Painted kitchens are an enduring trend and it’s easy to see why. There will always be a place for natural wood finishes, not to mention more outlandish options like metal, but the appeal of paint is undeniable.
Apparently the human eye can see around 10 million colours and when you stand in the paint aisle at the decorators’ centre it certainly feels as though Dulux, Farrow & Ball and friends have got them all covered. And that’s before you even think about finishes (you know you’re supposed to feel colours now, not just look at them, right?). There are probably endless websites devoted to people who like to stroke kitchen cabinets, but we’ll (a-hem) gloss over that for now.
Modern manufacturing techniques and innovative materials now mean that we’re spoilt for choice in terms of the range of looks and finishes available for painted kitchens. Durable yet lightweight, long-lasting and almost unchippable, many coloured kitchens will give you years of wear free use, providing you don’t get bored of the colour first!
If you’ve got natural wood units and want an instant new look without the investment and upheaval of a whole new kitchen, getting out your paintbrush or calling in one of the many professional companies who offer this service can be a quick and inexpensive fix.
That said, replacing your cabinet doors is also an affordable option which really does give you a new kitchen feel at a fraction of the price. We have hundreds to choose from and our very own designer to provide expert advice to achieve the look you want.
If you decide to go with a paint job though, there are many decorators who specialise in hand painted kitchens and this is where employing a painting nerd will really pay off. De-greasing, sanding, priming, wiping, spraying…they claim that they can make your kitchen as good as new.
An alternative method is spray painting, where often homeowners will be asked to remove all the cupboard doors and deliver them to the painting company who will spray them off-site before returning to fit the new-look woodwork. There seems to be some argument about whether hand finishing or spraying gives a better finish, but as with most things in life, it’s horses for courses.
And if you want to do it yourself, there is no shortage of advice online. From long threads of discussion on Mumsnet’s message boards, to step-by-step instructions from the professionals willing to share the tricks of their trade, Google is generous with its guidance.
From a design perspective, the versatility of painted kitchens offers endless possibilities. There is a current trend for painting various sections of your kitchen in different colours or shades of colour, to create an impression of standalone cupboards or an unfitted, casual look.
If this is a little extreme for your tastes, how about painting each of your kitchen chairs a different colour?
Imaginative use of paint is one route to a truly original kitchen and we have hundreds of designs and colours to choose from. And there’s nothing we like more than a good giggle about ridiculous paint colour names (anyone for Grandma’s Sweater or Phantom Mist?).