5 Tips for Selecting Colors for a Kitchen Remodel

Few projects are more satisfying to bring to completion than a kitchen remodel. New cabinetry
, fresh paint and shiny hardware are kitchen elements that you’ll be able to enjoy for many years to come. However, a successful remodel requires some forethought and planning.

The most common kitchen remodel mistakes include:

  • Inadequate ventilation over your range or microwave.

  • Not including enough storage space for dishes, pots, pans, utensils and other kitchen supplies. A safe bet is to leave 48 to 72 inches each for dishes, cooking supplies and pots and pans, plus extra storage space wherever it will fit.

  • Making the island too big.
    Consumer Reports recommends no more than 48 inches deep and a maximum of 120 inches wide. There should also be at least 42 inches between the island and any surrounding cabinetry.

  • Inadequate or inappropriate lighting. Lighting fixtures are a concern, but also be aware of the amount of sunlight you want in your kitchen. For maximum sunlight control, add curtains or Blindster shades.

  • Forgetting a spot for trash. Be sure to leave space for two 30-quart containers for trash and recyclables.

Kitchen Remodels Color Selection

Kitchen color blending

Any of these mistakes can put a damper on a kitchen remodel. However, knowledge is power. Now that you’re aware of these pitfalls, you can avoid them.

Another all too common blunder when remodeling a kitchen is choosing a color
scheme that just does not work. How and why does this happen? Usually it’s as a result of poor planning, a lack of expertise or eye for color, or moving ahead with a color palette before you are sure it’s right for your kitchen space.

Here are five
tips to help you avoid selecting the wrong color scheme for your kitchen remodeling project:

1. Become aware of the moods and emotions conveyed by colors. Be sure to educate yourself about what
moods and emotions
each color represents. While warm colors tend to create a cozy vibe and cool colors a more serious tone, reactions to colors are highly individual. One person may love the idea of bright yellows in a kitchen; another may cringe.

2. Decide what sort of atmosphere you want in your kitchen. Based on your awareness of the moods and emotions conveyed by colors, decide what sort of statement you’d like your kitchen to make. Are you going for soothing and serene? Pair shades of green with accents of white. Bright and airy? Go with yellows, golds and citrus hues. Contemporary and sleek? Dark blues and grays, with stainless steel appliances, should do the trick.

3. When in doubt, stick with a versatile color.
While it can be tempting to pick a flashy color scheme or add a dramatic element like an accent wall or bold color floor tile, there’s always the chance it might not work. If you are in doubt about what colors to choose, especially for any major element in your kitchen remodel, go with a tried and true neutral color. This way, you can rest easy knowing it will work harmoniously with all of your other elements.

4. Be aware of the effects of lighting.
Remember that lighting (or lack thereof) is going to change the way color looks. View your color choices in both daylight and artificial lighting to verify your choices.

Test color combinations. Use a color wheel when considering color choices, and choose colors that are opposite one another on the wheel. Perhaps the best advice in terms of color is to try before you buy.


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