In many of the homes that I work in, the common meeting ground for living, sharing and entertaining is the kitchen. Choosing a color palette for this space deserves thought and consideration. The tones you select will most definitely impact the experiences that you share. Let’s take a walk around the color wheel to review some of the basics:
Green-Soothing, peaceful and evoking nature: “Go green” and you won’t be disappointed. The easiest color to live with, green is an earth tone and can be paired with any other color from light pistachio to a deep leaf green. Don’t be afraid to use it as a core color on your walls, your floors or your counters.
Red-Passionate with instant impact: Intense color can be scary, but red can definitely spice up a space. Using too much will overpower, but sprinkled with a taste and your space will have definition and power-a fridge, a range hood, or maybe in your dishes and artwork?
Orange-Warm and welcoming and stimulates the appetite: Orange, and the newest twist of tangerine, invites your guests to make themselves at home and feel free to laugh. Like red it adds punch, and used in combination with other bold colors, it stands its ground. I love it with pink and it works beautifully in a backsplash, on a chair or in your dinnerware.
Yellow-Energy and excitement and lots of good cheer: A great allover color in so many wonderful hues. Yellow is a warm tone that exudes energy and confidence. Be mellow with your yellow because a bright shade can be hard on the eye. A great choice for a backsplash or in marmoleum, I love it with white cabinets!
Purple-Elegant and opulent: Purple is perfect for an intimate setting. Lighter tones are delicate and romantic which deep rich eggplant pops with anything. Very sophisticated in darker hues, purples work beautifully with metallics like gold and silver for even extra glitz. Pairs great with stainless appliances.
Brown-Simultaneously sophisticated and inviting: Easy on the eye if used correctly, brown cabinetry is a wonderful anchor and can work beautifully in either a sophisticated or casual setting. Wood floors are really comfortable for those who love to cook-too much brown can turn your kitchen into a cave but paired with blues and greens, it can work from floor to ceiling.
And remember, sate your thirst for color on a regular basis. Explore the color wheel for new ideas and if color doesn’t make you happy, CHANGE IT! Or maybe you just need a fresh pair of eyes?