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Your Color Scheme
Colors come and go in popularity and are
highly subject to personal preference. There are some color
schemes, however, that have stood the test of time. The most
classic is the all-white kitchen. White, often accented with
one color such as blue, is a popular choice for the kitchen
because it's clean-looking and helps visually downplay the
dirty dishes, pots-and-pans clutter that a kitchen is naturally
Kitchens are also expensive, and white never
goes out of style. The only downside of an all-white kitchen
is that is can look sterile and cold, but that's easily fixed
with the addition of warm-toned elements, such as a honey-colored
wood floor, or soft accents such as curtains at the windows
or an upholstered banquette seat.
Even an all-white kitchen
has color in it: An oak floor infuses it with yellow,
a granite countertop can be gray, pink, green, or black.
Keep in mind, too, that there are hundreds of whites;
white can be warm or cool -- it can even be hot.
True colors -- as opposed to white,
which is a neutral -- are generally considered warm
or cool. Warm colors, such as tones of red, yellow,
and orange, are energizing. Cool colors, such as blue,
green, and violet, are calming. Color does indeed affect
mood. Studies have shown that exposure to red, for instance,
quickens the pulse and breathing rate and increases
the appetite. Any color can be used with great success
in the kitchen if you follow a few color guidelines.
Generally, it is wise to pick one color as
an overall or base color and then one, or maybe two at the
most, as accent colors.
Complementary colors -- those that lie opposite
one another on the color wheel -- intensify each other and
impart the space with energy. Analogous colors -- those that
sit next to one another on the color wheel -- are visually
softer together, and will make the space seem more serene.
Neutrals such as taupe, tan, black, white, cream, and shades
of gray can be a color scheme in and of themselves, or can
be paired with nearly any color as an accent.
When thinking about what kind of a color
scheme you'd like for your kitchen, think not only about your
favorite colors, but also those that run through a favorite
quilt, in the blue-and-white willowware dishes you inherited
from your grandmother, or in a beloved painting. Perhaps your
color inspiration will come from memories of a favorite vacation.
Choose a color scheme based on something you love and you'll
never tire of it.