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Good Looking Kitchen Walls!

You’ve spent months planning your dream kitchen. You’ve spent weeks researching your ideal units. You’ve spent ages reading the best appliance reviews and you’ve spent many an hour deliberating in showrooms. You’ve even considered the less exciting elements of the kitchen planning process …. the impact of the actual kitchen installation itself.

Then at some point along the line someone asks the question : “what paint are you going to use?”

For some, the choice of paint is easy. They are confident when it comes to choosing colour. They know exactly what shade they want. They know the difference between a matt emulsion, a satinwood and an eggshell finish.

However, most of us admit to feeling confused when it comes to making those paint decisions and would welcome help. The experts at Kitchen-Compare have compiled a few tips to help you along the way and ensure that your final finished kitchen looks the best it possibly can.

Factor in room size

Use a light shade to open up a compact kitchen in cosy cottage. If you have a large space with a high ceiling, you can get away with choosing a darker shade.

Consider natural light

If you have a south-facing kitchen, take your pick from warm or cool shades. North-facing rooms receive cold light, so they benefit from warm colours such as yellows or oranges. East-facing spaces are brighter in the morning, so a pale hue will appear less overwhelming whilst a west-facing kitchen gets the warmer light in the afternoon, when cool colours will work best.

Test sample pots

Colours often look darker when dry. The swatch on a can and the chip in a colour card can vary slightly. The best way to get an exact representation of colour is to paint a large piece of lining paper and attach to the wall. Check how it looks at different times of the day and move the swatch around to other walls to get the full effect.

Consider paints with additional benefits

Standard emulsion paint is fine – matt or silk depending on the finish you prefer.

However, most quality paint brands produce specially formulated paints for kitchen walls. These paints are designed for areas of high humidity and give a tougher scrub-able surface making it easier to remove stubborn marks. They contain moisture, grease and grime-resisting properties and can help control the problems associated with condensation too.  Well worth considering even if a little more expensive.

Alternatively some brands offer a Trade range. For example Dulux offer Dulux Trade Diamond Matt and Dulux Trade Vinyl Silk, these are tough and durable and can also be wiped down with minimal discolouring.

Colour Choice

Choice of colour is obviously very personal. The majority of paint brands offer a range of ready mixed paint colours and these are shown in their colour cards. Don’t forget however, that the top brands also offer far more colours through their colour mixing service. 1000’s of colours can be mixed on the spot in store. Ask your DIY retailer for details.

19 July 2016