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Picking a paint color for a kitchen

How to pick kitchen paint colors

1. Find Color Clues: If you’re not sure what shade will stand out best, Andrea Magno, Color and Design Expert at , suggests taking a hint from palettes already in place, from countertops to backsplashes. “Look to the colors used in fixed materials such as stone (marble, granite, quartz), tiles, flooring, and even appliances,” she tells us. This can help the look come together more easily. 

2. Nod to Nature: Another great color inspiration? Mother Nature. If you’re puzzled over what colors go together best, take a gander at the great outdoors. For example, the blues, greens, sandy whites, and driftwood grays of the seashore naturally work together.

3. White Out: When in doubt, opt for white. "White is classic," says New York City based interior designer, Alyssa Kapito. "You'll never ever get tired of it and it'll always feel the cleanest, even when you have dirty dishes in the sink!" A helpful hint: choose a shade that's just off-white. Pure white may be too harsh. "Something with a touch of beige will appear white, but have so much more warmth." Try Kapito's current color obsession: Farrow and Ball's Wimborne White. 

4. Sync Up Your Style: While some color rules may tell you to always avoid or opt for certain hues in the kitchen, Erika Woelfel, Color Expert and VP of Color and Creative Services at Behr Paint,says it all boils down to your vision for the space, and how you intend to use it. “If you’re a frequent entertainer and risk-taking cook, a neutral space may not feel inspiring or energizing,” Woelfel says. “On the other hand, if you use your kitchen to relax and unwind, a bright and bold kitchen could be a turn-off, so stick to neutrals.”

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