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How to Navigate Color Schemes in Your Kitchen

By Alex Capozzolo

Choosing the perfect color scheme for your kitchen can be an overwhelming task. There are so many factors to consider, such as how much natural light will be present, what colors would look best for the area, and if you want a design that is traditional or contemporary in style. Check this out and get some beautiful ideas for your home or if you're in the middle of deciding on buying a house! In this post, we'll discuss 6 do's and don'ts to help make choosing the right color scheme easier!

Do Choose the Best Color Scheme Wisely

Choosing a color scheme for your kitchen can be tricky. The best way to choose the perfect one is by starting with what you know and like, then take it from there. Before we get into the nitty-gritty of how to do this - first let's review some common colors that work well in kitchens:

  • Earthen tones, such as browns and beiges

  • Earthy colors, like greens or blues

  • Warm earth colors, such as reds or oranges

  • Cool grays: charcoal gray to ice blue.

Now that you have been introduced to some color schemes for your kitchen - it's time to choose which one is best for you.

Select the Color of Your Cabinets, Countertops, and Floors

It is very important that you know the color of the cabinets, countertops, and floors before you decide on a paint color. This is because choosing one will limit your other choices. If you want an idea as to what colors might work best for these items, take some pictures into any home improvement store or furniture store and look at their displays.

  • Choosing the right cabinet color will influence the color of your walls and ceramic tile. For example, if you have white cabinets, then beige or light-colored paint may be a good option to make them stand out more. Alternatively, if you're unsure which color would work best for your flooring (and there are just two options), it can help to choose the same color for your cabinets so that there is a balance in the overall room.

  • Choosing countertops with contrasting colors can also provide some good contrast against the walls and flooring, but it's important to make sure that you're picking two colors that work well together because this will allow them to blend seamlessly into one another.

  • The last thing to consider is the color of your flooring. If you have dark wood floors, for example, then it may be best to pick a lighter color scheme that's easier on the eyes so as not to make your flooring stand out too much. Conversely, if you have light-colored tile or hardwood floors and are looking for some more contrast in the room, opt for darker colors for your walls and cabinets.

Choosing Accents and Accessories

When it comes to your color coordination, accents and accessories should be the last step. A little decorative touch goes a long way in making sure that you have an eye-catching kitchen with personality.

Add artwork to your walls, a couple of plants on your windowsill, or an attractive bowl on the table. Play around with color and texture by adding brightly colored serving ware or copper pots.

Learn the basics of color theory to make your colors pop the right way.

Keep a neutral background for your kitchen, such as white or black, so that you can really emphasize those pops of color and pattern on top.

Get Creative with Colors

The key is balance, not pure contrast or similarity. Mixing up the color scheme in your kitchen will give you a wider range of possible combinations and shades that can work together seamlessly because they're similar on the hue spectrum. One easy way to do this is by adding a neutral color like white, black, or cream to the mix.

Don't be afraid to experiment with different shades of one color either! The variety will help you find what look works best for your kitchen and personality.

An expert says: "I recommend using all three primary colors in moderation," says Miami-based interior designer, Joanna Diya. "This way you can get a lot of different colors to work with."

Don't Forget About Lighting

This is one of the most overlooked aspects of painting an entire room, but it's something that will have a huge impact on your mood and quality of life.

If you don't want to lose light in certain areas or need to create more natural lighting effects, it's time for some careful planning. You may even consider adding skylights, which will create a dramatic impact on the ambiance and décor of your space.

Use natural light whenever possible, not only does it save you money, but this can be one of the most appealing aspects of an open kitchen plan. Open kitchens are often very bright because they have so much more exposure to natural lighting; however, keep in mind that this can also be a drawback because they're more likely to feel hotter.

The most important thing you want to keep in mind is the lighting quality and how it will make your space look, not just for cooking but everywhere else as well!

Don't Forget About Paint Finishes

Paint finishes can have a significant impact on the overall appeal of your kitchen. Flat paint has an elegant, fresh feel that is particularly well-suited for kitchens with clean lines.

Eggshell or semi-gloss paints evoke a more traditional and warm feeling, which may better suit rooms like family dining spaces where you want to be able to see the color of your dishes and silverware.

The key to choosing paint finishes is balancing between what you want for your aesthetic and how much upkeep it will require.

For example, flat paints are easier to maintain but lack a certain depth that may make them less appealing in rooms where food preparation occurs. If you're looking for something with more sheen, eggshell or semi-gloss paints are a great option.

Choosing the perfect kitchen color scheme can be daunting. There are so many different colors to choose from, and it's hard to know what will work best for you or your home! May this article help you navigate the world of kitchen color schemes and find something you love!

Alex Capozzolo is a partner of Kind House Buyers, a real estate developer based in Washington. He has been writing for the real estate industry for several years. Kind House Buyers focuses on large multi-family houses around Tacoma and Seattle.


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