The Best Kitchen Paint Colors, According to Real Estate Agents
If you want to paint your kitchen hot pink or mint green, that’s totally up to you (and, by the way, that would make for a pretty fab conversation-starting space!) However, if you ask real estate agents, they’ve got definite opinions on colorways for this all too important room in the house. (They also know that painting your kitchen certain colors, like brick or barn red, can actually devalue your home to the tune for more than $2,000, says a!) Read on for their take on the best color palette for your kitchen:
Go for neutral and modern colors
“I work with a stager who uses and , both Benjamin Moore paints, and people always asks what colors these are,” says of Warburg Realty in New York City. “They’re both soft colors that really look great in all types of light.”
When in doubt, stay uniform
“Unless you have , I would suggest you keep the kitchen walls and ceilings the same color,” says of Compass Real Estate in Greenwich, Connecticut. She recommends keeping your kitchen white, and, if you’re on a budget, opting for Benjamin Moore’s , described as ‘reminiscent of the first snowfall.’
“This will end up creating an enveloping feeling and a sense of harmony in the space,” Kencel says.
But consider the power of contrasting color
“I love the look of white cabinets with a touch of gray,” says of Siderow Residential Group in New York City. “I always suggest keeping it simple and easy to match when it comes to color. Another great way to contrast those white cabinets? Wood floors or tile floors that resemble wood. I’ve noticed that those are a big hit these days.”
If you want something a little more funky, consider contrasting top and bottom cabinets. analysis found that these “tuxedo” kitchens (top and bottom cabinets painted with dark and light colors), were found to sell at a $1,500 premium.
Show off your stainless appliances
“For those with stainless appliances, a white kitchen looks great and there’s a huge demand for that palette,” says , of the Friedman Team at Compass Real Estate in New York City. “We often have clients paint cabinets and walls white, and by Benjamin Moore is a favorite.”
Brighten a dark kitchen
You might have gotten the gist that homebuyers often as they make things seem bigger. But you don’t have to paint your kitchen white for a spacious feel.
“While white cabinets and subway tiles have become practically de rigueur for everything, it’s become boring,” says of Compass Real Estate in New York City. Her antidote? Thinking light, like light wood and natural finishes and customizations.
“I painted my own walls Gentleman’s Grey by Benjamin Moore,” she says. “It keeps all of my kitchen’s secrets and doesn’t require that much maintenance.”