Kitchen / June 1, 2018 / .
Neon yellow and green have been getting lots of attention in the fashion world in the last few years, and these shades are now taking their place in the kitchen as well. Electric and often shocking, these bright shades can really wake up a cooking space, but they work best in small doses. Try a citron, chartreuse or lime in your pantry, inside your cabinets or on an accent wall. If neon paint colors feel too dramatic, there are many neon kitchen accessories that will bring pops of these fun colors into your kitchen.
Giving the eye an vertical path to follow increases the apparent height of the ceiling, thus lifting the lid off a boxy room. Here, molding atop the sleek wood cabinets draws the eye upward. If there is a soffit above your cabinets, framed prints, decorative plates, or large ceramic tiles achieve a similar effect. For the greatest sense of expansiveness, choose objects that harmonize with the background rather than stand out against it.
Color is all the rage these days, and stylish, contemporary paint colors can often work wonders in your kitchen. White, blue, yellow, red, green, and orange are all popular kitchen paint colors, but there are many ways to modernize these shades. Blue has always been a smart shade to use in a cooking space. Lighter blues have an ethereal quality and bring the beach and sky to mind. But to really add interest to a space, many homeowners and interior designers are opting for bright blues such as turquoise, aqua and cobalt and darker blues such as navy. Striking and sophisticated, these colors can take kitchens to a new level, but it is important to use them sparingly and only in a room that already gets a lot of natural light since navy blues could make a kitchen feel dark.
Go for shiny surface finishes. These will reflect light and distribute it all around the room, making it feel much larger than it actually is. Opt for shiny splash backs, counter tops and high gloss cupboard doors and shelving. When choosing your flooring, whether it is tiles, wood or patterned, make sure it is laid length-ways down the kitchen. This will draw the eye and elongate the room. If you lay it sideways, the eye will naturally be drawn sideways and it will make the room feel much shorter and smaller.