How to choose painting to redo the kitchen

Pastel color kitchen - De natu, Shutterstock 

Practical and decorative, painting plays a key role in the kitchen. Like the bathroom, this wet room requires a suitable coating, resistant to heat and moisture. Quality, color, application or maintenance, tips to find the ideal paint and redecorate the kitchen.

The different types of painting

Before determining the appropriate paint for the kitchen, you should know all the offers on the market:

 

  • Alkyd paints

 

Alkyd paints are a fairly recent category of emulsion paints. They combine the advantages of acrylics, especially the speed of drying and those of glycero, that is to say a great hiding power.

 

  • Acrylic paints

 

Acrylic paints are water-based paints that contain few solvents and are not harmful to health and the environment. Their advantage: fast drying and easy maintenance. In addition, they are easy to apply both indoors and outdoors.

 

  • Glycerophtalic paints

 

Glycerophthalic paints are oil paints. They are appreciated for their increased resistance to moisture.

The different kinds of finishes

Matte, satin or shiny, each finish has a characteristic of its own.

 

  • Matt paints absorb the light perfectly and revive the color of the kitchen. Non-reflective, they are effective at concealing surface imperfections and impart a sober and even effect. They are dedicated to pieces with infrequent passages.
  • Satin paints are dedicated to living rooms, children’s rooms and corridors. Their medium gloss gives a silky appearance. In addition, they are highly shock resistant and easy to maintain.
  • Glossy paints are suitable for damp, messy rooms such as kitchens and bathrooms.

 

Painting for the kitchen:

 

  • Acrylic or glycero

 

Acrylic paint is recommended by all professionals as long as it is of good quality, resistant, washable with water, little odorous and nontoxic. On the other hand, the glycero contains harmful solvents both for health and for the environment.

 

  • Matte, satin or shiny

 

Experts recommend the satin finish for the kitchen because of its high resistance to heat, grease and condensation. For its part, the matte finish is unsuitable because of its tendency to shine. Brilliance is also an excellent alternative.

 

  • Washable or washable

 

As its name suggests, a washable paint can be cleaned by simply wiping it with a damp sponge. It is said to be leachable when it is possible to rub it more or less vigorously with a washing product or an abrasive pad. In the kitchen, it is important to favor a paint resistant to friction and abrasion.

In addition, ventilation is a key element to consider. For a healthy room, it is important to ventilate and circulate the air in a kitchen.

Kitchen painting: the color

The color of a kitchen depends in the first place on the furniture found there, especially for the rooms equipped. Therefore, it is a question of associating the colors of the furniture with those of the wall. However, a complementary color, the opposite of the color circle provides a beautiful contrast.

 

  • By way of example, a taupe-colored kitchen will match perfectly with walls dressed in plum or white.
  • In the case of an open kitchen, it is best to choose matching colors in the kitchen AND living room.
  • In addition to furniture and walls, tiling and credence are to be taken into account.
  • The trick is to base yourself on the color circle and to associate at most three colors.

Associate the colors of the furniture with those of the wall: the white walls marry perfectly with furniture of blue color - © AvivaCombine the colors of the furniture with those of the walls of all rooms in the case of an open kitchen, living room included! – © Aviva

 

On the other hand, the color of the kitchen depends on the desired style and mood. To emphasize an elegant and serene spirit, cold shades are to be preferred. As for warm colors, they bring friendliness and dynamism to the kitchen. Here are some color ideas to choose from:

 

  • The Red

 

Red stimulates appetite and is a good option for cooking. A wide range of shades is available in specialty stores.

Red, dynamic color, stimulates appetite - © Julien Red, dynamic color, stimulates appetite – © Julien

  • Grey

 

Gray is more than ever prized by designers. Among the cold colors, it is available in various shades to dress up a modern kitchen.

Gray, a popular color for modern kitchens, comes in many shades - © Ikéa Gray, a popular color for modern kitchens, comes in many shades – © Ikéa

  • Blue

 

Reminiscent of softness, calm and the sea, blue is easily found in the kitchen. It’s possible to choose from its shades to create a fresh and clean look.

Blue evokes sweetness, calm and the sea: this color creates a fresh and clean - © GoalBlue evokes sweetness, calm and the sea: this color creates a fresh and clean – © Goal

  • Yellow

 

Bright and cheerful, the yellow color warms the cold tones and light the kitchen.

Yellow and orange are bright and cheerful colors: they warm and brighten the kitchen - © LapeyreYellow and orange are bright and cheerful colors: they warm and brighten the kitchen – © Lapeyre

  • The green

 

To invite the freshness in a kitchen, nothing like green.

 

  • Brown

 

Color of the earth, the brown gives a rustic look to the kitchen. To avoid a too dark rendering, it is better to associate it with another shade.

Brown gives a rustic look to the kitchen and can be easily combined with other shades - © Darty Brown gives a rustic look to the kitchen and is easily combined with other shades – © Darty

Kitchen painting: and the makeover?

To revamp a kitchen, choose the appropriate paint for tiling, credence, radiator, etc. The market offers a wide range of “special tiling” paints. Some are presented in pen form, easy to use. For the radiator, it is possible to use a glycerol or heat-resistant paint, resistant to extreme temperatures. Regarding the sink, the resin is the best recommended in this area.