Deck The Walls: Choosing The Right Paint For Having Your Kitchen Walls Repainted

Repainting your kitchen walls is one of the most effective ways to spruce up your kitchen without investing in a full renovation, and hiring professional repainting services to undertake the work will ensure that your kitchen is left with beautiful, professionally finished walls.

However, even the most precise and thorough repainting may not be worth the effort if you choose an unsuitable paint. As such, you should ask yourself the following important questions when choosing a new paint for your kitchen to ensure that your newly refurbished walls keep their fresh, new looks for as long as possible.

What type of paint finish should I choose?

As you can imagine, the wall paints and coverings in a kitchen take far more punishment than the walls of your other rooms, and they are frequently subjected to heat, humidity and damaging liquid substances (such as red wine and citrus fruit juice). As such, choosing a paint capable of weathering such punishment is key -- this rules out most matte and eggshell paints, which have porous, easily stained surfaces which are vulnerable to liquids and humidity.

For a more durable finish, consider choosing a satin or gloss paint. These paints have a shiner, water resistant finish that offers considerably more protection against stains and water damage. If they do become stained, they are also much easier to clean than matte paints and will tolerate a moderate a moderate amount of scrubbing without chipping or flaking.

How large is your kitchen?

If you have a compact kitchen, you may assume that lighter shades of wall paint will make the kitchen feel larger and more open. However, while this works for many other rooms in your home, the large amount of cooking equipment, cupboards and other fittings in the average kitchen can blunt the effectiveness of such a strategy.

A more reliable way to make small kitchens feel larger is to choose two or more highly-contrasting paints for your kitchen. This combination of light and dark colours, when used effectively, can significantly affect how large and spacious your kitchen feels.Your kitchen fittings work in your favour if you choose this option by masking most of the space where your colours meet and softening your new paint job's visual impact.

How much natural light does your kitchen receive?

If you are lucky enough to own a spacious kitchen with large picture windows, the large amount of natural light your kitchen receives means your choices of colour and shade are very versatile. However, kitchens that receive little or no natural light should be repainted with more care. 

As a general rule, dark colours should be avoided in low-light kitchens, as they will reduce the effectiveness of your artificial lighting and can make a kitchen feel small and oppressive. Lighter colours, whether they be sophisticated pastels or more vibrant, contemporary colours, are more suitable. Once again, gloss or satin paint also comes into its own here, as the semi-reflective surface of these paints can increase ambient light levels.