What color should I paint my kitchen walls?


I want to paint my kitchen walls but I am having trouble deciding what color I wanted something in pumpkin but afraid it would make it too dark since I have stain cabinets and I have beaded wood stain also half of wall and ceiling

q kitchen walls
q kitchen walls
q kitchen walls
  20 answers
  • Judi Judi on Nov 28, 2018

    These are great color ideas


  • Mogie Mogie on Nov 28, 2018

    Go to a store and look at the color swatches. Find one in pumpkin and go a few shades lighter. If that doesn't work get a variety of swatches and take them home. Hold them up against the cabinets and see what works best with everything. I did that to see what color to paint my kitchen cabinets. Didn't want white since appliances were already white and countertop is a light pattern. Was surprised that the color that works best with everything was a light sage green. Plan to paint cabinets that shade this spring.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Nov 28, 2018

    I would recommend getting some samples and painting a piece of poster board then use wacky tack to stick it on the wall. Live with it a few days. That should help you decide if it will work.

  • Lori Lori on Nov 28, 2018

    Lowe's and Home Depot both have color visualizer apps that let you upload your photo then click in any of their paint colors. Yes, there's limitations to computer monitors but it might help you narrow down your color.

  • Jan Clark Jan Clark on Nov 29, 2018

    Adorable kitchen! And be thankful you HAVE walls. I only have windows and cabinets. So, based on what you want and what you have, I would suggest that you compromise and perhaps go a tad 'buttery' on the walls, cooler on the trim (to tie into those countertops) and then use one accent wall for your pumpkin tone. And you are right, don't go TOO dark. Less is more when it comes to color. The tint of pumpkin is all you need - just a bit darker than your buttery color. If you were to go bold, everything would fight for attention. Cheers!

  • Sue Sue on Nov 29, 2018

    I would do the hole thing in a butter cream color. Leave the trim as is and forget about a pumpkin color. Just my opinion

  • Sheila C. Sheila C. on Nov 29, 2018

    A pretty light airy happy yellow.

    Makes you happy and brightens your day.

  • Crystle Gibson Crystle Gibson on Nov 29, 2018

    Pale gold.

  • Edie Edie on Nov 29, 2018

    Hi Alma! That's my Mom's name too :) I have a ceiling just like yours in my dining room. The room was white and I painted it a green/gold color several years ago. Not trying to sway you to my color but a deeper color did wonders to "pop" the wood ceiling. My trim matches the ceiling. I would not draw attention to your trim, paint it same as the wall color...that ceiling is the star! I would lean toward a color family that matches your stone counter top to tie it all together....sage green seems a lovely option.

  • Debbs Debbs on Nov 29, 2018

    Don't allow yourself to be "afraid" of color. The worst thing that could happen is you waste a week of your free time (and a hundred bucks on paint) doing a fantastic job painting to only decide you hate it and you waste another week of your time re-painting. I saw a trick for rental painting where they did not paint all the way into the corners or the ceiling or baseboards but left a 2" border all the way around. They began by painting everything in the most similar white/beige that the walls and ceilings were, then taped off for the "block" of color, painted over the edge of the tape with the white to "seal" the edge and then applied the color they wanted. This allowed them to #1: Know the exact white/beige to paint over with prior to their vacating the property #2: Not have to worry about being an expert painter for ceilings meeting walls. & #3: Being able to quickly complete a repaint when they do vacate. I mention this method as it could provide you with an easy way of testing a color in mass before you commit to the whole kitchen. Paint color has a way of tricking you when you first begin. There are two ways it can do this. First: OMG!!! What have I done! and... Second: What??? That is not nearly dark enough! You will not know that it is right or wrong until you have done a mass vs. a few roller applied square feet. Another thought - - - play with one wall as a "focus" wall. Live with it for a while, have your friends & family over, they will say genuinely "I LOVE it!" or "Oh...isn't that different" or "Argg! What made you do that?" If 4 weeks and a bunch of input seems all good, go ahead and finish the rest. Kitchen colors really need to impart your lifestyle as an individual, a family and a cook. Red stimulates the appetite and expresses passion. Your kitchen is already quite nice and well equipped. It looks like you are a cook and not just a frozen entree microwaving poser. The feeling is already tuscan, euro, french provencial...take color cues from you favorite pieces of decor. Or for us, we used our new Dutch oven by Staub in the color Grenadine as the launch point. Whereas we did not choose that color for the walls, we selected the appropriate color on how it played against that color and accessorized everything else in that same shade of burgundy. For you the woods and granite will need to be huge considerations. Have fun with it.

  • Jack Bradley Jack Bradley on Nov 29, 2018

    I would paint the cabinets white and then use the pumpkin shade on the walls.

  • Jill Jill on Nov 29, 2018

    I think you have enough going on in that beautiful kitchen. jmo, but I would leave the walls just as they are.

  • Oliva Oliva on Nov 29, 2018

    Sherwin Williams has some fabulous white shades that would go well with your kitchen, but select whites with warm, rather than cool undertones.

    The key is to select the shade that best coordinates with your cabinets, walls, ceiling, and furniture.

    Grab 6 color chips of your preferred shades. Bring them home and place around the room at various points, then see how they look at various times of day and night prior to making final selection.

  • Rosy Rosy on Nov 29, 2018

    You can always do an accent wall. Sherwin Williams has small sample containers of paint for about $6.00 it only comes in flat finish but like the above suggestion paint some poster board and stick up on the wall then you will definitely know if you will like your choices. Poster board can be bought at Walmart or the dollar store very inexpensive. Then you can use leftover poster board to cover cabinet ends for paint splatter or to set your paint tray on.

  • Lisa Lisa on Nov 30, 2018

    You do have a bunch of answers already! I love that beadboard, both on your ceiling and in the corner seating area. I think if you paint the wall pumpkin in your seating area, live with it awhile, then you can decide if you really want to put it on all your walls. If this was my kitchen, and I was a pumpkin fan, I'd try to find a paint that was on the light side with a hint of pumpkin. Then I would use the darker shade of pumpkin for accents, such as hand towels, bowls, flowers, etc. I think that would tie everything together in your color choice. Have fun with it! As has been said, if you don't like it, you can always paint again!

  • Judi1 Judi1 on Nov 30, 2018

    I like the pumpkin idea. It would warm up the space. I say go for it.

  • Chaz Chaz on Nov 30, 2018

    I have cabinets in my kitchen close to the color of your ceiling and cabinets, I have painted the walls with Semi gloss (Pumpkin Pie) color and the wood trim around ceiling High Gloss white and it looked nice but then a year later I painted the walls 3/10/2017 with (Copper Mountain B16) which has the lighter pumpkin color in it, in Semi-Gloss and it looks great for me. Both Colors I got at my Tru-Value store. Just something to look into if you like them kind of colors.

  • Janice Janice on Dec 01, 2018

    I would go with a very neutral paint and show off your cabinets an ceiling. Orangespumpkins are really difficult to get right. I did this pumpkin years ago and disliked as soon as it was applied.

  • Jim Garcia Jim Garcia on Dec 02, 2018

    I would go with a very pale soft green.

  • Robyn Garner Robyn Garner on Dec 07, 2018

    I agree with Jim Garcia and use a very pale silvery green. There is WAY too much brown/pumpkin/beige going on!! I painted 1 wall in my living room a pale silvery green color that changes depending on the lighting. It's very unstated, elegant and unusual. I feel this type color will make everything else look special while being a special color itself. Happy painting!

    Benjamin Moore 1522 Inner Balance

    Salty Breeze, Mountain Mist, Granny Smith White, Just Perfect, White Smoke,Touch of Lime, Raincloud, Sterling Shadow, Forest Light, Aloe Essence,

    Alaskan Mist, from Glidden Paints are ALL colors I'd recommend to you!