How to Take Your Kitchen From Drab to Fab: The Ultimate Refabulated Guide. Cabinet Paint Colours. (Part 5/7)

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Thinking about renovating your kitchen, or getting your kitchen cabinets painted? You probably have tons of questions.

Over the next month and a half, we’ll take you step by step through the process in our 7-part How to Take Your Kitchen From Drab to Fab: The Ultimate Refabulated Guide series. We’ll go through the details to give you the kitchen makeover you deserve.

New to the series? Read part 1, where we start from the beginning and help you figure out everything you need to know before you begin your kitchen transformation.

In this fifth part of our series, we’re going over everything you need to know about choosing the right paint colour. We’ll help you decide on a colour that will make your kitchen come together perfectly.

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Picking The Perfect Paint Colour For Your Kitchen


After you chose your countertops and backsplash, and have your flooring sorted out, it’s time to think about cabinet colour.


Painting your kitchen cabinetry is definitely an investment in your home, and when it comes to choosing a colour, you need to get it right! But where do you start?

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We can help with colour selection. The choice is ultimately up to you, but we do work with several interior designers who can help with colour choice. They will also look at all of the aspects of your kitchen and make recommendations for cabinet colours, wall colours, or even colour in other rooms throughout your home.


White kitchen cabinets. stainless steel stove.

About The Undertones


White is not always just white. There’s creamy whites, bright whites, and whites with green or blue or grey or yellow or pink undertones. It’s imperative that you identify the correct undertone.


The most popular cabinet colours are the whites from Benjamin Moore: Cloud White, Simply White, Chantilly Lace, White Dove, Wedding Veil, Oxford White, etc.


White kitchen cabinets. Silver hardware.


These colours all have their own elements and attributes, and undertones that each will look different in your home. The greys are also beautiful, but again, choosing a colour that will compliment your countertop and backsplash is important.


You need to identify the undertones in your kitchen. Undertones are the warm or cold tones of the colour, and when they are mismatched it can be a nightmare. You don’t want to have warm tones on your countertops and then cool tones on your cupboards.


For instance, if you have a grey countertop with slight green tones, you cannot chose paint with pink undertones because it will clash.


Selecting a contrasting colour for your island can create the feel of furniture in your kitchen, and with added stools it can become a very inviting room in your home.


Navy blue island. White cabinets. Wood stools.


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Important Tips and Tricks for Selecting Your Perfect Paint Colour


Follow these tips to make sure you pick the perfect paint colour for your new, Refabulated kitchen.


    • Since your countertop and backsplash are the largest elements in the room, use those as inspiration for a colour, and choose them first.


      • When you are at the paint store looking for colours, look at the darkest colour on a paint strip. This will give you a clear indication of the undertone.


      • Get some samples, take them home with you, and try them out. Paint will look different in different light. Be sure to look at the colours in the morning, afternoon and evening to get a good idea of what they’ll be like.


      • One valuable online tool is the Benjamin Moore website. Simply search for the colour name. So, for example, searching for “CLOUD WHITE CC-40” on the Benjamin Moore site will bring up the colour, a description of the colour, other shades of the colour, as well as suggestion of what that particular colour goes with. It’s also helpful to be able to see it in a room and to see shades that are similar to it.



Avoid These Common Mistakes


Here are some common mistakes people make when choosing the paint colour for their kitchen.


    • Trying to choose the colour before you have the larger elements in place. You can match paint to any colour, but you can’t always match your backsplash or countertops to any colour you choose.


    • Not taking the undertones into consideration.


    • Choosing something too trendy. This can be a big mistake, because trends generally come and go, which means your kitchen can appear outdated before too long.


    • Not asking for help. We can, and do, often recommend colour consultants when clients don’t feel comfortable choosing their own colours. They have the right expertise and knowledge when it comes to picking the perfect colour.


We’ll Help Make Your Kitchen Come Together


Overall, having your kitchen cabinets repainted is never really just that. It usually ends up with other aspects of your kitchen having to be updated or changed as well.


While it might seem like you’ve got a lot of work cut out for you, we’re here to help you get through the process smoothly. That’s why we’ve put together this 7-part guide.

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Stay tuned for what we have in store, and in the meantime re-read the last 2 blogs in the series: Part 3- Countertops and Part 4- Backsplashes.

Previous Blog:
Part 4/7 – Backsplashes

Next Blog:
Part 6/7 – Hardware