One of our favourite topics at Silke is the idea of Colour Theory, as it applies to kitchens specifically. For those that aren’t quite as up to speed, Colour Theory is, well, the theory of colour and it’s uses. This can extend to anything from what colours indicate in an aesthetic sense, the kind of emotions certain colours can provoke or evoke in a person, whether certain colours do and don’t work in certain contexts (individually or in tandem with each other, etc.)
Today, though, we’d like to highlight White specifically, and how it applies to Colour Theory in the kitchen.
As you know, we’re all about modern kitchens here. It’s sort of our business model. One of the most pervasive stereotypes about modern kitchens, however true it may be, is that they are general devoid of vibrant colour. Blacks, whites, and the cool grey of steel are the tones most associated with modernity in general, and many modern kitchen designs will exploit that look to further give off a futuristic impression.
Several people argue that Black and White do not count as “colours” in the same sense as Red and Blue do, and are instead shades at the most dramatic ends of the visible colour spectrum that are entirely devoid of tone. This aspect makes them, for lack of better wording, very sterile shades, which goes a long way towards their modern feel. They give off a very practical air; something that might lack a discernible personality in of itself, but that assures visitors that everything in a setting dominated by white is “practical”; it will work efficiently, quickly, and give you the results you want.
That isn’t to imply there’s nothing aesthetically pleasing about White and it’s neutrality. On the contrary, bright shades of white allow for a kitchen to pick up light very quickly, potentially giving even the most modern of kitchens a homely ambience. Secondly, that air of practicality and efficiency is, arguably, something you want in a modern kitchen setting, particularly if you like to host parties or get-togethers often.
Another great thing about White is that, thanks to the neutrality it offers, it will go with absolutely any other shade or tone you can pair it with, regardless of subjectivity. This means you can pair it off with small touches of colour here and there, or with larger splashes of colour without fear of clash, and potentially whilst maintaining an ambience of efficiency and modernity.
As with any colour or shade, we encourage readers to think hard about what tones will work for what they want, and do the necessary research if they’re interested in the subject. If you’d like to know more about the colours and shades we provide with our kitchens, or would like further consultation on the subject, please feel free to contact us directly for friendly and helpful advice.