Colour can influence the mood of a room. 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 an accent bright yellow can attract attention and brighten up a kitchen. You can also use colour to influence how large or small a kitchen can feel.
With kitchen colour taking on more importance, many manufacturers of cabinets, appliances, flooring and countertops are offering the consumer more choices in colours. The best kitchen colours should include shades of brown, peach, yellow, pink or blue.
Kitchen colour schemes have come and gone over the years. Some kitchen colour schemes have remained popular over time.
White as a kitchen colour remains a popular choice because 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 colour such as blue. Also, design elements such as a light-coloured oak floor, or soft accents provided by curtains can make a kitchen seem warmer. It is considered a good idea to select one colour as the overall or base colour and select one or two accent colours.
You can feel safe selecting just about any colour for your kitchen by following some important guidelines
for using different kitchen colour schemes:
It is considered a good idea in using colour in a room to have a 60-30-10 split between three colours,
60% representing the main or dominant colour, probably on the walls or cabinets. 30% of a secondary colour is used in the flooring or rugs, as well as window treatments. 10% for accents such as dishes, artwork, pillows and other soft items.
A monochromatic colour scheme is noted for only the use of one colour. To create more variety you would use various tints, tones and shades of that colour.
The complementary colour scheme uses two colours placed opposite each other on the colour wheel. This scheme is quite intense and brings a more dramatic touch and energy to home decor.
The analogous colour scheme includes three hues placed adjacent to each other on the colour wheel with either warm colours or cool colours 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 colour scheme would be used. This colour 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 colours include taupe, tan, black, white, cream, and shades of grey. Neutral colours can be paired with almost any colour as an accent. Because your cabinets make up most of the expense of kitchen decorating it would be best to choose a style with a more neutral finish. This also applies to countertops and flooring.
A good decorating scheme is to emulate the colour schemes found in nature, such as sky blue or the various shades of green or earth brown or light or pale yellow. Light can also be an important element in emphasizing the colours and can bring about different shades and views of the colour based on varying intensity.
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