A couple of months ago a friend and I were discussing painting her oak kitchen cabinets and one thing I recommended was to (at a minimum) paint her kitchen island. Kitchens with both painted and wood surround will benefit from the modern look of an island painted in a completely different color.
Galley or small space kitchens don’t allow for a work island, but for those where space permits, a kitchen island is a handy surface and storage area for cooking preparation and also casual meals when counter stools are factored into the design.
Your style of your cabinetry and personal color preferences should always be considered when opting to paint your kitchen island a different color. Often homeowners choose a serene shade of blue or green they’ll enjoy for years to come.
Since the kitchen is the space where you start your day, consider making your island a focal point in a sunshine yellow or other fresh citrus shade of lime green or tangerine.
Neutral choices are wonderful too and guaranteed to be soothing. Think of taupes and grays or classic black as sophisticated choices for bringing contrast to your kitchen cabinets.
If you’re thinking of painting your kitchen island the steps are doable and can be completed in a weekend, just follow these steps to paint your cabinets. A really good bonding primer is key and also a high quality paint that will stand the test of time. I prefer the modern water based enamel paints for a harder finish, the ones that mimic oil based paint. Always be sure to test a few sample colors too before you commit to the final choice!
Happy home improvement!
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