Best Paint Colors

December 3, 2008

Cabinets and Countertops

Q. To paint or to stain: that is the question. Also, do you have colour suggestions for the countertops, walls and wainscotting? The floor will be refinished at a later date.

? B.M., Halifax,

A. Painting your cabinets in white will brighten up your kitchen, create an open, airy feeling and will work nicely with the cottage style of the wainscotting backsplash. Consider Ivory White (925) from Benjamin Moore and also paint the wainscotting in the same colour as the cabinets. Replace your existing brass hardware with some in a polished nickel finish, which will sparkle against the painted white cabinets.

Consider butcher block for your countertops. A timeless choice, wood adds warmth and will work nicely with the casual aesthetic of the space.

Painting the walls a soft light yellow like Butter (2023-60) from Benjamin Moore will introduce a hint of fresh, cheery colour to your kitchen. Think about replacing the existing pendant light over your table with one in a polished nickel finish to match the new cabinet hardware. You’ll want to get an electrician to move the junction box so that the pendant hangs centered over your kitchen table.

Finally, when you’re ready to install new flooring in your kitchen, consider limestone tile for its elegant yet natural look.