You may have heard that the colour that surrounds you while you dine impacts and/or enhances your eating experience. Since an increasing number of people most often eat in their kitchens rather than their dining rooms, kitchen colour selection is more important than ever. As such, CIL has introduced a Culinary Collection.
This collection celebrates a return of colour that brightens the still so popular white kitchen, adds zest to modern decor, warms up country style, and helps to make smaller spaces feel roomier.
“White kitchens have been trending for a number of years, but now we’re seeing a resurgence of colour in the kitchen, from cabinetry to counters to walls,” said Alison Goldman, brand manager for CIL paint, a brand of PPG Architectural Coatings, crediting the revival to current rich-in-colour bohemian, retro, and return-to-nature trends in home decor.
“The kitchen is the most-used room in the house and the area where family and friends tend to gather, so it’s the perfect place to add colour and personality to a home,” Goldman said. Still, it’s important to choose kitchen colours wisely, she cautioned, as some are better suited for this multipurpose environment than others.
“Warm, uplifting colours, such as yellow, red and orange, and soft shades of grey, violet, blue, and green, are known to be more conducive to appetite-building, entertaining and conversation,” she said, explaining that CIL paint took these findings into account when developing its new palette.
“No matter what the look or size of your space, the collection has a colour recipe for everyone,” Goldman said.
The continuing popularity of grey in home decor serves well in the kitchen too, working alongside stainless steel appliances and accents. Start with a grey such as Oyster Bay or Barley Beige, then accent this neutral with your favourite pop of colour in a feature wall, on the backs of the cabinets or in your accessories.
Burnt Pumpkin, Persimmon Berry, and Cabbage Patch are all homey colours that work well with wood elements in a country kitchen. Not sure which colour will work? Look for the undertone of your wood and choose a paint colour with a similar feel: for golden, orange or reddish undertones, choose a warm-toned wall colour; for grey or cool undertones, choose a cool colour like blue or green.
Minimizing the contrast between colours in your small kitchen will help to make it appear larger. Peach Punch, Ripe Banana, and Citrus Fruit are all of similar tonal value but add a zesty bit of colour to a small space. Or choose colours that are beside each other on the same colour chip, automatically lowering the contrast between the two shades.
Even without any natural light you can bring some brightness of the outdoors in with a soft yellow like Citron Ice. Add a variety of lighting types, including under-cabinet lights, pot lights, and other overhead lighting, and use high gloss white paint on doors and trim to reflect the existing light.
“When choosing paint colours, take into account the colour and design of your cabinetry, countertops, tiles, moulding, appliances, lighting and flooring,” Goldman said. “And remember that paint isn’t just for walls – freshly-painted cabinets, tables, chairs and other decorative objects go a long way in helping to create a spectacular kitchen decor.”
What colour is your kitchen?