Many homeowners struggle with choosing the right paint for their kitchen and home. One of the easiest ways to fall in love with your kitchen is to start with a color scheme, rather than picking colors individually.
Work With the Colors You Already See
One of the easiest ways to choose your color scheme is to work from the colors you already see in your kitchen. Some floors, appliances, and countertops are filled with color. Choosing your favorite from the various patterns, or even just choosing a colored coffee maker you love will make it easier to move forward in the process. If you are lucky enough to be able to start your kitchen from scratch, select a color out from artwork or photographs you really enjoy or plan to have in the kitchen.
Start at the Bottom and Move Up
Along the same lines as working with the colors you already see, it’s best to start with your floor and move up when designing a room. Often, the only permanent color in a room is the floor. When designing a kitchen, it is easy to forget that the floor will be a player in how your kitchen’s color scheme will work. Once you choose a scheme in line with your flooring, the cupboards, counters, furniture and accents will be easier to choose.
Define the Mood
When designing your kitchen, consider what kind of kitchen you’d like yours to be. One that is full of energy? Calming or Inviting? Each color scheme has its own feel and gives off a different mood. Choose the right color scheme when you choose the right mood for your kitchen. Many designers find the mood to be the most important part colors play in a room. Also, avoid too much of one mood altering color, as it it may distract from the real pieces you want to emphasize.
After you choose the scheme and a mood, decorating with those colors in mind can still seem difficult. Apply the 60-30-10 rule to help. 60% of the room should be a dominant color, 30% a secondary color, and 10% of the room should be decorated in an accent color. This may seem confusing for a kitchen, so think of it this way— either the walls, cabinets, or tile should be the dominant or secondary colors, depending on how much space each takes up. Accenting colors would be suited for small appliance, towels, or other decorations you use to add more décor to the kitchen.
Any easy mistake in designing a room is to forget about lighting. Before you make that final decision in color, see how the color looks in the room at various times of the day with and without your electric lighting turned on.
Always be sure to follow your personal style when designing a space. For example, even if yellow is considered a popular color to paint kitchens, don’t decorate your kitchen with yellow if you abhor the color yellow. Choosing color schemes isn’t only about what is in style now; it’s about what you will love to see in your home.
David Cormier is a blogger for Wood Cabinet Factory, who gaurantees the lowest prices on cabinets and counter tops.