A fresh coat of paint is an easy and affordable way to beautify a room. But when it comes to kitchens and bathrooms, not all paints are created equal. Choosing the right paint for your home is important, and just like prepping the space before you paint, it would be wise to do your homework before you begin shopping for colors. Kitchens need a durable interior paint that will stand up to grease and the occasional scrubbing. Bathrooms are exposed to water and high-humidity, and should have a high-quality paint that is moisture and mildew resistant.
It’s All About The Finish
Interior paints come in flat/matte, satin/eggshell, and semi-gloss finishes. For a bathroom or kitchen, satin or semi-gloss paints are considered the best choices. Semi-gloss paints are water and stain-resistant, and can stand up to frequent cleanings — something to consider if you have little ones with sticky, greasy fingers. Keep in mind that while it’s by far the easiest to clean, semi-gloss paint reflects light, which may call attention to any imperfections in your walls. Satin paint, on the other hand, is washable and holds up well to humidity. It has a softer sheen than semi-gloss, and does a better job of hiding flaws. While semi-gloss is the most durable for high traffic areas like the kitchen and bath, satin is still a good alternative for those who prefer a less shiny surface. When painting your kitchen or bath, always choose quality paints with a good rating. If you have a history of mold and mildew problems, you may want to consider paint with anti-microbial additives made specifically for bathrooms.
Color Your Space Beautiful
If you take the time to paint, you want to be able to enjoy the fruits of your labor for many years to come. So coat your walls in a color you love! Of course, paint colors are a personal choice, but there are some colors that are tailor made for the kitchen and bath.
Blue: Ever popular, blue is a classic color with endless variety. Cloudy blue, serene aqua, and bold navy are the quintessential bathroom colors, reminiscent of hues found in nature, from the sky to the sea. When used in the kitchen, opt for cheerful blues like cyan, teal, or Tiffany Blue.
Green: Earthy and organic, green brings a touch of nature indoors. From lighter tones like celery, mint and sage, to rich hunter and moss, this neutral pairs well with white, black and every cabinetry finish in between. When used in a bathroom, it invokes a spa-like atmosphere.
Gray: From smoky to charcoal, gray is right on trend. Gray can be light and ethereal, or rich and elegant, and can be a stunning choice for a kitchen or bath with undertones of blue or green.
Yellow: Pale yellow is a happy, sunny kitchen color when paired with white kitchen cabinets or a bathroom vanity. Opt for mustard and gold tones in the bath, for a more elegant look.
Red: Red is a dramatic choice for a bathroom, and is well suited for a kitchen. Studies show the color red helps stimulate the appetite and lively conversation around the table.
Brown: Like gray, brown is a neutral that adds a pop of color without going too bold. Brown runs the gamut from light to dark, with sandy beige, camel, taupe, and chocolate hues.
Greige: The perfect mix of gray and beige, greige is the hottest neutral in home decorating today, working equally well in a contemporary or traditional kitchen or bath.
White / Cream: Clean, crisp and timeless, white is like a blank canvas that stunningly showcases your décor, while cream does the same with a touch of warmth.
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Written by Tiffany. Tiffany honed her skills as a writer and editor working in the fast-paced newspaper, magazine, and television industries. Tiffany is also an award winning graphic designer, with extensive experience in the worlds of mass media, publishing, and advertising. As a designer, she also has a strong eye for interior decorating and color. Tiffany has a BA in Communications and a minor in Fine Art. She is a natural cook just like her mother, and rarely uses a recipe. She also enjoys reading, photography, painting—and most of all, spending time with her husband (a skilled DIY’er) and two sons.