My husband and I have lived in our home for more than three and a half years. We rushed to move in, but I have been in NO hurry to decorate. I guess I’m too busy cooking, working out and running about CLE!
Yet after all this time, I have finally had it with my kitchen. I’m ready to redecorate, but have been horribly indecisive on a décor scheme. Thank goodness I recently discovered this article by Elaine Hastings from The News Press in Fort Myers, Florida. Ms. Hastings notes how the color you paint your kitchen impacts your diet and asks her reader, “What color should your kitchen be?”
Let’s figure out what color my kitchen should be based on her findings, shall we? Her words from the article are in italics.
- Yellow: This cheery hue is good for optimism and hope. But it also stimulates the appetite. But yellow helps the memory, so it could be useful if mom’s not available for a recipe consult.
- Orange stimulates learning. If you’re a new cook, or aspiring chef or nutritionist, opt for orange.
- Red engages us and brings out our emotions. But for folks who are more anxious in nature, red is disturbing. Red walls trigger the release of adrenaline and also stimulates the appetite, while simultaneously stimulating the sense of smell. Red walls can also increase your blood pressure and breathing rate.
- Blue – as it is yellow’s direct opposite on the color wheel – decreases blood pressure, the breathing rate, and the desire to eat, as do indigo and violet.
- Violet is known for its ability to create balance. So as you’re planning your menus or dishing out portions of lean protein, fresh veggies and multigrain bread, look to your walls for inspiration.
- Green is relaxing, and also creates a sense of balance. It relaxes the body, and helps those who suffer from nervousness, anxiety or depression. Green may also aid in raising blood histamine levels, reducing sensitivity to food allergies. Antigens may also be stimulated by green, for overall better immune system healing.
- Brown enhances a feeling of security, reduces fatigue and is relaxing.
- Black is a power color.
- Gray is the most neutral of all colors for the kitchen.
- Beige and off-white are “learning” colors.
My thoughts, you ask?
- Red and yellow are out, especially with their anxiety inducing tendencies. Who needs more stress in their life, especially in a room where you are probably holding a knife?
- Black and gray are out. I need a happy medium between going all out and being bored out of my mind.
- Naturally, one would assume that I would be moved by the idea of a blue or green kitchen. Only problem: every single other room I’ve painted in the house has blue and/or green as the main color(s). And I just bought a midnight blue for an accident wall in my family room, which already has green carpeting. The space just off my kitchen is already relaxing enough – just ask my couch.
- Part of me in intrigued by the brown/orange combo: perhaps to achieve a relaxed learning environment? Or am I gravitating towards that because my eternal love for the Cleveland Browns? I can always buy another one of these bad boys from Fathead – you know Hans would love it!
- Upon final review, the idea of combining violets and beiges interests me. Why not create a culinary environment that encourages learning and balance? I’m envisioning a large wine rack with some really cool grape-themed décor , perhaps an addition of a wine fridge, an area for my ever growing cookbook collection. Now, as for the final question: will the hubby ever put up with a purple kitchen?!
What color is your kitchen? What color would you paint your kitchen based on this study?