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Choosing the right Kitchen Colours

Choosing paint colours for any room in your house can be a frustrating task because there are so many options to choose from. Most people will choose a colour based on their own style, preference and vision for their home. But did you know that colours can have a psychological effect on humans? Many studies have been done that show different colours can have different effects on a person’s mood and emotions. For instance, shades of blue are said to be soothing and calming. On the other hand, bright colours like yellow and orange are said to contribute to a joyous, uplifting mood. So many people factor this psychological aspect into their choice of paint colour when they are painting their home.

When it comes to kitchens, the most important thing is the type of paint you use. You will want a paint that can withstand water, soap and grease. So whatever colour you choose, ensure that it’s a durable paint finish like satin or semi-gloss.

Now back to choosing a colour for your kitchen. Kitchens are gathering places where families spend time together, cooking, sharing meals other activities. The kitchen is said to be the “heart of the home”. So chances are you spend a lot of time in the kitchen.

Traditionally, people would use simple colours like grey and white in their kitchen space. They may seem “boring” but these are neutral colours that will go well with any colour cabinets or kitchen furniture. Grey and white work well with any other colour it’s a safe bet to use either of these colours as a base to build from. But other bold colours have become trendy and popular in recent times.

Take teal for instance. It’s a cross between green and blue and it is a bold colour that you might not have considered. But this colour is said to have a calming, soothing effect and can make your space feel relaxing and peaceful.

Similarly, navy blue and other shades of blue give a serene and elegant feel. When you think of blue, you think of the sea or beach. So blues can bring a warm, beachy feeling to your kitchen. But depending on the shade, it can over power the room. You can balance out this overpowering effect by accenting the colour with lighter coloured cabinets and counters. This will help to keep the room from looking dark and intense.

If a calming effect is not what you’re going for, why not try a bright yellow? Yellow represents sunshine and brightness and is generally considered a “happy” colour. Yellow is also said to increase appetite. A bright yellow would make your kitchen feel like an uplifting space, full of joy and energy where a family gathers for meals or conversation. Not to mention bright colours can make small spaces seem more open and roomy. So if you have a small kitchen space, yellow would be a great choice. On the other hand, if you have a large kitchen, you can get away with darker colours.

Or you may want to consider a violet or purple type colour. This colour is classified as a “power” colour and gives the impression of wealth and extravagance. If you want your kitchen to look sophisticated, this just might be the colour for you.

The colour red is said to be an appetite stimulant so it makes sense to use it in the kitchen. In fact, many restaurants use shades of red for this reason. Generally blues, greens, yellows and soft reds are considered colours that have a positive psychological effect and would be perfect choices for your kitchen. Each of these shades can bring something different to the room and help create a welcoming space.

But you don’t have to limit yourself to one colour. You can use a combination and create a cohesive colour scheme that complements your kitchen furniture and other fixtures. You do not need to use one colour throughout your kitchen. One common mistake homeowners make is to match their paint colours to their cabinets. For instance they may paint their kitchen white to match with their white kitchen cabinets. The better option is to create a contrast between the walls and the cabinets. You may also create an accent wall in your kitchen to give it a modern touch. And don’t forget your kitchen ceiling! The ceiling is often overlooked or painted in a simple white. But painted ceilings can help to pull the room together.

So now that we’ve talked about what are great colours for your kitchen, you might be wondering if there are any colours you should be staying away from. It all comes down to preference, taste and style at the end of the day. But the right colour can greatly enhance your kitchen space, making it a more inviting atmosphere, whereas the wrong colour can have a gloomy, unwelcoming vibe. Dark greys and browns are said to be colours that can have a gloomy effect. Dark, dull browns can may reduce the appeal of your kitchen and should be avoided, especially if you plan on selling your home.

While some shades of grey are great neutral colours, dark greys can also have a gloomy effect and make your kitchen seem dark and glum. Dark greys and off black colours are not recommended for the kitchen.

Eggshell has, in the past, been a go to colour for the kitchen however as time has progressed and kitchens have become more modern, using this colour may make your kitchen seem outdated and bland.

Ultimately, certain colours can produce different feelings and emotions in people. Therefore, when it comes to kitchens, it is important that the colour of the room encourages positive feelings to provide a pleasant dining experience.

If you’d like to learn more about choosing the right colour paint for your kitchen, or to find a kitchen builder for your new kitchen or kitchen reno, contact us at www.trinihelper.com/quotations or call us on 322-7520 for an estimate!

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