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How to Organize Your Home Room by Room

how to organize every room house

Ugh, stuff. No matter how much you clean, tidy, and declutter, it seems to creep back in. Clutter messes with your peace of mind and overall aesthetic. According to the age old design philosophy Feng Shui, our home and therefore clutter is an extension of ourselves.  By taking control of the clutter and releasing it we are then able to move ahead more freely in our lives. In this post, I’ll walk you through how to organize your home room by room so you’ll have a place for everything and a way to keep things organized.

Keep in mind that you don’t have to organize your entire home in one day. Try tackling one room at a time. If you take on too much, you’ll just get exhausted and frustrated. Let’s break this down into small tasks so it’s not overwhelming. Ready?

How to Organize Your Kitchen

What to get rid of: expired food, never-used appliances, extra water bottles, chipped mugs or bowls, anything badly stained.

how to organize kitchen spices

Photo: Ramsey Beyer

Home organization starts with decluttering. Take out everything inside your cabinets, put it in the middle of your kitchen, and only put back what you love or use. What can you give away? What can go in storage? Throw away anything you can’t donate.

When you’re ready to start putting things back, think about what you use most often. Things you use a lot should be in arm’s reach; everything else can go up higher or farther back. A good suggestion from Better Homes & Gardens is to group things by activity — so put all of your baking things together (mixer, bowls, baking sheets), and so forth.

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Photo: Pottery Barn

To organize the rest of your kitchen, make things as easy to reach as possible. Put a lazy susan inside cabinets. Use your vertical space: Hang pots, pans, lids, and potholders. Add storage inside your fridge — you can also put a lazy susan in there to make condiments easier to grab, or try little bins or racks to organize food.

how to organize fridge

Photo: Crate & Barrel

I’ve seen several clever ways to organize spices, from magnetic spice containers on the fridge to racks inside cabinets. Dividers can help separate utensils in drawers and baking sheets in cabinets. A magnetic knife strip will free up counter space. And try putting your trash and recycling bins on slide-out tracks for easy access.

How to Organize Your Living Room

What to get rid of: old magazines (unless you regularly use them for arts and crafts projects), as well as board games, DVDs, books, and video games you don’t use anymore.

how to organize living room

Photo: Land of Nod

What clutter does your living room attract? See if you can sort it into categories like mail, knitting stuff, kids’ toys, remotes, cat toys, and so forth. Just like with the kitchen, get rid of things in poor condition or that you haven’t used recently. Organize what’s left based on where you need it — dog leashes by the front door, remotes near the couch.

organize wicker basket

Photo: Wicker Paradise

If you ever read the blog The Inspired Room, you know the author (Melissa) loves baskets. Whether you prefer wicker or wire, baskets are an easy way to transform a mess into something classy. A small wicker basket by your couch can hold those remotes and knitting supplies. A big wire basket by the front door can hold umbrellas and slip-on shoes for walking the dog. If you have shelving by your front door, a labeled basket above eye level can house hats, scarves, and gloves.

Make use of the space under your coffee table — you can slip boxes or baskets of DVDs under there, too. Or as lifestyle blogger JaMonkey suggests, hide your DVDs in this binder that looks like an old book.

organize living room storage

Photo: World Market

And I can’t discuss how to organize your living room without mentioning the ever-popular launch pad concept. Even if all you have room for is a tiny console table, having a flat surface and some wall-mounted storage by the front door will give you a place for your keys, mail, and purse. It makes grabbing everything as you breeze out the door so much easier.

organizing your living room

Photo: Pottery Barn

How to Organize Your Bedroom

What to get rid of: Clothes and shoes you never wear, anything that doesn’t fit, sheets you don’t like, books you have read or will never read.

Organizing the bedroom is fairly straightforward. Store sheets under the bed in slim bins, pick a nightstand with some storage (like a tiny dresser), and keep clutter off of surfaces by using cute bowls.

how to organize bedroom jewelry

Photo: Pottery Barn

How to organize the closet is the tricky part. Start by getting slim no-slip hangers to free up room. Consider adding a closet organizer and/or shelf dividers to maximize your space. Just like in the kitchen, think up, and use the vertical space (especially above eye level). Since it’s hard to reach, keep out-of-season clothes in clear containers up high, and swap them out when the seasons change.

how to organize closet

Photo: Real Simple

Organize your shoes with a simple, attractive shoe rack or even small bookshelf to display your heels and handbags. If they’re pretty, why hide them in the closet?

how to organize closet shoes

Photo: Decodir

How to Organize Your Bathroom

What to get rid of: old makeup and nail polish, expired medicine, stained towels, tiny bath and body samples you’ve never used or dislike the scent of.

Organizing the bathroom is important, as it’s usually one of the smaller rooms. I love this tip from Better Homes & Gardens: Add an outlet inside your cabinets. That way you don’t have to drag out your hairdryer, flatiron or electric razor every time you use it; you can leave it where it is. Another bathroom hack is to use a magnetic strip — the kind you’d use for kitchen knives — to hold your tweezers, nail file, and bobby pins.

organizing your bathroom 

Photo: Houzz

A few more tips on how to organize your bathroom: Keep your everyday makeup or toiletries in one place, and tuck special occasion supplies out of sight in a separate bag. Roll up towels so they’re easier to grab and prettier to look at. Things like cotton swabs and Q-tips are more attractive and handy in small containers, like a mercury glass candle holder: 

organize bathroom mercury glass

Photo: World Market

I’m going to sound like a broken record, but use your vertical space! Add a shelf above the bathroom door or several above the toilet. Add pull-out racks under your sink, or try a lazy susan there, like we did in the kitchen.

how to organize bathroom storage

Photo: Houzz

There’s your basic primer on how to organize your home room by room. If you’re the checklist type, House Mix Blog has a great room-by-room guide you can print or download here. Maybe in the future I’ll do a follow-up post with tips on how to organize your laundry room, garage, and office — what do you think?

For more home design tips, check out my posts on what’s in for 2015, how to make your kitchen feel bigger, how to clean fast, and how to pick interior paint colors.

 

Home, Kitchen, & Bathroom Design Trends 2015

bath & kitchen design trends 2015

Here at Mosaik Design & Remodeling, we’re excited it’s 2015. A new year means hope and possibility. Specifically, it’s a fresh start to tackle those areas of your home you’re less than thrilled with. Whether you have plans to remodel or just dabble in design, you’ll want to know what trends are in for this year. We’ve rounded up some home, bath, and kitchen design trends for 2015, so keep reading!

Interior Design Trends in 2015

Overall this year, a warm and homey look is replacing stark, cold modernism, according to Art of Kitchens designer Kesha Pillay. As such, driftwood and other natural, unfinished wood will be more common than glossy, polished wood in living spaces.

Another 2015 home design trend is ceiling decoration — they’re the new accent wall. Instead of painting your ceiling a light color or white, homeowners and designers are opting for wallpaper, specialty finishes, or wood treatments. People are exploring molding, custom color lighting, and painting ceilings the same color as the walls. Nothing is off-limits for the ceiling.

One interesting trend is nostalgia for books (especially with e-readers popping up everywhere). We see this in library-themed rooms, whether you have a literature collection or opt for the Genuine Fake Bookshelf wallpaper by Deborah Bowness (seen below). Bookshelf wallpaper has been massively popular for the past five years, as it’s an easy way to make your living room cozy and quaint.

bookshelf-wallpaperSource: Deborah Bowness

Kitchen Remodeling Trends 2015

We’ll get into this more below, but vivid kitchen colors are in this year (see more about 2015 color trends below). Bright, Eastern-inspired tile is slowly displacing traditional white subway tile. Or as Houzz predicts, 2015 kitchen designs will see “hints of Turkish and other Middle Eastern influences.” Moroccan themes have staying power, in the kitchen and elsewhere. Art Deco and Art Noveau will also crop up.

Speaking of staying power, open shelving is one of 2015’s kitchen design trends that will look familiar to design enthusiasts. Today’s homeowners and designers have a penchant for everything open and airy. Open shelves display your colorful dinnerware while making the space seem larger. For now, the benefits outweigh the inability to hide your old beat-up mixer.

Another prediction from Houzz about this year’s kitchens is that warm metals will dominate. So if you’re shopping for new drawer handles, knobs, or faucets, try copper and gold instead of silver and pewter. A dark bronze with an aged patina can add depth as well.

A few other 2015 kitchen design trends:

  • Move over, granite — quartz is the new countertop must-have
  • Touchless faucets are gaining steam
  • Sustainability still reigns, via energy-saving kitchen appliances and LED lighting

modern kitchen open shelving

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Bathroom Remodeling Trends in 2015

Two words: Freestanding tubs. The hot new bathroom staple is contemporary and spa-like — two foundational traits for bathrooms in 2015, according to the National Kitchen & Bathroom Association. Freestanding bathtubs are both functional and bathroom statement pieces, whether you choose one with vintage charm or a more modern look. Place it near a strategically covered window to hit the sweet spot of privacy and a stunning view.

freestanding bathtub

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What else is in for bathrooms in 2015? Huffington Post says that, like other rooms in the house, bathrooms will see lots of gray color schemes and touchless faucets. Statement floor tile, natural beauty, and larger showers are all among Houzz’s predictions. And no surprise here: energy-efficient bathroom lighting and water-saving methods will continue to be big.

One last 2015 bathroom trend: the wall-hung vanity with an undermount sink. I definitely agree with the National Kitchen & Bathroom Association on this one. The “floating” look is modern and makes your floor look bigger; plus, undermount sinks are easy to clean, without that pesky ridge.

Design Trends 2015: Color & Paint

So what colors are you going to be painting your home this year? Pantone thinks the year’s “it” color is Marsala (18-1438). Some designers are underwhelmed by the washed-out wine hue, but it can be a nice touch in moderation. Kitchen dishtowels, canisters, and accessories are all safe, relatively temporary places to play around with this new color.

Thankfully, Pantone lists a few other top colors for 2015: Mediterranean blues, olive, and of course grey. It seems like no one can get enough of grey, whether it’s sumptuous charcoal or icy grey. Designers, homeowners, and remodelers are all gravitating toward grey in lieu of beige as the standard neutral. Try a lighter grey as the perfect counterpoint for bright splashes of color, or add intrigue with darker shades.

Others are happy to disagree with Pantone. House Beautiful’s predictions for 2015 paint colors include throwback palettes like Miami-inspired pastels and retro orange and olive. We’ll see what sticks.

paint color trends 2015

What’s Out in 2015?

Many of 2015’s home design trends — the color gray, eco-friendly options — are continuing from years past. But not everything made the cut. Vessel sinks, the once wildly popular bowl-shaped sinks that rest on a counter, are on their way out. So are chalkboard walls and taxidermy, according to Yahoo!. But I believe you’re the ultimate arbiter of what’s on-trend for your home. You’re the one who will see it every day. So as long as something brings you joy or solves a problem, it’s never out of style.

Is 2015 your year to remodel? Let’s talk. Contact us and we’ll get started on a game plan.

 

What design trends do you predict for 2015? What needs to go away forever?

Sources:

House Beautiful
Houzz
Forbes
Details
National Kitchen & Bathroom Association

Top collage: Nick Keppol, Mason Masteka, Steve Snodgrass, Mikolaj Pasinski, Mike Rohrig

Company’s Coming! How to Clean House Fast

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Did your in-laws text and say they’re only 15 minutes away? Are your relatives paying you a surprise visit? Breathe. You can do this.

The kitchen table may be covered in wrapping paper, and cat fur might blanket the stairs, but all is not lost. These people won’t be doing a white-glove inspection. You just need a few pointers on how to clean house fast. These 8 tips will help you get the house into shape in record time.

1. Determine Your Priorities

Close the doors to bedrooms, closets, laundry room, and anywhere else you can (that’s where you’ll stash stuff until everyone has left). What’s left is probably the living room, kitchen, bathroom, and maybe guest rooms. Maybe a hallway or entryway too. What do visitors see first? Start there.

When focusing on how to clean house fast, remember to only clean what people will see and use. This means floors and tables in the living room, and the sink and toilet in the bathroom. Skip the shower unless people will be staying overnight.

2. Make It Smell Fresh

I know it’s freezing out, but crack open a few windows to get rid of any musty smells, and turn on the bathroom fan. Light candles in various rooms to make the place start smelling nice while you clean. To banish kitchen odors, run warm water and half a cup of baking soda down the disposal. If you have time, throw a pot of water on the stove with a few drops of an essential oil, like lemon or lavender. If you don’t have essential oils, throw a sliced-up lemon and some cloves and cinnamon sticks in the water. The fresh aroma will fool guests into thinking it’s always clean at your house.

candles living room cleaning

Source: Adrienne DeRosa

3. Hunt and Gather

Armed with a trash bag or empty laundry basket, speed through the high-priority areas and collect clutter. Tidy books and magazines into stacks, or better yet, toss remote controls and similar items into a classy wicker basket. Things like shoes, kids’ toys, and other clutter goes into the basket to be tucked out of sight. And obviously part of how to clean house fast is throwing trash away as you go.

cleaning house fast baskets

Source: Enviable Designs

4. Clean Top to Bottom

Professional maids clean top to bottom, left to right. So before you vacuum, give the coffee table and couches a quick sweep to get all the crumbs onto the floor. And if you have time to dust, sweep any cobwebs in the corners first. Going top to bottom will prevent you from getting mad at yourself when dirty toilet water splashes onto the clean bathroom floor.

5. Speed-Clean the Bathroom

Squirt some toilet cleaner in the bowl and let it sit while you give the sink a quick scrub. (How to clean house fast: multitask.) Good Housekeeping advises quickly running a paper towel with rubbing alcohol on it over your mirror, sink, and faucets. If you don’t have rubbing alcohol, a half-water, half-vinegar solution works well too. (Glass cleaner will also make your faucets gleam.) Grab a different paper towel with rubbing alcohol and swab down the toilet seat and rim. Swap in a clean hand towel, and voila!

clean bathroom zen bathtub

Source: Laidlaw Schultz Architects

6. Tackle the Kitchen

Give the kitchen counters a quick swipe with a sponge and some baking soda. Hide counter clutter in the cabinets or drawers. (This is how to clean house fast, not do a deep clean.) If you have a bunch of dirty dishes, stack them in the sink, or put them all in the dishwasher if possible. Toss out anything spoiled or smelly in the fridge, and finish with a quick sweep of the kitchen floor. You probably don’t have time to mop, but use a wet paper towel to clean up any spills. If you have big oven spills that will create smoke while you cook, use this guide to quickly clean your oven without doing the multi-hour self-clean cycle.

clean white kitchen mod design

Source: Jessica Helgerson Interior Design

7. Tidy the Guest Room

Clean sheets and a made bed go a long way. After that, make sure side tables are clean. Open the blinds to let light in and make it look inviting. Put out a clean set of towels. Finish with the vacuum. Flowers, a fun magazine, or a nice candle make a sweet accent on the bedside table if you have them on hand. Take heart: You’re almost done!

clean guest room bedside table

Source: With Love From Kat

8. Collect Yourself

Your guests are coming to see you, after all, not inspect the tops of your picture frames. Give yourself a quick spritz of your favorite perfume, apply some fresh deodorant, or dust on some loose powder to freshen up after your cleaning frenzy. Pat yourself on the back for figuring out how to clean house fast. Now take a deep breath and smile. Is that the doorbell?

What are your secrets for tidying up in a hurry?

10 Holiday Decorating Ideas on a Budget

With Halloween behind us, it’s officially the holiday season (as retailers are no doubt reminding you). For many of us, our thoughts turn to our homes, as friends and relatives will be coming over for Thanksgiving dinner, holiday meals, or simply a mug of hot mulled wine in front of the fire. ‘Tis the season to make your home festive and welcoming — but how do you do that on a budget?

You’re in luck. I’ve compiled 10 holiday decorating ideas that will have the biggest impact with the smallest price tag. (You’ve got holiday gifts to buy, after all.) Did I miss something? Let me know your best holiday decorating ideas in the comments.

1. DIY Holiday Wreath

Christmas decorating on a budget starts without an easy wreath you can make for your front door, hallway, or living room. Get a glue gun and a wreath form at a craft store, and then try one of these ideas:

  • Pinecones misted with white spray paint to look like snow (or gold paint)
  • Holiday bows in green, red, and white
  • Photos of family members with some easy red ribbon trim added
  • Shiny tinsel in silver or gold
  • Old Christmas ornaments that are slightly broken — just glue the good side up

diy-holiday-wreath-ideas

Sources: Haeley Giambalvo, The Crafting Chicks, Rain on a Tin Roof, WonderHowTo, Beautiful Life Made Easy, Vanilla Joy

2. Create a Wintry Scene

Remember those vinyl window clings in holiday shapes? You stick them to windows, then peel them off after the holidays? For a DIY version, simply cut out Christmas tree shapes or triangles to depict snowy mountains, then affix them to your front window. Double-sided tape can make this a snap. Tissue paper works for a more delicate look, although it’s easy for little hands to tear. (And if you’re heavy on the nostalgia, you can still buy those window clings. Not all holiday decorating ideas from the ’80s were bad.)

holiday-window-display-ideas

Sources: Midwest Living, Meine Gruene Wiese, My French Country Home

3. Turn a Door or Refrigerator Into a Snowman

You’ll wish all holiday decorating ideas were this simple. With a few black construction-paper circles, an orange triangle, and colorful ribbon, you can easily turn a white door into a happy snowman to greet visitors (or liven up your kitchen, if you have a white fridge). Scraps of wrapping paper also make a great scarf for your snow friend. Use invisible tape to attach the shapes, and it will be pretty painless to remove these after the holidays. This is another fun activity for little ones.

diy-snowman-door-holiday-decor

Sources: Hands On As We Grow, Creative Ideas

4. Apply a Quick Coat of Paint

If you want to spruce up your front door or entryway, paint is an affordable way to do it, especially when you know those areas will be getting a lot of traffic during the holidays. Even changing the color of your molding can freshen up your living room, if once-white trim is getting dingy. I shared these photos a couple of years ago, but I think they show just how much of a difference paint can make:


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Once your handrail or entryway is looking sharp, you’re ready to…

5. Decorate with Recycled Holiday Cards

The ultimate in Christmas decorating on a budget is using something you already have. Dig out old holiday cards people have sent you, punch a small hole in them (or use clothespins), and string them along your bannister or entryway. Greenery optional:

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Sources: Sunny Side Up, Martha Stewart

If you have a little more time to spend on holiday decorating ideas, consider making a makeshift “tree” from branches and hanging cards on it as if they were ornaments. (Here are 14 more ideas for reusing Christmas cards.) This is a fun one to involve the kids in, too.

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Sources: Martha Stewart, Martha Stewart again

6. Create a Snowflake Mobile

Nothing says holiday decor like handmade snowflakes. Create the illusion of snowfall by cutting out flakes in several different designs and sizes, then stringing them from a simple mobile with thread. Or you could just attach them to your existing pendant lights or chandelier to bring some holiday decor into the dining room. We might not see a white Christmas very often here in Portland, but at least paper snowflakes bring a wintry vibe inside.

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Source: All Things Heart and Home

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How to Create Kitchen Color Schemes

Kitchen Color Schemes 101

Welcome to the next post in our interior painting color series! Last time I talked about choosing an interior painting color palette. We covered the color wheel, analogous and complementary colors, and how different colors affect your mood. It’s worth a quick skim if you missed it.

Today we’ll focus on what color you should paint your kitchen. There’s no one perfect kitchen color, but some are better than others. (The short version: White, cream, and light citrus and blues work well; avoid navy, black, and bright yellow.) I’ll suggest a few kitchen color schemes based on what looks good as well as how the colors affect your mood.

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Let’s start with three questions.

1. What Color Are You Working Around?

Most people have a dominant and/or neutral color in their kitchen. To figure out yours, look at your cabinets or flooring. (Or think about the new ones you’ve already chosen.) They’ll usually dictate the rest of your kitchen color scheme. If you’re still struggling, just look at the biggest surface in your kitchen.

2. Is Your Palette Warm or Cool?

Now that you’ve identified your kitchen’s dominant feature, determine if it’s more blue or red. For instance, if your cabinets are bright white (blue undertones), a cream-and-yellow color scheme will look off. You’ll want to use cooler hues like silver and black, with touches of something bright like red as an accent. Blues and greens are excellent choices as well.

If your cabinets or floors are a warm mahogany (red undertones), you’ll want to build a sunny color scheme. Pale banana yellow, burgundy, cherry tomato, and pumpkin are all strong choices. Cream, beige, and tan paint will look better than a chilly white. The same is true if copper, brass, or gold dominate your kitchen. Save cool tones for small accents.

 

kitchen color schemes

Sources: Fancy House Road, Seldin

3. What’s Your Color Trend or Scheme?

Now that you’ve figured out what your main color is, whether it’s warm or cool, and one or two possible coordinating colors, it’s time to figure out your overall color trend. The main three color trends popular today are pastels, brights, and monochromatic colors.

Pastels are calm, Easter-egg colors: light blue, chiffon yellow, and dusty lavender. (An extreme version is a baby nursery.) Brights are high-saturation hues that make an impression. Designers often use them in small doses or tone them down with neutrals. And monochromatic colors are all in the same family, just lighter and darker variations of each other.

 

kitchen color schemes

Source: CertaPro Painters using Sherwin-Williams colors

So if your cabinets are a creamy white and your floors are warm wood, you have several paint options for your color trend: 

  • Pastel: sunny yellow or coral
  • Bright: tropical teal or a similar gemstone
  • Monochromatic: tans that are a lighter tint of the flooring or a darker shade or tone than the cabinet

If you have a hard time choosing paint colors, you can return to complementary or analogous color schemes.

If you remember from last time, analogous color schemes use colors that are next to each other on the color wheel. They express “consistency and uniformity.” If you’re new to kitchen color schemes or feel overwhelmed, analogous colors are a safe choice.

Complementary color schemes use colors on the opposite site of the color wheel. If you favor bold and adventurous colors, or you want to break out of strictly warm or cool colors, complementary colors give you more freedom. In bright hues, they’re daring, but you can tone them down in muted colors as well.

 

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But enough color theory. Let’s look at four distinct kitchen color schemes for inspiration.

Cool, Clean White

White, boring? Never. (Unless you want it to be.) You can take white in a steely, industrial direction, or soften it with fluffy furnishings and earthy touches like tree branches. In any case, white is effortlessly hip. 

Joyce Hoshall Interiors designed the white Napa Valley kitchen below with a striking, cool color palette and bursts of red. (WebMD says red can make you eat more, which is why it’s so popular in fast food restaurants.) The wooden ceiling beams echo the flooring and keep the upper half of the room from getting bland.

kitchen color trend

Source: Dave Adams Photography 

Paint ideas: Behn’s Weathered White (HDC-NT-21), Ancho Pepper (HDC-AC-03), Grenadine (S-G-180), Sage Gray (710F-4)

Warm and Cozy Cream

Brown makes people feel safe. It’s the color of security and reliability, hence brown UPS uniforms. Lighter shades of brown like flax have the same effect. Any shade of brown pairs naturally with vanilla and buttery hues. It’s the color equivalent of comfort food.

You can use light, soft colors without getting too precious. Rosy yellow and dark indigo achieve a classic French look. See it in this country kitchen I did for a client using cream and subtle touches of lavender:

kitchen color scheme

Paint ideas: Behr’s Lavender Suede (HDC-NT-19), Toasted Wheat (280E-3), Toasted Nutmeg (200F-5), and Pale Palomino (HDC-CT-05)

Sleek and Modern Citrus

Did you know that the color orange makes you hungry? According to HGTV, “Orange stimulates your appetite and adds warmth, so it’s also a good choice for a dining room or kitchen.” No coincidence then that the main tones in this family are named for foods: tangerine, cantaloupe, and peach, to name a few.

Anchor eye-popping orange and red kitchen color schemes with dove gray. The neutral is chic and elegant. If you aren’t a fan of white, black, or walnut, pair gray and light oak. The effect is refreshingly contemporary. Some say gray is depressing or dull, but not if you use it like Domiteaux + Baggett Architects did. The firm designed this Dallas, Texas kitchen in analogous colors, and the result is sunny and sleek:

 kitchen color scheme

Source: Domiteaux + Baggett Architects

Paint ideas: Behr’s Chili Pepper (1808-7), Flame (210B-7), Honey Bear (340D-4), and Atmospheric (PPU12-15)

Breezy, Tropical Blue

Fresh blues remind me of a perfect day at the beach. Lighter tints of blue are a great choice for the kitchen, because they’re calming. (Watch out for dark navy in kitchen color schemes. It can make the room feel small and even inhibit conversation.) You can’t get more timeless than blue and white.

For a happy, modern take, add splashes of citrus to aqua and white in the kitchen. If an orange kitchen sounds overwhelming, go for a softer melon shade as an accent. Tom Scheerer designed this happy, beachy kitchen in Vero Beach, Florida. White takes center stage, but aqua and apricot tones provide pep:

 kitchen color scheme

Source: House Beautiful

Paint ideas: Behr’s Aqua Spray (500A-3), Vanilla Delight (W-B-220), Marmalade (240B-4), and Light French Gray (720E-2) 

I hope this post gave you a better idea of possible kitchen color schemes you can play with. Make up your own and let me know what hues you use!

Read more about creating an interior painting color palette here. 

Further reading:

Detailed infographic on color psychology

Five No-Fail Palettes for Colorful Kitchens

Houzz: 8 Great Kitchen Color Palettes

Kitchen Color Palettes on Better Homes & Gardens

 

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