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Things You Need to Know Before Painting Your Kitchen Walls

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We all want to add some colour to our life and make the things around us vibrant and colourful. But, usually, it’s not enough to take the colour we love and put it on the walls of our house or apartment. There is more to it than that, and we must do things very carefully and patiently, taking care to acknowledge the psychological aspecty of colours, and if the tone we want is suitable for the area  in question. 

When you plan to paint the kitchen’s walls, you need to know that it’s a bit different than painting the rest of your home. You have to be careful with the colour tones, surface preparation, the type of paint, and how all of these factors are affecting the overall effect in the room in general. According to thepaintshed.com, it’s also important to choose ecological paints, since you will be cooking and eating there pretty often. Look for manufacturers that provide organic paints for home. They don’t have the usual bad smell that can cause headaches.

The trick is to not splash any old colour you like all over the kitchen walls, because as we said, it’s a little bit different than your living room or bedroom, and it should be suitable for the rest of the decor in there. With this room, you don’t need to be overly dramatic or follow some extravagant style, instead, think of combining elements and that you like sympathetically.

Here are a few things you need to know before you get started:

Preparation

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There is nothing more exciting than setting up a new kitchen! If you are planning on painting the walls you ideally want to do that before the appliances arrive. Naked surfaces without a whole lot of equipment in the way are going to be much easier to tackle. But, It is vitally important that you first fix any cracks and remove the debris from them, so you have a well-prepared surface for painting.   Also, take care to choose a day that is not too hot, but also not a too cold, so the paint can dry up nicely, without causing a risk of falling off due to fast drying.

Test the paint before you paint the whole wall

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Many paint sellers offer samples, so you can determine the best colours to fit in your kitchen. Most of the time, specific colours may look perfect in a catalogue, but when you put them on a surface, they look completely different, due to the variances in natural lighting, and all the other elements in the kitchen. Buying a sample is the only way to check how it really looks on a small scale. Don’t be afraid to look for a few colours, because you are going to paint the walls anyway. It truly is the best way to see what colours will look best your home.

Don’t go for safe choices

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Mix things up and let colours get in your life by choosing some vibrant tones, that you won’t usually put in your home. Most safe choices are white, or some beige tones, and now, you may want to experiment more. For example, you can choose wooden tones to warm up space around you, or combine different colours for different walls. Light and bright paintings will give an impression that the kitchen is bigger than it really is, and combined with proper lighting, you will get a great combo and will enjoy every minute you spend there.

Decide on the effect you want to accomplish

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The overall effect will depend on the colour and elements you will put there, but the walls are the ideal base of creating either a warm or fresh atmosphere. For example, creamy and pastel tones will warm up the kitchen, and make it look cosy. Neutral and glossy finishes will make it look modern and refreshing. If you want to make a statement, you have to choose bold colours, including purple, green, or even red. The trick is to combine them well, because if you overdo it, it may cause a headache for everyone who gets in there, especially if your kitchen is merged with the living or dining room.

You can always change the colour if you want

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The best thing about painting the walls is that you can change them, cover the surfaces, or add some details that will change the way the kitchen looks, just in case you don’t like the result. We are lucky that the paints are not much expensive, especially the basic type, and you can repaint it all over from the beginning. Can always combine a few colours to add an accent if it’s needed.

Calculate how much paint you need

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The quantity of paint required depends on the size of the walls, and if you have the exact measures, the sellers will help you calculate how much paint you need to cover all. You surely don’t want to run out of it before the project is completed, and also, you don’t want to have excess paint you can’t use for anything else. Also, if you want to put a few coats for a more intense tone, you will need more cans of paint, and you should mention that to the seller. Together with them, you can estimate the correct quantity, and you won’t spend money on something you won’t use.

Clean the walls before you put paint on them

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If you have a leftover coat of paint below the new one, it may cause the color to look different than in the catalog, or even make it fall off easily. This is the main reason why you must clean the walls before you put anything new on them. Paint sellers have solutions for this issue,  let them know if you are dealing with a particularly grimy surface or trying to cover up a coat of jet black paint, so they can offer the right cleaning products for.

Preparing for painting the kitchen takes a little more effort compared to any other room in your house. But, the benefit is that in the end the results will be absolutely worth it.

Written by Marinelle Adams