Picking a kitchen paint scheme is one of the most difficult tasks of decorating and also one of the most important.
The first thing to consider is if you want your kitchen to be soothing and relaxing or bright and stimulating.
A harmonious paint scheme will give you the soothing kitchen that you can sit in and sip some nice green tea and relax from a hard day. This design uses soft muted colors – tans, off whites, light greens. The kitchen floors, walls, and curtains are of matching tones and the accessories can be a darker or lighter shade of the main color to add a bit of contrast. The harmonious paint scheme has little pattern and relies on a medium tonal quality to the colors used.
A contrasting color scheme is bright and energetic. If you're the kind of person that is a ball of energy in the kitchen then this might be for you. Or maybe you need the bright colors to help you wake up over your morning coffee? Use bright contrasting colors to highlight the architectural or interesting features of your kitchen. Reds, yellows, and oranges are great colors for a contrasting scheme and perfect if you are showing off vintage dishes like fiesta ware or have a 1940's kitchen decorating scheme.
If you want a classy and elegant look that is unique, you may want to a faux paint scheme for your kitchen walls. It's not that hard to get the look of old world plaster or marble. You can pick up special paints at your local home improvement store and they might even have free lessons on the different painting techniques!