One of the greatest ways to liven up a space is with paint and a shot of color. Although I have always been partial to stained wood cabinets for the kitchen, sometimes letting floors or ceilings carry the wood finish and letting the cabinets really set themselves apart can be a great way to not let the love of wood overtake your interior space. From a glossy lacquer to a matte finish, painted cabinets can be a great way to make your kitchen look fresh and new. I am especially a fan of painting your kitchen cabinets if you are putting off refinishing them, and they’re really not so hot to start with. A dark or bright color actually focuses your attention on the color itself and not the style (or lack thereof) of your existing cabinets.
And don’t think that you have to paint them all! Or even that all the painted surfaces have to be the same color. Perhaps you have an island area that you want to showcase ““ paint it a shade that brings it to the forefront. Or perhaps a bank of cabinets at the back that you’d like to recede ““ dark colors of grey, black or brown may be just the thing. You can even paint either the doors or the frames only! If you’re unsure about the color, take a photo, and use a photo editing program (or have someone else help you) to change the colors in a few different shots to get a feel for it to see if that’s the way you want to go. Remember if you are painting cabinets yourself to prep and prime them well ““ you don’t want paint to chip and show through!
(above) Dark Grey Flush Face