Kitchen by CIL

Create a welcoming feel in a kitchen with wood cabinetry by painting the walls a cozy shade of
warm orange, such as Persimmon Berry (60YR 26/605 DL10) by CIL paint, featured here.


Whip Up a Delicious Kitchen Décor

New paint culinary collection features appetizing colors for Busiest Room in Home

The color you paint your kitchen can enhance your eating experience.That’s the message of CIL® paint in unveiling its digital Culinary Collection of paint colors, featuring a mouth-watering palette of 20 hues, with names such as Adorable Peach, Bright Cherry, Cranberry Zing, Curry Spice, Lime Twist and Olive Oil.

“White kitchens have been trending for a number of years, but now we’re seeing a resurgence of color in the kitchen, from cabinetry to counters to walls,” says Alison Goldman, brand manager for CIL paint, a brand of PPG Architectural Coatings, crediting the revival to rich-in-color bohemian, retro and return-to-nature trends in home decor.

“The kitchen is the most-used room in the house and the area where family and friends tend to gather, so it’s the perfect place to add color and personality to a home,” Goldman says. Still, it’s important to choose kitchen colors wisely, she cautions, as some are better suited for this multipurpose environment than others.

“Warm, uplifting colors, such as yellow, red and orange, and soft shades of gray, violet, blue and green, are known to be more conducive to appetite-building, entertaining and conversation,” she says, explaining that CIL paint took these findings into account when developing its new palette. Gray is all the rage in home decor these days, and muted grey walls work especially well in a modern kitchen. Try Oyster Bay (90YY 63/044 SE48) or Barley Beige (30YY 68/024 DL50) gray from CIL paint as a base, accented by a favorite pop color—such as turquoise, tangerine or raspberry—on one wall or through accessories.

Gray kitchen by CIL
Gray, such as Barley Beige (30YY 68/024 DL50)
by CIL paint, works especially well in a kitchen
with stainless steel appliances.

Other striking wall color options, particularly in kitchens with stainless steel appliances, are lemon yellow or apple green. If a full wall of these bright colors is too much for you, paint them above your cabinets only or even inside cabinets with glass doors to liven up the room. In country kitchens, to create a welcoming space reminiscent of open fires and roasted foods, try painting the walls cozy shades of terra cotta red, such as CIL's Burnt Pumpkin (24YR 12/447 DL08); warm orange, such as Persimmon Berry (60YR 26/605 DL10); or light sage green, such as Cabbage Patch (90YY 62/264 MC21). Don’t know which color to use? Simply identify the predominant undertone of your cabinetry or flooring–yellow, orange or red, for example–and choose a paint color with the same base.

Make a small space appear larger by minimizing the contrast between the walls and cupboards. Choose a palette of colors with similar tonal value, such as Peach Punch (56YR 48/398 CP10) orange, Ripe Banana (39YY 66/628 DL18) yellow and Citrus Fruit (70YY 52/532 DL21) green. Another option is to paint a focal wall a bolder color and the other walls a lighter version of that color.

If you can’t see the outside from your kitchen, consider bringing the outdoors in through the use of color, such as optimistic shades of light green and yellow. A soft yellow, such as Citron Ice (53YY 83/348 CP19) by CIL paint, can simulate the look and feel of sunshine. Crisp, white paint on trim, ceilings, moldings and doors will help brighten the walls even more. For maximum brightness, install the right combination of artificial lighting in the room and use high gloss paint on doors and trim to reflect the existing light. Have an appetite for painting your kitchen?

View the new Culinary Collection by CIL paint at, where you can also ask CIL paint experts all of your color, decor and paint questions. CIL is a registered trademark of the PPG Group of Companies.

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