Utopia    Guest Blog 25 May 2017

Helen Shaw of Benjamin Moore discusses colour schemes, current trends and painting the perfect kitchen


Colour is currently catching everyone’s attention, with the want for a pretty palette that will relish in these precious sunny days and make it feel like summer all year round. As the heart of the home, choosing a kitchen colour scheme is an integral, but occasionally daunting task, so we’ve spoken to Helen Shaw, Marketing Director at Benjamin Moore for a little expert advise…


What to paint…

When it comes to choosing the right colour, it ultimately comes down to personal preference. To help decide what type of colour scheme you want to go for, consider what you want your eye to be drawn to. If you want your island to really stand out, then opt for a contrasting colour to the rest of your scheme for your island cabinetry. For those seeking to make a feature out of their worktops, consider a cabinetry and wall colour scheme that will really make your surfaces stand out. The level of contrast you choose to have between your walls, cabinetry and island will accentuate different areas. Once you have decided what you want to be your stand out feature, you can then move on to choosing your ideal colour.


Choosing the perfect palette

It is important to first think about how much of a refurbishment you are undertaking. If you are just looking for a kitchen update but not a complete overhaul, you must choose a colour scheme that will complement your existing surfaces such as your floor and your worktops. Study and observe how colours look and feel in your kitchen space at different times of the day. Daylight plays an important role in the appearance of colour, so make sure you test a few different shades to find one that’s right for your space.


A lover of the classics?

If you want to stick with classically clean white cabinetry, bring colour into the scheme through your walls and accessories. Don’t be afraid to mix different colours for an added bit of impact and personality.


Preparation is key

Even a glossy or laminate cabinet can be painted as long as the surface is primed with an adhesion promotion primer first, such as Benjamin Moore’s Stix. Ideal for cabinets and woodwork, Benjamin Moore’s Advance Waterborne Interior Alkyd paint is easy to apply as well as extremely durable, making it perfect for the busiest room in the home. Being an alkyd paint, it delivers a flawless, brush-mark free finish with exceptional toughness, but since it is water-based, it eliminates the strong odour and difficult clean up associated with oil-based paints. As with all Benjamin Moore paints, it is available in all Benjamin Moore colours and whites.

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