Bright White Cabinets
For the majority of cabinet painting jobs we do, the homeowner requests white. It’s no trade secret that white creates an illusion of spaciousness. White reflects light, which enhances a sense of space and makes the walls appear to fall back. Classic white painted walls and cabinets not only brighten a room, but they also create a seamless space and without harsh edges or borders to stop the eye. However, an all-white kitchen can easily feel sterile, and in a way, unwelcoming. To avoid this, experiment with the many shades and sides of white, and bring in contrasting textures. How you do this depends on your design style. For traditional style kitchens, it is recommended that you use warmer-toned whites, while modern or contemporary styles call for more pure whites.
Not a Fan of White Kitchens? Try Cool Tones.
It’s not just white that expand a space visually by making the walls recede. If white can feels bland to you, you can take advantage of this effect with a huge range of pale shades. Blues, greens, grays, and lavenders establish a calm, tranquil mood, while making walls appear to recede and a small space seem larger.
It Doesn’t Get Much Bigger Than The Outdoors.
Take a clue from mother nature in creating a sense of large, open spaces. This effect works particularly well if your kitchen has large windows. Allow as much visibility to the outside as possible. The color you choose for your cabinets depends largely on your home’s surroundings. For example, if you are in a wooded area, try traditional wood cabinets with sage green walls. If you have waterfront property, try combining various tones of blue and white.
Keep The Kitchen Low-Contrast
When there’s low contrast between the colors of the walls, counters, and cabinetry of a kitchen, your eyes are able to glide over the surfaces. Without a pop of contrast, this ease of eye movement movement tricks your brain into thinking the space is larger than it really is. This trick works with virtually any color- such as in the moss green kitchen shown right.