Tuesday, February 12, 2013

How To Invite Spring Into The Kitchen



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The human mind is the most powerful tool that we have. Use it well and small wonders will happen in your life. If you will it strong enough, the spring will be here sooner than you thought! And if you dress-up your home in the spirit of the re-birth season, you'll create a powerful energy which will work in mysterious ways. Of course, working on the full scale of a house may be a little too endeavoring, but you can settle for a smaller project. Dress-up your kitchen, the heart of the home and the one place where you ladies spend a lot of time :)




I will exemplify by showing you how I switched to spring colors in my own kitchen. You can choose a theme  which reminds you of spring, like birds, daffodils, bird houses or April showers. I just went with the most convenient option: a spring color scheme throughout the kitchen. It was really easy to do, given the fact that my kitchen cabinets, walls and floors are all white or off-white. Working with a light, neutral background allowed me to add pops of color everywhere, without worrying that the colors may clash with each other.




So here is my simple color scheme for the spring of 2013: lime green, turquoise and a little bit of dusty pink. It's always safe to choose two colors for the main objects. In my case, turquoise and lime green are spread evenly among the colored objects. Then choose a third color in a different saturation and use it in small doses, for a little contrast. And since the lime and turquoise were already vivid, saturated colors, I went with a dusty pink, a more pale shade, for the contrast.




To my advantage, the whole process was done by simply shopping my own kitchen cupboards. I didn't have to buy anything new, since I already had dishes, bowls, cups, plates and plates in all of the above colors. So I just took down any kitchenware in red, yellow and purple. Then, I took out the turquoise and lime items and arranged them on the shelves. Now that you have your bold colored objects, fill in the blanks with neutral hues. You can spot the spice jars, the white ceramic pot and the honey jar, which complete the happy spring display.




If you think that a simple parade of colored objects doesn't "scream" spring or if you really want to try something more visual, you can always resort to art. Hold on, this doesn't have to cost a thing! Art can be something your children drew at school, pages from a magazine or old photos printed at home. You don't have to spend any money on framing it, either. Simply use some colored washi tape and stick the paper on the wall. It will hold well and when you're done the art will come off easily, without damaging the walls (or cabinets, or windows).



A big THANKS! to The Artsy Girl Connection for featuring my spring color post!
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47 comments:

  1. these colors are so calming... great choice, Meeha!

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    1. Thank you, dear Ana! Like I said, they were all in my cupboard, already :)

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  2. Oh Michaela, you really know how to ork some magic with the colour schemes! So lovely colour choice to bring the spring a little closer! I have to practice with the colours, you know I'm a bit monochrome, but I have a little gnome inside me which scream for some colours :-) thank you for the lovely inspiration and have a happy day!

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    1. Mette, you are so sweet! Practice with colors, they will not bite you :)) Listen to your inner gnome and just have fun (because color is all about having fun, I think)!

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  3. Ciao Meeha,
    I was a bit "busy", two weeks at home sick! When i had not fever, I worked a bit on the computer...
    I really like the matching turquoise & green for spring!. I love all the vignettes ,specially the green one!!
    Xoxo,Eva

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  4. Such pretty colors Meeha! Love your photos and I love the lime/apple green the best! So true about the human mind too, I think I'll try to bring some spring into my home tomorrow!

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    1. Thanks a million for visiting, this "wishful" theory seems to be working just fine and on Saturday I'm gonna add some fresh flowers, too!

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  5. Oh my gosh! I love this post! I always admire your use of colors and art and now you're teaching me how to get that look! Thank you! I'll be shopping my cupboards and craft room and bringing a little spring in early around here! More posts like this please!

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    1. Danni, you don't know how happy you've just made me! I will share more color tips, if you liked this one :)

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  6. Gorgeous!!! Amazing, how the whole atmosphere changes. Definitely spring-y.
    Love your use of colors xxx

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    1. Thanks, Jutta, it's a small change but I really CAN smell spring in the air :)

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  7. Yeah, spring is definitely coming!

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  8. Ciao Meeha,

    I am waiting for your Valentine vignette!!!!

    Happy Valentine,xoxo

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  9. Love all the colors in your life and in your home..Happy Valentine's DAy...

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  10. Have I told you lately that your style is stellar? I want to attach your head to my body just long enough to decorate my whole house. And then borrow it occasionally when I feel a remodel is in order.

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    1. Deal! And may I quote you on that....? :D

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  11. you are the vignette master. i love all these photos and the colors are just so perfect spring. though every time i see your photos i am a little jealous of all the light in your house ; )

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  12. Lovely colors Meeha! Nice pictures! Like especially the first one! :) Spring is in the air .. :D

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    1. Thank you, Lisa! Some days I think to myself: Tomorrow spring will come! ... and the next day it is snowing :))))))

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  13. is really a fantastic idea!! Could become a contest!
    http://fantasyjewellery1.blogspot.it/

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    1. Thank you very much, Serena, I hope the blizzard is gone from Italy:) What kind of contest did you have in mind?

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  14. LOVE IT!!!!!!

    Thanks so much for partying at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality! Can't wait to see what you link up tomorrow evening!!

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    1. Thank you, Elina, I take it as a huge compliment, coming from you :)

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  16. What lovely colors and it takes seasonal decorating (one of my favorite things) and makes it easily attainable for anyone. Well done! I hope you can stop by the enchanted oven to say hi!
    xo,
    Lisa

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    1. Thanks for the awesome comment, Lisa! I am a big fan of seasonal decorating, too, I keep changing things a little bit in all the rooms because it makes me feel so much better :)

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  17. Hello! I have found your blog from Shine on Friday link party and I love it! You have agreat blog! I am your newest follower! You can see my blog too if you like! Have a nice day!

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    1. Thank you very much for following and sorry for the delay, but my work is crazy right now. I'm heading over to your blog :)

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  18. Hello,
    This is an inspiration. I never thought about this before although I love colors. I need color in my kitchen. Thank you for sharing !

    http://www.curiositaellya.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you for visiting my spring colors in the kitchen and sorry for the late reply, but my job is killing me. I guess that a little color in the kitchen is the simplest decor update you can make. Just buy some colored mugs and you're done!

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  19. Such great tips! And great colors! Thanks for linking up!!

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  20. Lovely colours! I wish I was inviting spring into my kitchen, but alas we are about to welcome Autumn.

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    1. Thanks a million for visiting, Amy! So you're heading for Autumn - you just need to come up with some orange mugs and your kitchen will be decorated for the season, too :)

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  21. I would LOVE it if you shared this in my Spring/Easter Linky Party! You can find it here: http://littlemomprairie.blogspot.com/p/blog-round-up.html

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  22. Love these spring touches you added to your kitchen. These colors are perfect for spring.
    Ruth

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    1. Thank you, Ruth, the weather is horrible outside, but at least in my kitchen I can enjoy these spring pastels :)

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  23. Love all these colors, and would love to have you link up to Crafty Tuesday this week.
    http://www.bloominghomestead.com/2013/02/crafty-tuesday-22513.html
    -Marie

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  24. I always love your ideas!!! Welcome Spring!!! XO, Aimee

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    1. Oh, I'm so happy that you like my spring colors in the kitchen, Aimee!

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  25. Love the soft spring colors. Homa style is having an Inspire Me link party that just started!
    I would love it if you linked up:)
    Here's the link http://homastyle.com/wp/2013/02/27/inspire-me-link-party/

    I do my best to help market all the inspiring projects through my social media sites.

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  26. Pretty colors! Aren't you so excited about spring?? Even though I live in the land of constant summer (aka FL), I'm excited about spring!

    I'd be thrilled if you'd link up at this week's Off the Hook!

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  27. Very pretty! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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    1. Thank you soooo much for visiting, Sherry!

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  28. Cute ideas. Please share your project at www.creativecraftsthursday.blogspot.com each and every week and check out what other creative divas are up to.

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  29. Wow - love how you added color to your kitchen. Such great ideas! Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime!!

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