And while paint choices are important in every room of your home, it can be harder, as well as more time-consuming and expensive, to adapt your kitchen color ideas once you’ve made your choice for the room.  But which are the hues the experts say don’t make the grade? This is what you need to know.

5 colors you should never paint your kitchen 

It’s no secret that white, neutral, and green kitchen ideas have made waves across the design industry in recent months. However, these tones may have seen their day, color experts say. Here are the shades they’re avoiding in 2022. 

1. Red 

Red has always felt like something of a controversial choice in the kitchen, so it is perhaps unsurprising that Valspar (opens in new tab)’s senior brand manager, Tobie Lewis, warns against this paint idea.  ‘Something to be careful about would be painting large areas of your kitchen red. The kitchen is a space where you should unwind and relax while cooking, eating, or hosting your friends. For many, the color red is powerful and too distracting for this specific room,’ Tobie says.  Therefore, despite its reputed ability to enhance your senses (and potentially make your food taste better), for many this passionate shade is best served up outside the kitchen. 

2. Bright white 

The concept of all-white kitchens sparked a debate as one of the kitchen trends to avoid, and bright white, even in moderation, has fallen out of favor amongst designers. ‘White kitchens are classic, but a bright white tends to feel stark or clinical,’ says Liberty Riggs, a designer from Studio Riggs (opens in new tab).  If you still want to incorporate white kitchen ideas into your home, Liberty recommends opting for a ‘creamy white or even a mushroom tone, which will feel much warmer and inviting’.

3. Yellow 

‘When painting your kitchen, the one color I always avoid is bright yellow,’ says Amy Youngblood, owner of Amy Youngblood Interiors (opens in new tab). The expert suggests that this fluorescent shade detracts from the other beautiful items you may have in your kitchen, such as your countertops or lighting fixtures.  ‘You really want your kitchen to be a place of enjoyment and peace. There is already enough going on in your kitchen, and you certainly don’t need a feeling of chaos,’ she adds. 

4. Beige  

While beige can feel like a safe choice that will stand the test of time, the president of Sharper Impressions Painting (opens in new tab), Geoff Sharp, warns that it could leave your kitchen looking boring and lifeless. ‘Beige is often bland and has a safe and conservative feel to it,’ Geoff says. He suggests that you opt for a riskier but stylish shade that makes you happy while making your kitchen pop.

5. Dark green

Whilst the look of your kitchen is always a priority, Manhattan-based real estate professional Parisa M. Afkhami (opens in new tab) of Coldwell Banker Warburg warns that some shades can impact your house value.  Amongst the most prominent of these is dark green. ‘Colors to absolutely be avoided are darker colors and shades of green, blue, red, and purple, which will cast a shadow on food and darken the space. Green and orange, in particular, should be avoided in kitchens,’ she warns.  So, if you’re thinking of selling your home with a dark green kitchen, you may want to re-evaluate your painted kitchen ideas pronto.