Is it my favorite kitchen of all time? I do love a European country kitchen or any space touched by Pamela Pierce, yet this stand out from an Atlanta 2017 showhouse (kitchen with blue kitchen cabinets designed by Matthew Quinn & Lauren DeLoach). continues to reign since it never fails to soothe! We recently explored its starring design element: the color of the cabinets HERE, and today we’ll muse about this traditional blue kitchen and What Makes it Timeless?
Sources: Southeastern Designer Showhouse & Gardens, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, Design Indulgence Design: Matthew Quinn of Design Galleria & Lauren Deloach Interiors
Traditional Blue Kitchen Design: What Makes it Timeless?
Light Blue Kitchen Cabinets With Brass Hardware
This traditional kitchen’s renovation was packed with rich character and also classic details to meld seamlessly within this historic home. The kitchen needed to blend proportionally and function for modern living with ample storage and a place for everything.
Wolf Range With Custom Vent Hood
Isn’t that custom range hood spectacular?
The main hood material is burnished, and the strapping is hammered as well as polished.
Something magical happens when cool blue meets warm gold!
Instead of a kitchen stuck in time, the more modern color story and professional appliances create a timeless feel.
Notice traditional details such as the cabinet style, the handpainted finish on them, the ceiling millwork, and even the arch of the window.
I find the domed pendants to be another strike of genius.
While Old World lanterns could have easily been at home above the island, a more modern silhouette feels more interesting and balances all of the tradition.
Design Elements to Work With Blue Cabinetry
The tranquil blue in this kitchen lend an airy serene mood and was inspired by the homeowner’s favorite color.
PAINT COLORS…Sherwin William ALABASTER on walls and also F&B LIGHT BLUE on cabinetry.
Read about how Alabaster is still a strong contender for interiors in THIS.
Curious about this shade of blue-green? Me too. Did you know you can order a sample? (Click on the paint can below). Yep. I just did and painted a small canvas to get a feel for the hue before using, and guess what? It read very green in my light…not at all as blue-grey as photos online suggested.
So before investing in a whole gallon or getting carried away in your imagination with a particular paint color, invest in a small sample and see what you think!
Butler Pantry With Round Window & Sink
The butler pantry has lots of storage and even a full size freezer and dishwasher.
The custom handmade tile is from Renaissance Tile.
Again, we get a sense of the harmony of gold tones and cool blue.
Notice the color of the grout which keeps things so subtle and connected.
The detail of under-cabinet lighting becomes more important in a more dim area such as this pantry.
And isn’t this embroidered detail lovely with the texture of the linen on the roman shade? It will still look fresh and relevant years from now!
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Marble Waterfall Style Kitchen Island
Looking for trends in this designer project? The waterfall design element on the island surprised me.
Yet I love it because of the layer of rich luxury it adds. There’s nothing flimsy about that gorgeous hunk of exquisite stone with light grey veining hugging lower cabinets.
Interior designer Lauren Deloach shared shopping resources and many behind the scenes secrets behind this light blue kitchen!
Magnificent Arched Window Over Farm Sink
The arched window is an architectural element that ushers in natural light as well as becoming a feature which is glorious to behold.
It certainly isn’t a detail we can easily emulate!
However, the lamps!
See if there is a pocket in your kitchen a little lamplight might brighten. And don’t overlook a floor lamp to cozy a dim corner.
Scalloped China Plates Displayed on Wall
Of the old Ridgeway plates which are hung on the wall next to the farm sink, the designer told Hello Lovely:
“I found them at Interiors Market in Atlanta and have never seen any others. They were the exact shade of the cabinet color so I think they were meant to be there.”
Keep hunting down the perfect pretty plates to display on your kitchen walls, friends. You just may strike gold like Lauren did.
Kitchen Island Pendants
I love the reflective gloss of these Goodman hanging lights!
And what a difference the gold toned interior makes.
My eye is beginning to favor warm gold in traditional kitchens, and this burnished effect has me sold.
Light Blue Hand Applied Painted Cabinets
In this completely custom kitchen, Farrow & Ball Light Blue paint was hand-brushed on the cabinets. How many coats of paint? Since I recently painted my own cupboards, I’m guessing more than a few
The designers felt this application increased the character of the space and better integrated it with the original house.
Brush marks left by the coats of paint give the cabinetry a look as if it has been painted many times over the years!
Isn’t it amusing that homeowners angst over getting a perfect factory sprayed on finish for cabinets, and a high end luxury one like this sees the beauty of brushstrokes? I am 100% a brushstroke girl.
Breakfast Nook With Built-Ins
Oh, the subtle blue gray checks and all of the upholstered goodness in here.
It is such a beautiful example of timelessness. Giving yourself display area for collected treasures and serving pieces in the very place you’ll sit and dine each day…genius.
Antique Creamware on Shelves
The reticulated basketweave creamware pieces were borrowed from Interiors Market as a graphic pop against the blue wood.
More gold tones in here that just sing with white on the table.
Wouldn’t it be fun to create a round mirror that reads “window” like this somewhere in your own home?
Farrow & Ball Light Blue Paint
Find more details about the F&B Light Blue in THIS.
Hammered Brass Hardware & Nailhead Details
What say ye about this gorgeous hardware?
Do you love it when it is un-laquered so it can live and change and develop patina?
It’s such a timeless design move to choose finishes which will last a lifetime or two.
If you’re not sure about living with brass or gold-tones, maybe try a wall sconce and see what you think about living with it.
Even changing out drawer hardware on a desk or single piece will help you decide if it’s for you.
The hardware in here feels traditional and so lovely.
Cowtan & Tout Buffalo Check Upholstery
In the breakfast room, the banquette’s seat is covered in recycled leather, and the back upholstered in a blue check fabric from Cowtan & Tout.
The millwork is a masterpiece in this dining area, and what a testament to using color instead of white shiplap we seem to see everywhere (along with subway tile!).
I’m not sure what the sentiments will be in a few years about subway tile everywhere from apartment living to condos and cottages.
More Designs in the Atlanta Showhouse
Couldn’t resist peeking at the homeowner’s amazing blue bedroom.
4 Designer Tips for Achieving a Timeless Look
1. Incorporate antiques, and don’t be shy about actually using them…they should function for you!
2. Cross-reference a few of the design elements. In this kitchen, a light blue color and also the metal finish were repeated.
3. Repeat a particular pattern.
4. In terms of fabric for a space, MORE is MORE; curtains and pillows can certainly make or break the space.
Shopping Resources for This Kitchen
Kitchen PAINT COLOR F&B Light Blue CABINETRY AND KITCHEN BACKSPLASH Design Galleria Kitchen and Bath Studio HARDWARE Matthew Quinn Collection COUNTERTOPS Levantina, fabricated by Construction Resources SINKS & FAUCETS Rohl TILE Renaissance Tile & Bath RANGE, WARMING DRAWER, STEAM OVEN & HOOD Wolf REFRIGERATOR Sub-Zero DISHWASHER Asko LIGHTING Circa RUG Moattar INSERTS Rev-a-Shelf Dining Area RUG Moattar CREAMWARE Interiors Market MONOGRAMMED LINENS Custom through Gramercy Home GOBLETS AND BUD VASES Erika Reade Ltd. CUSTOM BANQUETTE AND WINDOW WALL Bjork Studio ALL FABRICS Cowtan & Tout LIGHTING Circa Lighting
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Happy Sunday Michele!
It is a most lovely kitchen indeed!
Though I don’t tend to lean towards blue, here in our new home we have such beautiful expanse of sky out our windows, I did toy briefly 😉 with doing our kitchen cabinets in a light blue similar to this home. Because I just couldn’t take that step quite yet, I did paint a lovely little vintage counter stool in a similar light blue color.
I think a subtle light blue is a wonderful addition to a room….it seems to be growing on me. 🙂
Hi Connie! It was so fun for me to paint the Arizona home’s kitchen cabinets a blue-grey so that I could experience it. Everyone including me loved living with them so I’m a cheerleader for the timelessness of a sophisticated light blue or blue-grey when done right. Painting the stool is such a smart move! I did the same thing a few months ago – picked up an old wooden country stool at an estate sale…who can walk away from a cute one? Thanks so much for reading and sharing more your progress. xox
It’s so pretty! I’m glad to see that brass hardware and fixtures are becoming more fashionable now. I’ve always loved the warmth of brass. Thanks for the post, Michelle.
Thanks for reading, Lisa – happy Sunday. 🙂
I absolutely love everything about this kitchen!!! The plates, I can’t even get over. Would love to find those! Thanks for sharing. I’ll save this post for future dreaming!
Hahaha we all want those antique Ridgeway plates Lauren DeLoach somehow snagged for this kitchen which coordinate perfectly with that soothing blue. Thanks for reading!
I like the tall metal flowers on the nightstand in the master bedroom. Wish I knew where they got those. Any ideas?
Also, I noticed the use of table lamps at the kitchen sink. Could you do a post specifically on how to use lamps in kitchens when there are already pendants, spot lights or chandeliers?
I’ll look into those flowers and locate the designer’s name in case I can ask. The lamps – yes! I used table lamps in our Arizona kitchen because of the plentiful counterspace, but that is a great post idea. I have a floor lamp in the breakfast nook which is slightly different – and I have been thinking about the need for battery operated lamps and sconces for kitchen. There are sources for battery sconces (not a great variety of styles) which I should share as well. Thanks for reading!
The blue is dreamy… dreamy! And, used with the different metals… Yes, Dreamy! Loved the post. Thank you, Michele!
It is truly a killer combination, and I’m not always crazy about brass hardware yet this makes me a believer. (If I tell myself ‘gold toned’ or ‘warm metallic’ I feel even better!). Merci for reading – have a wonderful weekend!
I love the look of these kitchens, they are so classy and timeless! I’m having my kitchen cabinets redone by a local cabinet refinisher in a few weeks, and I would love to use Farrow & Ball Light Blue paint and matching gold hardware and knobs. I have a lot of vintage antiques that my grandmother gave to me that I’ve incorporated into my kitchen decor, and I think it would look well with these colors. My only concern is that my kitchen doesn’t have a lot of windows or natural light. Do you think this color would still work with my space?
Definitely try a sample of the color on the wall in your space first since it is likely to look entirely different than these photos given your lighting and given photography/editing/computer screen settings. I would also try a sample at 50% saturation in case you like that effect better. Best of luck on your project…exciting!
I love Farrow and Ball colors. We moved into an 1138 sq ft home 2 months ago, and I had the kitchen cabinets painted stone blue by FB, with white quartz countertops. Beautiful home by Pamela Pierce!
Stone Blue is gorgeous! Would love to see photos if you have time to email a few! Thanks so much for giving us more ideas for blue!