Decorative Painting Ideas for Kitchens

Discover decorative painting ideas for your kitchen.


Paint is the fastest (and often cheapest!) way to dramatically change a room. But for families who want to have some fun with their kitchen decor, decorative painting is the way to go.

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From stripes to checkered floors, there are many ways to update a space with paint and create a room that you, your family and even guests will never want to leave.

Stripes—Stripes are all the rage these days, and taking the time to add some to your kitchen walls will immediately make it look ultra cool.

Painting stripes can be a long and tedious process, but the results are well worth the extra effort.

Chalkboard Wall—Many families keep a chalkboard in their kitchen for reminders and a running grocery list. But if you're always wishing you had more space to write on, it might be time for a chalkboard wall. Keep things classic and paint a black one if your kitchen has a lot of white or neutral colors, or add a pop of color in chalkboard paint on an accent wall in a white or neutral kitchen.

Paint Your Ceiling—Painting your entire kitchen a crispy, airy blue might feel too overpowering, but just painting your ceiling could really open up the room and add an ethereal feel. The ceiling is also a good place to introduce a bold color that wouldn't otherwise work in the room.

Color Blocking—Color blocking is a popular trend in the fashion world, but it can work wonders with your decor as well. Pick neighbors on the color wheel; remember that warm hues pair with cold, and paint your upper cabinets one color and your lower cabinets the other.

Paint a Checkered Floor—If you're not happy with your kitchen floor, spruce it up with a fun pattern using paint. A light checked design with white and beige would work well with everything from yellow to blue walls.

Paint Your Pantry—Love magenta or emerald green but too afraid to use it on your kitchen cabinets or walls? Try painting your pantry instead. You'll immediately feel happy every time you open the door to grab an ingredient and see a fun and intense color that might not have worked in the kitchen itself.

Paint Inside Your Shelves—If you're toying with the idea of painting your cabinets poppy red, start inside them first. You'll get a sweet surprise every time you open them up, and it'll give you some time to test the shade out before completely committing to it. Paint can really wake up open shelving as well.

Stencil Your Walls—Stenciling your walls isn't exactly easy, but it's a very cool way to create a really special spot in your kitchen. Choose a stencil that speaks to you and then choose a wall where it will shine.

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