Kitchen colours, patterns and materials impact the feel of your space.
The kitchen is the most important room in the home, both for its function as the place to cook and eat, but also often the place people use to host and entertain guests. Some of our work is often decorating homes before they go on sale, and the kitchen is the one place every person selling their home feels will add or lose value. In Addition to hosting others, it’s also where families can come together, cook, eat and for those with children do their homework as a collective.
A good kitchen will set the tone for the entire home. It needs to be inviting and comfortable and inspire a feeling of well-being and tranquillity. Designing a kitchen that is not only functional and practical, but also beautiful, can be a great challenge, you have to be able to take into account the space you have, as well as the people who will use your kitchen.
In the following we have gathered 3 top reasons why you should redesign your kitchen, but before we jump into it I want to highlight that redesigning a kitchen can be done with just paint and colour. You don’t need to replace the cabinets, knock down walls or start getting quotes for extensions. Consider the points below based on redecorating rather than renewing.
The kitchen is the most important room in the home
Kitchens are the hub of the home, when considering redecorating choose materials & colours that accentuate features on the walls.
Remember from my above comment, it’s the room where the kitchen and family come and work together. Consider how the kitchen can work with you, not just the other way around.
It needs to be inviting and comfortable and inspire a feeling of well-being and tranquillity. Kitchens are a space of interaction and communication so pick the colour that brings the best out of people. If you have children who tend to do homework in the kitchen, consider creative colours. If you like to host, think of bright and open colours. If it’s a place for people to feel warm and snug with a hot chocolate then consider colours of warmth and charm.
It’s good but not quite right
Sometimes it can be hard to figure out what exactly is wrong when your kitchen doesn’t have the feel that you wished it had. You’ve chosen the wall colour, you’ve picked the appliances, you’ve changed the cabinets, but something still isn’t right.
Consider the lighting. If you’ve gone for traditional lighting with a warm low light but have bright airily coloured walls, the room is going to clash. The lighting is going to pull the kitchen inwards contradicting the wall colours. It’s the same the other way around.
So, before you do anything, decide how you want the kitchen to look and feel, what you want the room to do and speak to your local decorator on how they can use paint to compliment the room and bring out what you want. Remember, if the kitchen doesn’t feel comfortable, you are more likely to be less productive and less happy as a family.
Consider the space
When someone walks into a room, they want it to match their personality. Some people want to feel part of the kitchen, have everything at hand, and bring the space inwards. While others want it to feel open, light, airy and very modern. I often call it the Ikea look and just between you and I love how it looks.
When walking around Ikea for inspiration you’ll see most design spaces have either centre islands or U-shaped counters but if your kitchen doesn’t accommodate the space there are other ways to use the space and open up the kitchen. We tend to spray paint kitchen walls and cabinets with bright colours allowing light to bounce around the room making it feel up to 3 times bigger without changing the position of the kitchen cabinets.
Remember, the kitchen is the place where we cook, where we bake, where we prepare simple meals or try to outdo Gordan Ramsey, and where we entertain our guests. The kitchen is the space that most of us spend the most time and is often the first room guests see when they enter the home. Don’t worry about the physical room size but consider how to make the space bigger with colour.
It’s what you do with it
- Consider what you want to achieve before doing anything.
- Choose a colour palette for your kitchen that works with your personality.
- Do you need to reshape your kitchen or redecorate to get the look and feel you want?
- It’s a space that you can easily repurpose.
- If you have older kitchen appliances or cabinets, you can repurpose them.
- Is it just for you, your family, where the kids do homework, or more for entertainment?
- And find a decorator.
Using a decorator may seem an additional cost but in the long run can save you thousands. Using a spray paint specialist such as us, K Wyatt Decorators, a decorator based in Fulham can help create the desired look that will last longer than doing it yourself. We pick the right colours, find the right paint and use our experience to get the job done right the first time.