Best kitchen paint: 8 top picks for all your kitchen surfaces

We've found the best kitchen paints to spruce up your space – from wall paint to tile paint and even cupboard paint

a stunning modern kitchen, with a dark island with marble multi-colored worktop, green tiles on wall behind, and peach walls everywhere else, with a wooden door
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Looking for the best kitchen paint? Well, we have you and your kitchen covered. It actually isn't always as simple as picking a pretty color and taking to every surface. Obviously, the pretty color still matters, but in a room that sees the level of action a kitchen does, it’s important that any paint you use can withstand a lot of wear and tear.

For bigger kitchens, where not every wall is in close proximity to the hob or the sink, this can mean something as simple as a wipe-clean kitchen paint – but if you’re in close quarters, you might want to find something engineered to resist heat and moisture as well as staining. After all, there's often a paint for every need – the best furniture paint can also be great for any signature pieces you might have in your kitchen.

Find the best kitchen paint below and then head over to our kitchen ideas page for loads more practical advice and inspiration. 

Dulux Easycare Kitchen Matt Emulsion Paint

1. Dulux Easycare Kitchen Matt Emulsion Paint

Best kitchen paint you can buy: resists stains, grease and even rigorous scrubbing, this is our top pick of the best kitchen paint


Best for: Grease and stain resistance
Finish: Matt
Drying time: 5 hours
Coverage: Up to 13m² per litre
Colors available: 30

Reasons to buy

 Greaseproof, non-staining finish 
 Washable with no color fading 

Light-colored walls in the kitchen are the easiest way to a light, bright space, but the trade-off is that they show up food stains and other marks far too easily. That’s where our best kitchen paint from Dulux Easycare comes in. Even in Pure Brilliant White, it’s engineered to stay pristine, with a greaseproof formula that resists stains and makes any marks that do appear easier to wipe off. Reviewers found it dried to a brilliantly gleaming but brilliantly tough finish, that was washable without color fading, too. In our opinion, this is the best kitchen paint, bar none.

Ronseal Satin Tile Paint

2. Ronseal Satin Tile Paint

Best kitchen paint for tiles: perk up those tiles with this smooth, authentic-looking tile paint


Best for: Painting tiles
Finish: Satin
Drying time: 24 hours
Coverage: Up to 8m² per litre
Colors available: 13

Reasons to buy

 Leaves a beautifully smooth finish 
 Waterproof and mold-resistant 

Updating kitchen tiles along with the paintwork can be a costly endeavor, so if you’d rather not rip out that splashback just because it’s slightly too warm-toned for comfort, why not paint tiles with this refreshing satin tile paint from Ronseal? It takes a while to dry, but reviewers found their patience was amply rewarded with a smooth, even, streak-free finish that looked just like tile, and a waterproof and mold-resistant one, at that. The best paint for kitchen tiles, we think! Also – update your splash back for less with our guide on how to paint tiles.

Colours Kitchen Matt Emulsion Paint

3. Colours Kitchen Matt Emulsion Paint

Best kitchen paint for walls and ceilings: with over 80 shades to choose from, this paint is one for the expressive


Best for: Walls and ceilings
Finish: Matt
Drying time: 4 hours
Coverage: Up to 14m² per litre
Colors available: 84

Reasons to buy

 Huge range of shades to choose from 
 Non-reflective finish 

Suitable for use on walls and ceilings, this Colors Kitchen Matt Emulsion Paint is available in a whopping 84 shades, and with everything from sweet pastels to cheerful brights, elegant neutrals to heritage shades, there’s no limitation except your creativity. The modern matt finish doesn’t reflect light, so it’s set to look good no matter the aspect, and it is moisture, grease and stain resistant to stand up to the rigors of a busy kitchen. Reviewers attested to its winning formula, saying it had excellent coverage and kept its color after washing down, too. The best kitchen paint if you're looking for a wide range of colors to choose from – and also one of our best washable paint options.

Ronseal Anti-Mould Paint

4. Ronseal Anti-Mould Paint

Best kitchen paint for mold: an easy-on, long-lasting paint that sees off mold for up to six years


Best for: Easy cleaning
Finish: Silk
Drying time: 1-2 hours
Coverage: 13 m² per litre
Colors available: 1

Reasons to buy

 Easy to apply 

This Ronseal Anti-Mould Paint paint adds a layer of defence against mold in high-humidity areas like kitchens and bathrooms, and is said to last up to six years, so you won’t have to worry about it again for a while. Reviewers found the formula easy to work with, and said that it gave good even coverage on walls and ceilings, with some long-time users coming back to report that it does the job keeping mold at bay too. Overall, this is certainly a case of doing exactly what it says on the tin, making it our pick of the best kitchen paint for kitchens that often deal with mold.

Rust-Oleum Kitchen Worktop Transformation Kit

5. Rust-Oleum Kitchen Worktop Transformation Kit

Best kitchen paint for worktops: get a professional finish for less with this worktop transformer


Best for: Transforming worktops
Finish: Gloss
Drying time: 48 hours
Coverage: 5m² per tin
Colors available: 4

Reasons to buy

 Inexpensive means of updating worktops 
 Smooth, professional finish 

Even more costly than replacing kitchen tiles, by quite a wide margin, is replacing worktops – so if yours need a bit of an update, it might interest you to know that that needn’t mean ripping them out and starting again. Rust-Oleum’s Kitchen Worktop Transformation Kit gives you the option to overhaul laminate worktops for under $70/£70, and while reviewers have noted that you absolutely need to follow the instructions to the letter and work quickly, if you do, you’ll be left with a very impressive finish. So, if you're looking to revamp your surfaces, this is the best kitchen paint for worktops.

Dulux Quick Dry Satinwood Paint

6. Dulux Quick Dry Satinwood Paint

Best kitchen paint for cupboards: quick to dry and low on odor, this is the best family-friendly paint for busy households


Best for: Cupboards
Finish: Satin
Drying time: Up to 6 hours
Coverage: 16m² per litre
Colors available: 19

Reasons to buy

 Self-undercoating and wipeable formula 
 Low VOC content 

Love the clean, bright look of white cabinets but not a fan of gloss? Dulux have you covered with this satinwood paint that’s suitable for use on wood and metal. Its low VOC content makes it a little friendlier to work with in small spaces than some more potent paints, and it has a user-friendly formula too: self-undercoating, non-yellowing and wipeable, for when you shake the frying pan with just a little too much. Our pick of the best kitchen paint if you're looking for something family-friendly and durable for your cupboards.

Revamping your kitchen? Find out how to paint kitchen cabinets and don't miss our best kitchen cabinet paint buys

Johnstone's Kitchen & Bathroom Emulsion Paint

7. Johnstone's Kitchen & Bathroom Emulsion Paint

Best washable kitchen paint: minimizes condensation no matter where you use it


Best for: Condensation
Finish: Midsheen
Drying time: 1-4 hours
Coverage: 12 m² per litre
Colors available: 15

Reasons to buy

 Low-odor water base 
 Great consistency

This low-odor, water-based Johnstone's Kitchen & Bathroom Emulsion Paint has a formula that’s not just eco-friendly and pleasant to work with – it’s optimized for kitchen and bathroom use too, offering protection against condensation in high-moisture areas. Reviewers loved the consistency, finding it to be creamy rather than watery or sticky, and rated it for how easily it applied and washed out of brushes after use. Its other big hit with users was its unique mid-sheen finish, a subtly lustrous alternative to satin or matt that resists moisture, stains and even greasy marks. The best kitchen paint if you're after something washable, we think.

Rust-Oleum Black Matt Chalkboard paint

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8. Rust-Oleum Black Matt Chalkboard paint

Best kitchen paint for a chalkboard wall: get creative in the kitchen with this chalkboard paint


Best for: Chalkboard wall
Finish: Matt
Drying time: 30-60 mins
Coverage: 5 m² per litre
Colors available: 2

Reasons to buy

Dries quickly

Reasons to avoid

Not a huge range of colors

Have a plain wall in your kitchen that you don't know how to decorate? Grab a pot of this Rust-Oleum Black Matt Chalkboard paint and you can create a chalkboard wall. Whether you need a place to write your shopping list, or your kids like to get creative on your walls, the opportunities are endless. Not only does the paint dry in just 30 to 60 minutes, meaning you can paint in the morning and draw in the afternoon, but it's also tough, scratch resistant and can be applied to walls, metal, wood, plastic, hardboard and more. It's also wipeable with soap and water, so it's the perfect place to write meal plans one week, and the next week, your family calendar.

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What do you need it for?

Ensure you choose a kitchen paint that is designed specifically to do the job you want it to. Kitchen wall paints, for example, will be better than living room wall paints at coping with damp conditions, but kitchen wall paints won't be up to the job of coating kitchen cabinets – and looking good long-term.


Matt finishes don't have the wipe-ability that anything with a sheen does, so bear this in mind when choosing where to put which finish. You could, for example, pick a matt color (if that's a finish you like) on three walls, and one with a mid-sheen on the wall behind the sink/cooking area that's likely to be splashed and need wiping.  


If you're a messy cook or have children running around with food-covered hands, it's best to opt for a wipeable paint to keep the room looking smart.

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Annie Collyer
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