The right paint colors for both the kitchen cabinets and walls can save you from a costly remodel. It can change the way that you look at your room and might even inspire you to go to a cooking class. Painting isn’t expensive, but it does take a lot of time and effort to paint kitchen cabinets so make sure that you get the color right the first time.
Pickling or whitewashing is one of the softer kitchen color paint ideas. You might want to use this technique for a country or distressed look. You can apply the paint or glaze lightly onto the cabinets and then rub most of it off. This will tone down harsh wood colors or change the shade completely. This is a more subtle effect then staining; in fact it bridges the worlds between stain and paint because then you can still see the wood grain. You can even try this effect on paneling or beams to update your kitchen while going for a timeless look. You can contrast this with sleek wood floors as a play on the different tones of wood. This means that your focal point will be natural and subtle but still gets its point across.
Neutral colors for kitchen cabinets are popular because the color is enduring. You may tire of blue in a few years, but you’ll be able to live with white cabinets for decades. This doesn’t mean that your kitchen has to be a “plain Jane” or boring. You can also add stone on the floor or use it as a backsplash. Granite countertops will give your room subtle pattern and elegance. You can always paint the kitchen island a different color for dramatic effect. This might mean a barn red for a country kitchen or a distressed black for a neutral accent that still gets attention.
Your colors for kitchen cabinets can still be interesting. Some wood tones have a lot of orange, red and yellow in them. You might be able to get away with a bank of yellow subtle cabinets if the paint has mostly brown in it. Then you can pair this with taupe walls that will match stone countertops and wood floors that will also create interesting layers throughout the space while adding a cheerful touch.
If you are going to replace your cabinets in the near future you can afford to be daring. It’s worth a last ditch effort to save money and also gives you a chance to experiment. Try a sage green if your granite has subtle green flecks in it. You can also go with a more dramatic olive paint if your kitchen gets a lot of light or you want an Italian or Spanish flair.
Before you spend tens of thousands of dollars remodeling your kitchen completely see what a little paint can do. You can add interest to cabinets with molding and elaborate drawer pulls before you paint. If you want a modern look then just try removing molding and taking down cuts outs, or frosting glass inserts. Kitchen cabinet ideas save you money while giving you a unique look.