I need help with my kitchen wall color and my cabinet color!

lkp0054March 20, 2013

My husband and I are in the middle of renovating our first house, and I am stuck on my kitchen. I want to paint the kitchen cabinets, but I'm not sure what would go best with the current color on the walls. Should I paint the cabinets a dark espresso, or should they be white? Or, should I completely change the color of my kitchen walls? The color on the walls is Valspar's Irish Cream. I need a lot of help so i hope someone on here can answer my questions!

Thank you!

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    Bookmark   March 22, 2013 at 9:34AM
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My personal opinion is that you do NOT paint the cabinets expresso, but white. You will never regret painting them white as it's a beautiful blank canvas, you can add accent colors on the wall or accessories. It is cheap and easy to change wall color - much more difficult and expensive to paint cabinets.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2013 at 11:38AM
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IMO- While I agree with 82mainstreet about painting cabinets white and not expresso, I also believe you won't be happy unless the color combo pleases you.
- First, what do you want to accomplish? Are you intending to live in the home for a long time? Or are you painting for resale?
- If you are painting for resale, then classic white for your cabinets is your best choice. It has wider appeal. A future owner will find it easier to change the wall color than the cabinets.
- If you are planning to stay in the house, you can be more personal in your color choices.
- But be wary of fads, especially when painting cabinets. It is much easier to paint walls.
From your photo, it looks like your cabinets are nicely finished wood. Personally, I wouldn't change that unless they are damaged. I would just update the wall color, but that is just my opinion.
If you do paint the cabinets, don't be swayed by fad colors. I would still recommend white or maybe a pale cream. That way, if you get tired of your color combo in the future, you only have to change the walls to update the room.
- Unless you are changing your appliances and flooring, very dark cabinets will probably make your kitchen feel overwhelmingly dark and warm.
- Consider your lighting and how you want your kitchen to feel. Does your kitchen feel too warm or too cool when your work in it?
- White will give your room a light and airy feel especially if paired with cool blues and greens.
If that seems to make the room feel too cold, white or cream can be warmed up with a bright wall color like apricot, lime green or turquoise.
Try looking through magazines for color combos you like...or look inside your own closet for colors that make you feel good.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2013 at 1:13PM
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Debra Wright

I would say a nice soft creamy white such as BM Bone White like Shanghaimom's did in her kitchen. Link to her post is below:

Here is a link that might be useful: shanghaimom's cream kitchen

    Bookmark   April 2, 2013 at 10:13PM
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