Making the right choices for your kitchen color can sometimes be intimidating, especially if those color choices are attached to large price tags. In the kitchen , most color selections, from floor to ceiling.
The trick is finding the right colors for you and for your room. We’ve put together a list of tips to consider when choosing a “no regrets” color scheme for your kitchen. Pick colors that you love and that you respond to emotionally.
Don’t be afraid to go with brighter or more saturated paint colors in the kitchen. Usually there is very little empty wall space and the paint color becomes a border around the cabinets, appliances and woodwork. The right paint color can make these items pop, like the right frame for artwork.
Be prepared to be flexible and make compromises. As you go through the process of selecting all the colors and finishes, your plan will be constantly revised.
Choose one element to launch your color palette, but don’t buy that item until all accompanying selections have been fully researched. For example, use hand-painted tiles as an inspiration but don’t purchase them until you know you have coordinating countertops and flooring.
Start with the least flexible element of your kitchen and match others to it. It’s much easier to adjust stains and paints on cabinets or walls to harmonize with granite or tile.
Do not underestimate lighting. Look at all your color and finish choices in daylight and in the artificial light that will be in that particular room. Soft blues and greens might look fresh in morning light, but dull in incandescent light. Color-corrected fluorescent lighting can be helpful.
For granite and other countertops, the safest approach is to keep it neutral and versatile. This is a big ticket item that you don’t want to replace when the trends shift again.
When choosing cabinets, consider the undertones of the wood. Some woods are warmer (like pine) or cooler (like walnut) and a stain can accentuate this even more. In addition, woods like maple can be glazed, tinted or painted for even greater variety.
There are no rules about what colors are appropriate or not in a kitchen, but there are some generalizations. Pink or peach is more flattering to skin tones than is green, so a soft coral is lovely.