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Choosing The Right Paint Colors for Kitchens

Aug 17, 2007
A kitchen is a place where you and your family will spend a lot of time. If you are a person that often has parties, your guests will spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Inevitably, no matter what you have going on in the other rooms of your home, people tend to migrate to the kitchen. Therefore, this is a room that should sparkle. When designing your kitchen, you want to carefully plan out this very important room and carefully pick out the colors.

If an Italian kitchen is what you're looking for, you'll want to choose warm colors. You may choose olive greens or ochre yellows. You may also choose reds and oranges. Another popular selection for an Italian kitchen is a textured or sponged look probably in yellow. You will want to enhance these colors with pieces with pieces that will bring out the colors in the kitchen, but the right color selection will make one think of a Tuscan village just before dinnertime or Grandma's homemade fresh from the drying rack noodles.

If you're more interested in a coastal look, there are particular colors that you'll want to gear your kitchen toward. Any type of blue on the walls will be reminiscent of the calm seas on a clear day or the clear sky on a warm sunny day. To offset the blue, you may choose to incorporate some white paint to bring in the white gulls flying in the air or the white foam that tops the waves as they come in to tide.

Some people prefer to have a more contemporary kitchen. If this is the case, not only will you want an interesting and nicely contrasting mix of colors, you'll also want to think about using some of the newly popular painting techniques such as sponging, ragging, or stenciling. These techniques go with just about any paint color you choose. Contrasting colors in the same room are very popular right now. You may choose to paint one wall a soft yellow and the next a deep, rich brown. You may choose an olive green wall to contrast softly with a purple next to it. There are many color combinations, which one you choose should be suited to your own tastes.

Whichever style of kitchen you prefer, it's important to choose the right paint colors to go with it. Whether down home American, Mediterranean, or trendy and sponged, the colors you choose should be reflective of you. A well done kitchen will make the person sitting in it feel like home.
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Lee Dobbins writes for http://www.homediy101.com where you can get more interior decorating tips.
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