Kitchen cabinets are your top feature.
Upon entering the kitchen your eye is drawn to one of the most impactful features in that room -your cabinets. In most kitchens, the cabinets are the largest surface and their style or color dictates the entire feel and direction of the room.
If you have an older home or dated kitchen cabinets with a worn or outdated finish, the entire room can feel enclosed, outdated or even be suffocating. Replacing cabinets can be a large and expensive undertaking, but refreshing the style of your kitchen can be done quickly and for less cost with painting.
Don't be afraid to paint
Even if you currently have a wood or metal finish on your kitchen cabinets, do not be afraid to use paint. If they are looking worn, fresh paint will give them a new look and can change the entire atmosphere in your kitchen space. Many modern kitchens in new home design have painted cabinets, giving you plenty of options for interior design. With paint, your cabinets will not only look new again, but you can create an updated style for the most popular room in your house.
Color ideas for kitchen cabinets
Since kitchen cabinets have the lion’s share of the surface space in the kitchen, the color you choose is crucial. Choosing too dark of a color in a small kitchen can be overwhelming, while bright or light colors can open up a tight space. For a quiet and serene style, you can choose neutral colors. Or you can liven up the room with bold colors that bring energy into the space. Here are some ideas on colors that are trending for kitchen cabinets this year to inspire some ideas:
Grey. Are you looking for an elegant style for your kitchen? Grey is a color option that is very trendy in kitchens and blends well with various accents and fixtures. There are so many shades of grey to choose from in order to create the look you're after.
White. Always a favorite; white cabinets are very popular in modern kitchens. It is fresh and inviting and looks good with almost any counter or wall color. If you have kids and pets, however, keep in mind that white cabinets will need more cleaning to wipe away the "stuff" that will appear on them.
Deep tones. If you have a larger space and want to add color, a new trend in kitchen colors is jewel tones. Darker hues of emerald, amethyst, black or sapphire can embolden your kitchen but should be used carefully to avoid becoming overpowering.
Of course, there are many other colors to choose from to make your kitchen match your style. If you love bright yellows or want to brighten your kitchen with light greens, go for it! You should also consider the wall color behind the cabinets and whether you want to change or match the walls. The great aspect of painting is that if you tire of the color, you can always change it down the road.
On top of color, you want a washable surface for kitchen cabinets. A latex paint with a gloss or satin finish is a good choice. Matte or eggshell finishes are not a great choice for the kitchen where cleaning is a constant issue. The function of the kitchen is as important as style when choosing the type of paint for your kitchen cabinets.
Preparing for cabinet painting
Painting cabinets in your kitchen is very economical in comparison to replacing them, but it does require some labor and preparation. To do it right, the cabinet doors need to be removed, along with all the hardware. The surfaces need to be cleaned and any surface flaws repaired before you paint. Wood cabinets should be lightly sanded before applying paint to ensure that the paint will adhere and appear smooth. The counters, floors, and appliances should be covered and adjacent walls taped. Basically, you're creating a clean-room.
Kitchen cabinets can be painted with a brush or sprayed, depending on your preference. Spraying can be easier to create a smooth surface for intricately-designed cabinets, but it also needs to be carefully applied. For many, painting can be tedious and while in a rush to complete the project, drips occur or brush strokes show. If painting is not your cup of tea, then kitchen cabinet painting is a chore you may not want to take on. Instead, consider the benefits of hiring a professional painting service like Elite Finisher to refresh your kitchen cabinets for you.
Thinking about replacing? Check out our article Refinishing Cabinets vs. Replacing. Get Your Dream Kitchen.
Looking to Hire a Pro?
If you would like to get a new look for your kitchen, talk to our team at Elite Finisher. Our painting pros can help you find the best colors to refresh your kitchen and other rooms in your house. Contact us today for a free quote.