Picking the perfect color scheme for a home can be a tough choice—and rightly so. Studies have shown that color can have a big impact on our moods, behaviors, and even perceptions of a space. Nowhere is that decision more crucial than in the most-used room in the house: the kitchen. To help you tackle the color challenge, we’ll break down the basics of color psychology, recommend color choices, and sneak a peek at DuPont’s new colors for their Corian® solid surfaces and Zodiaq® quartz countertops designed to help tie a whole room together in one cohesive atmosphere.
Colors are inextricably entwined with moods, due to both learned association and probably also evolutionary adaptation. Red — the color commonly associated with stop signs and fire trucks – causes human heart rate and breathing to increase. Red is a stimulate (in the literal sense), and linked with excitement and danger. Studies show that sports players wearing red win 60% of the time – perhaps because the red tends to intimidate their opponents. On the opposite side of the color wheel, blue is often considered a calming color conducive to creativity. Blue-colored lights have even been installed in public spaces around the world to prevent crime and reduce suicides. The dichotomy between red and blue can be expanded to include all colors separated into two categories: warm and cool.
WARM VERSUS COOL
While warm colors, like reds, oranges, and yellows, can evoke powerful feelings of excitement and even stimulate the appetite, they’re often better used as accent colors in the kitchen. Cooler and earthier colors help create a welcoming and soothing environment. We’re particularly fond of neutral tones for the large surface areas such as countertops. In the kitchen, a countertop is the surface you’ll be looking at the most, and you want it to blend into the background instead of screaming for attention – and let you focus on the task at hand.
People generally choose neutral colors for countertops, and to help you examine how your color choices will impact a room, DuPont has recently published a Color Trend Report, looking at the most common colors typically picked in interior design: whites, greys, blues and earth tones like green and brown. (Download the Color Trend Report here >)
The color white is often associated with purity, cleanliness and hygiene, which is why it’s a popular choice for kitchen countertops, walls, and spaces where providing a sense of sanitation is important. White invokes newness, space and wholesomeness. Painting the walls white can also make a room seem more spacious and brighter because of the way it reflects light. Of course, there are many shades of white – some warmer and some more cool — but choosing a warmer white, like cream, will help a room seem more inviting and less sterile. White also makes a great blank canvas for texture, such as a tiled splashback, speckled countertop, or even wood accents and cabinetry. Katie Congress, color trend spotter at DuPont, says:
“Lighter colors tend to be used more often in kitchen countertops, due to their timeless nature. A few of our most popular colors for Corian® are Sahara, Witch Hazel, Sandalwood, and Rain Cloud. In Zodiaq®, the colors that mimic natural stone have been very popular, such as Calacatta Natura and London Sky.”
The color of both the sky and the sea, blue evokes depth, space, authority and serenity. Perhaps because blue connotes calm authority, it is the most popular color on the planet. When polled on favorite colors, 57% of men choose blue, 35% of women choose blue. Blue is the most popular color in corporate graphic design (logos, websites, business cards), and in the home it promotes a sense of serenity and strength. Painting a room in light shades of blue can also help trick the mind into feeling cooler, a helpful trick in a hot kitchen. DuPont’s Katie Congress also says:
“Bathrooms tend to include spa-like hues of blue and green, offset with white, to suggest water. Colors that connote nature and water are often used in bathroom vanities. For showers, Corian® private collection colors are very popular, including Rosemary, Sagebrush and Sandalwood.”
EARTH TONES: GREEN & BROWN
Nature immediately springs to mind whenever green and brown are paired together. These earthy tones help create a feeling of calm and reassurance thanks to their associations with rich and fertile forests. The color brown is typically used as a neutral base evocative of stability, whereas green reminds us of renewal and growth. The harmonious blend of greens and browns are also great for making any room into an oasis of peace with a warm and inviting environment.
Balance and elegance are the hallmarks of the color gray. While some may consider the color boring or conservative, gray is surprisingly versatile and can serve as a calming neutral base or as a standalone color that communicates timelessness and nuance. Gray has especially become a design staple in contemporary settings and creates a touch of class, sophistication, and even prestige. When paired with contrasting colors like red and white, gray provides balance and serves well to seamlessly connect lighter colors with darker colors.
About DuPont Corian
The new Corian® and Zodiaq® colors are split into four collections: the refreshing and wholesome White Collection, the opulent and universally popular hues of the Blue Collection, the naturally divine greens and browns of the Earth Tone Collection, and the calming and refined Gray Collection. The colors were carefully chosen for their ability to coordinate with any style and developed with patented technologies like DeepColor ™, which creates a greater depth of color and pattern. Most importantly, these stain-resistant countertops can withstand the long-term wear and tear to match their timeless appearance. Both Corian® and Zodiaq® surfaces are NSF/ANSI Standard 51 Certified for food contact, certified Kosher, easy to maintain, and are 100% non-toxic and non-allergenic.
Since the countertops are inspired by nature with either rich, earthy tones or neutral yet refined colors, they’re excellent for pairing with other natural materials like timber cabinetry or even a living green wall. The Corian® solid surfaces can be thermoformed to create sensuous curves evocative of organic shapes, while the GREENGUARD Certified® and low-emitting Zodiaq® quartz countertops create stunning light play with its sparkling crystals.
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