Settling upon the perfect paint color for a kitchen can be fraught with pressure. The fear of going off a particular color before it’s time for a redo can quickly lead to indecisiveness and, ultimately, installation delays. For reassurance, experts recommend taking color inspiration from items you already have in your home, and even your wardrobe.
Most people favor particular shades, often subconsciously. There’s a high chance you already have the perfect cabinet shade adorning your walls, cushions, and closets – it might be a similar shade to your living room paint color.
"You are often drawn to colors that resonate with a memory or that already appear in your home, for example in your artwork," agrees Ben Burbidge, managing director, of Kitchen Makers. "Carrying color tones from a favorite piece onto your cabinetry – and including the picture or painting in your kitchen decor – can also help achieve design cohesion and a relaxed, personalized space."
This approach works particularly well when choosing bolder colors, as the link to a treasured item, or items can help you feel braver about your color choices. Don’t forget, it doesn’t have to be just one shade that inspires cabinetry; multitoned artwork can yield complementary color inspiration for kitchen accessories, flooring, and soft furnishings.