Many people struggle to choose kitchen colours when they are painting their kitchen walls. Generally speaking, kitchens are the focal point of a home, we all tend to spend a lot of time in our kitchens, therefore the walls need to look great but also be durable and fit for the purpose of the room i.e. any paint used needs to be durable and able to stand heat, steam etc. However, if you want to choose kitchen colours for your walls, it need not be a lengthy process with a few helpful tips.
The first thing that you need to consider when you are choosing kitchen colours is the size of the room. Galley style and smaller apartment-sized kitchens generally suit a lighter colour. If you have this kind of kitchen, try to stick to neutrals or crisp colours give the illusion that the space is larger than it is. Whites, beiges or pastel shades work very well, but light greys and metallic’s can also look brilliant. You can always add a few wall hangings or other accessories to brighten up a small room while maintaining the clean look.
On the other hand, much larger kitchens can cope with much brighter colours; reds, oranges, yellows, blues and greens can all work well, or you might want to paint one wall in a feature colour and the rest in a neutral shade; the choices really are endless.
Perhaps the best way to choose kitchen colours that will work well in your kitchen is to research your options carefully i.e. do a little investigative work. You can either look though design magazines or browse the internet and make notes of any kitchen colours that you like. If you see any colours that you like, cut pictures from the magazines or print them from your computer, you can then take them with you when you are shopping for your paint. Using these pictures you can even start to create a moodboard; this is a board with samples of the kind of kitchen colour schemes that you like.
The next step when choosing kitchen colours is to visit your local DIY or decorating shop and get a few paint samples. You can either get printed sample charts or you may wish to buy a few sample pots of paint. Most major DIY suppliers will sell these for a small charge, allowing you to test them either directly on your kitchen wall or on a moodboard before you buy a full tin of paint. Think carefully about the kind of colours that will go well together (if you plan on using more than one colour on your kitchen walls). Some colours work brilliantly together, whereas others may clash too much.
When you have your samples, take some time to compare them and always take into consideration your own design style. For example; you may want to match your kitchen paint to suit the overall theme of your kitchen, i.e. English traditional, French Chic, Modern, Pop Art etc or you may even want to match the paint to your existing appliances; it really is down to personal choice.