Choosing Colors for Your Kitchen

kitchen in natural shades of cream and brown

Color is a very important design element for your kitchen as it plays an important role in affecting your mood.

Color can definitely influence the mood of a room. A good combination of colors can make your kitchen more appealing and set the right atmosphere for you.

For example, studies have shown that red can quicken the pulse and breathing rate, as well as increase appetite.

Yellow, especially soft yellows can make people feel happier. When used as a accent bright yellow can attract attention and brighten up a kitchen.

You can also use color to influence how large or small a kitchen can feel. With kitchen color taking on more importance, many manufacturers of cabinets, appliances, flooring and countertops are offering the consumer more choices in colors.

Kitchen color schemes have come and gone over the years. However some kitchen color schemes have remained popular over time.

White as a kitchen color remains a popular choice because of it has a clean look. One disadvantage of an all-white kitchen is that it can have a sterile and cold look and feel.

That is why white is usually accented with one other color such as blue.

Also design elements such as a light colored oak floor, or soft accents provided by blinds can make a kitchen seem warmer.

It is considered a good idea to select one color as the overall or base color and select one or two accent colors.

You can feel safe selecting just about any color for your kitchen by following some important guidelines for using different kitchen color schemes.

It is considered a good idea in using color in a room to have a 60-30-10 split between three colors.

60% representing the main or dominant color, probably on the walls or cabinets.

30% of a secondary color used in the flooring or rugs, as well as window treatments.

10% for accents such as, dishes, small appliances, tea towels and other soft items.

A monochromatic color scheme makes use of only one color. To create more variety you would used various tints, tones and shades of that color.

A complementary color scheme uses two colors placed opposite to each other on the color wheel. This scheme is quite intense and brings a more dramatic touch and energy to your room.

Analogous color scheme includes three hues placed adjacent to each other on the color wheel with either warm colors or cool colors in combination, such as yellow and green, blue and violet, or red and orange. Kitchens generally wouldn’t be the type of room where the type of color scheme would be used.

This color scheme would be better for more informal areas of the home, such as family rooms, dens and bedrooms or where one would be looking for rest and recovery from the activities of the day.

Neutral colors include taupe, tan, black, white, cream, and shades of gray. Neutral colors can be paired with almost any color as an accent.

Because your cabinets make up most of the expense of kitchen decorating it would be best to choose a style in a more neutral finish. This also applies for countertops and flooring.

A nice and restful decorating scheme can be achieved by emulating the color schemes found in nature, such as sky blue or the various shades of green, earthy browns or soft yellows.

Light can also be an important element in emphasizing the colors and can bring about different shades and views of the color based on varying intensity.