Hi everyone! Long time reader/first time writer, I'm a serious fan of The Kitchn. Being a Certified Kitchen Designer (CKD) by profession, and always open to fresh ideas, with some great ones I've discovered from readers of The Kitchn, I humbly trust that I can give back a few nuggets of insight and information from my perspective, which I hope to be of value to you in the days ahead. Let's talk color!
One way to ease into a color layer is to add a pinch (or more) of color!
I must say, the Scandinavians come to mind when I think of the concept of a single pinch of color, and they do it well. Scandinavians LOVE color, and they have fun with it. With all those dark winter days (we're talking sunset at 3 pm and pitch black at 3:30 pm in Oslo) even one shot of color in an entire space can literally be a bright spot in more ways than one in an interior design.
• A single shot of color, in this context, is meant to be proportionately a small percentage in area in comparison to the total area of the kitchen/dining space (if nearby).
• For this look to be effective, designing the kitchen with a single shot of color assumes that surrounding rooms use color, if not in a single shot as well, then in a similar intensity in some way, so look beyond the kitchen to connect the color story. The hue chosen should also make sense from one room to another but does not have to be the same color from one room to the next.
• For a color shot to be easily and quickly enjoyed, I would advise that the colored piece(s) be situated at least a couple of feet above the level of the floor. In theory, a brightly colored rug seems to fit this concept well, but if doorways impede one's vision into the kitchen, its effectiveness is diluted.
• The use of paint in one unexpected area is the perfect way to play with color. In my previous kitchen, I painted the rear of an otherwise nondescript sheetrocked shelving area a rich turquoise. This situation is an opportunity to further play with color by adding colorful dishes and accessories, which then evolves into a wider color theme and away from the single shot concept.
• Another thought for a couple of cool single shots in a new kitchen renovation might be for a hood to be a strong color feature, or perhaps a freestanding armoire which serves as a pantry. I just used this latter concept, not in a modern kitchen, but in a Country French kitchen, with an armoire used to house small appliances, which is surrounded by wood stained cabinetry. The armoire is a sort of powder/medium faux painted blue and the cabinetry surrounding it is a dark brown butternut wood species. FUN yet highly traditional in spirit.
• My last thought for a pinch of color is to mount a colorful piece of artwork...preferably medium to large, but small could look great too, depending on the wall configuration. What a great look — sophisticated, modern, beautiful, fun, take your pick, the result can be stunning.
Thank you for sharing, Susan! We are looking forward to the rest of your posts on color in The Kitchn this week.
The Kitchen Designer
(Images: Susan Serra; Elle Interior; kitchn 2: from Blue Star's website; kitchn 4232: Bolig Magasinet )