Like death and taxes, there is no escaping color. It is ubiquitous.
The kitchen is the most important room in our homes because it’s the center of our family’s day-to-day living. We cook and eat here. Our children do homework, family members share a glass of wine, friends have coffee, we laugh and we cry in it. The modern kitchen is now a living and breathing space, dedicated to much more than just preparing the meals.When you are designing your home, be sure the kitchen is given special attention. One of the most important elements in kitchen interior design is color, which spontaneously evokes emotions and feelings. Here are 10 things you should be aware of when adding color to your kitchen.
1. Learn the basics of color psychology
Along with our emotional response to music, perhaps there is nothing more universal in experience as our response and perception of colors. Do you ever notice that some places irritate you? Or that some places are calming and relaxing? Well, there is a big chance that the colors in those spaces are playing a part. When selecting a color, consider what effect it can have on you and your family. Do you want your kitchen to feel sociable and stimulating or appear quiet and formal? Stronger, warmer colors add to a sociable atmosphere; soft cool colors and neutrals will give a more formal ambiance. Have you ever wondered why so many restaurants use bright colors like orange and yellow? These colors are associated with food and they create an environment of stimulation our appetite. So if you are a calorie-counter, you probably don’t want to paint your kitchen these colors! Choose the colors that excite you, make you feel comfortable. Let your personality guide your color selections.
2. Don’t worry – adding color to your kitchen is not permanent
Painting interior walls is the easiest, fastest and cheapest way to freshen up your place. Therefore, do not think much and choose the color that inspires you now. Don’t worry about new trends in kitchen color and design in the future. Remember that you don’t have to live with the chosen color palette forever; you can always change it and repaint your kitchen with a new, fresh color.
3. Use paint samples to test the color before you commit
Take home some paint samples to test on your wall before you make your final choice. Paint a small square of each color on each wall. Observe carefully how each color looks throughout the day and night in a different light. Discover how specific colors work in your home and choose your favorite.
4. Pay attention to the proper lighting.
A kitchen is a place with many different requirements for lighting. Firstly, the light has to be clear and bright for preparing meals. Secondly, it should provide warm ambiance when a prepared meal is on the table.
There are some basic things you should know about lighting and their influence on colors:
- The truest color is visible in natural daylight;
- Incandescent lighting brings out yellows and warm tones;
- Fluorescent light bulbs cast a sharp blue tone.
So, for example, a strong color might be overpowering and too bright when applied on all walls or next to a large window, but it might look attractive when used as an accent wall with indirect light. Consider using multiple sources of lighting to enhance the kitchen, like pendant lighting, recessed ambient lights or under cabinet lighting.
5. Mix and match cabinet colors
Painting the walls is not the only way to add color to your kitchen. An eclectic mix of 2-3 different colors cabinetry can add some life to space. The days of having all your kitchen cabinets be the exact same style, color or door front are gone. If you can’t decide on a specific color, choose more than one adding your space a designer edge. You can, for example, turn your island into an accent piece and leave a wall of cabinets in a different color. Another option to inject color into your kitchen and maintain an organized design is to decide on one color for upper cabinets and another for lower ones. If you dare, you can try to mix different colors with different textures. Break the rules and let your creativity run wild.
6. Connect your kitchen with the rest of your home
You don’t have to paint your kitchen and all your rooms the same color. However, there should still be some continuity in the main theme of colors that run through our interiors. Everything needs to flow. It’s suggested to pick two or three colors or elements that unite your rooms. Otherwise, it can feel incoherent and disjointed. If you have Scandinavian style in your bedroom and sitting-room, it’s not wise to make a red kitchen. Create a mood in your kitchen that is not shocking with color when you enter and exit the space.
7. “Neutral” doesn’t necessarily mean “color-free”
Grey, brown, cream, white and other muted earthy tones used in the kitchen may appear sterile and unwelcoming. However they have one crucial characteristic – they can “go” with anything; that’s what makes them neutral. They provide a perfect background to any other color. Neutrals look great with metallic kitchen backsplashes, rich wood floors, and eye-catching lighting. Waterfall glass, concrete, stainless steel, wood all work together to create a hip and vibrant kitchen space.
8. Natural wood colors
The color is not only a paint on the walls. Natural wood and wood stains can offer marvelous color variations in our kitchens. Cherry is the most popular wood used in cabinets, because of its nice reddish brown color. Maple is lighter than cherry but has a smoother texture ideal for painted or stained finishes. If you want a distinctive grain pattern in your kitchen cabinets, you should choose red oak. If you search for something exclusive, we suggest you mahogany. It has a characteristic swirling grain that creates an attractive design and it’s extremely durable.
9. Add a splash of color with kitchen accent tile
You don’t have to repaint all the walls, you can add a subtle accent color to your kitchen in the form of backsplashes. The backsplash can change the way our entire kitchen looks like because it will become a focal point of the room. It creates a pleasant and cozy atmosphere and it’s much easier to clean than the wall, which is very important in the place we are cooking in. The backsplash can be in a form of glass tile, marble, porcelain tile or listelles and medallions.
10. It’s all about creativity and imagination
You don’t have to stick to the rules and interior design trends presented above. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box. Drenching a kitchen in color can be tricky, but that’s no reason to hold back. Bring inspiration and creativity to the most beloved room in your home!