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How to choose the right colour scheme for you

Choosing the right colour scheme is an important part of any kitchen remodelling project. The kitchen is one of the most lived-in parts of the house, so you need to create an ambience with which you will be happy. You will also need to generate an environment which is not overpowering for you and any potential dinner guests.

Choosing the right colours

The first thing to do is get hold of a free kitchen planner and then consider how each colour will complement your existing kitchen. This is easier if you are remodelling from scratch but you still need to be aware of parameters such as the size of your kitchen and its layout as certain colours can generate a claustrophobic effect. Furthermore, the colour of your 'white goods' may also influence the shade you choose for the walls or units.

If cheap kitchens is the order of the day, and you are merely giving the existing kitchen a new lick of paint, you need to think about how your new colour will look against the paintwork you intend to leave untouched. How it complements the kitchen units and worktops is also important unless you intend on changing these too.

An important consideration if you are redesigning or renovating your kitchen is the materials you are using. Granite worktops will complement different colours compared to wooden or laminate ones, whilst the type of flooring you have in your kitchen will also contribute to any overall effect.

Choosing a colour scheme, therefore, is a more complex process than you would initially give credit for and time needs to be taken when reaching a decision. Deciding a general colour is a good start but you need to consider that reds can be overpowering, whilst blues can be too relaxing. How a colour affects the emotions and senses is therefore vital, particularly if you intend to host dinner parties where the kitchen is the focal point.

Once you have decided on a general colour, you need to look at shades. Picking out two or three favourites and affixing swatches to the walls is the next step. You need to look at these in all lights and at all times of the day to gain a greater impression of how the colour scheme would look overall.

Ultimately, choosing the correct colour takes some guts and a little leap of faith. However, careful consideration forms an integral part of the process as without it, you could make a costly mistake.

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