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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2007 10:54 am    Post subject: Kitchen Wall Coloring Reply with quote

OK.. so my kitchen is yellow & white - I didn't learn until much later that studies say yellow kitchens make your eat more - thanks, now you tell me!

Who else has gone through a remodeling and discovered something about the color choices they chose? I would like to paint the walls, but I'm not sure what color..

If you have a photo of your kitchen, please feel free to post it.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2007 10:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hmmmm, that's interesting. Here's my eat in kitchen:




And my dining room:





I guess this would explain why we always eat more when eating back there!
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2007 11:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So now you have to find the study, and decide what you would like to do in your kitchen....Besides eat.... Laughing

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2007 11:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Qui wrote:
So now you have to find the study, and decide what you would like to do in your kitchen....Besides eat.... Laughing

Pat


HAHAHAHH... funny! You always have an interesting way about you Pat.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2007 11:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Food for Thought

While blue is one of the most popular colors it is one of the least appetizing. Blue food is rare in nature. Food researchers say that when humans searched for food, they learned to avoid toxic or spoiled objects, which were often blue, black, or purple. When food dyed blue is served to study subjects, they lose appetite.

Green, brown, and red are the most popular food colors. Red is often used in restaurant decorating schemes because it is an appetite stimulant.

Yellow

Cheerful sunny yellow is an attention getter. While it is considered an optimistic color, people lose their tempers more often in yellow rooms, and babies will cry more. It is the most difficult color for the eye to take in, so it can be overpowering if overused. Yellow enhances concentration, hence its use for legal pads. It also speeds metabolism.


Also found this: http://kitchen-decor.suite101.com/article.cfm/choosing_the_right_paint_color

Choosing the Right Paint Color Kitchen
Debbie DeSpirt

Jul 25, 2007
Rainbow, Clara Natoli/MorgueFile
How to choose your kitchen paint color with minimal stress.

Picking the perfect color for your kitchen is a difficult decision to make. Painting a kitchen is time consuming with all the little nooks and crannies. We want to pick the correct color the first time. Take your time and do not be impulsive when deciding on your paint color because you are tired or fed up with the entire process. Take at least a couple of weeks to decide on your color.

Colors of the Rainbow

Get fabric swatches or paper of the different colors of the rainbows. The colors are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. Tape the colors in a row on the same wall. You may wish to tape the rainbow colors on all walls in your kitchen. Each area of your room will give the colors a different feel to the room.
Paint Color Selection

Once you have decided on a warm or cool color, it is time to browse a wide assortment of hues in that specific color. For example, green has a multitude of hues that can uplift the energy in a room or make the room feel dark and depressing. Once you have chosen an assortment of a specific color, tape them to your walls. Narrow your choice to 2-3 and look at the colors in the morning, day, and evening to identify your mood and energy level in the kitchen. Browse the colors from a variety of paint suppliers. Behr has a neat tool that allows you to input your room and to change the color electronically.
Color Meaning

Red:Stimulating/Increases Appetite

Orange: Stimulating/ Increases Appetite

Yellow: Stimulating/ Increases Appetite

Green: Relaxing/Balance

Blue: Relaxing/Decreases Appetite

Indigo: Relaxing/Decreases Appetite

Violet: Balance/Relaxing/Decreases Appetite

Colors have many attributes but in general a color is either stimulating or relaxing. The kitchen needs to be a combination of both. It is difficult to work in a kitchen that is too relaxing and you do not want your kitchen to be over stimulating as it will increase your appetite.
Restaurants as a Model

Browse your local restaurants and go in for a cup of coffee or tea. Always have a light meal before entering any of the restaurants. Notice the colors of the walls, tablecloths, floors and the pictures on the walls. When you enter the restaurant do you start to crave a little snack or is the coffee/tea enough. Many restaurants have golden or red tablecloths to increase your appetite and soft colors on the wall to help you relax. The kitchens are white with bright lights to keep the staff energized and alert. After your visit, write in a journal about your mood and appetite, and include a physical description of the restaurant. This is a great way to help you learn about the power of color and to decide on the paint color for your personal kitchen.
Small Kitchen

Many of us are unable to have a color for the cooking area and eating area for our kitchen due to limited space. Best option is to combine a relaxing and stimulating color. For example, chose a blue paint with red undertones. Even though you do not see the red, the vibrations of the color circulate in the room to stimulate the space.
Final Paint Decision

Be brave when you decide on your kitchen paint color. Do not worry what others will think or if it is the style of the year. Design the kitchen for you and your family not for your extended family celebrations. Have fun and enjoy the process.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2007 12:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So Babs, what color are you leaning toward?
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2007 12:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Growing up, my mom always painted every room in white, well really, eggshell...just in case she might change the decor (yeah, right, same color carpet and furniture my whole life there) So, anywho, when I grew up I decided to NOT be affraid of color and boy, now each room in my house has just about every color on that list in some shade or another.

My kitchen is red (really a brick red, goes nice with a burgandy wine but I'd prefer a brighter true red) It's not an "eat in" kitchen, but the red might explain why I cook and EAT in it so much.

My dinning room has 2 walls "grey violet", one wall "black current" (according to hubby, light purple and dark purple) my living room shares the black current wall with the dining room and then the rest is also the grey violet, which is actually very pretty in the natural light. However, when I painted the dining and living rooms, I didn't consider our salt water fish tank which has an ultra violet light that is set on a timer...which made the walls a (really, really) bright violet during dinner...until I had hubby change the time on it. LOL

The moral of the story (sorry so long) consider all lighting, natural AND artificial when choosing a color....I happened to like the unique but stimulating (not relaxing at all) "purple" dining experience, but my family has other opinions!
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2007 12:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, lighting is my number one problem with my place. I live in a very old house.. the oldest in the neighborhood - we're talking old people. And the lights here are so weak... they constantly "bounce" - I'm not sure what else to call that.. HAHAHH

I'm also very sensitive to bad lighting.. not just because it makes me look horrible (well it does!), but because it makes things look bad - room decor, other people, food.. you name it. I'd much rather have good lighting than nice furniture. HAHAHAH Is that wrong?
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2007 12:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

LOL, not wrong...ITA! At least my burgandy hair color doesn't "glow" in the violet lighting, (the violet light actually dulls it) I don't think Jim could stand looking at me across the table HA!
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2007 7:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We lived for many years in rented houses, then military housing both with walls that had to remain white. I think that is part of what made me so brave with colors now. When I first show people the colors that I have decided on for a room, they try to talk me out of it, but when it is done, people usually tell me that it looks like it belongs in a magazine. I am guessing my bright red kitchen, (I have posted pictures.) with white trim and black accents it not what you are looking for Babette. Stimulates the appetite and it requires lots of natural light to pull it off.
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