8 kitchen painting ideas you’ll love

Is it time for a kitchen refresh? Sometimes, all you need is a new paint color and a fun technique to make your kitchen stand out. Fall in love with your kitchen all over again with a new paint idea that you can handle in a weekend.

Paint is a workhorse because you don’t need anything more than just a paintbrush. If you’re renting or you aren’t ready for a massive renovation, you can still get a kitchen redo that won’t break your budget or your back. Let’s find your next kitchen paint idea.

Black cabinets

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Painting your cabinets black is a bold choice, sure, but bringing a bit of Old Hollywood regency to your kitchen can make any dish you’re making feel just a little more glamorous. Black cabinets match a variety of wall colors, and black can help hide blemishes and dings in old cabinets.
The best result is a matte black paint that can recede into the background as a bold yet neutral choice. Swap out your hardware to match, and you’ve got yourself a brand new kitchen space.

DIY faux marbling

If it’s your countertops that need a redo, you can get the look of upscale marble with a little paint and some patience. It all starts with a few coats of white paint. Add in a mixture of gray ombre tones for the marble veins using varying widths of brushes. Use a feather for the delicate threads.

Once you’ve gotten your marbling down, coat the whole thing in a super shiny glaze to emulate the shine of real marble. A tiny bit of ultra-fine, clear glitter could add the realistic mica deposits that granite has. Plus, the whole thing costs way less than real marble.

Earth tones and old world colors

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Old World kitchens are enjoying a comeback, so using those golden yellows and terra cotta oranges could create a dramatic yet cozy kitchen for you. Take a look around to plan your approach and then create your Old World haven.

Common earth tones include yellows and oranges, but others could be lovely moss greens and ocean blues. Whatever your inspiration, stick with a simple color palate so it isn’t overwhelming.

Bold kitchen island

If you’re lucky enough to have an island in your kitchen, painting the island a bold, contrasting color can be a dramatic choice. Choose a royal blue that picks up the natural hues in your granite countertops or choose a bright yellow that coordinates with your white cabinets. Whatever you choose, go for bold.

Paint the ceiling

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We sometimes forget about the “fifth wall,” so painting your ceiling could be a dramatic and visually interesting way to update your kitchen. Choosing a standard ceiling white but upping the sheen to eggshell could add visual height to your kitchen space. Choosing a bold color such as an emerald green that wraps down an inch or two on the wall itself can also create the illusion of height.

Paint your appliances

Paint designed for various appliance finishes has improved in recent years. Take your fridge or dishwasher up a notch with an interesting or bold color choice. You can also use one of the many faux metal finishes to change up your tired appliance finish to something trendy.

Be sure to choose a paint specifically made for your appliance finish or you may not have good results. Most paint cans will tell you this information.

Paint your floors

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If you’re able to paint your floors, it could be time to upgrade that tired floor with a fresh coat of paint. You can paint over cheap wood or concrete with a dark color for a bold choice or stencil a pattern onto the floor for a rug-like finish that can withstand foot traffic and never gathers dust. You can choose bold colors or stick with something monochromatic.

Rediscover the white kitchen

Every designer and their mother proclaims the death of the white kitchen every year, and every year it makes a comeback. There’s a reason. A white kitchen with thoughtfully chosen hardware is a long-term design choice. It never looks dated, and it always feels fresh as trend after trend falls by the wayside.

If you aren’t ready to make a huge change in your kitchen, freshening up the cabinets and/or walls with a fresh coat of crisp white paint can make a huge difference. Use accessories to get your color fix and enjoy the streamlined look that feels bigger than it is.

Changing up your kitchen with paint

Paint is simple and allows you to change the look and feel of your kitchen without attempting a considerable renovation. Paint can cover a variety of ills from low ceilings to poor natural light and highlight what your kitchen’s strengths are.

Take a look around your kitchen and imagine what color or paint technique can help transform the space. Take a chance or refresh with classic white. Either way, you may find yourself falling in love with your kitchen space all over again.

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