Your Guide to Kitchen Cabinet Refacing
Color me hungry: the surprising psychology of colors in the kitchenby Karl Fendelander
Face Your Kitchen Columnist
Your kitchen has to play a lot of roles beyond simple food preparation. As seasoned kitchen designer Johnny Grey puts it in his article The psychology of the kitchen, "A room once dedicated exclusively to food preparation is now a heavily used social space. Most family life takes place in the kitchen." In such a space, "psychology, neuroscience and ergonomics overlap," says Grey, making design and color choices of paramount importance.
Color psychology and your kitchen
"What color you paint your walls isn't just a matter of aesthetics. It's a tool that can be leveraged to affect emotions and behavior," says Leslie Harrington, a color consultant and noted expert in the field. When it comes to your kitchen, you've got a few main areas you can effect change:
The largest undertaking of these four is undoubtedly the cabinetry. If you're trying to change up the color scheme in your kitchen, there's just no avoiding the cabinets. Lighter wood cabinets will take a stain, allowing you to add color without losing the wood grain, but darker woods will need to be painted or flat out removed if you're looking for a change. If you aren't sure about what can be done with your cabinets, talk about your goals with a bonded, licensed and insured* contractor -- like those available through this site.
Here are a some of the best colors for your kitchen and what they're doing to your attitude and appetite:
Play with swatches of color before committing to something that could end up being garish, and always call in a professional contractor before getting in over your head on a DIY cabinet refinishing project.
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