Once you have a color, or colors, in mind, test them out on sample boards, 2 x 2 feet is a good size. Because its almost impossible to guess from a 2-inch swatch in a paint store how a whole wall of color will look in an actual room, even professionals find that painting a sample (or several) is the best way to narrow down your options and find the color you love. Benjamin Moore sells pint sample cans designed just for this purpose. Move the boards around the room – looking at them in the darkest corners as well as the brightest sunlit spots, live with them for a few days and look at the colors in morning light and at night. You may want to go a shade or two lighter or darker, a little warmer or a little cooler, but its far easier re-painting test boards than an entire room. Don’t expect to find the right color on the first try. Be patient: once you find the one you love, it will have the power to make your kitchen a place where everyone feels at home.