Choosing the Best Paint for Your Kitchen

When you want to change the look of your kitchen but a full remodel isn’t in the budget, a fresh coat of paint can work wonders.  Kitchen paint can lend itself as an accent to the existing fixtures—cabinets, appliances, the floor, etc.—or can provide an interesting contrast. Whichever color palette you choose to paint, there are a few ways to ensure you’re choosing the best paint for your kitchen.

Test the Color Before Painting

A color that you love on a paint chip may not translate well to a large space. Light sources could change the way the color looks—whether that’s sunlight or indoor light. Get a sample of the paint you’re considering and paint a swatch on the wall that’s large enough to give you a good idea of what the color will look like throughout the day – a 12”x12” square is a good size for a sample. You can do this with multiple colors, but be aware that you will have to either choose a paint with primer mixed into it or prime the walls separately before painting so that you start with a blank canvas and achieve an even coating of the color you choose.

To keep things interesting, you can take a look at current paint trends for inspiration; your ceiling doesn’t have to always be white, and you can include a brightly colored accent wall in your kitchen. This concept has also become a popular choice for living room décor.

Use Paint Suited for High Traffic Areas

Semi-gloss paint is ideal for the kitchen, where frequent cleaning can cause the degradation of “weaker” paint finishes. Semi-gloss offers an easy-to-clean surface, and is designed to withstand frequent washing while maintaining its good looks. In general, the more matte a paint finish is, the more difficult it will be to clean. Satin finish paints also work well in the kitchen, and are not only easy to clean but are good at resisting mildew, stains, and mold—because of the gloss, it is more resistant to moisture getting into the drywall behind it. Semi-gloss is a great choice because it’s highly durable and can stand up to frequent washing and scrubbing. If you prefer a matter finish, that’s fine, but matte paint finishes are more difficult to clean and are more susceptible to staining. Keep in mind, too, that the shinier the finish, the smoother the walls will need to be in order for the paint to look its best. Whichever paint you choose should reflect your needs – if you hate glossy paint, for instance, there is nothing standing in your way from using a flatter finish.