Kitchen colour schemes can be a tricky business, choosing a colour scheme for your kitchen units often involves selecting colours that complement each other. But what if your favourite colours are the wrong option for this a particular space? Here are a few tips from Kitchen Warehouse you should consider before finalizing your kitchen design colour scheme.
How big is your kitchen?
Whereas strong colours may work perfectly in a large space, a narrow kitchen will benefit from bright airy tones. White or light pastel shades do make any room seem larger, preferably if they are plainly set all across the walls. On the contrary, using different colours on different surfaces will fragment the space, making it look narrower. So, for small kitchens, use plain, bright colours. For big kitchens, go wild with full vibrant tones.
Will you get bored?
Let’s face it; planning your kitchen design or kitchen colour scheme is something you won’t be doing very often. When you do get to it, make sure you give it a lot of thought. Colours may look great in this year’s paint catalogue, but not as nice on your kitchen walls three years from now. If you are not absolutely sure, you can always go with the light pastel shades and jazz it up with colourful accessories and furniture such as our Ballroom Blue kitchen doors. If you have made your mind about a vibrant colour, you will probably prefer light pastel coloured doors such as Stone.
Start with the kitchen cabinets
Some home interiors experts say it is easier to start by choosing cabinet colours, instead of painting the walls and then having to find matching doors. Wood is a very popular natural finish which will allow you to play with colours on all other surfaces. But if you decide on a vibrant colour for your kitchen cabinets, that will set the tone for the whole space, including walls, worktops, floor, appliances and accessories.
What about the floor?
Anyone who has had their own kitchen knows just how easy it is to get the floor dirty. Every time you cook or clean a work surface, you will drop a little something. A white or light coloured floor will always look dirty, no matter how much you clean, but despite what you think, so will a black floor! Wood flooring can be very effective in the kitchen area as it can provide a warm and soothing atmosphere but is not always too forgiving to spills and the floor can swell if it gets very wet. Also if you drop one of your sharp kitchen knives or accessories onto a wood or laminate floor, it will damage or scratch easily. Tiles or laminate provide a surface which is easy to clean and forgiving to the usual wear and tear found in the kitchen. Often a multi-tonal or tastefully patterned tile or linoleum will be a little more forgiving than a monotone colour. Be it a light or a dark one, a little texture on the eyes will detract them away from noticing every piece of fluff, crumb or footprint!
The kitchen colours you use to decorate your home can have an effect on your emotional well-being, so having a cheerful kitchen colour like red or yellow may help you start the day with optimism, whereas blue seems to be a more calming colour. Some colour psychology experts say that if you have fond memories of your childhood kitchen, you may want to repeat the same colour scheme in your new kitchen.
Are you ready to make a decision? Good luck with planning your kitchen colour scheme!