🎨Kitchen Design & Color Help🎨


Hello, welcome to Exterior and Interior Painting Specialists blog! Today we are going to go over some simple tips and tricks to help you spruce up your home on a budget! We are going to help you pick out colors and finishes, as well as sharing our entire cabinet painting process! If you are doing the cabinets yourself and don’t have an airless sprayer to use, you can still use our entire process by brushing or rolling! Check out our table of contents below to see everything we go over! Call or text us at 309-349-7021 for a free estimate!

Click here to see our detailed 3 day cabinet painting process!

Table of contents:

  • Color snap from Sherwin-Williams
  • Ways to choose colors
  • “The Eye” from Sherwin-Williams
  • Kitchen styles
  • Different finishes/sheens
  • Best finish for where
  • Projects
  • What we use
  • Low Budget tips
  • Conclusion

Sherwin-Williams has an app that you can download!

Use ColorSnap® Visualizer for WebMobile, or iPad to capture colors from your surrounding and match them to Sherwin-Williams paint colors. Explore over 1,500 colors to get inspiration from a photo.  Virtually paint your rooms with ColorSnap® Visualizer for Web and iPad.

The app allows you to browse their color selection and save your favorites! To make it even better, you can take a picture of whatever you’re painting (Cabinets, Walls, Furniture, etc.) and drag the color you want to see up there to picture it before actually dedicating to the color!

Keep this app in mind as you read through our helpful tips!

Ways to choose colors:

1) Choose a Color Scheme From the Largest Pattern in the Space:

Look around the room you are painting- if there are any large patterns, colorful rugs or large pieces of art; choose the color that stands out the most that you like.
For a neutral wall paint color, look to the pattern’s whites and beiges. You can choose any color you like out of this. Of course if you are starting fresh you can choose whatever color and then buy your furniture to match the color you chose.

2) Start With the Formal Areas of the House:

Specifically, the living room, dining room, and entryway.
Choose a color scheme for those areas first, then pull one color from the scheme for the kitchen.
For example, take the red sofa and tone it down (say, to burgundy) for an accent in more private spaces such as the den, office or bedroom.

3) Use the Color Wheel:

In general colors next to each other on the color wheel, such as blue and green — are more casual and relaxing, and work best in informal or private spaces. This is a good strategy for a bedroom, where you want to rest and recover.

4) Back to Black:

For a small pop, try a black lampshade or a black vase; for bigger impact, paint your kitchen’s base cabinets in the high-drama hue. This will stand out from everything else, but in a classic way.

5) Go With Grays:

Put today’s trendiest and neutral gray to work in any style interior. Gray’s chameleon-like quality allows the color to appear there truest. Grey is extremely popular right now! Any and all shades you can think of!

6) Use the Rule of 60-30-10:

“When decorating a space, divide the colors into components of 60 percent of a dominant color (walls), 30 percent of a secondary color (upholstery) and 10 percent of an accent color (accessories)

7) Make Small Spaces Pop:

If you have a small room in your house, don’t paint it white to make it seem bigger. Instead, give it more oomph with a look-at-me color choice. Let your big rooms expand with light, and your small rooms envelop you.

8) Contrast Warm and Cool:

With a healthy balance of 80-20% you can accent a room giving it life without over stimulating. Now this isn’t necessarily 80 % warm and 20 % cool or vise versa, however, it is either or. Make sure to not have too much of both, it will make the room over whelming and feel crowded. 

9) Rock a Monochromatic Look

Shine the spotlight on your favorite color by filling a small space, like a bathroom, with just that hue.

10) Follow the Rule of Three:

Limiting your palette to just three colors is a can’t-miss strategy in any space. Following this rule will ensure you don’t have too much going on in one room.

11) Elegant look:

Neutral colors offer elegance and flexibility within a room. Neutral colors are no longer simply white or beige. You can turn a simple living room into one of elegance by selecting varying shades of neutral colors such as almond walls with red toned browns on the trim. You can also add splashes of color throughout the room with a color throw, pillow or vase carefully placed to offset the subtle neutral tones in the room.

12)  Vibrant look:

If you want a room with pizzazz, choose vibrant colors and their respective shades such as oranges and gold, reds and dark purples. You can complement these colors by selecting a two next to each other such as gold and orange and one from the opposite side of the color wheel such as purple. You can also select black and red for a real stand out contrast and look that is reminiscent of an Oriental look. Choose two colors next to each other on the color wheel for a visual contrast as one will stand out from the other.
You can lower a high ceiling visually by painting it a darker shade than the walls. By the same token, you can expand a room by selecting a lighter color for your ceiling than the walls. Don’t be afraid to add a tint of color to your ceiling paint for a tied in and subtle look. One way to go if you are afraid of too much color in your ceiling is to paint the ceiling, door trim and floor moldings the same shade such as a creamy ivory. This will add a touch of elegance and a nice transition throughout your room.

Bonus Tips:

If you go somewhere and like a color you see, or you like a color already in your home, they make a tool that can scan the wall and pop up different options! This is called “The Eye” and you can purchase it at your local Sherwin-Williams! You download an app on your phone called “Muse” it will save your previous scans and shows you the closest color from any maker.

  1. The first look is just a typical repaint. Updating your kitchen with a fresh coat of paint can take your kitchen cave and turn it into an elegant hangout. Currently one of the most popular colors is a shade of grey. You can refresh with the same color you had before or make it any color you would like!

2. Another way to give your kitchen its own personality is by having one of the detached sections an accent color while keeping the rest of the cabinets the same. It’s a way of having an accent without drawing too much attention away.

3. Another new up and coming look is accenting the island. Something about the center of the room being a darker color than the rest brings it all together. It gives the heart of the home its own heart.

4. Having the top a lighter color and the bottom a darker color. This nice accent separates the room in a nice clean line. It brings a sophisticated feel to the room. If you are feeling really rebellious, you can have the top cabinets the darker color.

Different finishes(Sheen): 

  • High Gloss: Most durable and reflects the most light. Will show any/all imperfections.
  • Semi-Gloss: Easy to wipe off and clean. Shiny but not as shiny as high-gloss. Will show major imperfections but not all.
  • Satin: Easy to clean doesn’t reflect a lot of light but doesn’t absorb the light.
  • Eggshell: Soft, velvety look. Resists stains but you may need to scrub a little. There is no shine to this finish.
  • Flat/Matte: There is no shine to this finish and it absorbs the light. Best for hiding imperfections in walls but is hard to clean, it may need painted over if it gets dirty enough.

What finish is best for where:

  • High Gloss: Best for high traffic areas (Cabinets, Trim, Doors) Not good for most walls.
  • Semi-gloss: Good for wet rooms (Kitchen, bathroom)
  • Satin: Good for family rooms, foyers, halls and children’s rooms.
  • Eggshell: Great for the dining room and living room.
  • Flat/Matte: Good for adults rooms and ceilings. Not recommended for children’s rooms or high traffic areas.







What we use:

Our cabinet painting process used to take us six days to complete one project, but after practicing over the last four years and working with Sherwin-Williams representatives, we were able to cut that time in half per project. You can click here to read all about our cabinet painting process here at Exterior and Interior Painting Specialists. The process is the same for all cabinets, whether they are in a garage, bathroom, kitchen or even laundry room. We use the same product on all cabinets, trim & doors. 

Emerald Urethane Enamel:

Product Information: 

  • A smooth and luxurious finish for doors and trim. Delivers a finish that withstands wear and tear and goes on in fewer coats.
  • Durable finish is great for windows, doors and trim.
  • Perfect for areas that are cleaned frequently.
  • Interior/exterior waterbased urethane modified alkyd with the look and feel of an alkyd/oil finish.
  • Available in a range of Sherwin-Williams colors and custom tints in satin, semi-gloss and gloss sheens. Resists yellowing compared to traditional oil based paints and has excellent blocking resistance, allowing surfaces to maintain a tough, durable finish.

We use Emerald Urethane Enamel for many projects, as mentioned above. We use it for these things because it is so durable and lasts a long time. It’s great for areas that are touched a lot. 

Low-budget kitchen tips:

Swap Out the Faucet

A new fixture can add that extra shine you’re looking for. New faucets have a lot more functionality, so the upgrade can be more than just aesthetic. This is a good first-time DIY plumbing project to try. Just make sure you shut off the water valves and follow the directions carefully.

Tin-Tile Backsplash

This is an easy project that should cost you no more than $100. Tin tile has many advantages: Its reflective properties will brighten a room, it is easy to clean and it comes in a variety of finishes to match your kitchen’s hardware and fixtures.

Try a Peel-and-Stick Backsplash Kit

An all-in-one mosaic tile kit is a snap to install and comes with everything you need, including the tools. The tile is peel-and-stick and the grout is pre-mixed so you save time, mess and money.

Hang ’em High

Pots and pans take up a lot of cabinet space. Hanging cookware on a rack suspended from the ceiling will free up a cabinet or two, and it will add more style to your kitchen.


Thank you for reading Exterior and Interior Painting Specialists blog! Today we went over some simple tips and tricks to help you spruce up your home on a budget! We  helped you pick out colors and finishes, as well as sharing our entire cabinet painting process! If you are doing the cabinets yourself and don’t have an airless sprayer to use, you can still use our entire process by brushing or rolling! Check out our table of contents below to see everything we go over! Call or text us at 309-349-7021 for a free estimate!



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