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Article By Trish Albano    

I’ve discovered that the design of people’s homes can actually help or hurt their personal goals. It seems like all of us have had the goal of losing weight — or just trying to make healthier food choices — and the design and function of our kitchens can have a lot of influence over those decisions. Let’s start with a few easy fixes.

First, clear off the counters. Clutter creates chaos in your mind, and then anxiety, and for many people that’s a trigger to eat. With so much going on to grab your attention (mail to sort, a cookie jar, pots and pans to put away) you can’t focus on what you really need to do, which is to make a smart choice about what you’re going to eat next. Instead, select just a few objects for the counters, like a colorful vase full of flowers and a beautiful bowl filled with fresh fruit. Talk to a pro about the latest advancements in cabinet fixtures and design and then you can really get things off the counters for good.

How is your pantry organized? Place the most healthful foods and ingredients at eye level. Stash the treats out of sight or place them inside opaque containers. Another idea is to sort foods into small containers for individual servings (like almonds, cashews, homemade trail mix and cereal). Extend this system over to your fridge and you’ll be even better off.

You may have heard of using smaller plates, and that really can change how you perceive how much you are eating. I say make it fun though by also selecting a new tablecloth, napkins and coordinating rugs. Blue is a good choice for all of these, and here’s why. Color psychologists say that because blue is a calming color that it can help you to slow down your eating and slow down the choices you make. You’ll eat less, and eat smarter.

This kitchen is ideal for smart eating, with tidy counters and blue accents. This is a 6-bedroom home in Westminster, Md., listed at $399,990. Click here for more photos and details. 

Blues can also work wonderfully as a paint color in a kitchen. Consider blue as an accent for curtains and upholstery. For inspiration, hop on over to Pinterest to check out my board "Blue for Kitchens."

Interior Designer Trish Albano helps busy professionals who want a home that is a haven,  highly functional, and ultimately a reflection of themselves. Learn more at www.trishalbanointerios.com.


The large featured image at the top of this page is from a home in Woodstock, Md., listed at $539,900. Click here for more details and photos.