Painting Melamine Kitchen Cabinets

how to paint melamine kitchen cabinets

I have to honestly say, I have never had the guts to recommend that a client paint melamine, thermofoil, or laminate kitchen cabinets.  This type of cabinetry is often found in lower-end kitchens – melamine and thermofoil are similar plastic materials that are applied over particleboard or MDF to inexpensively simulate the look of painted wood. […]

Paint Color Trends 2014 – Color Experts Weigh In

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t colors that pair with neutrals or super-neutrals include bright yellows, oranges, and pinks. Adding pops of these colors makes a room painted in gray come alive.  Farrow and Ball recently introduced Yellowcake, a classic bright yellow named to reflect the revival of the “homemade” and a color similar to one popularly used in 1960s kitchens.  Bromstad asserts, “Don’t count out the fabulous acid green, either.  People love it in small doses and I’m seeing it everywhere.  And it looks amazing with metallic gold.”

One of the most important trends in 2014 is actually in paint color placement.  Real colors (rather than white) painted on the ceilings or in the backs of bookcases have replaced the over-done “accent wall.” Contrasting colors above and below the chair rail in dining rooms are replaced with trim color extending to the entire area below the chair rail.  Both kitchen and bathroom cabinetry painted out in colors that range from black to jewel tones (sapphire, emerald, teals) to grayed heather blues and tempered greens are replacing wood and even faux-painted glazing as the latest in on-trend looks. Bolder homeowners may even choose bright colors for the interiors of their cabinets or vivid countertops rather than the been-there-done-that neutrals.  

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Kristie Barnett, The Decorologist, Melanie G Photography


Trim painted out colors other than white is also trending.  Green on the trim and ceiling takes on a completely different look than the same color on the walls.  Painting out walls, bookcases, and trim all the same color is gaining popularity – but in different finishes/sheens. This is a great look for dens and libraries.  Eggshell on walls and high gloss on cabinets and trim make the color appear slightly different on the different surfaces, rather than simply blending into each other – which is what it would look like if it were all painted out in the same finish.  


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David Bromstad says that wallpaper is becoming the hot, new accent wall.  New technology means that more intricate designs are possible and that wallpaper and murals are now removeable and moveable, which dispels the phobia that has haunted anyone who has attempted to remove decades-old wallpaper.  Bromstad’s own artwork is now available through as moveable wall murals in any size.

Heidi Nyline of Warline Painting Ltd. says, “When painting cabinets dark we are moving towards more charcoals, blacks and grays and away from chocolate browns. The challenge with browns is that it looks like you tried to make it look like wood with paint. There is just not getting around that so most often its better to to not even try.”

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Benjamin Moore Black Jack 2133-20, Gray Owl OC-52 by Warline Painting, Ltd.


Gold and silver are both trending metallics in 2014, especially when mixed. Both look beautiful against the backdrop of cooler neutrals.  Mercury glass and polished nickel looks more on-trend than brushed nickel or chrome.  Rich, brassy golds look amazing with the trending cooler color palettes and are completely pushing out oil-rubbed bronze as the finish of choice for fashion-forward homeowners. There are great metallic spray paints on the market in big-box stores that can transform any dated metallic to one of these on-trend finishes.  Just be sure to use a metal primer first to insure the paint adheres well.

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Walls are Salt Glaze by Martha Stewart.  Coffee table is custom mix of Benjamin Moore Calypso Blue and Bermuda Turquoise by Abby Manchesky of Abby M Interiors 


And don’t forget – paint isn’t just for the walls and trim.  Painted furniture continues to be the rage and can add a bit of interest amid a sea of brown wood furnishings.  I always advise my clients to choose a color a bit darker than they think they should when painting furniture or accessories like picture frames and bookends.  It always reads a shade lighter once it goes on.

7O3A0809 Chair in ASCP Florence, by Kristie Barnett, The Decorologist


Interior color trends for 2014 really hinge on one main idea – casting off fear of color and the embracing new versions of old colors.  That may mean adding in more chalky pastels and whites, punching things up with more vivid jewel tones, using navy rather than black, mixing in gold with your existing metals, or reconsidering your color placement in each room.  Just make sure to always test your color the right way:  paint two good coats of your color choice on a repositionable Small Wall paint sample board and move it to different places in your room at different times of day, so that you know you are making the right choice for your existing finishes (flooring, trim, countertops).

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cover girl Candice Olson on Everyday Home


I am giving away several copies of Everyday Home this week.  If you’d like me to send you one so you can get the rest of the scoop on my 2014 Paint Color Trends, just leave a comment and share this post on social media or “pin” one of the photos on Pinterest!






My article on 2014 Paint Color Trends just hit the newsstand in Everyday Home magazine, woohoo! When the editor asked me to write the article back in the fall, I decided to share not only my predictions, but also those of some other color experts whose work I admire.   Everyday Home Magazine   While […]