Is your kitchen feeling a bit dated? Maybe you’ve replaced some fixtures or installed new appliances but the look just isn’t complete? Here’s how to add paint to get the right ingredients in your kitchen’s décor so they’ll blend into the perfect atmosphere.
Painted cabinets aren’t new, but they are a great way to give your home’s main room a fresh, new look. Choose a color by picking out a prominent fleck in your terrazzo floor or countertop. Got granite? Grab a tone from the middle between the darkest and lightest colors. What about marble? Match up with a strong vein color and go a step or two lighter to make the marble pop. The key to painting two-toned cabinets is to go lighter on the top and darker on the lower cabinets. This helps lift the eye and make your kitchen seem brighter. Using different shades of the same color or picking from the middle and top of a color card yields great results.
White kitchens never really go out of style. White gives off that fresh, clean feel in any room. In the kitchen, white helps brighten up the area so you can read that recipe or homework problem. Use one of the currently-popular neutrals, like soft gray or greige (gray/beige) on kitchen walls along with bright white cabinets and a soft white backsplash. Make your breakfast nook stand out by painting an accent wall or two just in this corner in a bold, contrasting color like navy or dark peach (which goes great with copper fixtures, by the way).
Terracotta is a neutral southwestern color that many in our area use for outdoor decorating. Why not bring this soft color into the kitchen? It’s the perfect orange – not too bright, not too dull – and goes great with the long-popular gray. You can use terracotta paint on an accent wall or your island and cabinets. To add to the fun, pick up some cute potted cacti in terracotta planters for the window sill.