The best paint for kitchens

Wall paint, tile paint, even worktop paint – updating the look of your kitchen has never been simpler or speedier than with our round-up of the best paint for kitchens

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If you've found yourself swooning over beautiful kitchen paint ideas then no doubt you're already raring to go, but finding the best paint for kitchens – or, more specifically, for your kitchen – isn’t just a case of falling in love with a swatch and running out to buy a few litres of your perfect shade. In a room that sees the level of action a kitchen does, it’s imperative that its wall covering can stand up a lot of rigorous use.

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 paint, but if you’re in close quarters, you might want to find something engineered to resist heat and moisture as well as staining. 

Luckily, these paints are specially formulated to suit the task at hand. Our top choice, Dulux Easycare Kitchen Matt Emulsion Paint, goes on easily and dries to a wipe-clean finish, making it a great all-round choice, but if you’re after something specifically for ceilings, tiles, or even worktops, keep reading for the rest of our picks. 

The best paint for kitchens

1. Dulux Easycare Kitchen Matt Emulsion Paint

Resists stains, grease and even rigorous scrubbing

Specifications
Best for: Grease and stain resistance
Finish: Matt
Drying time: 5 hours
Coverage: Up to 13m² per litre
Colours available: 30
Reasons to buy
+ Greaseproof, non-staining finish + Washable with no colour fading 

Light-coloured 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 colour fading, too. 

Ronseal Satin Tile Paint

2. Ronseal Satin Tile Paint

Perk up those tiles with this smooth, authentic-looking tile paint

Specifications
Best for: Painting tiles
Finish: Satin
Drying time: 24 hours
Coverage: Up to 8m² per litre
Colours available: 13
Reasons to buy
+ Leaves a beautifully smooth finish + Waterproof and mould-resistant 

Updating kitchen tiles along with the paintwork can be a costly endeavour, 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 mould-resistant one, at that. 

Colours Kitchen Matt Emulsion Paint

3. Colours Kitchen Matt Emulsion Paint

With over 80 shades to choose from, this paint is one for the expressive

Specifications
Best for: Walls and ceilings
Finish: Matt
Drying time: 4 hours
Coverage: Up to 14m² per litre
Colours available: 84
Reasons to buy
+ Huge range of shades to choose from + Non-reflective finish 

Suitable for use on walls and ceilings, this matt kitchen 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’s moisture, grease and stain resistant to stand up to the rigours of a busy kitchen. Reviewers attested to its winning formula, saying it had excellent coverage and kept its colour after washing down. 

Ronseal Anti-Mould Paint

4. Ronseal Anti-Mould Paint

An easy-on, long-lasting paint that sees off mould for up to six years

Specifications
Best for: Easy cleaning
Finish: Silk
Drying time: 1-2 hours
Coverage: 13 m² per litre
Colours available: 1
Reasons to buy
+ Easy to apply + Mould-resistant 

This wall and ceiling paint adds a layer of defence against mould 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 mould at bay too. Overall, this is certainly a case of doing exactly what it says on the tin.

Rust-Oleum Kitchen Worktop Transformation Kit

5. Rust-Oleum Kitchen Worktop Transformation Kit

Get a professional finish for a few less pennies with this worktop transformer

Specifications
Best for: Transforming worktops
Finish: Gloss
Drying time: 48 hours
Coverage: 5m² per tin
Colours 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 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, 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.

Dulux Quick Dry Satinwood Paint

6. Dulux Quick Dry Satinwood Paint

Quick to dry and low on odour, this is a family-friendly paint for busy households

Specifications
Best for: Cupboards
Finish: Satin
Drying time: Up to 6 hours
Coverage: 16m² per litre
Colours available: 19
Reasons to buy
+ Self-undercoating and wipeable formula + Low VOC content 

Love the clean, bright look of white cupboards but not a fan of gloss? Dulux have got you, and your cabinets, 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 Jamie-esque gusto. Want more? Don't miss our best kitchen cabinet paint buys.

Johnstone's Kitchen & Bathroom Emulsion Paint

7. Johnstone's Kitchen & Bathroom Emulsion Paint

Minimises condensation no matter where you use it

Specifications
Best for: Condensation
Finish: Midsheen
Drying time: 1-4 hours
Coverage: 12 m² per litre
Colours available: 15
Reasons to buy
+ Low-odour water base + Great consistency 

This low-odour, water-based paint has a formula that’s not just eco-friendly and pleasant to work with, it’s optimised 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.  

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