Kitchen Design Colour Theory

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Kitchen Design Colour Theory

Written by Amanda Lecky Cam​bria​.com

Over­whelmed by the prospect of choos­ing col­ors for your home ? Take some sur­pris­ing­ly sim­ple tips from top inte­ri­or design­ers and cre­ate a palette that will please for years to come.

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How to simplify the color selection process ?

Both Beson and Los Ange­les-based design­er Nicole Sas­saman sug­gest start­ing with a sin­gle col­or­ful focal point and then build­ing the rest of the scheme around that anchor. For exam­ple, if you’re plan­ning to use a gor­geous rug in your liv­ing room, you might pull one of the soft­er or more neu­tral shades from its pat­tern and use that col­or on the walls, then repeat some of the oth­er col­ors from the rug in your fur­nish­ings and acces­sories,” says Sas­saman.

As a gen­er­al rule of thumb, it’s smart to keep per­ma­nent invest­ment” ele­ments on the neu­tral side. Stick with clas­sic designs for cab­i­nets as well as floor­ing and coun­ter­tops, such as Cam­bria in Water­stone, Mar­ble or the newest Ocean­ic Col­lec­tion. Save the more sat­u­rat­ed design choic­es for items you can change more eas­i­ly : like paint, acces­sories, and art­work.

Color Trends

Hot” hues come and go — think cir­ca-1970 har­vest gold and avo­ca­do or the ’80s mauve-and-gray schemes — so it’s smart to be care­ful when using these col­ors. Use them in small dos­es,” says Beson. Instead of paint­ing your entire house in this year’s trendy shade, just use it in a small area, like on an accent wall.”

For­tu­nate­ly, some of the most on-trend col­ors right now are also peren­ni­al clas­sics. Navy is very hot right now,” says Cana­di­an design­er Janette Ewen. But it’s one of those col­ors that will still look great ten years from now — it’s a clas­sic that will real­ly nev­er go out of style.” Beson and Ewen sug­gest pair­ing a dark col­or like navy with plen­ty of white, for the most mod­ern look. The same goes for black” says Beson.

A black room can look very dra­mat­ic, but to keep it from feel­ing con­strict­ing, it needs con­trast, so think about deep mould­ings and base­boards paint­ed in white or off-white, and add a lit­tle sparkle to the space to reflect light around.”

Living spaces

To fig­ure out which col­ors (trendy or not) you grav­i­tate toward, Ewen sug­gests think­ing of the places that most inspire you and that make you feel hap­py to think about. If that’s a beach in the Caribbean, you might pull sand and sea col­ors into your rooms ; if it’s an Indi­an bazaar, you might pre­fer rich­er spice tones.” While there are no hard and fast rules for which col­ors work best in which rooms, a gen­er­al rule of thumb is to choose calm­ing col­ors like blues, greens, grays, and laven­ders for bed­rooms and bath­rooms ; warmer neu­trals for the main liv­ing spaces, such as liv­ing rooms and kitchens ; and more dra­mat­ic hues — rich red, deep brown, sap­phire — for those rooms you spend less time in or use pri­mar­i­ly for enter­tain­ing, such as din­ing rooms and pow­der rooms.

Choose your coun­ter­tops and appli­ances first, then pick col­ors to com­ple­ment them, not the oth­er way around. — Bil­ly Beson, Bil­ly Beson Co.”

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Open Plans And Connectors

Today’s flow­ing floor­plans can cause more col­or con­fu­sion. When one space con­nects to anoth­er — think of an open kitchen, din­ing area, and fam­i­ly room — it can be dif­fi­cult to know how to choose a col­or scheme that feels cohe­sive and yet helps to dif­fer­en­ti­ate each space. Ewen prefers to keep it sim­ple. Don’t try to use wall col­or to sep­a­rate the dif­fer­ent areas,” she says. Choose one com­plex neu­tral for the entire space, then let your rugs, fur­nish­ings, and acces­sories cre­ate slight­ly dif­fer­ent col­or schemes in each zone.” Bil­ly Beson agrees, adding a sug­ges­tion : An accent wall in a din­ing area or on a wall with a fire­place can lend some dimen­sion and cre­ate a focal point in an open plan.” For hall­ways that link spaces, again head toward sophis­ti­cat­ed neu­trals. We’re real­ly lov­ing sil­very, even metal­lic, shades right now,” says Beson. That slight sheen bright­ens hall­ways, which are usu­al­ly dark, and lends a very sub­tle glam­our.”

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