If you have a tiny kitchen, you may be tempted to splurge on an intensive remodel. But before you knock down walls or ditch your 20-year-old fridge, consider a cheaper alternative: paint.
A quick coat of paint can transform the ambiance of a small kitchen, making it feel brighter and (dare we say?) more spacious. Simply put, a warm blue or antique white can add the oomph you’re looking for without breaking the bank.
Here, we delve into five color trends and explore how they can work well for a smaller kitchen.
It’s no secret that stark white walls make a room feel bigger, especially south-facing rooms with lots of natural light. Yet many homeowners steer away from this paint choice, writing it off as dull. So, how do you brighten up a kitchen without boring dinner guests? We have tips:
You may also choose paint with an eggshell or satin finish. These glossy sheens reflect natural and artificial light, creating the illusion of more space.
We get it—pink is a bold choice. But with some finesse, pink paint can work magic in tiny kitchens, adding comforting vibes to even the darkest of galleys. Still not convinced that your kitchen won’t look like something out of the Barbie Dreamhouse? Follow our guidelines for a positively-pink kitchen:
For extra flair, incorporate gold drawer pulls and rose ceramic wall tiles. Floral chair cushions up the ante even more.
Green smoothies are trending and so are green walls. Shades like aloe and avocado add freshness to tiny kitchens. Green also provides grounding contrast to white walls and stainless steel appliances.
Of course, green can be a tricky color for a small room. Shades of yellow-green (think: key lime) are overly bright and offensive while shades of green-brown or green-gray can be too dark. Do you need help befriending the green-eyed monster? If so, here are some pointers:
Pro Tip: Incorporating hanging baskets, succulents, and other potted plants can transform your cramped kitchen into a botanical hangout.
At its worst, yellow is overstimulating and anxiety-inducing. But at its best, yellow can turn a cramped and gloomy kitchen into your happy place. If you’re worried that your home will look like Big Bird, take a deep breath and follow these guidelines:
Though yellow isn’t for the faint of heart, subtle shades can add much-needed warmth and openness to tiny spaces.
Blue is a popular choice in kitchens. However, if you choose too dark of a shade, it can make already-narrow spaces feel depressing. So, how do you add a pop of navy or turquoise without catching the blues? We suggest that you:
Depending on your budget, you may even consider purchasing blue appliances to match your new paint job.
Selecting a paint color for a small kitchen can be daunting. That’s why we’ve developed a three-step process for picking “the one.”
Step 1: Don’t Be Too Choosy
During your first trip to the hardware store, get crazy. Peruse the paint swatches and select 15 to 20 different contenders. If the color strikes your fancy, grab a swatch.
Step 2: Dwindle Them Down
Unsurprisingly, it’s hard to determine if a color will work in your kitchen while you’re standing in the hardware store. So, bring your swatches home and hold them up to your walls. Dwindle your list down to three picks.
Step 3: Get To Painting (Sort Of)
Purchase paint samples for your top three and try out the colors before committing. At this point, you may decide to return to Step 1. Or, you may decide to incorporate all three colors into your kitchen design.