How to Use Colour to Create a Cosy Kitchen Perfect for Autumn
As the nights draw closer and the weather starts to turn, many of us will be looking at ways to make our homes feel warmer and more inviting. With the popularity that hygge saw over the last couple of years, its no wonder that creating a cosy kitchen is a priority for many homeowners. As the heart of your home it is important to make a space that is warm and inviting, even in the colder months. Colour is a fantastic way to do this, and this guide compiles a variety of ways it can be used to establish a cosy and comforting atmosphere in your kitchen.
Considering the natural light in a room is an important factor to think about when planning a colour scheme. North facing rooms tend to be cooler, so they can be harder to decorate – but that isn’t to say a North facing room can’t be turned into a cosy kitchen! Using deeper, darker hues may seem like the opposite of what is needed, but can actually be a great way to create a close and intimate atmosphere. Similar shades on cabinets and walls will enhance the cocooning effect – we particularly love Farrow & Ball’s Brinjal, Tanner’s Brown and Pelt for their warm undertones if you would like to go for this sort of look in your kitchen.
When selecting colours, it is important to consider their composition before making your choice. Even in the warmest of South facing rooms, a shade with blue undertones can have a cooling effect. Red and yellow undertones are fantastic for adding warmth, making them perfect for creating a cosy atmosphere. Red is also said to stimulate the appetite, which is ideal for a kitchen, and yellow encourages your brain to produce extra serotonin (a happiness inducing hormone!) which is brilliant news if you are looking to use it in your kitchen. We think Farrow & Ball’s Rectory Red, Red Earth and India Yellow are particularly warming and welcoming in kitchens.
Creating a cosy room in any home is often done through the use of soft furnishings. Kitchens, typically, do not have very many of these, but there are a number of ways that accessories can be used to provide a warm and welcoming atmosphere. If you have any dining space in your kitchen, seat cushions or covers can be used to soften the room. Candles are also a fantastic way to provide additional warmth as they will add a soft glow whenever they are in use. The colour of your accessories is another way that a cosy kitchen can be created – if you have a cool toned kitchen, using warmly coloured accessories can be a great option for adding warmth.