Kitchen Painting Tips

Does your kitchen look outdated? Do you have walls that are plastered with yellowing wallpaper? Or perhaps you still have bubble-gum pink walls since the last time the kitchen was painted (which may have been back in the 60s). Well, if you’re ready to paint your walls, we’re eager to help. Here at Horner Painting, we provide both interior and exterior painting for homeowners here in Fort Collins and across the Front Range. We’ve also compiled a few tips that you can employ to make the most of your kitchen walls. After all, this is one of the spaces that gets the most use in your home, especially if you’re entertaining company — so it deserves a bit of extra attention. Follow our guide below to transform your kitchen into the most welcoming space of your home.

Is Your Kitchen Well Lit?

To start off, you should assess the lighting of your kitchen. Do you have plenty of windows that introduce natural lighting to your space? And how well lit is your kitchen when you turn on the lights at night? If you have a kitchen that is well lit, no matter what time of day it is, then you can go with any paint color you like. However, if you have a kitchen that is relatively dim or has little natural lighting, then you should be wary of using colors that are too bright or colors that are too dark. Here’s why:

If you use a color that is too bright, the shadows cast throughout your kitchen will look highly contrasting and that can be unsettling. Instead of going with a lime green that will be overwhelming when lighting is low, you can go for a pale green color, which won’t display such odd contrasts and shadows.

On the flip side, you’ll also want to shy away from using a color that is too dark if you’re working with a kitchen that doesn’t have much light. Darker colors can make a space feel stuffy and cold, and they can make your kitchen feel smaller than it actually is. So, instead of going with a bold, dark evergreen color, you can opt for a light mint color, which won’t make your space feel compressed.

Of course, if you still have a dark or light color in mind, and you have poor lighting, then you can simply install better lighting as you’re updating your kitchen.

Do You Have a Large Kitchen?

Next, assess the size of your kitchen. If you have a large kitchen you can go with either light or dark colors, although bold, vibrant colors can prove to be too overwhelming in your kitchen. Since you’ll have lots of wallspace to paint, you may want to go with a more neutral tone. Instead of a robin’s egg blue, for instance, you can opt for a pale blue or blue-grey color.

If you have a small kitchen you can use bright colors, as well as bold colors. However, you’ll want to shy away from using darker colors, since they can make a small kitchen feel cramped — as we mentioned before. So you can go with a cream brown color instead of a dark chocolate for the walls of your kitchen. Lighter colors will make your space feel more airy and breathable, so you can better enjoy your kitchen.

How Is Your Kitchen Furnished?

Now it’s time to take a keen look at all of the furnishings around your kitchen. Think about the countertops, appliances, your cabinets, and even the flooring of your kitchen. If you’re shopping around for the right color or colors for your kitchen you can gather a few of your favorite color swatches. Then compare these swatches with all of the furnishings throughout your kitchen. If you don’t know where to start, we recommend starting with the floor of your kitchen, since it’s likely that you’ll be keeping the floors of your kitchen around for some time (unless you’re planning an upcoming renovation).

For your floors, you should consider a paint color that is similar (but not the same) as your floors, or a color that is different from your floor color — providing interesting contrast for your kitchen. If, for instance, you have a light wood floor, then baby blue walls can work well to continue that bright, welcoming theme. Or, on the other hand, you could use a dark, charcoal grey to contrast with your light wood floors, giving the composition of your kitchen extra character.

Would an Accent Wall Make Sense?

If you’re considering an accent wall to give your kitchen a focus point or two, then you’ll have to select a few colors that work well together. We usually recommend that you keep to just two colors — one for the main color, and one for the accent color — instead of three or four, which can muddle the composition of your kitchen. When choosing an accent wall, it’s often best to choose one of the smaller walls of your kitchen, or a wall that already serves as a focal point. You might consider painting the wall above the backsplash of your sink as an accent, or perhaps the wall above your stovetop, since it’s already in the center of your kitchen. Remember that an accent wall is just that: an accent. It shouldn’t overwhelm the main color of your kitchen. Instead it should just serve as a focus.

Call Horner Painting Today

Have you settled on the colors that you want for your kitchen? We’re ready to help. Reach out to the crew here at Horner Painting to kick off your kitchen painting project. We can even help you to decide on the best colors for your kitchen if you’re still on the fence. Get a free estimate for your project today!