Guide to Painting Kitchen Cabinets & Color Psychology

Guide to Painting Kitchen Cabinets & Color Psychology
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    Many people are looking for ways to update their homes, leading many to think about a full remodel.

    What they should be thinking about is repainting their bathroom or kitchen.


A fresh coat of paint is such a simple facelift to any home, and you can complete it without turning your home into a construction zone for weeks at a time. Since the bathroom is a smaller space, many find it an easy place to start, and because the kitchen is typically the center of the action in the home, a new color can make the whole home seem updated.

How Do I Choose A Color?

After deciding to add a fresh coat of paint to your bathroom or kitchen, you need to choose a color. A great tool for choosing a color is color psychology. Color psychology is the use of color to set the tone for an area or space.

Since colors have universal effects on people, they can be used to encourage inspiring dishes or relaxing baths. Color psychology has been gaining fans in the last few years because it allows the color of a home to promote emotional well-being.

To start using color psychology to choose paints for your home, you need to think about the purpose of the space you will be painting. Kitchens aren’t just for preparing food.

Kitchens are a gathering place in the home where you create memories. Choosing a color that will encourage warm feelings and heartfelt conversations will make your kitchen sing.

Or think about your bathroom, a space for cleanliness and relaxation, or an escape from your children. You will want to choose colors that encourage a sense of tranquility and relaxation for your bathroom.

What Are The Best Colors to Paint Your Kitchen?

The best colors are colors that you enjoy, so long as you include accents that will work for the purpose of the room. For example, if you wanted charcoal grey walls, you could paint the cabinets a dusky red color or use a dark red on the trim.

That color scheme will allow you to have a dark but homey kitchen with colors that will inspire family gatherings. Another option would be to do a light color on the walls with a deep hunter green on the bottom cabinets to create an organic feeling of calm and candor.

You can do a deep navy color with natural cabinets and bright red handles or drawer pulls for a cheery and organized kitchen.

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The key to remember is how you want people to feel in your kitchen. For cozy and warm conversations, stick with warm colors like reds, yellows, and oranges.

These colors do need to be used in muted tones to avoid creating excitable, fiery exchanges. If you want people to communicate organically and build trust, you will want to stick to deep greens, browns, and greys that evoke nature and encourage confidence.

If you want to encourage organization and structure, then a deep blue is key.

What Colors Work Best for Bathrooms?

Since bathrooms are solo spaces of respite, your goal will be to avoid excitable colors. Lavender, muted blues and greens, even butter yellows work well in bathrooms.


If you want a spa-like bathroom, muted greens with light blue accents and natural wood tones will work very well. If you want to encourage your teenager to move it while still creating a relaxing space, you may want to do lavender walls, buttery yellow trim with some bright red accents in the form of a soap dish or decorative plant.

The red accents will energize people to get out and start their day, while the lavender will keep the spaced balanced for relaxation, and the yellow will help tie it all together. Choose muted blue walls, warm, chestnut stained wood, and deep green or red bath mats for a more masculine look.

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Once you have updated your bathroom and kitchen, you can go on to use color psychology to boost the moods of your other rooms too. By starting in your bathroom, you will get the practice to tackle a larger space.

Once you’ve made your kitchen the hub of the home, you can choose paint colors for the rest of the house to fit a theme and paint room by room to have all your friends complimenting your home.

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