One of the easiest, most economical ways to create interest and heighten drama in our homes is with color.  Many people are hesitant to work with color variation.  Here are some concepts to help ease you into the “color transformation” of your kitchen.

Setting the Wheel in Motion

When creating a color scheme for a room, the place many designers start is the color wheel.  The color wheel is like a rainbow wrapped around a circle, a good reference to have on hand when selecting colors.  The color wheel visually demonstrates how colors interact with each other either, and is based on red, yellow and blue.  Sir Isaac Newton developed the first circular diagram of colors in 1666.

The thing we want to consider is Color Harmonies, which is the basic technique for creating color schemes in your design. Harmonious options are selected by you and determined as to what your desired outcome is: soft and mellow or full of energy.

Think complimentary = contrast.

If you want a bold look, you opt for a complimentary scheme – a high contrast look that features two colors on opposite sides of the color wheel. Think of the vibrancy found in a kitchen of yellow and blue. The high contrast of complementary colors creates a vibrant look especially when used at full saturation. This color scheme must be managed well so it is not overwhelming, but you can create striking features in a room with complimentary color schemes.

Think monochromatic = balance.

On the other hand, if you’re looking to create a sophisticated, elegant feeling in a room, a monochromatic scheme is used with different values of intensities of a single color. Monochromatic colors are all the colors (tints, tones, and shades) of a single hue and can be extended using shades, tones and tints (that is, a hue modified by the addition of black, gray and white to either darken or lighten). Monochromatic color schemes may be considered boring unless there is diversity within the design.

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aacer cherry exclusive floor

Monochromatic color scheme is the use of a single color in varying values.  This can be a clean look that is soothing to the eye.

Take the same yellow and blue kitchen and swap out the blue for ochre and cream. The same space now has a completely different feel, similar to that of the Southwestern serene desert. Monochromatic colors go well together, producing a soothing effect. The monochromatic scheme is very easy on the eyes, especially with blue or green hues.

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                                                                                Analogous = rich appearance.

The analogous color scheme uses colors that are adjacent to each other on the color wheel. One color is used as a dominant color while others are used to enrich the scheme. The analogous scheme is similar to the monochromatic one, but offers more nuances. The analogous color scheme is as easy to create as the monochromatic, but looks richer.  However, avoid using too many hues in the analogous scheme, because this may ruin the harmony.  Also avoid combining warm and cool colors in this scheme.

 Whichever route you decide to go, you can’t overlook what may be the simplest rule of color selection- follow your own personal tastes. People should just go with the colors they like.

Color Me Happy

Color does more than add life and personality to a space; it sets the mood for the entire room. Red denotes a sense of passion. Yellow is vibrant and happy. Purple, royal blue and burgundy are regal. Colors even seem to give off their own “temperature”- red and orange are warm, whereas blue and green feel cool. The sense of energy that comes from a warm color, such as orange or yellow, may explain why they’re popular choices in kitchens today. They’re colors that inspire hunger and heat, whereas blue actually represses the urge to eat.

The Great Cover Up

In the same way women use makeup to highlight their best features (and disguise their flaws), color can take your home to the next level, highlighting a room’s architecture or creating visual interest where none exists. To emphasize a tray ceiling, pick one color, then use a darker shade of it on the tray and a lighter value of it on the ceiling. The result will add depth and create a focal point in the room.

Color can even change the space itself. Since warm colors tend to jump forward and cool hues recede, a carefully chosen color palette can make a room seem bigger or balance the shape of the space.

And toss out the long- held belief that painting a small room a deep color will make it seem smaller. Actually using different values of a dark color in a small space will actually make the room feel bigger. Adding textures in the chosen color add depth and interest and keep the eye moving. If the eye is bored it’s not good designing. That is why we use color!