Perfect Pairings

Perfect Pairings

Million Dollar Kitchen Makeovers for the Cost of a Can (or 4) of Paint

It is human nature to want to change and evolve. It is in our DNA. Sometimes the desire for change is motivated by need; other times the need for change is purely driven by desire. Usually it’s somewhere in the middle. Change in one’s home can be as dramatic as a complete kitchen or bathroom remodel or as small as simply changing the color of the walls. Color has an incredible effect on humans. We associate colors with seasons, moods, feelings, people, and, at its most powerful, color can evoke memories and strong emotional reactions.


If the change of seasons has you yearning for a change in your environment, you need look no further than your local paint store for a relatively easy, low-cost solution. Now the question is, “Which color do I choose?” With literally thousands of choices, the task at hand can seem overwhelming for many. The best place to start is with a few simple questions to help narrow the selection process . Are you looking for a dramatic change or a subtle refresh? Do you prefer light and airy or dark and moody?  What color are your floors, cabinets and countertops? Whatever your answer to these questions, a good rule of thumb is to pick a color that’s already in the kitchen, even if in a very subtle way to create visual harmony and flow.


For a sleek, modern, and very dramatic look, apply a paint color to a wall or the ceiling in your kitchen that matches the various shades of gray veining in your calacatta or statuario engineered stone surface countertops.  The gray focal wall and ceiling will complement the beauty of your countertops, highlighting the veining while enhancing their luminosity. Your countertops will practically glow! This design trick will work whether you have dark or light cabinetry. Utilizing contrasting yet complementary colors is a great way to create visual harmony, a high degree of personalization and a bit of drama at the same time.

So dark gray isn’t bold enough? You want something a bit more dramatic? You prefer a more mono-chromatic, less contrasty look? If you already have colored cabinetry, selecting the same color or a very similar shade and applying that to your walls is sure to create a lot of visual impact. This can work in a variety of kitchen design styles, from modern to traditional. By picking shades of the same color and applying one shade to the cabinetry and another to the walls you will create a dramatic yet coordinated kitchen design. In this traditional style kitchen, the use of various shades of blue creates a tremendous amount of depth, further emphasizing the gorgeous cabinetry and really making the light colored countertops and accessories stand out. For an even more modern and dramatic effect, you can select the exact same color as your cabinetry and apply to all the walls and even the ceiling.  This is not for the faint of heart and it is certainly dramatic!


The true beauty of utilizing paint to update your kitchen is its impermanence. You can change the color of your kitchen walls much more easily than moving them! So get to painting!


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