Coordinate your new kitchen with the main floor decor
If your kitchen is open to other areas of the home it is important to make sure the kitchen decor flows with the rest of the main floor. You want your living space to feel connected and a co-coordinated color scheme is a great way to accomplish this. However, it is not being suggested that everything has to be the same color but rather that the basic finishes are repeated. For example, if there is a dark brown hardwood in the living or dining room, repeat this color in the cabinets or kitchen furniture.
Although the flooring and the wall color should continue into the kitchen, you can choose a different paint color for the kitchen. If you do not have a lot of wall space you might use this opportunity to use a darker shade of paint to accent the cabinets. It could be a darker shade of the living room color.
When decorating a kitchen, keep in mind that the room is a part of the overall main floor. Continuing the flooring will make several small adjoining rooms feel larger and more connected to each other. You want your home to flow together with different accents in each area but keeping the basic tones similar.
There could be different types of flooring in the kitchen and living room areas. Tile is great but it is always better to opt for hardwood. It is just so great to walk on and stays warm underfoot. There is always a problem with the grout between the tiles and it is difficult to keep it clean.
Hardwood just does not have a downside. It is not affected by water as much as you would think. No water spills will ever affect the floor as long as you wipe them up right away. So go ahead and install your favorite hardwood throughout your main floor knowing you will love it for many years to come.
As far as the kitchen color schemes are concerned, you can use two different colors that coordinate if they are combined in the kitchen window coverings and the living room carpet and accessories. And the kitchen backsplash should include the same tones.
It should be noted that the choice of white cabinets and counter with dark wood flooring gives you the ability to change to any other color scheme in future decorating. A kitchen is an easy room to change since there is not a lot of wall space to paint or window coverings to update.
Selecting kitchen color schemes is best done before you choose any of the finishes for the kitchen. It is important to have an overview of what you want the finished room to look like before you start. This will act like a road map and make all your decisions much easier. If you don’t know where you are going, you will never get there!
Inspiration can come from a photo, a favorite granite or a cushion fabric. From there, choose the basic neutral colors for the main areas such as flooring, cabinets and counters. Then add style and flair with wall color, furniture and window coverings. Last but not least, play with selecting kitchen decor items to add personal touches from art, accessories and fabrics.