Paint for Kitchens

Learn what types of paint are best for kitchens.


©Lisa Warninger

Lisa Warninger

The kitchen is the center of most homes and a place where people come together to create food and socialize. Updating this important space with a fresh coat of paint is the one of the best and most affordable changes you can do to it.

Before you get started, here are a few items to take into consideration.

First, come up with a color scheme that makes sense for your space. Think about the types of countertops, cabinets, backsplash and floor you already have or plan to install. This will help you settle on a color palette and find shades that complement your kitchen as a whole. The best kitchen colors stimulate the appetite and make people feel welcome in the space.

If you're still stumped on which color to choose, there are a few hues that often show up in kitchens. Yellow and red are both believed to stimulate the appetite, and they work well in the kitchen. White or ivory are great go-to shades when you plan to incorporate other colors throughout the room. Gray is also a good neutral to consider; it can have a calming effect on a room and pairs well with most colors.

When it comes time to purchase the paint, make sure to choose a satin or semi-gloss finish for your kitchen walls. Kitchens are a high-traffic area, and you'll want paint that you can wipe down easily.

If you're planning to paint your kitchen cabinets, prepare for a labor-intensive process. If you're not very handy, consider hiring a professional. Use an oil-based paint on your cabinets to ensure the paint doesn't chip or peel off over time due to high temperatures and moisture.

Once you're ready to paint your kitchen, move any countertop appliances, the fridge, stove or other items, and remove all hardware. Remember to keep all small pieces in separate Ziploc bags so you can replace them easily when you're finished painting.

It's also important to wipe down your walls to get rid of any lingering grease. Make sure to cover your floors completely with drop cloths and use painter's tape to tape off all the edges where the cabinets and other woodwork meet the walls. If you plan to still eat at home during the time you're painting your kitchen, set up a makeshift cooking space in your dining room or another part of your home so you have easy access to food and countertop appliances.

And before you put on the first coat of paint, make sure to prime your walls so the top coat of paint will go on smoothly. Even if you cleaned your walls ahead of time, there's a chance that the walls have some grease and moisture on them.

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