If your kitchen has good bones but simply looks tired, painting your cabinets can be just what the doctor ordered. Mix up colors on upper and lower cabinets, or on cabinets and islands as shown here, to add richness. These cabinets are painted in Windsurf from Behr Paints; the island is done in Snowy Pine and the walls are Spice Garden. Behr recommends using semi-gloss enamel for painting cabinets.
“Painting just one wall can completely transform a room,” says Erika Woelfel, VP of color for Behr Paints. “Pull your inspiration from existing kitchen decor, your favorite foods or BEHR Color Trends to find a color that suits your space.” The intense green accent wall in this photo is Behr’s Japanese Fern.
Instead of remodeling your whole kitchen, just refurbish your countertop to add a dramatic sweep of color, says Erika Woelfel, VP of color for Behr Paints. This neutral kitchen gets a pick-me-up from Behr’s Mountain Blueberry paint on the island topper (plus Marsh Grass on the upper row of cabinets). Woelfel recommends using a high-gloss or semi-gloss enamel for kitchen surfaces.
Painting cabinets can be a big undertaking, but it pays off in the end in terms of look and cost savings. DIY blogger Yuni Min spent about three weeks painting all 39 cabinets and 23 drawers, including the island, in her kitchen. She used satin finishes of Behr’s Gray Shimmer for the perimeter cabinets and Behr’s Dawn Gray on the island to refashion the once dark cherry cupboards for a bright modern look. The transformation cost less than $300, she says.
When selecting paint sheens, keep in mind that shiny surfaces help to make a small space feel larger because they are reflective, like in this modern kitchen with high-gloss orange cabinets. Use a semigloss sheen to visually expand a small kitchen or bathroom. Softer sheens, such as satin or eggshell, give bedrooms — especially kids' rooms and living areas — a more subtle finish.
This gorgeous dining room has dark eggshell walls, rich gray trim, flowing lace curtains and a bold gilded mirror. A crystal chandelier glistens above a table set with with traditional flatware and mismatched chairs.
Whether you prune it or pull it, keeping dense, tall foliage away from the house shows off the Craftsman's distinct architectural features to full advantage. The paint colors are by BEHR: Shale Gray, Powdered Snow and Wooden Swing.
Improving Mediterranean curb appeal involves attending to wrought iron balconies, gates and fixtures with a fresh eye, and perhaps repainting with a product like Behr’s Alkyd Semi Gloss Enamel, that works equally well on plaster, aluminum and wrought iron.
Here's another example of taking advantage of the traditional Craftsman deep porch to make a house feel more like a home. Note the comfy seating area in front. The paint colors are by BEHR: Quail Ridge, Pebbled Shore and Blooming Wisteria.
Capture sophistication and elegance with a muted blue-gray color palette accented by white trim. The traditional front door is painted a deep navy-turquoise to complement the slate gray wood shingle siding.