Red is the IT colour for kitchen decor in 2013. All retailersfrom the likes of House of Fraser and Next, to Debenhams and Ikea, are jumping on board the style trend to utilise thisvibrant colour.
Cooking requires passion, and reports have shown that the colour increases energy and stimulates appetite. Many homeowners mayhave steered clear of red because it can be very striking in the home but there are various shades to choose from. What is more, a touch of red ‘here and there’ can make what is otherwise a boring living space, exciting and fun.
The key is to find the right shade to suit your existing décor as well as your personality. If you are a calm, peaceful person, then Chestnut, Mauve tape, and Puce are all lighter shades to opt for. In comparison, if you have a bold, outgoingcharacter, then Sangria, Rose, and Maroon may be more suited.
Here is an expert guide to using the colour in your kitchen décor:
- Considerthe room size first
The colour red can be overbearing in small spaces, therefore it’s a good idea to choose the shade based upon the room’s dimensions.
Warmer shades of red suit larger surfaces, whereas light tones complement small rooms.
- Complete with accessories
Red really works best against a simple colour scheme, so the key is to create a striking focal point with your accessories.
Try a red kettle ortoaster alongside neutral walls, as you can see from the picture.
You can be as daring as you like; whether that iswith red worktops and a splashback,or just smaller items such as the washing-up bowl and clock. If you want a bigger splash of colour, use red appliances like a red fridge or range cooker.
If you do opt for a red cooker, make sure you co-ordinate with a matching hood. Thislook gorgeous against dark wooden cupboards!
Be careful to ensure that the shades complement each other, as opposed to clashing.
Red can be difficult to match but there are companieson the market, like Britannia Living, that can tailor the kitchen appliances to a specific shade for you.
Whether you need your cooker to be a fiery red or fuschia pink, they can finish the appliance in the exact shade of red that you want.
- Decorate with other colours
If you want to install the bold colour in your kitchen but are a little hesitant, start with small changes. The whole kitchen doesn’t have to be red; you can use the shade alongside another colour. White/cream looks great with red, as do black worktops.
Red doesn’t have to be garish;make a statement in your home next year and transform your kitchen from drab to chic. Here are just a couple of sites that have perfect red accessories to choose from: Redcandy.co.uk, Homebase, Dunelm-Mill and Next.
This article was provided by Britannia Living, specialists in high quality, premium range cookers for the home.