Enjoy the sunshine inside and out! In celebration of summer, we are dreaming of decorating the home with hot hues. Vibrant shades of red, orange and yellow can invigorate your space, but they can also be tricky to work with. Don’t be left in the dark. Read on to learn how to successfully incorporate hot hues in the kitchen, from walls to kitchen cabinet colors, and everything in between!
Color Theory: Red
Red stimulates the appetite, and encourages lively conversations around the table, making it the perfect choice for a pop of color in the kitchen. When painting walls red, start with a primer before applying your color, and then be prepared to give it at least three coats of red paint for even coverage.
Four red walls is a bold choice, but can look amazing, especially when paired with crisp white cabinets. If the thought of that much color intimidates you, opt for a red accent wall, red valances, and red dishes. Willow Lane Cabinetry also offers red finishes in both their Roosevelt and Society Shaker style cabinets, or install a stunning kitchen backsplash with Cristezza Club Glass Tile in Ruby Red.
Color Theory: Orange
What do you get when you blend red and yellow together in perfect harmony? Orange of course! Let us explain. Red (along with blue and yellow) is a primary color, while orange (along with green and purple) is a secondary color. Mixing primary colors together creates secondary colors!
Orange is an energizing color that stimulates productivity in the kitchen, ideal for inspiring creativity in home chefs! Beachy hues like coral, or salmon have a warm touch of red, while citrus tones like tangerine have a fun, tropical vibe and lean more towards the yellow side of the color wheel.
When incorporating orange into your kitchen, a little goes a long way. Add a twist of orange to chair cushions, small appliances, and kitchen linens. Or add wallpaper to an accent wall with a high-contrast geometric white and orange print. Orange looks particularly pretty with sage green kitchen cabinets.
Color Theory: Yellow
Yellow is a warm and happy color that makes a sunny compliment to kitchens, especially when paired with white or gray kitchen cabinets. Pale, buttery yellow looks lovely on kitchen walls, while a bright and golden hue is perfect for an accent color. Use yellow for painted furniture, decorative accessories, or small appliances. Or go for the gold with beautiful brass knobs and cabinet pulls. Don’t be afraid if you already have stainless steel appliances. Mixing metals is right on trend!
Decorating with hot hues can yield spectacular results when done correctly. Too much can be overpowering, while too little can be underwhelming. But with these tips, you can get it just right in time for summer!
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