Four tricks to choose the colour of your kitchen

Lights and colours for an enjoyable room!

Everybody knows that decorating our house it’s very complicated, but the biggest nightmare is the kitchen!
If decorating the other rooms is easy, finding a compromise between favourite colours and furniture e mobilio (even if it can appear as a fusion between Picasso and Salvador Dalì), with the kitchen, conciliating personal tastes and practicality becomes more difficult.
How can you choose the right colours? Let’s find out five tricks to have a pleasant kitchen according to our style.

Watch your feet!

Let’s start with the most neglected part of our house: the floor. What about the kitchen? Differently from the other rooms, the floor is very important in the choice of colours. In the kitchen the use of carpets, besides a practical slip-resistant under the sink, not only it creates a confusing effect, but also it is unsanitary. Since we don’t
with that of the walls.
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Well, we can combine our tastes with the existing elements: if the floor is ‘60s-style, you can pull over a loft post-industrial kitchen, or if you have a parquet, you can use the tonalities of green, wood and white, creating a natural effect that also stimulates the appetite.
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If the tiles are anonymous, it is better! We can finally play with bright colours that, obviously, we could not use in our bedroom.
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In short, the floor can be very useful for the choice of our furniture colours

Three tints for a room

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Now we can think about the spaces. The kitchen tends to be a trichromatic room, therefore it is important identifying three colours that will characterize the aspect: a predominant colour, a supporting colour and a colour for the accessories.

For this operation, the colours folder is fundamental. The predominant colour will be those of the furniture, while the supporting colour will reflect the walls and that of the accessories will complete the details. Taking care to maintain a balance between cool and warm colours, we can identify the three colours: in this case, we have to focus on the supporting colour, because it regards the walls.If the furniture has a warm colour, the supporting ones should remain on bright and cool colours; as an alternative, you can dare with livelier colours, following these advices.

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Exposure

Yes, we are boring: when we need to paint our house, we have to consider the light exposure of the room to choose the right tint. Why? Because if you have a kitchen of 5mq, where there isn’t even the space for the dishwater, painting it in ultramarine blue with a dark furniture, could give you a very excessive claustrophobic effect. So watch the light, following these little indications:
  • Exposure of the kitchen from daylight (if it is exposed in the North, South, East or West);
  • Grey areas caused by the furniture;
  • The kitchen’s dimension
CWith these expedients and using the colours folder, you can proceed with the choice of your favourite colours for the kitchen.Are you ready? Let’s go!

Colour and Taste!

Massimo Caiazzo, Vice President for IACC International Association of Color Consultants, during the interview for Scavolini (and we know that they are very expert in kitchens), answered in this way to the question: “What is the best colour for kitchen’s walls?”
“Even if our senses are independent, they don’t act in a separate way from one another: we think about those situations where the contact or the presence of a smell or a taste evoke another sensorial reaction (the view of fruits that are felt also as taste). As Johannes Itten demonstrates in his experiments, the space colour can interfere with that of the food and consequently with its taste. For this reason it is better not to exceed with connoted colours as pink (sweet par excellence), acid green, range of violet (that evokes the flower’s perfume), but also the use of dark colours in tonal contrast, with similar saturation and brightness is not recommended, as green bottle and brown that evoke the sensation of bitter taste, not always suitable in kitchen”.
Practically: going from colours to taste is very easy. So, what colours are more suitable for our kitchen? Well, the evergreen pastels help us also this time, but for the kitchen, unlike the bedroom or the bathroom, for which cold colours are recommended, it is better to use warm tones: butter colour, cinnamon, beige, ivory… are the best tints that can be used in restricted spaces that need more light
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But also in the kitchen we can play with lively colours! Green apple, for example, pulled over white and wood furniture, gives an idea of freshness that stimulates the appetite; blue, with a metallic and white finishing, it’s perfect for spacious and particularly bright kitchens. But be warned! This quiet tends to reduce the hunger, therefore it is appropriate for people permanently on a diet, or that need a lot of time to cook or even for those persons who suffer from eating disorders.
White, for the kitchen, is a demanding must: as beige, it is easily appropriate for all the styles, from the modern and minimal to the “grandmother’s kitchens”, with elaborated and decorated furniture. However, we can use a huge variety of colours in their decoration. Which ones? Well, the warm tones par excellence: red is widely used in the kitchens. It stimulates the appetite, the imagination and it creates the “hot” effect so loved by the domestic chef.
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Combined with bright colours, as white, ivory and cinnamon can be particularly inspiring and original. As red, also orange and yellow (especially in the lemon and mustard tonalities) are colours that stimulate the appetite, but be careful with them because they increase the aggressiveness; it is better to choose dark or opaque tonalities.
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If your kitchen is shabby chic you can dare with pink, besides all the bright shades and pastels
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Surprisingly, violet and all its shades can be used: a wise balance between the quiet of blue and the stimulations of red, that can give many satisfactions to who will try it.
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