Nine times out of ten, the kitchen is the part of the home that everyone seems to gather in. And for good reason. After all, it’s where one would find cheese-its and wine. Or maybe “real life food” in the case of anyone besides myself. It’s a social room and although it isn’t one that requires new furniture pieces or decorating to stay current it is one of the very first rooms to look dated. But why is that exactly? Is it the accessories, the art, the appliances? Well it all plays a small part in it but today we are talking color and what different colors can mean for your kitchen. Rooms that are used as often and as hard as the kitchen always need a fresh coat of paint to keep them from looking dingy and dirty. And according to an article I read recently, the colors you pick for your home are often based off of the kitchens and rooms of our childhood. So basically if your mother had tacky taste and painted the kitchen an egg yolk yellow, you’ll likely associate your kitchen to a yellow tone and have tacky taste too. I kid, I kid. But the warm yellow of your childhood kitchen will in some way bring a sense of comfort and home to you if you were to paint your new kitchen in the same color. Pretty interesting, eh?
So now that we know how important of a role color can play in your choices for the REST. OF. YOUR. LIFE, choosing the right colors or themes for your kitchen does matter as it’s going to reflect on your personality – and no one in the history of ever wants a terrible personality. So let’s talk about what colors are going to save your livelihood, your personality, your existence as we know it, and well… your kitchen.
I am going to have to take a HARD pass on this one. I really, really tried to search for some good kitchen’s that used orange but as orange is one of the most vibrant hues in the color wheel, it doesn’t make it the most palatable for the kitchen (see what I did there). But on the other hand orange is the color of laughter and celebration and so if you want to breathe some life into your kitchen, orange is the way to go. Just maybe don’t go HAM with it and keep it simple like they did in this one. That one makes me want to celebrate and laugh, just like the experts say.
Blue is the color of calmness and purity. (Who made this ish up any ways?!) Your kitchen is usually the busiest space in your home, so injecting a little steadiness and balance through this cool toned color is a an easy way to help the whole family chill the eff out. Cool blues also are said to encourage peace, so go with blue for a kitchen that is steady and calm. Is that why Kendall Jenner handed the cop a blue Pepsi can? Because she was trying to encourage peace?! I GET IT (although Pepsi still needs to do some work on the adverts as Heineken seems to understand a more delicate and poignant way of addressing the issue.)
The color de jour for kitchens. My boss painted some of her cabinets green, I have a handful of designer friends working on green kitchens, and even I have a few subtle hits of green in my little kitchen. AND I would gladly call any of the three above kitchens as my own. Not sure what it is about green but it is having a major moment right now in kitchen design. Green gives a kitchen a natural look, bringing nature indoors. Fresh starts and growth are projected with the color green, so if your GF just dumped you, paint your kitchen green and all will be well in the world.
This is a tough one for a kitchen too as it is very much in your face and aggressive which typically doesn’t work well for kitchens. I had a friend growing up whose kitchen they painted yellow, and it had red cabinets and it will forever be scarred in my head as looking like a ketchup and mustard kitchen. See below for visual proof of something very similar.
It is a lot to take in I know. Red is usually a stimulating color reserved for the boudoir due to its connotations of romance and love. (If only spicing up the bedroom was as easy as painting a few walls red) And unless you live in a McMansion in Texas, kitchens are notoriously small in size, so a deep red hue can make the room look smaller. However, if you do want a dose of red then pull in some red appliances or accents to pepper the color around the room like in the first picture. If all else fails then you could add apple decorations for the kitchen, like your mother once did.
This one falls under the same category as orange. I had a hard time finding good images of this but they say purple is always used to encourage a fresh perspective on your emotions, so maybe if you are having trouble on your diet then slap some lilac paint on your cabinets and instantly you’ll stop emotional eating. And if purple is your color then bring it in subtly like they did with this table.
This can work, VERY well in some cases, and in others it can look like Paula Dean rubbed her buttery yellow paws all over your walls. So opt for something more vibrant or a dusty yellow rather than a buttery hue. According to the experts, yellow increases focus, so if you have some major business deals taking place in your dining nook or are on an episode of Master Chef then this color is your friend. I mean this lady looks pretty happy and she is in a yellow kitchen, so how bad could it be.
In other words, colors CAN matter when it comes to decorating your home and you should make sure that the colors you choose reflect your tastes and personality, but no paint color is ever going to completely transform your life. So have fun with it, pay attention to what colors work well with your style and make your home bright and beautiful with the right color choice. And if you are stumped with what color works best for you here are a few of my favorite small kitchen accessories to get you started.