While the jury is still out on some of their findings, they have determined that color does affect humans to some extent. S
o how does that work in your own kitchen space?
Using color to influence mood is not anything new. There is an entire industry built around the psychology of color for restaurants. For example, there’s a reason why you’ll find many of the fast-food restaurants have the color red in their signs or logos. Some of these eateries have yellow walls and it’s not just a coincidence. So, how can you use color to influence mood in your kitchen space? It’s easier than you may think.
Passion and Energy
You probably won’t see many homes with red as a predominant color in the kitchen. Yet this color is known to enhance the appetite. People see red and they feel energized. Researchers discovered that looking at red can make your heart rate increase. It also causes neurons to fire faster. This is one of the most common colors used in the food industry. Think of the restaurants you’ve visited with red tablecloths. Red tends to make people want to eat more.
While this vibrant color may be good for your appetite, it also causes people to be more impulsive. It has also been known to cause irritability. There’s a reason that the phrase, “I saw red . . . “relates to anger. So, while it has many good points, you may not want to do an entire kitchen in this color. Red accents or a red tablecloth on the kitchen table may be enough.
Suppress Your Appetite
Blues are great for bedrooms and even bathrooms; however, when it comes to the kitchen it’s one of the more off-putting colors. This color is great if you have a weight problem and want a subtle way to curb your appetite. It has a habit of reducing hunger. It is thought that subconsciously the color blue signals that the food is spoiled. Other than blueberries and certain potatoes, nature has not seen fit to create many foods in blue, thus it is an unappetizing color.
Purple has a similar effect in the kitchen as blue. There are more foods with the purple tone, though by no means is the color plentiful. Painting your kitchen in purple tones may support your weight loss regime, but you also may get tired of the colorfast.
Fresh and Healthy
If you guess green is the color associated with fresh and healthy, you’d be right. It also is associated with good taste. Think of all the green veggies in the garden. Psychologically, green is the color that portrays a lot of positives in life. Wealth, creativity, relaxation, harmony, and balance are characteristics associated with this color. The connection with nature makes green a color that induces relaxation. As blue imitates the sky, green recalls the lushness of trees, grass, growing things. It is a symbol of health and wealth.
Grey and Silver
Particularly these days you’ll find many kitchens painted grey and people love having stainless steel appliances. Psychologically these colors connote solidarity, reliability, and maturity; think of Grandma’s grey hair. Grey is a neutral tone that lends itself to supporting other colors. Just about any other color, you choose as an accent will go well with grey.
A kitchen that is primarily silver may seem rather industrial. At the same time, it delivers a feeling of cleanliness and class. These two colors may not influence diners one way or another, but adding color to the environment with a tablecloth, curtains, accessories, etc. will make a difference.
Sunshine and Happy Feelings
These are what most people associate with yellow. It is an uplifting color that brings to mind youthfulness and optimism. Yellow has been found to activate the analytical part of the brain. Maybe the kids would do well with their math and science homework in a yellow kitchen! At the same time, it tends to suppress creativity and cause a feeling of uneasiness. Some fast-food restaurants paint their walls yellow to entice customers to eat fast and move on. If you want to be creative with meals your family will get excited about and sit down and enjoy, you may not want to go with yellow walls. Orange, on the other hand, may be a better choice.
Right next door to yellow is orange. It is also an energizing color and for some people, it can be a comforting color. Orange also tends to make people want to sit and talk while sharing a meal together. It is a great color to promote family time in the kitchen.
Setting the Mood with Color
The bottom line is that the kitchen is still one of the most important rooms in a home. Color can influence our mood. It can make a person feel calm or anxious, irritable or optimistic. Nashville Painting Company can help you decide which color will work best in your kitchen to reflect the mood you’d like it to convey.