Just a little color will go a long way in transforming any space. But when it comes to kitchen cabinet painting, it can be tough to decide which direction to go in.
Your final decision can truly make or break your project because cabinets make up such a large visual space. There’s a lot on the line, making it stressful to come to a final decision. To help with the process, here are some tips to keep in mind.
Tip #1: Consider the Style of Your Cabinets Before Painting Them
When you’re choosing a new color for your space, you might have your heart set on a certain shade or tint. But is that going to complement the style of your current cabinets?
For instance, if the cabinet fronts are more traditional in their design, a brightly colored choice or a gray tint might not be the best selection. Instead, choose something more classic, like cream or white. These colors always look beautiful and will go with nearly any style.
If, however, the style of your cabinets is more modern, then perhaps a contrasting tone or bright color will work better.
Tip #2: Choose a Color that Will Amplify the Space
If you have a smaller kitchen or one that doesn’t have much natural light, then going with dark-colored cabinets will tend to suck up the light and make your kitchen seem even more cramped. By contrast, lighter-colored cabinets, or white ones, will open up the space and make it feel roomier.
If you already have a large and well-lit kitchen, then a darker color can certainly enhance it. Just keep in mind that these colors can show more dirt, dust, and fingerprints than lighter tones.
Tip #3: Take Other Elements Into Account When Painting Cabinets
If you don’t plan on changing out other elements of your kitchen space, like wall color, countertops or flooring, then you need to factor these into your ultimate selection. Look for a color that complements the whole space and ties it all together. This way you’ll end up with a kitchen that’s both functional and visually beautiful.
Another element that’s important to consider is the lighting. For instance, is there a lot of natural light? Do you have recessed lighting or track lighting? Is there an island light shining over the middle of the room? The lighting can impact the feel of your space and should be factored into your decision making process when choosing cabinet painting colors.
Colors can look great in a showroom, but look completely different once you bring them into your home. That’s why it’s always important to get samples and put them in the space to experience what they’ll be like first-hand.
Tip #4: Think Outside the Box
If you truly want a unique kitchen that makes a statement, consider two colors rather than just one. When you use multiple colors, your kitchen will come across as more bold and playful. This option can be a fun way to add visual flair to your home.
Just make sure that when you’re choosing painting colors for your cabinets, you make one of the colors a more neutral selection. If you select two bold colors, they can clash with each other. For instance, consider cream or white as your primary color choice and red or blue as your accent in a smaller area. These combinations offer a splash of color without being overpowering.
Tip #5: Consider a Stain Rather Than Cabinet Painting
If you have wood cabinets that are high-quality but nicked, scratched, or worn-looking consider staining them rather than painting. This approach will enable their natural beauty to shine through, all while giving them a fresh and upgraded look. When it comes to staining, there are many options to choose from, ranging from warm gray to soft green to a more natural wood tone.
Tip #6: Don’t Forget About Finishes
In addition to actual cabinet painting colors, there are also finishes to choose from. For instance, a distressed or antiqued finish creates an aged look, while glazing and random distressing offer added charm. Torched finishing, on the other hand, creates depth with a darker shade in the recessed areas of the cabinets.
Tip #7: When in Doubt, Go Neutral
Are you unsure about which direction to head in when it comes to cabinet painting? Or are you considering selling your home soon? If that’s the case, then you can’t go wrong with a neutral paint color. Neutral colors appeal to everyone’s design sensibility and can be taken in any direction with decor, floor refinishing, wall color, furniture, or other added touches. It’s always smart to go with a color that will appeal to the widest audience possible.
When it comes to cabinet painting, clearly there are many options and decisions to make. If you’re feeling overwhelmed with the process, turn to the experts at N-Hance®.
You can work with our design team to learn about all the different options available, as well as what we’d recommend for your particular space and lifestyle. Not only that, but you’ll also be able to view the color samples at home, so you can have peace of mind that the final choice is the right one. It’s an easier approach to beautiful kitchen cabinets.
Ready to have N-Hance tackle your cabinet painting project? Call us today at (855) 642-6230 today to request a FREE estimate.