Looking to update your kitchen? If you haven’t considered blue kitchen cabinets, you might be missing out on the next big trend that makes your kitchen stand out.
It’s not just about style, though–it’s about psychology. Blue is a calming, refreshing color with surprising versatility, and if you’re looking to lose weight, blue is one of the least appetizing colors, since blue rarely occurs in our food naturally.
Here, we’re breaking down the fine art of the blue kitchen. Keep reading to find out how to make this trend work for you.
Pick the Right Shade
First, you have to pick the right shade of blue: light blue, mid-tone, or dark blue.
There are hundreds of shades of blue within those three, so how do you begin to choose?
You can start by thinking about the size of your kitchen. Light blue makes a room look bigger, while dark blue can make the room look more enclosed.
It also depends on how you want to use the color and how your cabinets take up space in the room. For example, you might be able to get away with dark blue accent cabinets if you use lighter tones to open the rest of the room.
Let’s take a closer look.
If you want a softer statement in blue, then pale blue is the color family you’re looking for.
In general, lighter blues will make a room look airy and peaceful. This effect is especially brought out if your kitchen gets a lot of natural light.
If you want a light, bright look, you can pair a soft blue with pops of sunflower yellow, like in French painting. It’s classic, fun, and warm, which makes for the perfect recipe for a homey kitchen.
If you want a little more drama in your life, you can go a few shades darker with mid-tone paints. This is also useful if you want a more modern look from your blue cabinets.
Don’t worry, though, because mid-tone blues can still look light and playful, depending on how dark a color you choose. Cadet and azure blue are some common examples in this family.
Think of it this way: if you want a blue kitchen with lightness balanced by gravitas (or if you’re not ready to go to the dark side quite yet) mid-tone blues are a happy middle ground.
Of course, if you’re a nonconformist at heart, dark blue might be just the thing to give your kitchen a whole new vibe.
Navy blue kitchen cabinets are a common choice in this color group, or you could go for something unique, like a deep indigo. This creates a kitchen with a whole lot of personality.
Dark blue also looks great with brass hardware. Or maybe a chic mix of old and new cabinet doors.
Play Up Your Blue Kitchen Cabinets
That said, great cabinets are just the foundation. If you want a kitchen that really stands out, you need to play up the cabinets with the right flourishes.
Here are a few to get you started.
If you want a modern look, stainless steel is a good choice to complement blue cabinets.
This can be your appliances, but it can also be in other small accents, like your hardware. If you love stainless steel and a modern kitchen, mid-tone to dark blues are probably what you’re most interested in.
If, on the other hand, you can’t get enough of diamonds in the rough, you might want to give your blue a rustic look with a distressed surface.
If you’re doing this yourself, this can take several layers and a lot of patience. Light blues, like a soft turquoise, work will with a rustic vibe. If you like this look, you’re better off saving the bright colors for accents–otherwise, you’ll have a lot going on in your kitchen.
If you love dark blues but aren’t convinced your kitchen can rock full navy cabinets, there is a way to sneak in the dark, daring colors you’ve been craving.
Subtle stripes on your walls or cabinets are a good way to bring depth to your kitchen in a quiet way. The trick to a striped cabinet that looks more chic and less zebra is to stick with the same base color and then use one base color mix that’s 50% lighter and one that’s 150% darker.
The nautical look is classic for a reason–especially if you’re a beach bum at heart.
The easiest way to bring a nautical feel to your kitchen is to incorporate whites and grays in color-coordinated geometric patterns, especially stripes. Warm wood is another way to bring a seafront feel.
For the true classicist, nothing beats a farmhouse. Of course, you can also give it a bit of a modern twist with your blue cabinets.
For example, a farmhouse sink and exposed wood accents are classic rustic design staples. Bringing in blue distressed cabinets with brass hardware is a great way to bring the design into 2018.
Pops of Pattern
Finally, for those who love patterns, blue kitchen cabinets can act as a great complement to bold patterns.
Tile is a great place to work in a great pattern with your blue cabinets. You can go for bold geometric patterns, or you could opt for a more classic look borrowed from your favorite blue china patterns.
The key is to balance patterns with broader sweeps to make it easier on the eye. So if your tile has a ton of pattern, your cabinets should be the place where your eye can rest.
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