Paint Colors for Small Kitchens

Energize your small kitchen with a coat of fresh paint to the walls and cabinets, and consider soft neutrals or bold color combinations that will make your space seem larger and reflect your design style.

White Kitchen With Bright Blue Walls

White Kitchen With Bright Blue Walls

The blue walls in this kitchen stand out behind the white cabinetry, ceiling, back door, and hanging chandelier that has exposed bulbs.

Never underestimate the power of great paint colors for small kitchens! Instead of a major overhaul, simple paint on kitchen walls and cabinetry can provide the lift needed to update and open up the confines of a small kitchen.

Simple Design Tips for Tiny Kitchens

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Open Floor Plan

Make your small kitchen feel larger by following an open floor plan. Allow the space to carefully flow into the living or dining room. Change the wall colors from room to room to visually separate the two spaces. HGTV fan pilonieta kept the kitchen walls neutral but added a pumpkin-orange hue to the living room walls to show a bold and clear room divide.

Clean Hues

Make a small kitchen feel open and airy by using a light color palette and plenty of natural light. HGTV fan heatherbullard coordinated white beadboard, a light travertine backsplash, glass-front cabinets and a soft yellow hue on the walls for an elegant cottage feel.

Downsized Appliances

Light wood cabinetry and a large, open window prevent this small, apartment-style kitchen from feeling cramped. In an extra-tiny kitchen like this, downsizing is the best way to go. A pint-sized stove, range hood, microwave and kitchen table are in proportion to the space and take up less space than their large predecessors.

Sleek and Simple

The sleek, clean lines of this kitchen prevent the space from looking or feeling small and cluttered. Designer Ammie Kim kept busy decor to a minimum and allowed the glass-tile backsplash to be the colorful — yet soothing — focal point. When using the deep-toned cabinetry, keep the surrounding walls and countertops neutral for a more balanced look.

From: Ammie Kim

Proper Lighting

Small kitchens are often filled with the wrong lighting, making the space feel dim and enclosed. Using pendant lights on the ceiling and fluorescent lighting below the cabinets will gracefully cast light off the countertops and backsplash, visually expanding the space and uplifting the overall tone and mood. Photo by Maxwell Mackenzie

Clear Countertops

This Manhattan apartment presented a small floor plan with an even smaller kitchen. HGTV fan ruffingit renovated the entire space and updated the kitchen with state-of-the-art appliances and modern cabinetry for a clean look. A long, granite-top island separates the kitchen from the living room and provides extra seating and cooking space. When using an island as a room divider, be sure to keep the top clear and clutter free.

Extra Storage

HGTV fan Felt So Cute renovated her small 1920s-style kitchen with clean, white cabinetry and a white, subway-tiled backsplash. The lime green accents add a playful splash of color without making the space feel busy or over-the-top. Take advantage of extra wall space by adding additional cabinetry and drawers. This will keep kitchen essentials organized and stored, while clearing up the countertops.

Many folks know that light colors create the impression of spaciousness, which is especially beneficial for a cramped kitchen. Traditionally favored white-painted walls and cabinets not only lighten and brighten a room, but they also maintain a visual simplicity and uniformity that works to keep your small kitchen living large.

For variety, explore the many sides of your chosen neutral hue by bringing in complementary shades. For example, mixing shades of whites, creams and taupes can add depth, warmth and sophistication to a small kitchen.

Another important tip for painting a tight kitchen space is to determine your design style before selecting a shade. For traditional or transitional-style rooms, your whites should be warmer, while modern or contemporary-style spaces call for whiter whites.

If you're bored with your all-white kitchen, then liven it up with a dose of light or bright color. Popular tones continue to be shades of blue, from deep cerulean to sea-green for some coastal flair. Sunny yellow and mint green are commonly used for a measure of vintage appeal. Of course, choose your favorite color to introduce your personality for visual impact. Or select a shade that complements colors used throughout your house, especially in the case of an adjoining room. You'll want to choose these color bursts strategically, so there's still an air of restraint in your small space. For example, simply paint the eat-in center island, the interiors of your cabinets or a single accent wall for the ultimate "wow" moment. All three ideas are playful and tonally in sync with your room—without minimizing the feel of spaciousness in your small kitchen.

Feeling even bolder? Go all-in with deep shades of black, navy, green and even red to deliver major drama to your favorite room in the house. However, consider tempering deep colors with contrasting white or light counters and backsplash.

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