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How to Choose Kitchen Cabinet Paint Colors

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Renovating a kitchen is a significant investment. You’ll want to create a look that satisfies your design style and stands the test of time. A substantial portion of most kitchen remodeling projects is the cost of cabinet replacements. Repainting your kitchen cabinets can save thousands of dollars in remodeling costs if your kitchen cabinets are in good condition.

7 Factors to Consider When Choosing Cabinet Colors

Kitchen cabinets take up a large portion of your kitchen’s “visual space,” and because of that, how you choose to paint your cabinets is an essential aspect of kitchen design. That is why it’s crucial to consider kitchen cabinet colors early in the remodeling process. Consider the following when choosing paint colors for your kitchen cabinets.

1. What Style Are You Trying to Achieve?

When selecting cabinet color, consider the current style of your home and the look you want to achieve. Farmhouse-style kitchens often look best with white or cream cabinets. For a modern design, sleek grays or blacks are good choices. If you want a cottage look, light blue, sage green, or a soft yellow are good options to consider.

2. Existing Features

If the only update you're planning to make is cabinet painting, you need to carefully consider how the color you choose will look with other existing elements. Your flooring, countertops, backsplash, and appliances contribute to your kitchen’s color palette. Stainless steel appliances may look better with a different paint color than black or white appliances. 

3. Lighting

It’s important to consider how much natural light your kitchen receives before selecting paint colors. Lighting has a tremendous impact on how a paint color looks. If your kitchen relies on primarily artificial lighting, you’re probably going to need to choose a different color than you would for a space with a lot of natural sunlight. 

4. The Size of Your Kitchen  

No matter the room, dark colors make a space look and feel smaller, while lighter colors will make it feel more open and spacious. Creams and whites are good choices for smaller kitchens, but muted colors like sage green or light gray also work. A more expansive space can handle bolder color options. If you have a spacious, well-lit kitchen, you can choose either dark or light colors for your cabinets.

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5. The Amount of Cabinetry

The size and amount of cabinets are essential considerations when choosing paint colors. If you have multiple large cabinets, they take up a lot of visual space, and selecting a light color such as white or cream may be best. If you have smaller and fewer cabinets, you can try bolder color choices without overwhelming the space. 

6. The Mood You Want to Create

Do you want a cozy kitchen where family and friends gather and linger? Or do you prefer to work alone in your kitchen and concentrate on creating elaborate meals? Whatever mood you want to evoke, your kitchen cabinets will be the driving force since they usually take up the most space. Certain hues are relaxing while others are energizing. Using color psychology can help you select the right color for the atmosphere you want to create. 

7. The Future

If you’re considering selling your home soon, light cabinetry will appeal to the majority of potential buyers. While you may love deep green, bright blue, or red cabinetry, potential homebuyers may not. Neutral colors like whites, creams, and light gray make it easier for buyers to picture themselves living in your home. 

A Few Color Options to Consider

White Kitchens are Timeless

Some people consider white kitchens a classic, timeless choice. Using a light color on your cabinets helps establish a bright, clean, efficient atmosphere that most people associate with food preparation. White cabinets paired with the right accent colors will keep your kitchen from appearing too sterile.

Two-Tone Cabinets Remain Popular

Two-tone cabinets continue to be popular with professional decorators and homeowners. It’s a great way to add color to a space and create more decorating options. Blue, gray, or green lowers paired with a shade of white on the upper cabinets are good choices to consider.

Blue and Green Bring Nature Indoors

Sage green, teal, and navy are increasingly popular choices for kitchen cabinets. The right shade of blue or green acts as a neutral and works well with almost any hardware color. If you want to bring the feeling of nature inside, blues and green evoke water, sky, and the natural environment.

Painting your kitchen cabinets with the right color can upgrade your home without investing in a costly remodeling project. Painting kitchen cabinets is more complicated than just applying a quick coat of paint. When it's time to paint your kitchen cabinets, hire an experienced professional to handle the job.

Get the Best Cabinet Painting Results by Hiring a Professional

Cabinet painting is often a surprisingly tedious project best left to professionals who do this type of work every day. Walla Painting specializes in residential painting, and our fully insured, bonded, and skilled painters can handle any size project. We offer professional cabinet painting services that will change the entire appearance of your kitchen without the need for expensive remodeling.

Walla Painting is a family-owned business serving Carmel and the surrounding area. Contact us online or call (317) 505-0894 for a free estimate. We look forward to serving you.


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