How to Choose the Perfect Kitchen Paint Color Combinations

The Sherwin-Williams ChipIt! Tool is a foolproof method for finding the perfect kitchen color palette.

By Sharon Johnson

It can be tricky finding just the right paint color combinations for your kitchen. Inspiration can come from anywhere if you have the right tool to capture it. Sherwin-Williams has devised a clever tool that makes life easier by helping you find the right color scheme from the photos that inspire you.

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Finding Your Perfect Paint Palette

The days of going to the paint store and squinting at one-inch square color samples are becoming a thing of the past. Chip It! is an easy-to-use color-matching tool that lets you instantly capture the paint palette of any online image that catches your fancy. Simply drag the Chip It! tool into your toolbar, then search "Kitchen Photos" to find kitchen color combinations you love. With just one click on the image, Chip It! pulls from the extensive Sherwin-Williams paint library to display the colors in the image. It's foolproof and it's fun!

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"Choose the Perfect Kitchen Paint Palette" slideshow is another great place for kitchen color inspiration and to see the Chip It! tool in action.
Example of how the Chip It! tool works on an image

A Primer on Color

Color trends come and go. What matters most is what you love and what you want as the overall feel of your kitchen. Warm colors tend to stimulate mood and appetite, cooler colors are more restful, and neutral colors such as grays, beiges, and bone whites provide an unobtrusive backdrop and let the other colors in your kitchen stand out. What follows is a bit more detail on what distinguishes these different categories of color and how best to use them.

Warm Kitchen Colors

Warm hues are aptly named, as they are the colors associated with fire. Think yellows, oranges, and reds. These colors radiate heat, draw attention, anddepending upon their intensityexude passion, energy, and coziness. Warm colors advance into the foreground and can make a small room feel even smaller. Similarly, they can make an oversized kitchen feel more intimate.

Cool Kitchen Colors

Water, sky, and ice are evocative of cool colors. Think blues, greens, and bluish-grays. These colors give off a more professional, soothing vibe, and are associated with calm and trust. Cool colors recede into the background and can make a smaller room feel larger.

Neutral Kitchen Colors

A neutral color is one that doesn't immediately register as one color or another. A true neutral may not register at all; rather, it can serve as a backdrop for a kitchen's more colorful elements, such as a splashy granite countertop or bold backsplash. Whites, beiges, and pale grays are classic neutrals.

Mixing Color Groups

Wondering what percentage from each of these three color groups works best in a kitchen—or any other room in the house? A general rule of thumb is to follow the 80/20 guideline, keeping the majority of a room's color either warm, cool, or neutral, and then—if you choose—going outside the color group for pops of color as accents. The ChipIt! tool takes the guesswork out of which color combinations work well together. By using the tool on the kitchen images you love the most, you can see automatically which colors are used for walls, trim, and accents, ensuring that you will love the final result in your own home.

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