One of the questions I get the most is how I painted my kitchen cabinets with chalk paint and how I chose the color. Color is of course a personal preference and from experience, sometimes what we *think* would look good, turns out looking less than what we imagined. I love color — not afraid of it. I have muted tones of blues, orange, yellow, and even purple in my house. It sounds dreadful, but (gosh this sounds like a humble brag) people do often tell me they feel very comfortable in my home. The words they use the most are “warm”, “comfy” and “cozy”, which was exactly what I was looking for. I want people to be able to prop their feet up on the coffee table, sit on comfortable furniture, have soft, glowing light, and feel like they can make a mess in the kitchen. I want people to feel like they are home at my home. Keeping that in mind, what kind of vibe do you want your guests to walk away with?
Specifically to the kitchen, remember you spend an awful lot of time in that room, so make it something you enjoy looking at — a lot. Choose something you won’t tire of easily. If you had people over for a casual dinner, what vibe do you want to give to your guests? This may sound weird, but write down a few words that you want your kitchen to convey. I have done that before and then taken my list with me when I was looking at colors. It really does help! It keeps your mind focused on the look you want to achieve.
Red is a statement color said to stimulate the appetite. I love how this couple painted only the cabinet doors red and kept the trim a clean white. This gives you a fun pop of color without being overwhelming.
Orange is welcoming and exudes energy. I like this particular shade of orange — it’s muted, but still fun and friendly. The white backsplash and countertop adds just the right amount of white to pull this color off beautifully.
Yellow is happiness and positivity (which I like to call “good vibes”). Once again, I really like their use of a cheery, happy color but they didn’t go crazy. How could you not be happy in this kitchen?
Green exudes stability and harmony — a wonderful way to feel wile in your kitchen, right? I like the wooden countertops they chose, looks great with the cabinet color.
Not surprising blue brings out our tranquil side. It gives us a sense of peace and relaxation. This kitchen also uses white to balance out a darker color, and I think the floor is the perfect touch.
Purple signifies luxury and romance — not sure how I feel about a romantic kitchen, however, luxury? Sure. I like a luxurious kitchen just as much as the next person. This purple isn’t off-putting, it’s grayish tones work really well in the space.
So as you can see there is no wrong color to paint your kitchen cabinets. Each of these kitchens is so vastly different, but all are wonderful spaces for entertaining and family meals for years to come. If you have colorful kitchen cabinets in your kitchen, send us a photo! We’d love to hear from you.
*Amanda Hervey and Jen Anderson collaborated on this post.