How to Choose the Best Cabinet Finish

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Redecorating your kitchen can seem like a daunting task, especially when it comes to committing to your cabinet finishes. Choosing the right cabinet finish is important in a kitchen because cabinets often take up the most space on the wall and are a focal point in the design. So how do you choose the right finish? How do you apply it to your cabinets? What colors should you choose for interior home painting? Answers to those questions and more below!

Choosing the Right Finish

First off there are many types of finishes. There are flat, matte, eggshell, satin, semi-gloss, and high gloss finishes that you can choose from. Satin, semi-gloss, and high-gloss finishes are most commonly used as cabinet finishes.

Satin finishes are smooth, velvety, and glossy. They are pretty good at repelling moisture and are easy to clean. This can be crucial if you are a messy cook or have children.

Semi-gloss finishes are also easy to clean and have a subtle, one might say semi, gloss. They are good at hiding wall imperfections and are super durable. Semi-gloss finishes are the best at resisting moisture and mildew and are a common choice for cabinet finishes.

Lastly, for those with a flair for drama: the high-gloss. This finish is shiny, bright, and practically reflective. You will definitely be making a statement with a high-gloss cabinet finish. Like the semi-gloss, high-gloss finishes are easy to clean and are highly durable.

Choosing the Right Color

According to the National Home Color Survey three-in-four homeowners (74%) would like to incorporate more color in their homes, especially in the kitchen. Luckily enough, colorful home interior paint schemes are all the rage for the modern kitchen.

Conventional wisdom in interior and exterior painting says to think of color schemes in threes: one color for the main body, one for the trim, and a third color as an accent for doors and shutters.

If you’d like to try adding some color to your culinary world, try pairing a bold cabinet finish color with a more neutral or understated wall color.

If you are still needing some inspiration, Pantone has stated that their new favorite hue for 2015 is Marsala (a wine-inspired, deep red). Rich hues like deep reds and purples are especially trendy as we head into Fall.

Applying Your Cabinet Finishes

After you have chosen your cabinet finish it is time to apply them. The first step in preparing to apply any home interior paint is to degrease and clean. Remove any dirt or oil from the walls or cabinets before you begin painting. If needed, sand your cabinets. Don’t forget to use good quality primers and paint brushes!

Applying cabinet finishes take time and patience. If your schedule doesn’t allow for days of watching paint dry, consider contracting painting services. Local painters are easy to find online or through friends. In a 2014 survey of 1,700 people, one-third had hired painting professionals within the last year. There is bound to be someone you know who has hired professional painting services.

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