||For many people,
the kitchen plays multiple important roles in the
life of the family. The kitchen is more than just
a place to prepare food. For many, it is the epicenter
of activity. The kitchen is often where the kids
do homework, where Mom and Dad visit over a glass
of wine, and where guests gather before a dinner
party. Increasingly, the kitchen is becoming less
of a behind-the-scenes type space, where food is
prepared and then brought to a dining room. Instead,
many families are now dining right in the kitchen.
Since the kitchen is such an important space, we
need to give importance to its design. The overall
design of the kitchen will largely dictate how the
space is used, how people feel when they are in
the kitchen, and what type of mood settles over
a crowd at a party held in the kitchen.
Did you know that some colors stimulate hunger,
while others decrease it? Below is some information
on colors and their relationship to important environmental
issues in the kitchen.
Do you want to create a space that increases appetite?
If so, you are going to want to embrace a warm color
palette. Reds, oranges, and yellows are all known
to stimulate hunger in humans. This may be why those
golden arches at McDonalds that we all know and
love so well are accompanied with red signage! Red,
yellow, and orange is a great color palette if you
want to create a warm space that inspires hunger
in your family and guests.
On the flip side, a cooler color scheme will decrease
hunger. Blues, violets, and indigos are known to
decrease hunger in humans. So, if you want people
to hang out in the kitchen but not necessarily be
driven to eat everything in sight, this cool color
palette may be your go-to.
Green, meanwhile, is somewhere right in the middle.
Green is known to instill balance in humans, meaning
they won’t get hungry or lose their appetites.
In the same way that colors can change the level
of hunger someone experiences, they can also affect
someone’s mood. This is prevalent in rooms
outside of the kitchen, of course, but nevertheless
- the effects will be just as common in the kitchen
as they will be in another space.
Warm color palettes - reds, oranges, and yellows,
are known to be stimulating colors. So, if you often
eat breakfast in the kitchen, you may want to incorporate
these colors to give your mood a boost in the morning
(not to mention, to create a little appetite).
Meanwhile, cool palettes - blues and indigos, create
a calming effect. Greens and violets are known to
create balance while also creating an air of relaxation.
Therefore, if you want the kitchen to be a particularly
tranquil place, incorporating these colors into
your overall design plan could be very beneficial.
Experts say that it’s a good idea to strike
a nice balance of stimulating and relaxing colors,
thus allowing people to kick back while remaining