Monthly Archives: November 2015
Kitchen Color Combinations
Following are ready color palettes that will give you suggestions on colors for the walls, cabinets, and furniture.
Now that you have a few suggestions on the paint color combination, why don’t we go through some of the checkpoints or important step that need to be followed. Repainting a kitchen is not a small task and you will require proper strategies to make the entire process a little less stressful.
Make Use of Samples
Sometimes, just looking at the paint chips and cards or images of wonderfully-painted kitchens is not enough. There are times when you require tangible ideas. Also, certain color shades may have different names, but they look quite similar, confusing you furthermore. Which is why, paint samples can come in handy. Apply a few coats on your walls to see how they will appear once applied. This way, you can visually tell what that particular color’s effect is.
Begin with the Primary Color
Many times, the trouble or the reason you’re stuck in finalizing colors is because you haven’t chosen the primary color for the kitchen. The primary or general color will define how your kitchen will appear once completed. Your primary color will be painted on all the walls that make up the space of the kitchen. Now remember, choose a color that looks fabulous in your eyes; it doesn’t matter whether it’s dark or light.
Gather the Paint Chips & Cards
For secondary colors, you may need to fetch the paint chips. Depending on the primary color you’ve selected, pick shades that work well with it. These shades can be either a few lighter or darker shades of the primary color, or a contrasting color altogether. Similar to the color combination ideas we’ve provided above, you can work with different colors for the entire kitchen, furniture and cabinets included.
Working the Contrast
While selecting and combining colors, it’s quite common to get confused as to which shades work well with one another. So how do we go about it? Well, the first thing you see is your primary color. If the base color is light, then you can include dark shades of the base color or a different dark color for the cabinets and furniture; and that goes the other way as well. Now the furniture and the cabinets need not be of the same color. You can easily incorporate a new color to give the kitchen a fresh look. Now if your cabinets and furniture have wooden finish, then you have to figure out which colors will enhance the kitchen.
Don’t Forget the Ceiling
Many tend to overlook the importance of a kitchen ceiling. As a matter of fact, the ceiling is a vital piece in painting the entire kitchen. You can go with classic white as this color can enhance any color combination and shades. Or if you’d like to make a bold statement, then experimenting with other color shades can be considered.
Eliminate & Finalize
After investing so much time in picking and sorting through various color combination, eliminating the shades you don’t think will work is essential. Don’t doubt your choices and pick colors that appeal your taste. At the end, all that’s left is to select the colors you wanted for the kitchen and using the samples to check whether the combination is attractive.
If you find it difficult to make the final decision, include your family and friends to help you out. Fresh set of eyes can make a huge difference when it comes to choosing paint colors. However, be careful that you don’t end up getting more confused with extra suggestions.
The arresting beauty of Asters, will make your garden come alive in the winter. Native of New England and New York, Asters are found in pink and deep purple. Plant them early in June, along the border of your cobbled pathway, to get the authentic picturesque look. They grow about 3-4 feet tall and survive well in moist soil. A good breed of asters will thrive well in the fall season. Plant them with supports so that they do not get too droopy.
Joe Pye Weed
This one is my favorite. You can make the best fall garden with Joe Pye Weed. The botanical name of this plant is Eupatorium. This plant thrives in moist soil and will grow well if you plant it by early summer. The deep pink color of these flowers is a great eye catcher! You can alternate, the pathway border with a purple Aster and a pink Joe Pye Weed, which will make your garden look brilliant!
‘They flash upon that inward eye,
Which is the bliss of solitude,
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.’
Couldn’t help quoting these lines. Helenium are total show stoppers! These daisy look-alikes, with their brilliance of yellow, will make your garden come alive. You should be aware of the various fall flowers in order to prepare the garden, and know when to plant these. If you plant them early in summer, these plants will develop a healthy cycle.
Some Gardening Tips
If you think weed only grew in monsoon, you are clearly wrong. Chickweed grows abundantly in winters. Remove these weeds to prevent them from growing all over your garden. You can also use some herbicide in case the problem persists for a long time.
Withering of flowers and shedding of leaves is a characteristic of plants and trees in winter. Don’t burn these leaves or throw them away. Make a compost pit and put these leaves in the pit. This will give you some good manure by summer, which can be used for composting the plant so that healthy fall flowers spring up by the next fall.
There are plenty of perennials that one can choose from. However, your flowers will only bloom if you look after them, so make sure you keep your garden clean, to avoid infestation by rodents.