The Best Tips For Selecting Colors For Your Kitchen
Whether selecting colors for the kitchen of a new house or renovating the kitchen of your longtime homestead, making your color decisions doesn’t need to be a chore. In fact, the making the choices can inspire the imagination, create something new and special for your family, and even influence the way you feel and think. Designing your color scheme is an opportunity for all of this and more.
First, you need to take stock of what you already have. Unless you are planning to replace your kitchen cabinets and counters, they will figure heavily into the scheme. Many wooden cabinets have a warm hue. That means they have a yellow-orange-red tint in the wood or stain used. For instance, cherry and mahogany both tend to have a reddish tinge to the wood. Pine trends toward yellow. However, some woods or stains are cooler in hue, leaning toward brown or gray. Cabinets made of solid wood can be re-stained or painted; however, for cabinets made of less durable materials or composites, this may not be an option.
Once you have decided whether to make any changes to your cabinets and counters, you can begin designing your kitchen’s new look. Are you interested in a particular decorative style, such as modern, country, Mediterranean, or traditional? Many variations on these popular styles and others exist.
A modern style kitchen can include stainless steel appliances and colors that are monochromatic with splashes of bright color, like cherry red or neon green, and cabinetry that is painted or constructed from a dark wood or stained. This style can help make good use of florescent lighting and give the kitchen a futuristic appeal.
By contrast, a country kitchen is lighter and contains more pastel colors, such as yellow and light blue, natural woods, and white/ivory appliances. This style also works well with repeating patterns, like checkered prints or stripes, and tends to radiate a homey feel. Country kitchens can benefit from access to a garden or backyard.
A kitchen modeled after the Mediterranean style may feature stone or tile along with warmer woods, vibrant natural colors, including terracotta and brick red, and black appliances and dark counters. This style is particularly striking in a kitchen with lots of natural light and space for art, sculpture, and other decorative details.
Traditional kitchens do not adhere to a particular color scheme, but rather, they are an eclectic blend of things remembered from childhood and current decorating trends. They are more utilitarian than fashionable, but also allow for more individual expression and less rigidity in design, meaning that they can sometimes seem like a hodgepodge of other styles.
If you are leaning toward a decorative style, that style will naturally influence your choice of colors. However, some people prefer to chose colors and work them into a suitable style. This can be especially true for those who already have a strong preference in colors or for those who wish to decorate according to feng shui, a trendy method of Chinese interior design. A good color for a kitchen according to feng shui is yellow, which, according to traditional Eastern lore, aids in digestion and wakefulness. Yellow is easy to incorporate into many styles and is associated with happiness and sunlight in more Western traditions.
Once you have chosen your colors, especially if you are painting, you should acquire samples and/or swatches to make sure the colors are exactly what you want and look appealing in the natural light of the room. Most paint stores sell samples for testing purposes for a low price and trying the colors on a small area before committing can save time and money in the long run. Consider using a primer, especially if you are painting over another color or unevenly textured or plastered walls.
In the end, the most important thing is how you feel about your new kitchen colors.