Hand painted wood kitchens are all the range at the moment, but they never go out of fashion. This article will guide you through the options, from what colour is best for you, to who makes the best hand painted wooden kitchens through to which timber to use. While painting kitchen furniture can from a distance make them not be obviously wood, a closer inspection always reveals the quality of the product in a way that imitation veneers or plastics never can.

Of course unlike many options in kitchens you'll almost certainly be going for a bespoke kitchen if you're looking to have a hand painted one. These can range from a few thousand up to the hundreds of thousands, but their lifespan will ensure this is money well spent. They can also add significantly to the value of your home, even in some cases more than the expense in installing them.

Pale blue hand painted wood kitchens are a great way of styling any kitchen as the colour is subtle enough to go with any surrounding but sophisticated enough to make your home seem modern and at the same time natural. The colour works really well with natural sunlight, so ensure your windows are not covered by clutter and use mirrors to maximise the light throughout the kitchen.

Grey works best when combined with marble floors and surfaces. It works best in combination with other light colours in your room and despite its darkness makes the room feel spacious if adequate lighting is provided. Consider painting your ceiling to match the colour of the grey cabinets as this will add to their effect. Grey also works really well with wooden surfaces as the earthy colours go well together.

How thick the paint is spread is an important consideration when choosing a hand painted wood kitchen. A thick paint will hide all the grain in the wood, making the fact the kitchen is wooded only evident in the shape of the panelling. This can be a stylish effect and works well for some kitchens, especially more modern designs. Kitchens that need a more traditional feel will find that exposing the grain of the wood even when painted is a better option and this can be done by using paints that are less concentrated, staining the wood. This works best with timbers which have strong grains such as oak and less well with timbers such as maple where the gain is only evident at close inspection.

Choosing a kitchen company is one of the most important choices. The previous work of the company being close to the style you want to achieve is often your best bet, as craftsmen working for them develop skills unique to certain styles. While you'll be guaranteed quality going for a well know company you'll also pay for it and the cost of a kitchen from a nationally recognised bespoke kitchen company can be as high as the price of a small house. Many kitchen designers start out small and you can often find an expert who's just started out who can do excellent work for a fraction of the cost, but without a back catalogue of examples you'll need to ensure that everything is how you want it.