10 Ways to Use Colour Effectively in Your Kitchen
A more colourful kitchen can inspire you and greatly lift your mood - in a room where you cook for and entertain friends and family, having a space that causes inspiration and motivation is of the utmost importance. So here are 10 ways in which you can use colour to create a more exciting kitchen.
The space behind your oven, sink and countertops are often forgotten, and the backsplash is commonly only seen as the barrier to protect your wall instead of an opportunity for a stunning design feature. Adding a colourful backsplash in an otherwise neutral kitchen is a beautiful way to add colour to the kitchen. Using a bright colour such as red or yellow (or for the less courageous - a light blue or muted lavender) creates a main focal point and can be as bold or as subtle as you like.
Painting cabinets is an eye-catching way to add colour to your kitchen. The brighter the colour, the more it will stand out and draw attention, and the more they will become the focal point of the room. If you opt for brighter cabinets, then you may want to keep the rest of the kitchen neutral so as not to overwhelm.
3. Cabinet Interiors
If the idea of painting the entirety of your cabinets seems a little daunting, painting cabinet interiors is a subtle way of introducing colour. For cabinets with glass doors, this provides a peek at the colourful interiors, however for solid doors, having a bright interior can be a pleasant surprise.
If your kitchen has an island, this is the perfect feature to add some colour to. Painting your island a tone such as cranberry or navy adds an interesting touch to the kitchen, while maintaining a timeless look and not straying too far from an otherwise neutral colour scheme.
5. Feature Walls
Adding a feature wall is one of the most popular ways to use colour in the kitchen. The colour you use (vibrancy, tone, etc.) determines how much of an impact the wall will have, and the atmosphere it will create. Because walls can easily be repainted, this is a good option if you’re not decided on a colour to commit to.
Using coloured appliances can also be a fun way of incorporating colour into your kitchen. For the truly committed, a retro style refrigerator in red, blue or pink (maybe even with a matching oven) makes a great statement. However, small appliances such as stand mixers in yellow or turquoise tones can add an understated but cheerful element to your kitchen.
If you don’t want to change the overall colour scheme of your kitchen - or if you are unable to make any major alterations, accessories are a great way to use colour in your kitchen, without the permanence of painting. Keeping brightly coloured bowls and utensils on shelves, for example, is a small touch, but can be impactful against a white or neutral backdrop. If you are a keen chef, storing your cookbooks in the open (and only buying colourful cookbooks) will create a beautiful feature, while remaining useful and showcasing your passion.
8. Plants and Flowers
A temporary, but effective way to use colour in the kitchen is to decorate with plants. Plants and flowers make the room seem brighter and more full of life, and cut flowers will only last you a couple of weeks, so the plants you use can be changed regularly, to create the atmosphere you want, regardless of how often that may change.
Another easy-to-change way to incorporate colour into your kitchen is to hang artwork on the walls. Art can very effectively create your desired atmosphere, through the main colours within the art, the style, and the size of the canvas. If you have a large free space on one of your walls, a large, striking piece of art will be impactful, but if not, then smaller pieces between cabinets or leaning on countertops can be just as charming.
Having a chalkboard in your kitchen can be incredibly useful. You can use it for lists, reminders, or even just to write messages to make you and your family smile - and writing these messages in colourful chalks is a homely way to add colour to your kitchen. Chalkboard paint is also a great choice for families with young children who can draw on the wall, while having the dark wall can act as a powerful feature.
Choosing a Colour
When deciding to add colour to your kitchen, it’s always a good idea to choose one colour to focus on. The most important factor is how the colour makes you feel and if you love it, but it can also be helpful to have an idea of the effects that different colours can have on us.
Bright colours such as yellow are known for causing happiness, as looking at yellow encourages Serotonin production, which is the main chemical that causes a positive mood. If you spend a lot of time in your kitchen, then using a colour such as yellow to boost your mood could be beneficial.
Similarly to this, blue is calming, however you should consider using it sparingly in the kitchen, as blue is known to decrease appetite, whereas orange can increase appetite - so can be useful if your kitchen is combined with your dining room.
Green tends to be one of the most popular colours in interior decorating as it has a relaxing effect and helps to alleviate stress. If you work from home and your kitchen often doubles as a workspace, green tones could be the right choice.
When done right, using colour in your kitchen can make you feel happier and inspired, while adding an interesting twist to what could have been a dull feeling room.
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