Choosing the Perfect Color for Your Kitchen

Choosing colors can be a nightmare of a task. Swatchbooks contain thousands of colors that almost all look the same; conflicting reports on what colors are currently “in style”; and pamphlets and literature from different paint suppliers all claiming different trends. Truth be told, picking a paint color for your kitchen –or any room – is a subjective choice, left to the style and taste of you, the homeowner. However, you  would do well to be a little educated and informed on what colors are popular, what colors work, and what colors can provide some benefits to a home (enhanced lighting, optical illusion of increased space, etc.). This article can give you some ideas for choosing a kitchen color that you will love. This article will explore the psychological meaning of color and how it can be applied to your kitchen and other rooms in your home.


Speaking of the subjective, experts say that the color green is unappetizing. At CraftPro Contacting we have painted several kitchens different shades of green and the homeowners were thrilled.




The point is, find a color you love and go with it, regardless of what the experts say. Just use as many resources as possible to give yourself as many ideas as possible. This article can be one such resource. We’ll explore color meanings and how colors can be applied.


And now, the colors:


  • Yellow: In color psychology, yellow represents mindfulness and intellect. It can also represent optimism and cheerfulness, but has been known to suggest cowardice. So what does this mean? Well, we’re not psychologists, but we are painters., and we’ve noticed that in kitchens equipped with cabinets, tables, floors and appliances with light colors, yellow can serve as an illumination for these aspects of the room and add an overall playful, uplifting and inviting color scheme to the kitchen – the first thing guests will notice, thereby inviting them in.


  • Red: Ever wonder why virtually all restaurants – especially fast-food restaurants – use the color red? This is because it invokes our appetites – and not just our appetite for food but our appetite for physical activity in general. Red is a passionate color, an assertive and confident choice. It is courageous and strong, stimulating and energizing. It’s a bold color and it’s not for just any room. However, for kitchens that have dark-stained wood cabinets, floors and tables red can be an excellent complement to these dark colors.


  • Orange: A tricky color. Psychologically, it is said to be the color of optimism and social communication. It is independent, extroverted, adventurous, risky and creative. It would be a bold decision to use an orange in your kitchen, but with the right lighting, décor and furniture it can work in a way that is sure to impress and awe visitors to your kitchen. It’s all subjective.


  • Blue: The color of honesty, loyalty and trust- psychologically speaking. It is the color of relaxation, calmness, and reliability. The paler the blue, the more freedom we feel. It is also the most universally approved color of all, making it a safe choice for your kitchen. Blue and white, used together, especially make a wonderful match. A safe pairing. Unlike the boldness of red and the riskiness of orange, shades of blue are safe and non-confrontational. A good choice for almost any kitchen.


In summary, picking colors isn’t an easy thing – even for experienced painting contractors and involved homeowners. Color psychology gets us somewhere, but not all the way. Color literature from painting companies can provide useful help but not the final say. It comes down to you, the homeowner: your style and your taste. We at CraftPro recommend gathering samples and applying swatches, examining different colors in different lights against different furniture and appliances until you find something you like. If you go to our article on “Proper Surface Preparation for Interior Painting” you may be able to execute the paint job yourself. However, as professional painting contractors we would be remiss if we didn’t recommend that you hire a professional: it’s not as easy as it sounds, and mistakes can be made that can prove costly in the long run when the job needs to be re-done.


This article was written by Richard J. DAngelo, founding owner of CraftPro Contracting LLC and author of Home Improvement by CraftPro, a home improvement blog offering DIY advice, editorials and more. Thank you for reading, and good luck with your kitchen!


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