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Banish Kitchen Boredom with Color

Blog entry by Mike Blank, CGR CAPS posted 03-28-2011 08:55 PM 11773 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

The kitchen is the perfect place to add character to your home with the use of color. Choosing the right color palette is an important part of the decision making process. But how do you choose colors that are compatible with your space and your taste? Here are a few helpful tips for guiding your color choices:

Cabinetry Color vs. Wall Color – Painting your kitchen walls is an easy way to add color and personality to your space. Soft blue wall paints, which are calming and easy to live with, are also versatile as they work well with both light and dark cabinetry. The color can balance cabinetry with a darker finish, such as cherry spice, or accent cabinetry with a lighter finish like maple butterscotch.

Go Bold – If you prefer the colors in your home to be trendy, consider using dramatic hues to brighten up your kitchen walls. Experts say that bold colors such as red and gold, the colors of China, are expected to gain interest because of the upcoming Olympics, while botanical greens are strong partly because of the environmental movement. If you are not quite ready to make such a bold commitment, buy a small container of paint and test it on an inconspicuous area of the wall to see how it works with your kitchen and your style.

Mixing Finishes and Countertops: How to Avoid a Color Trap – Another simple solution for taking a kitchen from drab to dazzling is to mix cabinetry finishes and/or countertop colors. Mixing finishes and countertops is a surefire way to avoid the common color mistake of matching everything. When everything in a room is the same color, it becomes either too intense or too bland. To avoid this painting trap, choose two finishes that balance one another. Or, keep the finish the same on both and use contrasting countertops for the main kitchen and the island to achieve the same balance.
It’s the Little Things that Make a Big Difference
– If you do not want to transform your entire kitchen into a colorful oasis, but still want to show off your style, a little bit can go a long way:

• Incorporate a backsplash in a patterned, multi-colored, or even metallic tile to easily add personality without committing to a full-on color renovation.

• Include glass front cabinetry to create a dramatic backdrop for your vibrant glassware.

• For a quick and easy color pick-me-up, change your cabinet hardware; add colorful art prints; or invest in some bright appliances such as a toaster, food processor or mixer.

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posted 03-28-2011 10:29 PM

paint colour is the cheapest thing to change to give yourself a “new” kitchen.
I’ve added a “flourescent-ish” green to my kitchen and I love it, but to not overwhelm everyone who enters, I just painted the insides of the doors and a few accent places. The rest is white. I get lots of positive feedback.

-- ~ Debbie, Ontario Canada

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