With all the time we traditionally spend indoors during the winter months, plus add the COVID quarantine to that and we feel like we NEVER leave our homes these days. And the room in the house that generally gets the most use is our kitchens—whether it be for meal preparation, schoolwork, home office, family game time, it is the hardest working space in our homes. So, during these shorter winter days, it is not surprising to find people clamoring to brighten up their kitchen walls and cabinets.
The most popular trend in kitchens over the past few years has been white cabinets, which is a classic look that never goes out of style. We have also seen the application of richer colors on perimeter cabinets and islands, and this trend continues to gain in popularity with the use of bolder, brighter, and energetic colors. The most popular colors to use in kitchens right now are blues and greens in every possible hue and intensity. But, if you love another hue, (say yellow), don’t let popularity limit your imagination. As long as you are not looking to sell your home, let your heart be your guide—love your home and make it yours.
When trying to decide upon the colors of your kitchen walls and/or cabinetry, it is essential to consider the color of your backsplash and countertops, as well as your floor if it is tiled. Keep in mind that wood floors generally do not influence cabinet and wall colors. If you have a very warm-toned backsplash and/or countertop, it can make it difficult to successfully move to bright white cabinetry; a touch of warmth in the white is needed to balance the materials in place. If you have white cabinets and a neutral floor, (wood, slate-look tile, etc.), then you have free-reign with wall color as long as you keep in mind the flow of colors into the kitchen area.
Personally, one of my favorite looks is when walls and upper cabinets are the same or very similar in color. This helps the kitchen to feel more like a living space by blurring the lines between walls and cabinets, creating a continuous wall of color, and allowing your eye to flow more easily through space.
Still, another popular trend in kitchens is the use of what I call “pretty” colors that in the past would more often be reserved for bedrooms, such as light blues and sea greens. You don’t have to live at the beach anymore to use these soft watery tones in your kitchen.
If you need to spark your imagination or want to have fun exploring color, check out a few online color visualizers. Both Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams have sites for trying their colors on your walls; or to greatly simplify the process, use one of their stock images and explore color to your heart’s content. Benjamin Moore’s site also has lovely stock images that allow you to change the color of cabinetry and trim as well.
Benjamin Moore’s Personal Color Viewer. Use your own photo, or much simpler, use one of theirs to change color within seconds.
The sites have a “help” feature with easy-to-follow instructions. Keep in mind while these online sites provide excellent opportunities to view specific colors, there are obvious limitations to their accuracy—all screens modify colors to varying degrees, your lighting conditions will not be the same as those featured on the sites’ images, and colors look different based upon the other colors around them. Overall, they offer a good way to explore colors and ideas.
Are You Ready to Paint?
We would be happy to help guide you through the process of creating the kitchen of your dreams by pairing you with one of our color consultants to help you choose the kitchen wall paint colors that best fit your home and personal style. The color consultants at Nolan Painting can send current customers large sample sheets for you to see the colors in your home. This is best because then you have the ability to see the colors in your specific lighting conditions.