Feng Shui Kitchen Paint Colors
The kitchen is the heart of the home, especially when it come to feng shui. Your cooking space is where you nurture and sustain your life by preparing meals day in and day out.
Once four small rooms with a staircase jutting through the middle, this revamped kitchen/living space is now open and airy. By laying out the kitchen prep and dining areas as a long efficient galley, designers Kathy Hoffman and Susan Fredman of the Susan Fredman Design Group made the space functional without crowding the living space.
"Creating visual impact and maintaining functionality in this narrow space was my biggest challenge with this project," says Vita Buffa, CKD, CBD, NCIDQ. To meet the challenge and give her client a gorgeous, green galley, Buffa moved an antique table that was beautiful but impeded traffic flow, and relocated the refrigerator and microwave to the opposite wall in order to create a more aesthetically pleasing view when sitting in the adjacent room.
This 8-foot-wide kitchen by Aimee Nemeckay and Terri Crittenden for the Susan Fredman Design Group hangs a turn into the adjacent dining room. To make it appear larger, the designers continue the horizontal lines down the long kitchen both in the kerf, or incised line, of the cabinets and the flooring. The cabinets reaching the ceiling draw the eye up as well.
By removing the two half walls between the dining and living area of this 1960s bungalow, designer Nathalie Tremblay was able to enlarge the kitchen, create an open feel and provide a better layout and traffic flow of the kitchen, dining and living space. And many of the tricks she employed to maximize space in this galley would work well for any small kitchen: She used 24-inch-deep refrigerator/freezer for space saving and better traffic flow, created a work "triangle" despite the corridor-like shape of the actual space, and chose a simple, black-and-white palette to keep visual clutter to a minimum.
To keep this small galley kitchen looking as great as it works, Natalia Pierce, AKBD, chose a neutral, earthy palette and installed a comfortable window seat. The flow of light from the adjacent dining room through the pass-through keeps the kitchen connected to the rest of the home and puts hosts in touch with dinner guests. Art at the far end wall keeps the kitchen from looking like a dead-end.
Pre-renovation, this kitchen was tiny and cut off from the rest of the house. Designer Linda Evans, CKD, CBD, CAPS, knocked down the wall between the kitchen and dining room, and turned the former into a horseshoe that not only maximizes space but creates a delineation between the kitchen and dining spots.
To add extra prep and storage space to this tiny kitchen, Natalia Pierce, AKBD, added two peninsulas, creating a U-shaped kitchen. A raised bar was added on the sink side to break up the site lines through the space.
As a secondary kitchen on the top floor of a gorgeous art deco home, this space doesn't have to be big but it did have to work efficiently. Designer Myriem Drainer took the best elements of U- shaped and L-shaped kitchens to create this one-of-a kind design. Clean lines and a marble backsplash that extends to the ceiling create an illusion of a wider and brighter space, and small as it is, the counter configuration provides surprisingly ample prep and dining space.
Designer Nathalie Tremblay opened up and moved walls to create this L-shaped kitchen/dining area for clients who love to entertain. An L shape keeps the hosts near their guests while cooking, and still allows guests to eat without feeling like they're on top of the stove.
This kitchen, which won First Place in large kitchen category at NKBA Ontario Design Awards in 2013, uses an L-shaped floor plan and T-configured center island to maximize space, and to create the sleek, masculine look designer Nathalie Tremblay's client requested.
It's no secret that squeezing maximum efficiency out of a five-sided kitchen with strange angles took a lot of creativity. Eric Lindroth of Remodel Works Bath and Kitchen moved walls to extend the floor's footprint under the vaulted ceiling, removed soffits and building supports in the attic for the existing rafters, and extended the existing walls to the ceiling.
When her client – an engineer and metal sculptor – told Rhonda Knoche, CMKBD, that he hated symmetry and straight lines, and that he wanted a kitchen that would make him smile, she listened. The main prep area widens to accommodate kitchen action – and, occasionally, dancing. The long wall is slightly bowed to meet the deeper front of the range, tapering back at either end to the standard 24" deep cabinets. And the kitchen island is an ice-cream-cone shape. "The partition looking toward the entry could've been a straight wall," says Knoche, "but whenever I threw this client a curve, he was at the plate."
To make the most of this wedge-shaped kitchen, Eric Lindroth of Remodel Works Kitchen and Bath replaced the existing rectangular island with a wedge-shaped one. By echoing the room's perimeter shape, you can keep walking aisles consistent, so that the room feels balanced and nothing appears forced or mismatched. With its wider end, the island fits all the homeowner's baking needs, and offers close proximity to the stove.
That's no optical illusion: This kitchen by Ines Hanl of The Sky's The Limit Design really is shaped like a wedge. Rather than fight the odd shape, Hanl she played with it, and created an acutely angled island and banquette, then decorated the space with a funky '50s vibe. Lesson learned: In a space that flows oddly, it's sometimes best to just go with the flow.
When thinking about how to design a new kitchen, or update your current one, feng shui can help you create a harmonious space that supports your health and well-being. Feng shui kitchen paint colors are an important part of creating an efficient, yet calming kitchen where the chefs in your home can thrive. White, yellow, blue, green, beige, red and orange are all important feng shui kitchen paint colors, but it's helpful to understand how to use them.
White is popular go-to color in most kitchens, and it's a great shade to start with when using feng shui in your home. A symbol of cleanliness and purity, white makes sense in the space where you'll be making many meals. Since it pairs well with every color, it can create a blank canvas that you can accent with warmer shades to keep the room from feeling too stark and cold. Consider using white on your walls and cabinets and adding warmer accents via your countertops, backsplash and window treatments.
Creamy neutral shades such as beige, oatmeal, khaki and other earth colors also work well in the kitchen. According to feng shui principles, they can bring stability to a household and will help you have a harmonious cooking space. Warm and comforting, they pair well with many other colors and will make your kitchen feel cozy.
Yellow is another popular feng shui kitchen color. Believed to promote socialization, it can create an uplifting and cheerful space for you and your family to enjoy meals. Choose a light or golden yellow that's soothing and stay away from shocking shades that might agitate people.
Believed to curb hunger, blue is a smart shade for families that are watching their weight. A soothing shade, blue has an ethereal feel and can instantly calm a busy space. But use blue in small doses. Feng shui experts believe that using too much blue can take away from the beauty of your food.
Green is another popular kitchen color and according to feng shui, it promotes digestion. Choose soft and earthy greens to help create a relaxing space. To enhance these earthy tones, put a living plant or two in your kitchen as well.
Red is another popular kitchen colors, but some feng shui experts believe this fiery shade can create an imbalance in the kitchen when used in large doses. Use a more neutral color throughout most of the room and rely on red as an accent.
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