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The Do’s and Don’ts of Choosing Kitchen Cabinet Paint Colours

Choosing kitchen cabinet paint colours may seem like a daunting task, but if you follow a few simple guidelines, your job will be much easier. Read on to discover the do’s and don’ts of choosing kitchen cabinet paint colours. If you are remodeling your kitchen and would like some expert advice, contact the interior design professionals at Graham’s & Son today. We will come to your home for a personal consultation, free of charge, and help you through the process. 


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Light coloured cabinets make your kitchen seem brighter and larger
Light coloured cabinets make your kitchen seem brighter and larger


Choosing Kitchen Cabinet Paint Colours

Not only is your kitchen one of, if not the most used rooms in your home, but it can also have a huge impact on the sale of your house. A right or wrong colour choice could affect how you feel about your kitchen and even how quickly your home might sell. Your kitchen cabinets usually take up the largest area in your kitchen, so the colour you choose for them can greatly influence the look of your entire room. The following are some helpful do’s and don’ts to guide you when choosing kitchen cabinet paint colours.


Choosing kitchen cabinet paint colours
Choosing kitchen cabinet paint colours can be easy with these helpful tips


The Do’s of Choosing Kitchen Cabinet Paint Colours


DO: Align Your Cabinet Colours with Their Design Style

The actual design style of your cabinets can be a great guide when choosing the perfect colour. The following is a selection of styles of kitchens and the best colours to choose for the cabinets.

Traditional Style Cabinets: If your kitchen is traditional, then classic colours such as creams and soft whites will look wonderful. You can also go with rich, natural wood stains to enhance that traditional feeling.

Arts and Crafts Style Cabinets: The Arts and Crafts movement started around the end of the 19th century and these types of cabinets are characterized by “straight lines, quality construction and minimal ornamentation.” Because these types of cabinets are usually made from beautiful woods such as oak, hickory, cherry, or maple they are not normally painted but instead stained to bring out their rich grain.


Arts and crafts kitchen cabinets from Crown Point
Arts and crafts kitchen cabinets from Crown Point Cabinetry stained to bring out their natural beauty


Shaker Style Cabinets: Shaker style cabinets are very simple in design yet extremely attractive. They look great in soft greys as well as bright whites and subdued creams. The shaker cabinets below from KitchenCraft Cabinetry look great in grey.


shaker cabinets
Shaker style cabinets from KitchenCraft Cabinetry look great in grey


Modern Style Cabinets: If your cabinets are modern, then you have a much larger colour palette to choose from. Modern kitchens look great with contrasting tones and bright colours such as red, green or yellow. The below design by Tribe Creative London, found in the Spruce is a great example of how yellow can make your kitchen lively and fun.


Modern yellow kitchen cabinets from Tribe Creative London
Source: The Spruce – Modern yellow kitchen cabinets designed by Tribe Creative London


DO: Choose Lighter Colours if Your Kitchen Has Low Lighting

If your kitchen is not well-lit, one way to make it seem brighter is to paint your cabinet and walls in lighter shades and tones such as white or cream. The lighter colours will make even the darkest rooms feel brighter.


DO: Use Contrasting Colours

Contrasting colours can look great in your kitchen, especially if they are chosen with care. Combining black, grey or dark brown cabinets with light walls, ceiling, and flooring can make a stunning look that is sure to please.


dark cabinets with light accents
Source: Home Epiphany –  Dark cabinets against light coloured walls, flooring and ceiling really pop!


The Don’ts of Choosing Kitchen Cabinet Paint Colours


Don’t: Choose a Dark Paint Colour or Stain if Your Kitchen is Small.

Darker cabinets will tend to close in your space and make it feel even smaller. Save those darker tones for a larger, more spacious kitchens.


Don’t: Choose Overly Bright Colours if You Are Planning a Move

Not everyone like really bright or vibrant colours. If you do and you are planning on staying in your home for a while then go for it! However, if a move is in your immediate plans, then you would be better off avoiding a bright colour for your cabinets. Instead, choose a neutral shade that will appeal to a much broader group of potential buyers.


Choose a neutral paint shade for your cabinets if you are moving soon
Choose a neutral paint shade for your cabinets if you are moving soon


Don’t: Use Too Many Different Colours

Too many different colours in your kitchen can be overpowering and can take away from the overall effect. However, if you like variety, you could limit your choice to two cabinet colours. Try pairing one bold colour with a neutral one. Make sure that you use the bold colour sparingly though. Perhaps just paint your kitchen island cabinetry a contrasting colour from the rest of your cabinets.


contrasting island cabinet colour for variety
Source: Better Homes and Garden – Choose a contrasting island cabinet colour for variety



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Remodelling Your Kitchen? Contact Graham’s & Son Today

If you are considering a kitchen remodel or renovation and need some help, talk to the design experts at Graham’s & Son. Graham’s & Son has been producing beautiful interior designs for more than 40 years. We are locally owned and operated and we specialize in all types of renovations. We offer free, in-home consultations and will take the time to listen to your ideas and dreams for your new kitchen. If you are thinking of remodelling your kitchen, bath, or any room in your home, contact the professionals at Graham’s & Son to book your free in-home consultation today.



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