Kristen Fencl
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July 4, 2012
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Tahoe home improvement: In the dining room, choose your colors wisely

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Color psychology takes on added significance in the dining room because color, research clearly shows, profoundly influences appetite. Did you know that changing a restaurant’s color scheme has been known to make a failing success restaurant a success, despite their excellent food?

Clear colors have the same stimulating effect on appetites as they do on atmosphere. Blue is particularly restful, encouraging leisurely meals. Full-strength red is exciting and to be used with discretion, but lighter shades, such as rose, or pinkish hues are pleasant to eat by. Yellow is it’s usual gay and sunny self. Neutrals tend to liven up dining rooms with positive and effective color splashes.

In the presence of food, stick to clear lighter shades of green. I also recommend avoiding shades of purple such as lavender and violet, as they tend to be appetite suppressants. Likewise, using drab colors in your dining room decor are rarely successful.

Since most dining is done at night, it’s important to test colors under artificial light. It turns some colors muddy, and would ultimately make food look less appealing.

Lighting should be flexible to allow different levels of light for many activities. A central chandelier can be controlled with a dimmer switch.

— Kristen Fencl, CID, is an interior decorator and owner of Decorating Dens. Learn more at, or call 775-832-8012.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Jul 4, 2012 04:03PM Published Jul 4, 2012 04:02PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.