Your kitchen is one of the highest traffic areas in the home, so it stands to reason that your kitchen design plans should take careful consideration. When it comes to using and choosing colours, make an impact. Your choice of colour can add a great deal of oomph to your kitchen layout - sometimes even making a kitchen look roomier. For example, lighter colours can give the impression of a larger room, while darker colours often make a room looks smaller, though, depending on placement and design, cosier.
When choosing colours for your kitchen design goals, take into consideration the style of your cabinetry and appliances. Do you have stainless steel appliances or wood grain cabinets? Such questions will help you not only choose colour schemes, but also colours to positively accent and influence the space.
Now, if you really want to make a statement, choose colours for your kitchen that have a psychological impact. Did you know that many hospitals paint one wall of a hospital room with a ‘warm’ accent colour (such as tones or shades of reds, oranges, rusts, golds, yellows, and greens) because it provides a soothing effect? A deep maroon or red colour on one wall of your kitchen can evoke a sense of warmth, comfort, and cosiness.
You don't have to paint every exposed wall space in your kitchen with the same colour. Experiment with the colour wheel. Colour combinations can be complementary or opposites. Varying tones or shades of the same colour are also quite effective and can serve as a focal point for tile, wood, stainless steel appliances or other features in your kitchen. Give your kitchen some pizzazz by drawing out a rough schematic and use coloured pencils or crayons to experiment with colour usage in your kitchen design. Remember, when it comes to kitchen design and use of colour, you're only limited by your imagination.