Ask These Questions Before Choosing a Paint Store Product

Posted on: 11 May 2021


Are you ready to redecorate your kitchen? Whether you want to update the overall room palette or change the color of one specific part of the kitchen, take a look at the questions to ask before you visit the paint store or select a product.

What Do You Want to Paint?

The paint you choose depends on the project. There are several types of paint options, each of which is made for specific projects or places. If you want to re-paint your wooden kitchen chairs, you wouldn't use interior wall paint. Instead, this type of project requires craft paint. To get the best results, it's crucial to match the paint to the project. This reduces the risk of aesthetic and adhesion issues.

Make a list of everything you want to paint before going to the hardware store. Along with chairs and walls, other areas of the kitchen you may want to paint include the trim, cabinets, shelving, or doors.

What Sheen Do You Need?

Now that you know what you want to paint (and the type of paint you need), you can move on to the next step and weigh your sheen options. Glossy sheens typically work well in the kitchen. Glossy surfaces are easier to clean and may not highlight dirt, debris, and other messes. This is important for painted parts of the room that are near, under, over, or behind food preparation surfaces.

What Color Do You Want?

Do you have a color palette in mind? If you plan to completely redecorate the kitchen, the paint color will depend on the rest of the room's décor. You may need to choose several different colors — especially if you need to complete multiple projects or you want to redecorate the entire room.

If you're not sure which colors to choose, start with paint samples. While paint chips can provide inspiration or help you to understand what hues are available, these swatches may not give you a full picture of what the room will look like.  Cover small areas with patches of paint to assess whether the color is true to the swatch. You can also use this strategy to judge whether the hue is the right choice for your kitchen project.

Like sheen, the room's use (food prep) is also a factor in color choice. While a white backsplash or ivory cabinets may have aesthetic value, these light colors will highlight spaghetti sauce splatters, greasy messes, and other kitchen debris.