Study: Cluttered kitchens make us consume more calories

Study: Cluttered Kitchens Make Us Consume More Calories

Untidy kitchens likely lead to weight gain, according to a recent research from the Cornell Food & Brand Lab.

A study placed 98 females into two separate kitchens -- one was cluttered and one was organized. Each kitchen contained bowls of healthy and unhealthy snacks like carrots and cookies.

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A summary of the findings notes, "When stressed out females were asked to wait for another person in a messy kitchen -- with newspapers on the table, dishes in the sink, and the phone ringing -- they ate twice as many cookies compared to women in the same kitchen when it was organized and quiet. In total they ate 65 more calories more in 10 minutes time."

Lead author, Lenny Vartanian, observed, "Being in a chaotic environment and feeling out of control is bad for diets. It seems to lead people to think, 'Everything else is out of control, so why shouldn't I be?' I suspect the same would hold with males."

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Study: Cluttered kitchens make us consume more calories

Colorful accent pillows and side tables certainly make an impact when it comes to giving your home some pop, but taking on a whole room with a distinct color scheme in mind is a whole other story. And as long as you’re up for the challenge, why not go for the unexpected by focusing on the kitchen. Here, we’ve zoomed in on a dozen of our favorite vibrant spaces to get you inspired. Some make a striking statement with a single bold shade across cabinets and appliances, while others use small-scale accents like rugs and bar stool upholstery to clever effect. All do a marvelous job of catching the eye.

Shown: The kitchen is the hub of this Illinois house devised by Carlene Nolan Pederson and flows into the family dining area, where the designer placed a trapezoidal table she created for the space.

Photo: Steve Hall

Architectural and interior designer Beth Klomparens combined the kitchen and the dining area of a Manhattan apartment so that her client, who enjoys informal entertaining, can cook without leaving her guests. Klomparens incorporated a fireplace using an existing chimney.

Photo: Scott Frances

In Dave DeMattei and Patrick Wade's California home of their own design, a Charles Edwards light fixture is suspended above the kitchen's marble-top island; marble subway tiles are used for the backsplash behind the Viking range and hood, and the open shelves display an assortment of ceramic pitchers and serving pieces.

Photo: William Waldron

The kitchen in a historic Greenwich Village townhouse designed by Stephan Jaklitsch and Richard McGeehan is outfitted with walnut cabinetry and a mirrored backsplash. The Sub-Zero refrigerator has customized lacquer panels, the range is by Bertazzoni, and the sink fittings are by Waterworks.

Photo: William Waldron

Custom-glazed subway tiles wrap the kitchen walls in a Long Island home decorated by Steven Gambrel. Along with 1930s aluminum pendant lamps and a Beaux Arts–style clock, the space boasts a Lacanche range, a RangeCraft hood, and barstools from Sundance Catalog; the sink fittings are by Michael S. Smith for Kallista.

Photo: Gili Oberto

Architect and decorator David Mann equipped a New York kitchen with custom-made stainless-steel cabinetry and counters that he offset with walnut shelves.

Photo: Nikolas Koenig

Czech chairs from the 1930s are grouped around a Jean Dunand marble table in the kitchen of decorator Muriel Brandolini's Manhattan brownstone. The perforated cabinets were custom made by City Joinery; the range is by Viking.

Photo: Pieter Estersohn

A Gracie metal-leaf wallpaper lines the kitchen ceiling of a San Francisco pied-à-terre by Thomas Britt; the range is by Amana.

Photo: Roger Davies

In a Manhattan duplex penthouse by ODA-Architecture, the kitchen’s red-lacquer cabinetry and stainless-steel counters and backsplash are by Snaidero; the cooktop is by La Cornue, the sink fittings are by KWC, and the stools are by de Sede.

Photo: Anthony Cotsifas

The kitchen of an apartment designed by Mark Gilette inside a 300-year-old English country estate is outfitted with an Aga range; the counter stools are covered in a Pierre Frey fabric.

Photo: Luke White

Keeping watch over decorator Pedro Espírito Santo’s kitchen in Lisbon, Portugal are a 17th-century statue of Saint Francis of Assisi (far left) and a 19th-century Italian porcelain figure (on the marble island); the decorative tiles are 18th-century azulejos.

Photo: Bjorn Wallander

Pendant lights from Ann-Morris Antiques hang from the pressed-tin ceiling in the kitchen of a Montana retreat by designer Michael S. Smith; the breakfast area is furnished with rod-back Windsor chairs, and the range is by Viking.

Photo: Roger Davies


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