Painting is the most inexpensive way to freshen and update your kitchen. Painting a kitchen accent wall can be an easy week-end project. If you are “old school”, you probably painted each wall the same color the first time you painted this room. A different color accent wall will both add a new visual interest to the room but will also perk up your accessories.
Start by walking into the room from each entrance to the kitchen. What wall do your eyes immediately focus on first? If you feel biased in your selection since you are performing your own test, ask a friend or neighbor to come in and do the same. If the choice is unanimous, that’s the wall you want to highlight. Choosing a color can be mind boggling. If painting an accent wall is new to you, a simple rule is to pick a soft hue color, like beige or light green, and make the accent wall 3 shades darker of that same color. It will still add some flare but not a dramatic punch. The kitchen isn’t a place for drama.
If it were only that easy. When you walk into a paint department of a large hardware store, you are going to see hundreds of paints chips from several different paint companies (I.E. Behr, Olympic, Valspar, Glidden). Prior to going to the paint store, take inventory of the accessories and wall ornaments currently being used. If there are specific ones you like, you may want to gravitate to a shade of it. All the colors usually confuse you before they will convince you.
There are many black and white kitchen appliances still being sold but stainless steel appliances are the most popular right now. Your counter surfaces might be granite or quartz. The common denominator here is “reflection of light”. Stainless, granite, and quartz all have high reflective qualities allowing you to go with a bold and bright color. There is no rule that says to stick with the traditional shades of yellow in the kitchen. Make sure you factor in the color of your backsplash into the equation. Let’s see, so far we are taking into consideration the color of the appliances, accessories, backsplash, and counter surfaces. That’s a lot to coordinate. Be cautious when making your final color selection and make sure it’s within the family of colors that you can live with.
Most of the time, you’ll want to apply a primer before you paint. Primer is a must if you’re painting a light color over a dark color, or want to cover up a semi-gloss or gloss finish. Primer helps smooth out the surface to be painted and also helps the paint adhere. The only time you may not need to prime is if you’re painting a darker color over a matte white wall.
If you feel like getting a little crafty, you can try your hand at faux finishes. Try it on a scrap piece of drywall first to make sure you get the texture you wanted. Whatever color you choose as an accent, make sure that accent wall stands out from the rest of the room.