The kitchen remodel is done. All the major components are complete and in place. Now it’s time to add the finishing touches and bring some personality to your new dream kitchen by adding some color.
The kitchen has been elevated from a functional room kept separate from the rest of the house to a central gathering spot and heart of the home. As such, the kitchen deserves the same attention and effort as the rest of your home when it comes to decorating. The colors you choose to bring into your kitchen will help set the tone and express the personality of your newly remodeled kitchen.
Choosing colors to incorporate into your kitchen design can be daunting. Taking cues for the rest of your home is a good place to start. While the kitchen doesn’t have to use the exact same colors as the other rooms, there should be a sense of cohesion between the kitchen and the rest of your home. Coordinating colors with the other areas is especially important if you have an open floor plan. Also, look closely at your cabinet colors and determine if they have a yellow or blue undertone and then choose colors from that color family. Most importantly, let your personality help guide your color choices. You spend a significant portion of your time in your kitchen, so it’s important that you choose colors that you like, not necessarily what is currently trendy.
Classic colors always stand the test of time. This includes colors that are associated with elements of nature, such as browns, greens, and blues. Using subtle colors creates a soothing environment. Steer clear of color combinations that bring to mind restaurant chains or retail stores.
One of the big trends in kitchen décor right now is the use of saturated colors. We’re seeing more vibrant, bold colors in the kitchen and mixing and matching of colors to create dynamic energy. Most kitchens have minimal wall space, making it possible to use strong colors without overpowering the room. If painting your entire kitchen with a bold color gives you anxiety, consider creating an accent wall with a dramatic color. Reds and yellows, proven to help stimulate the appetite, will continue to be popular.
Painting the walls isn’t the only way to introduce color into your kitchen. The ceiling is a place few people think to incorporate color, but it can add drama to the room. Using strong colors on the ceiling can make the room feel smaller, but there are other options besides white. Consider a neutral shade, like cream or putty. Other places to bring in color include tiles, backsplash, textiles, furniture, and flooring. Accessories and colorful appliances are a great way to add bursts of color throughout the kitchen. Painting the interiors of drawers and cabinets with a bright color is a fun way to use color.