Can Kitchen Colors Affect Your Waistline?

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Have you ever walked into your kitchen and instantly felt hungry?  There may be a reason for that and it may be deeper than you were just hungry to begin with. 

After all why were you going to the kitchen in the first place.  

Rarely do people think about the colors that they choose to paint their kitchens.

They are often too busy worrying about whether the kitchen will match the rest of the home, or whether the colors will be satisfactory to the rest of the household.

We're almost all alike in this regard.

However, here are some interesting facts about how color can affect your appetite.  As much as you might want to have your favorite color in your kitchen, your brain is very likely wired in a way to react in ways that you may not have intended!

When painting and decorating your kitchen, you may want to think about the process in a way many people do not -- how the colors you choose will affect the way in which you eat. 

Colors affect a lot of our subconscious thinking.

As behavioral psychologists have documented, the presence of specific colors your the kitchen can change your eating habits and your cravings for food.  

Some of what follows may surprise you.

Here are some examples of how colors can affect our appetites and the way we eat:

Red increases your appetite.

It's that simple.

This is why so many restaurants paint their walls red. Think of your favorited fast food joints.  Notice any similarities?  Although associated with romance and passion, red is also a color which promotes hunger.

Furthermore, it has been noted that the color red in your kitchen can influence high blood pressure.  That's not good.

Orange is a stimulating color.

The color orange has the affect of increasing oxygen supply to the brain and providing a mental boost.

An orange-themed kitchen may stimulate your appetite, therefore, and make over-eating more likely.

Gray can be an ideal appetite-suppressing color for your kitchen.

This is because, psychologically, gray is calming and relaxing, and it neutralizes anxiety. It's also super boring. 

Gray can arrest binge eating and impulsive snacking. It's also a color which home stagers recommend for its neutrality.

Blue is relaxing.

A blue kitchen may slow your eating speed, and prevent you from over-eating.

When decorating your kitchen and dining room, therefore, using blue wallpaper or blue paint; and blue placemats, for example, can result in "slower" eating and fewer feelings of fullness.

And there's more about blue! There are very few foods that are naturally blue outside of blueberries and some varieties of potatoes.

So over time your subconscious mind has trained itself to be wary of any food that is blue. Some weight loss programs suggest eating on a blue plate and even putting a blue light in your refrigerator!

So if you're concerned about the amount you or your family is eating, painting your kitchen blue may very well help curb the appetite.

Whether you're a home buyer, a home seller, or just getting ready to remodel, consider the influence of colors in your home. They do more than just "match the next room" -- they affect your food and drink cravings as well.

Please contact me if you are thinking of buying or selling a home.

colors can affect your appetite