Friday, June 02, 2017

Ditch The Boring Kitchen Decor



Most kitchens tend to be painted in neutral colours like white or magnolia. Incredibly boring. I’m not sure why people lean towards these colours when decorating their kitchens, perhaps they feel that a relaxed palette is best for dining. That may be true, but avoiding interesting colours completely isn’t the answer. Striking the right balance between something innovative and something calming is the key to decorating your kitchen in a way that is both interesting and functional. Here are a few things that you could try.  

Feature Wall

As I said, balance is everything. You can use a loud pattern but only on one wall. When choosing the wall, look at what will be against it and pick your pattern accordingly. If you have a more modern Rangemaster sink, you should be looking at more experimental patterns, however, if you have a ceramic sink or something with traditional taps on, go for a more old school pattern. If you really want to push the boat out, you could try a splatter paint effect. Use a fairly light colour, maybe a sky blue, and then get a few different colours and flick some at the wall. The key here is not to overdo it. It’s a very bold move, but if you get it right, it can look great. Paint the rest of the walls in fairly bright pastel shades to accent it.

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For a more traditional feel, you could try polka dots. Paint the rest of the kitchen in typical cream or white, to encourage a light and airy feel to the room. Use a similar shade for the background of your feature wall and slightly darker, matte paints for the dots. A combination of cream and a lighter green could work well. Polka dot decals are an easier alternative to painting them on yourself.

These are just a few examples of what you could do, but the possibilities are endless. Experiment with different patterns to see what works, just make sure that the feature wall is not too overpowering and you balance it with some more neutral colours on the rest of the walls.

Stripes

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Stripes are a brilliant way to immediately turn a boring kitchen wall into a talking point. The crucial thing is to match the colours well. If you don’t, it will end up looking awful. Try not to have too much variation between the two colours, it will be jarring. Light blue and white is a classic combination that would work well in a kitchen. If you are going to go for something more drastic like a red and white combination, you will need to match the colour scheme of the entire room, including any appliances, otherwise everything will look out of place.

Ceilings

If you are lacking in courage, there are still ways that you can inject a bit of life into your kitchen colour scheme without doing anything too crazy. Painting the ceiling is one of them. Using a more exciting colour on the ceiling means that you can keep the neutral palette on the walls, but still have a unique colour scheme. This is especially useful for smaller kitchens where bold walls could be a bit overpowering or make the room too dark.




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