Using The Power Of Color Psychology In Kitchen Design

Picking out new colors for the kitchen can be challenging. As you’re perusing through a pile of color swatches or maybe considering a contrasting wallpaper, be sure to keep color theory in mind. With the power to evoke strong feelings or put household members at ease, the psychology of color is not only interesting, but could be constructive in your search as well. Below, we’ll explore the basics of color theory to help get your kitchen color update started.

First, what is color psychology? Put simply, it is the study of how colors affect us. From impacting our mood to influencing emotional responses, color can be very impactful on the human mind. There is a lot of research behind the various concepts of color psychology, including studies on how to utilize it in home décor. This involves color theory, which is the practical application of hues, shades and tones to put those psychological concepts into effect.

One of the more interesting data points to come from such research is how color in the kitchen can impact cooking, appetite and even cleaning habits. For instance, some warm colors — such as yellow and orange — can make us feel energized and joyful. As the kitchen is often the core of the house, having such mood-boosting color choices as part of the design could directly affect the household as well as your guests.

On the cooler side of the color spectrum, shades of blue and green can stimulate psychological effects of tranquility and relaxation. While these could work in the kitchen, they’re often put to use in the bedroom to match the purpose of the room, which is to unwind and sleep. In addition to affecting mood, color can also create an illusion of a changed space. Cool, light colors have short wavelengths and can make a room feel bigger. On the other hand, warmer colors have long wavelengths to make a space feel cozy or appear to bring a high ceiling down.

What does all this mean for your kitchen? That depends on what you want to accomplish with the space. If you want to make your space look larger, consider choosing wall colors that match the counter and cabinets. To maximize the effect, opt for a harmonious color scheme with everything in similar light shades. This is why a monochromatic color scheme of varying tints of white is commonly seen in kitchens.

Another route could be using contrasting colors for a sleek, modern look. Painting the cabinets in a deep gray or black works well with a vibrant color to contrast on the walls, such as an earthy reddish-brown. The result could be a unique, complementary look that really pops!

Want to learn more about kitchen color theory? Check out the accompanying resource for further information.

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