How to choose right colors for your kitchen?

Kitchen Design & Decor Dated:  Jan. 1, 2014
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Blue and white kitchen designed by Hameeda Sharma

Kitchen decor is something that one must sincerely give a thought about. Why corner out this area when other spaces of your home are stealing the show? Moreover, psychologically, the space where you cook needs to have an aura that creates a mood. Eventually, the taste of your food would greatly be dogged by the mood. 

Now, talking about the kitchen decor, it's not about just equipping the best counter-tops and kitchen islands in the town. It's the color of your kitchen walls and cabinets that first strikes the eye on entering the room. Colors have strong impacts on human emotions. Some hues soothe the eye and rejuvenate the mind while others depress the mood. 

When it comes to choosing a perfect color for kitchen, there is no thumb rule here. Though most of  the Indians stick to Vastu and Feng-Shui, few regard it simply as a matter of choice. Let us go down the line to see what work best for your kitchen. 

Kitchen Size matters 

One rule that works with all interiors can be applied to kitchen also- Use light colors for compact kitchens to create an illusion of space. Neutral shades in brighter hues is the answer. Lighter shades of blue and yellow would also work. On the other hand, if you have a spacious kitchen, you can try experimenting with the colors that you think is ideal for your space. Opt for warm colors if you want your large kitchen to reflect a cozy look. 

Colors as per your kitchen type

Size alone cannot decide the ideal color scheme. Also keep in mind the kitchen layout to come up with the best color scheme.
Closed kitchen: If you have a conventional closed kitchen, use the colors scheme based on the above size consideration- Lighter tones for small space kitchens and brighter hues in a large kitchen. 

Design by : Debarati Bhattacharjee 

Large and Open Kitchen: The decor of open kitchen largely depends on the living room decor. The idea is to select the color scheme that complements the decor of your living space. You can also use the contrast of two colors if your living room decor embraces the same theme. For instance. If you have a living room with white walls and blue furniture, you can impart the same scheme to kitchen area? How about white and blue kitchen table and cyan cabinets aligned to a white wall?

Design by : B-square Architects

Vastu and Feng Shui color norms:

Most of the Indian homes are built across Vastu and Feng Shui ideologies. If you are looking forward to apply the same concept to your homes, here is a peak.

Vastu: According to Vastu, the ideal colors for kitchen are enlisted below-

  • White: White is a symbol of purity that circulates positive energy in the kitchen. White works well for walls and floors.
  • Red: According to Vastu, a kitchen must have a hint of red. Since red is bright, avoid using it for walls and floors. However, you can have red countertops or cabinets. However, a thin strip of red wall doesn't look flashy as in the picture below-

Design by : Nupur Jain

  • Blue: For walls, blue is the most recommended color scheme after white. However, always ensure that the tone is lighter. You can use blue for islands or kitchen tables.
  • Green: A little of green can be used along with blue to create a vibrant impression. You can use green for table cloths if you have. Light green islands or kitchen tables would also do.

Feng-Shui: As far as Feng-Shui color scheme is considered, it hugely depends on what are goals and desires of people living in the house. However, Feng Shui advises to avoid black. 

Here are the pointers- 

  • Use white and lighter shades of blue to put an end to your weighty issues.
  • Yellow color works well if you are aiming to create a cordial social atmosphere in your home. 
  • Green color encourages good digestion.
  • Be creative and implement what works best

After pondering on all of the above choices, decide the best according to the proposed decor theme.You can also devise your own color scheme depending upon the type of decor. 

So what are your waiting for? Just pick up the right hues that would fill up your space , lift up the mood and soar your cooking fantasies. 

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