You have just moved into a new house, or maybe you have simply decided that the time has come to upgrade your kitchen. Designing a kitchen is not as easy as it sounds for various reasons:
- Building a kitchen can be extremely expensive, and you may have to live with your design mistakes for a very long time!
- Kitchen furnishings are not easily movable. Therefore, you have to make sure that the cabinets that you install are exactly the way you want them, because you can’t move them around once they have been fitted.
- Sometimes things can look one way on paper, but once the work has been done they can turn out very differently.
There are so many things to think about when designing a kitchen that it would take several articles to describe them. So here we are going to concentrate specifically on the issue of color.
Most people prefer to have an airy, light kitchen because it can get quite warm when you are in the middle of cooking and the stove and the oven are both alight. However, the problem with painting a kitchen pure white, for example, is that the walls can get dirty very easily due to the activities that are carried out there. Grease can splash the areas around the stove and oven, and it can also get extremely filthy around the sinks.
There are several solutions to this problem – paint the walls in a light, cheerful color that is not white. For example, you could choose cream, beige, magnolia, or yellow. Directly above the counters and around the sinks, as well as the wall behind the stove (unless you have fitted the stove into the cabinet area), many people use tiles. Here, you can choose whichever light colors you want because tiles are so easy to clean. Usually, the idea is to keep the walls plain and use patterned tiles. If patterned tiles are beyond your price range, you can compromise by putting adhesive, long-lasting waterproof stickers that you can buy from any store selling tiles.
The cabinets will look good if they are a light color, but edged with a darker shade, such as a pale wood finish, but with darker handles, or beige with brown handles, or cream with chocolate colored handles. The counters usually look better if they are darker, as they reflect the dirt less and they add a touch of class to your kitchen.
To add the finishing touches, the floor should be a medium color, such as wooden floorboards, mid-brown tiles, or elegant gray linoleum. This can look somewhat dull on its own, so you are best advised to add area rugs to bring a splash of color into the kitchen. Here, you probably could go for a brighter color, but you should make sure to choose an easily washable material that is durable. Your best bet is a polypropylene area rug, which comes in a variety of colors and designs.