Choosing the right kitchen colors isn’t just about finding the colors you’re going to like for the next few weeks; it’s about finding the perfect colors that you’re going to love for years to come. After all, you can’t change colors on your kitchen countertops, flooring or appliances without costing yourself big bucks in the process. Be sure to get the best colors for your soon to be built, remodeled or renovated kitchen space by using employing the following three tips to your kitchen design.
Get a Color Wheel
A color wheel is a small colored circle with pie-like wedges carved out evenly around the circle in twelve individual multi-colored pieces. Each pie slice represents a particular color in the natural color spectrum. Print one out online or pick one up for pennies at your local paint store.
Primary colors (red, yellow and blue), secondary colors (a combination of primary colors) and the tertiary colors (a combination of secondary and primary colors) are represented on the color wheel, and the way they are placed can allow you to instantly choose a matching or contrasting color for any other color on the color disc.
First created by Isaac Newton in 1672, the color wheel is the definitive chart for color theory—in essence, as light gets broken into a spectrum, it becomes a rainbow and that’s exactly the colors the color chart represents. By using it as described below, you can easily find the perfect matching color—or contrasting colors—for your kitchen.
Pick Three Colors
Choosing three colors is an important way to design any space—not just the kitchen. It’s easy if you start by choosing your favorite kitchen color. The favorite color you first chose will be the main color in the kitchen. Researching colored countertops from Caesar stone can really help to make a big difference when choosing a main color theme.
Next, choose a color next to your favorite color. The color next to the favorite color on the color chart will be the trim color in your kitchen.
Finally, choose a color directly across from your favorite color on the color chart. This color directly across from your favorite color on your color chart will be the accent color. It’s a small part of the bigger picture called color theory and once you have this basic part of it down pat, you’ll be a master at choosing colors for your kitchen.
You’re going to want to go down to the paint store and pick through the thousands of paint swatches until you find the perfect shade of the three colors you picked off of the color chart—and get a small sample of each. Don’t be afraid to pick out as many as you need. The more paint swatches you choose, the more choices you’ll be eliminating.
While you’re at the store, pick up a few poster boards or cardboard boxes and paint these with the paint samples. This way, you’ll be able to move around the test colors in your kitchen and see just how you like the look. Once you’re satisfied with the test results, you can move on to the final step—picking out the colors for your kitchen countertops, cabinets, flooring, walls and appliances.