Choosing Colours for Your Kitchen

Choosing the ideal kitchen colours for your home needs careful consideration. Afterall, this room – much like a bathroom – has more permanent fixtures than other rooms. Where the colour scheme of a standard bedroom, dining room and lounge room can be changed with new carpet / flooring, and a touch of paint over walls and built-in-robes, the kitchen’s walls (often with tiles), flooring, splashbacks, cupboards, counters, sinks, and rangehood are much more permanent features.

Neutral colours and textures are perhaps the safest choice for kitchen cabinets, pantries, floor tiles, wall tiles, and counters. You can pep up the room with splashes of colour in the form of wall hangings, a vase of flowers or even bowls of fruit and vegetables… changing to suit the season or what’s in vogue. Neutral colours include whites, browns (soft, coffee colours, through to deep chocolate) and greys (soft through to charcoal).

However, if the rest of your home features bold colours then why not match your kitchen to suit?

You might create blocks of bold colour on cupboard doors, counters, above or below bench tops, and even full walls.

Colour is a great mood-creater, it can make a kitchen seem intimate and sultry, or bright and sunny.

Here is a very simple guide of what is associated with the different colours:

White
Cleanliness
Spaciousness
Maximises light

Yellow
Associated with food
Brightens a dark kitchen

Orange
Stimulates appetite
Symbolizes action

Light Orange (peach and coral)
Less stimulating of appetite and action

Red
Passion
Excitement
Intimacy
Dark reds preferred in cooler regions

Blue
Cleanliness
Suppresses appetite

Dark Blue
Sophistication

Light Blue
Fresh
Cleanliness
Spaciousness
Preferred in the hotter regions

Violet
Supresses appetite

Green
Peaceful
Cleanliness

Light Green
Fresh
Cleanliness
Relaxation

Black
Sophistication
Glamorous
Touch of Black accentuates other colours

Brown
Stimulates appetite (particularly when combined with peach or strawberry pink)

For the ideal colour combinations for your kitchen please feel free to contact your Nouvelle Team – they’d be delighted to help you.

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