Picking Kitchen Colors

Which color(s) to choose when it comes to your kitchen? Play off the hues, combinations, and color temperatures. There’s a shade of paint for every type of kitchen, as well as a great finish.
Here’s everything to keep in mind when it comes to picking the right color style for your kitchen.


Color rules define the style you want to bring to your kitchen. You can choose either warm or cold colors. Colder colors are elegant and serene. They usually enlarges small spaces, but can also seem too cold if not mixed with a hint of warmer hues.


blue kitchen
Usually a calm and softness. There are many variations of blue. It is often used to enlarge a room.


green kitchen
Nature’s color, green provides a refreshing and fresh style. The mixture of green shades is strongly recommended. Gradients offer a great combination. These colors are used to create a sense of privacy and brighten the place.


red kitchen
The main “warm” color, red blends perfectly with similar shades (like pink). Some people like to use red only on some kitchen furniture, while adding a lighter color for the walls. To renovate a kitchen in red, it is recommended to paint the walls with softened red paint to avoid choking the room (and create a sense of space reduction).


yellow kitchen
Color of light. Yellow is usually combined with a colder color to brighten and illuminate the kitchen.


brown kitchen
It is usually associated with the color of the earth, and is derived from yellow to bring a more rustic ambiance. Browns need to be married with other colors to avoid a darkened room. These colors were often used in interior renovations. Today, the styles have evolved with a greatest focus on clearer and more universal colors (like off-white and its shades).

Hues & Shades

kitchen hues
It is not recommended to use more than three colors in the same room. Combining colors should not exceed more than two at the risk of overloading your kitchen’s style.
Why must there be lighter colors in one or two shades? Simply because of the presence of many elements in your kitchen, from household appliances to furniture.
Examples of color combinations: blue/yellow, red/green, orange/purple, yellow/blue, pink/green, white/grey, black/white, etc. Bright colors on large surfaces with shadows/darker shades on smaller ones. A wall can be off-white and dressed with a bright red furniture.
White is still the most popular color when it comes to interior and exterior renovations. It illuminates, magnifies, brightens, and cleans easily. White blends perfectly with all other shades and hues, both warm and cold.

Sun exposure

sunny kitchen
The right color choice for your kitchen will also depend on its exposure to the sun. A room facing east is heavily exposed to outdoor light throughout the day. This type of exposure requires the use of soft, light paint to soften the space (e.g. yellow, pink, egg, off-white, etc.).
For a room facing west, use a darker paint (for example, red). If you’re in the South, you may want to pick a strong enough color to bring out the light (green, blue, grey). If you’re a northerner, light will be colder (no that much sun), so bolder colors (yellow/red) will warm up the kitchen.

Finishing the kitchen

kitchen vanrish
Among the materials most used, Shellac and lacquer are among the finest of finishes. A shiny lacquer can dress up doors and cupboards in a room. Your kitchen will be highlighted by the bright colors of the murals and furniture equipment.
Varnish provides a very good value for the cost. It’s also water-resistant and has a longer durability.
Lacquer is pretty much made of PVC and often contains volatile organic compounds. It is quicker and easier to put on than varnish. They’re usually entry-level, but are much weaker than its counterparts. The polymers are usually satiny but disappoint against glossy varnish.
Lacquered wood is used to reinforce doors and closets for example. It’s often put on furniture with weird angles. Lacquered wood is usually painted red or black, is water-resistant, and polishes.

Hopefully, you now have a better idea of which colors to pick, and which ones to avoid.
What other combinations could work for you?

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