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Foolproof Tips for Picking the Perfect Kitchen Paint Color

According to Better Homes and Gardens, “The human eye can distinguish about 7 million different colors.” Sounds a little overwhelming, right? Picking the perfect kitchen paint color isn’t a science, but we have some insightful tips to help you during the decision making process!

Utilize paint chips and swatches

Play around with paint chips and material swatches. When deciding on a paint color, consider all the aspects of your space: flooring, backsplash, cabinetry, furniture, and textiles. While these elements don’t all need to “match,” they should coordinate. In fact, beware of a matchy matchy look; it can come across as stale and boring.

Consider proportions

Once the cabinets, backsplash and tiles are installed, the amount of space left on the walls for paint is minimal! This might take some of the pressure of choosing the “perfect” paint color off your shoulders as it will be a less noticeable element of the greater whole of your kitchen. Or, you might look at it as a more difficult decision because there are more design elements to coordinate with your paint in a kitchen versus a living space. Either way, think about the balance of open wall to cabinetry and tile. Is there open space to be painted above your cabinets or below? Would a light or dark, warm or cool color look best in that space? Do you want to pack a punch with a bright pop of color or choose something more neutral to allow your other kitchen elements to stand out?

Purchase a sample

Ok, so you found your perfect paint color. You have agonized over the choices, considering one color palette after the next, finding the right shade to compliment your style and lighting. You even taped up paint chips to see how they looked throughout the varying light of day and night. You’re ready to buy those big gallons of paint, right? Not so fast…if you want to be extra careful you have one more step. Buy your chosen paint color in a small container (a quart or less) and test it on your walls. Paint a small section of each wall with your paint sample. Light picks up different undertones on each wall, you might be surprised to see that your grey paint looks purple in certain lights. And, you don’t want to paint your entire wall before realizing that you made a horrible mistake.

Make it your last choice

There are many pieces that factor into the overall aesthetic of your kitchen; cabinets, backsplash, flooring, fixtures, lighting, and more. All in all, paint is really just part of a bigger picture. Simplify the process and pick your paint color last. After all, paint is a relatively low commitment decision, whereas your other kitchen elements are a little more semi-permanent. Therefore, it is safe to say you should give your cabinetry, countertops, and tile a little more weight in the decision making process.

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