Adding Colour to your Home
By Ama H.Vanniarachchy
“Colour is a power which directly influences the soul.” - Wassily Kandinsk
Colours play an important role in a house. The right or wrong colour can change the entire ambience of a place. As colours affect one's psychology, it is important to pay attention to the colours you choose to paint your house.
Choosing the right colour to the right place at your home is a challenge if you are not familiar with the language of colour. That is why we present to you a few useful tips about the language of colour and help you choose the right colour. In our previous segments, we have explained how to choose the right colour.
Today we shall focus our attention on the kitchen and dining room, one of the most important places in a house. There is no house without a kitchen and dining room. This is the place where the family enjoys a meal together and spends most of the time together. The bedroom, bathroom, office room, playroom, are places where family members spend time alone. In today’s busy lives, many family members do not have time to meet, talk or spend quality time together with each other. But the kitchen and dining room is a place where the family members meet, eat together and spend time together at least for one meal a day. Simply put, it is a place where family bonds happen.
Also, this is the place where the mother or the wife of the family spends most of the time. It is also the place where you enjoy an evening cup of tea with a close friend over some interesting conversations. And most importantly, the kitchen is the place that decides the health of the entire family.
Therefore, the kitchen and dining area should receive the attention that any part of the house receives. It should be beautiful, comfortable and convenient. Also, make sure to keep the kitchen and dining room looking happy, energetic and spacious. Good ventilation is a must when planning the kitchen and dining area. Do consider these things when choosing colours for the kitchen and dining area.
Brown - Shades of brown is perfect for a kitchen and dining area which is spacious and well lighted. It will not look good for a small area; the colour will make the place look smaller. However, if you use a warm tone of light brown, which is more yellowish, it will suit a smaller area. If the walls are brown, make sure the floor colour is not a dark one. Yellow ochre, mustard, yellow are colours that will go well along with brown walls.
If you choose a dark shade of brown for an area that does not get natural light, make sure you use correct artificial lighting.
Green - Green is a suitable colour for a kitchen and dining area. It will uplift the mood and relax the mind. Choose a lighter shade if the place is small and dark while you can choose a dark shade if it is a well lighted spacious place. Mustard, yellow ochre, brown, grey are colours that will sync well with greens. White also matches with green.
Blues - If you choose blue as the colour for your kitchen and dining area, consider the space, the lighting and which direction it comes from and the colour of the floor. After you take into consideration all these, choose the right shade. White and brown are colours that match blue.
Navy blue, cobalt blue, robin blue and turquoise are beautiful shades of blues that will suit a kitchen. Floral prints will go well for furniture if blue is used for the walls.
Lavender - A pastel shade of lavender will add happiness to your kitchen and dining area. Space or lighting does not issue to be considered seriously if you are choosing a colour like lavender. However, the colour of the furniture and the floor is a must to take into consideration. White and lilac are colours that will sync with lavender. There is only a limited number of colours that will go well with lavender in a kitchen.
Deep red - Deep red and burgundy are interesting colours for a kitchen and dining area. The advantage of these shades is that many colours will go well with them, except for shades of blues.
Orange - A sunny bright colour, but will make the place warmer unless you purposely choose a cooler shade of orange. Greens, browns, whites will go well with orange.
Mustard - Mustard is a wonderful colour and will do wonders to a kitchen. Paired with the perfect matching colours Mustard can create a relaxing and calming ambience. White, brown and greens will go well with this colour.
Pale yellow, Peach, White, off white are other colours that you can use for a kitchen and dining area. The advantage of using these colours is that they go well with almost any colour. However, the only concern is that these colours tend to look dirtier sooner than dark colours.
Some good combinations –
Navy Blue, Leather Brown, and Bright White
Olive Green, Warm White, and Wood Finishes
White, Robin's Egg Blue, and Yellow
White, Off-White, and Natural Wood Finishes
Scarlet, Gray, and Stainless Steel
Slate Blue, Copper, and Steely Gray
Turquoise, Goldenrod Yellow, and Warm Wood
Yellow, White, and Black
Mint Green, Aqua, and White
Add life to your kitchen by bringing in some indoor plants, bright coloured fabric and a few ornaments.
“Let me, O let me bathe my soul in colours; let me swallow the sunset and drink the rainbow.” - Khalil Gibran