Choosing paint colors is a time-consuming and sometimes frustrating process. There are so many shades to choose from, and it can be difficult to know what colors look good together, and which ones clash. Fortunately, there are some great resources available to find the best color palette for your kitchen. Here’s a tried-and-true method to not only find a base color scheme, but visualize how it will look in your kitchen.
Step 1: Find Colors You Enjoy From What’s Already In Your Kitchen
A great way to simplify the color finding process is to work with what you have. Select a “feature” item (or set of items) in your kitchen that you are planning on keeping the way they are. For example, a bold set of matching Fiestaware dishes, custom upholstered dining room chairs, the color of a standing bowl mixer, a set of curtains you love, or just a particular piece of decor.
Once you have your item picked out, head on over to a color scheme inspiration site- Design Seeds is a popular choice. By using their Palette Search function, you can play around with the sliders to find a match to your key item or items. Tinker around with it- it may take a bit of experimenting to get just the right match. Then, hit “Go get it!” and the site will churn out multiple pallets featuring the color you’ve selected. If only a few results showed up, or you don’t like the results shown, adjust a few of the sliders up or down, and try again. Small differences in the color selected will result in different color palettes being shown. Alternatively, you can also select from various color palette “themes”, many of which can prove suitable for a kitchen. We strongly recommend checking out the “rustic”, “market hues”, and “edible hues” themes for palettes that may work well in a kitchen. Here’s an example of a color pallet we found in the “edible hues” theme:
Step 2: Preview The Colors In Your Kitchen
After you’ve picked out a few color palettes you enjoy, the next step is to head over to a painting preview tool. Most paint manufacturers offer some type of paint preview tool, and many of them allow you to upload a picture of your own kitchen. For the following example, we used Benjamin Moore’s Personal Color Viewer with one of their preset kitchen models, and found it relatively easy to use. Next, experiment with your palette and see which colors look best where. Keep in mind that an abundance of darker colors can make a room appear smaller, so in general you will want to avoid darker walls or ceilings. Have fun with it! Going off of the above color scheme, here is the sample kitchen we came up with:
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