Your kitchen cabinetry is a powerful component of the design of your kitchen. Plus, unlike other rooms throughout your home, your kitchen will hold cabinets that break up the space far more than a sofa or bed. As such, your cabinets hold special weight as you begin to select a paint colour for your kitchen walls. So how do you decide on a wall colour that matches your cabinetry? Are you overwhelmed by the limitless options as you stare at the paint samples at your local hardware store? Don’t worry — we have all of the tips that you’ll need to make sure that your kitchen looks warm, cozy, and whole.

Natural Wood Cabinets

Folks cherish their natural wood cabinets due to their warmth and character. If you have cabinets constructed from stained wood, then you can highlight their character with your paint. For the most part, there are two categories of wood, each with its own set of rules: light woods and dark woods. Here are a few tips for each type…

Light Woods With Light Stains

For lighter coloured woods, including oak, alder, pine, maple, ash, and the like, consider earthy tones to further accent the natural appeal of the cabinet, lighter paints to make your space feel clean, or darker paints to give your kitchen an exciting composition. Take note, lighter cabinets open up the space of a kitchen, lending even the smallest kitchens a more spacious feel, so you can opt for colours on either end of the light spectrum without sacrificing that breathable feel.

Dark Woods and Stains

If you have dark-stained cabinets or cabinets whose wood is naturally dark (like cherry, mahogany, walnut, and others), then you can open up your space with lighter paints, or you can opt for darker colours to follow suit with the look of the wood. Be wary that you shouldn’t have too many dark colours in your kitchen if you have a smaller space, since dark colours can appear to shrink the size of the kitchen.

White Cabinets

White cabinets give a kitchen a clean, innocent look. Pair your white cabinets with a light yellow, a robin’s egg blue, or seafoam green to add to that look. You can also opt for white or off-white paint to make your kitchen completely enlightened. You can use smaller walls throughout your kitchen as accent walls, painting them with bold, striking colours to give the space an electric splash of colour. Paint that set back backsplash mustard yellow. Or that small gap between the cabinets and the countertops: Paint that space baby blue to match your baby blue kitchen mixer.

Painted Cabinets

If you have cabinets that are painted, you’re opening a whole new can of worms with a new coat of paint for the walls. Now’s the time to think about the ol’ colour wheel. Consider complementary colours to make your cabinets the accent of the room (opt for a colour that is similar to your cabinet colours, yet a few shades and/or hues off). This look will make give your kitchen quiet character.

On the other hand, you can use contrasting colours to make your cabinets pop forward in the composition of your kitchen. Pair those bold, firetruck red cabinets with a seafoam green to give your kitchen a unique, bold flavor. Or pair those robin’s egg blue cabinets with a muted, rust orange for an equally intriguing composition. You can truly get creative with painted cabinetry. Plus, if you’re not content with the colour of your walls or cabinets, you can always repaint!

Stainless Steel Cabinets

Stainless steel cabinets are modern, yet timeless. These cabinets are becoming more and more popular, since they’re easy to clean, and they look great in nearly any home. In addition, stainless steel cabinets appear sterile and sanitary, which may prove to be a workable theme for the character of your kitchen. Pair stainless steel cabinets with white for a truly modern, sleek look. Or opt for a light colour to keep that sterile look, while giving your space a bit more character and room to breathe.

You can also opt for dark hues. Choose dark chocolate or a roasted espresso to make your kitchen a bit cozier. Or an eggplant purple for a splash of excitement. Even a charcoal grey can work great with that stainless steel kitchen of yours. Stainless steel is highly versatile, since its reflective surfaces serve to mirror the aesthetic of the room — so feel free to get creative!

Your Paint Project Starts Here

Have you figured out the upcoming colour scheme to match your kitchen cabinets? Then we’re ready to help you with the paint. Integrity Painting provides interior (and exterior!) painting services for our neighbors here in Winnipeg. We can also provide you with colour consultation services if you’re unsure about the best choice for your kitchen. Give us a call to schedule a free estimate appointment or a colour consultation!