Designing a kitchen and arriving at a layout plan that you and your spouse, not to forget your decorator is happy with, is a task that is difficult in itself. Choosing the right modular kitchen color scheme that enhances the look and makes the space warm and welcoming, can be positively intimidating. These 3 kitchen design tips will help you tackle this task effortlessly.
 
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Kitchens, by their very practicability, showcase a very limited palette of colors. The color scheme in a kitchen is decided by factors such as;
  • Color scheme of the home and how the kitchen will blend in with it
  • Availability of natural light
  • Use of artificial lighting
  • Color of appliances (white on white or white contrasting with other colors)
  • Color and type of flooring involved

As buyers at HomeLane have observed, our Modular Kitchens feature a variety of color combinations with complementing and contrasting color schemes. The variety can be so humongous that most home owners are left confused, ultimately deciding to go with a neutral black, white or grey color scheme. Kitchens can be colorful. What matters, is using the color palette cleverly to bring out the best in it. Here are a few helpful tips that show the way;

1. LET CABINETS LEAD THE WAY

Choosing the cabinet color as per the style of your home and your personality, helps you work around the color scheme of the rest of the kitchen area. Cabinets make for 50% of your budget and take up about 40% of your kitchen’s visual space, and therefore need prime focus. Next, come the countertops, flooring, backsplash and appliances which are a part of the secondary color scheme. Walls, ceiling and trims, which have to be painted upon, come last. Consider the whole process like fitting in pieces of a puzzle. Everything comes together and flows when this process is followed.

2. CONSIDER NATURAL LIGHT

white kitchensDeciding the color scheme of your home must be done in the daytime, considering the amount of natural light it receives. Natural light affects the way a surface color is perceived. When the sun is at its peak, a grey palette might look cool, but can become dull when darkness sets, depending on the layout. Warm colors best offset cooler climates, but a particularly bright shade might be too loud for comfort. Artificial lighting changes color perception too, and lends its own look to a color scheme.
 
It is important to check all of the above while doing a kitchen color sampling, where colors can be seen as they are, as well as in context with other colors and materials. This affects perception.
 
Another important aspect to observe, are the color’s reflective qualities. While pale, smooth surfaces reflect light, magnifying its effect, dark surfaces swallow it, appearing even more darker.
 

 3. TRACK CURRENT TRENDS

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Consider which trends are in vogue, and use them as a design inspiration when choosing kitchen colors.
 
While kitchen cabinets come in myriad colors, white is an overwhelming choice for painted cabinetry. The white palette has its own subtle shades, and most home owners find it an enduring and neutral color choice that can never go wrong.
 
If you are adventurous and looking for something trendy, inspiration can be found everywhere; from a friend’s home, to fashion runways and even hot travel destinations; avenues exist in plenty. It is important to note however, that not every color palette works well in a kitchen. Cooler colors, like grays and blue-greens although beautiful by themselves, are not very flattering to food, while intense, trendy hues can underwhelm the cooking space. In such cases, bright quirky colors can be used in accessories, to break the monotony and liven the space.

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