Repainting your kitchen surface is one of the easiest and fastest ways of updating a kitchen. Before you go out to buy many gallons of paint, envision your dream kitchen. It takes more than the color on the walls to determine how your kitchen surface feels or looks. Before you purchase paint, test samples on your hidden surface and observe how the shades look at different times of the day.  

Paint Color Basics 

  • Colors can change. 

Remember that natural light in the kitchen would alter in intensity through the day. Morning light appears to be different in the evening. Shadows can also affect the perception of colors. Understanding light patterns in your kitchen and realizing which other shades would blend in the kitchen is important. 

  • Select your paint color at home 

Do not decide on paint color shades while standing in a paint store aisle. Carry home actual sample shades that you can apply to your walls. Use the paint on hidden surfaces that are less visible and observe how the color shifts during the day. For instance, a bold red surface may reflect a pink hue onto the white flooring. 

  • Warm colors work 

There is a reason for too much warm, earthy color tones in the kitchen. Even though warm tones are a popular choice for the kitchen space, it does not mean one has to ignore green and blue color shades. Blend cool tones with warm neutrals such as warm gray or orange.  

Best Colors tips for: 

Northern Exposure

Northern light is cold, indirect, and even, making it the preferred light of painters and artists. The light coming from northern exposure will not shift much through the day; therefore, expect a more level color tone in the space.  

Southern Exposure

The Southern light is much stronger, more direct and tends to change throughout the day, making your color shades appear different at various times. You might realize that intense sunlight makes paint colors to reflect on nearby surfaces.  

Eastern Exposure

A kitchen surface exposed towards the east will have strong sunlight in the morning and too much shade in the evening.  

Western Exposure

Kitchens exposed towards the west would have intense sunlight in the evenings and early evening. Darker shades would help absorb excessive light. Blend strong cabinet color shades with a lighter tone such as Ivory Brown.  

No Windows

A kitchen without windows relies on artificial light. The perfect kitchen would have a blend of overhead light, task lighting, and ambient light. Therefore, the type of bulb used would greatly affect the kind of light.  

Small Kitchen

You do not have to shun away from darker shades in a tiny kitchen. Having a blend of contrasting shades can make the kitchen feel bigger than it is. 

Dark Backsplash

For your dark backsplash to stand out, select a much lighter color such as Oatlands Gold Buff. 

Light Backsplash

White or cream would work well with various color shades. Bright chalk white like Ultra White would show off the veining in white marble. 

An entryway kitchen area: If your kitchen serves as the primary entryway for your home, you will need to be less conscious of the color shades and more aware of the kind of paint you use.