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Colour and contrast can help make things easier to see when you are preparing food and during mealtimes. Strategies for improving contrast can be applied to many other functional life skills and household tasks.

It is easier to locate light coloured food and items on darker surfaces and darker coloured food/items on lighter surfaces.

If you are pouring a drink, it is easier to see how full the cup is if it is a contrasting colour. 

When using a cutting board, it is easier to see if the food is of a contrasting colour. Sometimes turning the food so that the more colourful outside faces upwards is helpful (such as with apples or cucumbers).

Below are some examples of how adding colour and contrast can be helpful in the kitchen:

A table place setting with a white plate, white napkin and silver utensils on a white place mat. The napkin ring has a white flower on top of it.A white plate, silver utensils and a white napkin sitting on a black place mat. The napkin ring has a rose flower on top of it.An apple cut in half on a white cutting board. One half of the apple faces down, showing the red peel and creating good contrast. The other half facing up showing the white flesh and poor contrast.An apple cut in half with the peel facing up on a white cutting board. The apple on the left has been cut into two slices and the apple on the right has been cut into 6 slices.A white mug filled with coffee placed on a wooden brown surface.