Deciding on Colors for a Caribbean Themed Kitchen

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If you’re looking for an excuse to add vibrant color to a kitchen interior then you might consider making a Caribbean themed kitchen. Anyone who has travelled to the Caribbean islands will know the rich assortments of color that can be found on islands such as Jamaica, Guadeloupe, Barbados and Trinidad. Just looking at these nation’s flags will give you some clue.

The warm climate and colorful way of life in the Caribbean, also known as the West Indies, lends itself perfectly to interior d├ęcor and the creation of a vibrant kitchen scheme. Strong colors and simplicity are the key elements to interiors of this style. Rooms which catch the sun a lot are particularly suitable and mimic the glorious weather found in the Caribbean pretty much all year round.

One of the main colors you will need for a Caribbean kitchen is yellow. The beaches and sandy nature of the Caribbean islands is reflected in this color. If you have a wooden skirting board on the lower half of your kitchen wall, then this is a great place to paint a rich yellow color. White is also a very popular tone in the Caribbean and if yellow is a little too much for you, then white is a great alternative.

To contrast the yellow or white, it’s a good idea to go for color combinations found in nature. Again, like the yellow of the Caribbean sand, so the rich blue of the sky can be mixed with colors such as purple and cyan. The key here however is to soften the effect of the darker color buy using techniques such as lime-wash scrubbing. A rag soaked in methylated spirits can also be used to rub away some of the paint thereby creating a cloud effect much like seeing faint wisps of cloud in the blue summer sky.

Further colors can be added to the mix but with a little more restraint. Greens, oranges and natural wood tones can be used as accent pieces whether as part of furniture, table accessories or wall hangings. Older wooden furniture pieces in such woods as pine will look particularly good with the Caribbean kitchen style. Try to avoid the more polished mahogany which will look out of place.

These are just a few suggestions for color combinations if you are looking to design a Caribbean themed kitchen.

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Laura 02.16.10 at 07:19

As much as I love bright colors, I think they need to be carefully planned out before being applied to the walls. Too much blood red, canary yellow and bright blue can leave your eyes hurting and strained. I would think using these as accents, rather than the main colors, would be the way to go.

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