitchen cabinets also look stunning when contrasted with a light kitchen design.

Painting your kitchen cabinetry a bold color gives a fun pop of color without overpowering the rest of the kitchen. We recommend using just one bold color and pairing it with a neutral cabinet color or painting a kitchen island a different bold color.

4. Stain

A wooden stain kitchen cabinets.

If you're not up to painting your kitchen cabinets, consider staining them a color you'll love. To add color to your kitchen, leave them in their natural state with only a contrasting color painted over the wood. If you prefer a brighter look, consider adding a contrasting stain over the wood and letting it fade to a chalky finish. Warming dark gray, white stain, or dark brown stains are all great choices that complement any kitchen design.

💡 Tip: If you consider staining your cabinets, choose a dark stain. You get a cleaner, more seamless look without distraction from contrasting colors with longevity and little to no upkeep. It adds a rustic look that always looks great in any kitchen design.

5. Kitchen Cabinet Finish

A glossy kitchen cabinet finish.

When combined with white cabinets, glossy white cabinets can help make your kitchen look visually more prominent. Cabinets with a high gloss have a gleaming finish reflecting light, creating a bright and contemporary look. This finish is available with several materials, like acrylic, laminate, or thermofoil; glossy painted wood; or high-gloss lacquered wood.

Matte paints and finishes look professional, neat, and clean for kitchen cabinets. If your kitchen cabinets look drab, consider giving them a new look by painting or varnishing them with a matte finish. Either way, it makes a kitchen look better.

Color is a fantastic way of expressing your unique personal style and creativity with a suitable color scheme. It can help to spruce up your kitchen cabinets, making them look brand new. It's an inexpensive trick that will have a considerable impact on the appeal of your kitchen. You might even be surprised at how much it brightens up the space. So, if you're going to be painting your kitchen cabinets any time soon, reach out and feel free to ask the Shepel-Certified crew any questions you may have.