Choosing the Right Paint for your Kitchen Remodel

Choosing the right colors for your new kitchen is fun and getting it right is rewarding. No one can really tell you what colors to choose because what is right for you may not be right for others, so do not be afraid to express your own ideas. Here are a few things to consider as you flip though color samples.

Consider your Purpose

If you have plans to sell your home soon you should absolutely choose neutral colors. No matter how beautiful and esthetically pleasing you think your color scheme is, I can almost guarantee the people your realtor brings to your home will not agree. Stick with white, shades of white, earth tones, and greys. This will allow your buyers to add color as they see fit. It will also insure that the kitchen will match their furnishings and décor.

On the other hand, if you plan to stay in your home for a while, you should use the color scheme you and your family love best.

What type of paint?

You should use a good semi-gloss or gloss for kitchen surfaces. The kitchen is a place where surfaces get grimy easily and quickly. You need to be able to wipe those surfaces down and the paint need to hold up to this routine cleaning.

Decide on the finish for your cabinets first

You can go with a natural or stained wood finish or you can paint your cabinets. The color of the cabinets should lead the rest of the color choices such as walls, counter-tops, back-splashes, and appliances.

Decide on paint colors at home

The lighting in your home will affect the way a color looks. You need to bring paint chips and samples home to get an accurate reading on how they will look. It’s best to paint small areas then stand back and get a good impression of how the color will actually appear in your home. Check the color at different times of day also, as the light kitchen changes as the sun travels across the sky. A color can look completely different in the morning and evening.

Open floor plans

If you have an open floor plan where the kitchen is open to the living room, rec room or other area, take the colors of those areas into consideration. The kitchen can coordinate closely with them or be different to set it apart. Even if you are using color to set the kitchen apart, the colors still need to coordinate with the adjacent areas.

Stand out items

If there are features of your kitchen that you would like to accentuate, choose colors that contrast with the color of these features. If you want to hide a features and make it slide into the background, choose colors closer to the color of the feature.


Have fun with your paint selection and enjoy your finished kitchen!

8 Tips for Avoiding Remodel Rage

  1. Get a folder and keep all papers pertaining to your remodel in one place. This will include things like your contract, receipts, building permits, ideas, sketches or plans, etc…
  2. Make sure you remember to cover your furniture that cannot be moved with plastic to protect it from any dust that will surely be generated by the tear down and construction process.
  3. Select the floor covering, countertops, cabinets, light fixtures etc. very early in the process to get more accurate quotes and prevent delays caused by waiting for materials to arrive. Be aware that you may not be able to have everything you want and still stay within budget.
  4. You should set aside at least 10% of your budget for unexpected issues that may arise during a remodel. Your contractor cannot know what problems may lurk behind cabinet, drywall, and flooring. Dry rot, rot, and mold are common problems found in walls and floors. Many times correcting these problems is required in order to continue with construction. Hope for no problems but plan for them anyway. Peace of mind is important during a disruptive remodel.
  5. Plan to keep children and pets out of the work area. The contractor will try to accommodate children and pets but their work will proceed faster and more smoothly if they do not have to. In the end, a construction area is not safe for them.
  6. Remodeling will be disruptive. If it’s a Kitchen you’re remodeling, try to set up a small mini kitchen in another part of the house, maybe with a microware, toaster oven and mini frig. You will need a place to prepare and eat meals. If it’s a bath remodel, make plans to share another bath in the home.
  7. At times, your project will probably require the use of products that cause strong smells like glues, paints, and sealers. You may want to schedule away time to coincide with the use of these products.
  8. Communicate with contractors but make every effort to stay out of their way during work times. It’s best to talk when they first arrive or as they are preparing to leave for the day.