It’s springtime, a time when many of us get the itch for home improvement projects big and small, including kitchen remodeling. And blue kitchens? They are definitely having a moment. Are you considering a blue kitchen renovation? Could your neutral kitchen use a little boost with color? Or are you building a new home and seeking inspiration for kitchen designs, kitchen cabinet styles, backsplashes, appliances, and island options? I hope this gallery of inspiring images and ideas brings a wealth of inspiration. Do pin the ideas and paint colors for convenience and future reference.
Blue Kitchen Renovation Ideas
Before we dive into blue kitchen cabinets and two-tone kitchens with blue, what if you’re interested in touches of blue as opposed to a sea of it? The kitchen above illustrates the power of a pantry cabinet with bold blue.
Blue Accents for a Kitchen
The kitchens above and below also feature blue and white porcelain accents–a wonderfully classic way to bring classic, traditional, pretty blue patterns into the mix.
Fabric and wallcoverings with blue are another way to accent with blue, and they add so much personality, life, whimsy, and softness. What a cheerful breakfast nook this is, and notice the fabric was added to a custom shade on the sconces:
If you admire the work of Mark Sikes, you may love these pieces he designed:
Here’s another glimpse of Mark Sikes design goodness where the ceiling feels like a tranquil summer sky!
If you love traditional style, then you know how easily blue and white live as best friends.
You don’t always have to do blue boldly!
A soft grey-blue gingham print on fabric covered shades almost steals the show in this stunning kitchen where blue plays a starring role.
This kitchen dining area from Southeastern Designer Showhouse 2017 (Lauren DeLoach designed this area) also makes a case for soft blue Buffalo checks!
Need wallpaper ideas?
I’m crazy about Cathy Kincaid’s Dallas home, and while her kitchen is classic and white, you’ll get a sense of how blue plays an important role in her decor.
Blue Kitchen Island as a Statement
Painting your kitchen island, pantry cabinets, or base cabinets blue can be a beautiful way to bring color, contrast, and interest to the design.
But which blue paint color? See this with a bunch of ideas to sample! Navy blue is popular for islands, but blue-greys are also a possibility and work well with white marble:
The wonderful thing about accenting with a color on the island is the ease for changing it down the line if ever you tire of it. So much less hassle to not have to paint all of the neutral peripheral cabinetry.
I’m also struck at how pretty apple green and spring greens are with blue gray colors!
Blue Kitchen Pantry
Islands are not the only kitchen fixture to consider if you want to make a statement with blue. Customizing a pantry cabinet or even interior doors is a possibility too.
In this kitchen, a blue pantry has extended depth inside for loads of storage.
For coffee lovers, the space could easily become a station for espresso and feel like you’re own private shop. This next blue kitchen pantry is inspiration for art lovers and an example of kitchens that feel like cozy living spaces rather than solely a utilitarian place to cook.
Blue Kitchen Flooring Inspiration
It is more of a commitment, but blue floors are another possibility for enjoying the hue.
Encaustic, encaustic-look, porcelain, ceramic, and vinyl floor options can make a statement and feel energetic and lively.
I love how the blue base cabinets and white uppers in this kitchen work with this gorgeous vintage inspired floor and wall to wall subway tile:
Kitchens with Blue Painted Cabinets
Changing the color of your existing colors can be transformative, and since paint is relatively inexpensive, if you do it yourself, the payoff is huge.
If you have a kitchen island or work table in your kitchen, it can be a great place to start if you’re toying with the idea of painting all of the cabinetry.
You can even live with the painted island to watch how the color changes throughout the day and how it makes you feel. If it’s not quite right, tweak the color until you arrive at the perfect blue for your cabinets.
The amount of light your kitchen receives and the other design elements (hardwood flooring, ceramic tile, backsplash, countertops) in the space should be considered of course when you’re choosing a shade of blue.
If you love bold color, go for it! The possibilities truly are endless. Here’s a kitchen with navy painted cabinetry and dark countertops on the periphery and a natural light toned wood with white counters for the island.
And if you haven’t already been making mental notes of it, make sure you expand photos in this post to see the different hardware possibilities and how they work with blue cabinets.
Warm gold tones are so beautiful with cool blue!
Blue Backsplash Ideas
Kitchen backsplashes add so much function and beauty to the everyday.
But knowing where to begin when choosing one can be daunting. Make sure you have a design direction that is guiding all of your choices. The above backsplash works well with the modern farmhouse aesthetic and a casual, country, no fuss approach.
The beautiful backsplash above the fancy range above feels very consistent with French country, elegant, timeless, traditional style. It isn’t trendy, and it won’t feel dated.
The handmade tile backsplash above feels coastal, country, and timeless as well. (Find info about it and more resources from this home HERE.)
A decorative tile just above the range is also a possibility (and look at those blue knobs on the range!).
If you fall in love with a particular blue tile and you plan to customize your cabinets with paint, choosing a paint color becomes an easier chore! (What you probably want to avoid is getting stuck trying to find the proper blue for existing blue cabinets – that can be a challenge.)
Where you might expect plain ol’ white subway tiles, the above backsplash is a gorgeous powdery blue moment.
Prettiest French Blue Kitchens
This is one of my all-time favorite kitchens, and that blue range would make me happy every single day!
Here’s another timeless French kitchen that was completely renovated in a Provence chateau.
It really is proof that coppery tones are simply magic with light blue!
Bear in mind, you’ll want to sample a paint color for your project. Photography edits, time of day, and other factors influence how colors appear in photos and on your screen. The kitchen below also features cabinets painted F&B Light Blue:
In some photos, the light blue appears very gray, but this has not been my experience with this particular paint color. In my own space when I sampled it, the color appeared more green than blue.
As you can see, a French country kitchen can have many iterations! Modern French, country French, French farmhouse, and French Provincial are all possibilities, and it’s more than okay to come up with your own interpretation. However, kitchens are a lot of work, and you should work with a designer on your vision if you are making major changes.
Partnering with a professional is always going to save future headaches and expense in the long term!
Brass Hardware With Blue
In case you need proof that warm metals, gold tones, and brass work swimmingly with blue…
Right? And the checks on the floor!
How Does Blue Make us Feel?
According to color psychology, “Blue is a color that suggests peace. It’s the color of the calm sea and the clear sky, both of which are linked to inner serenity, calm and clarity. Blue was also shown to slow heart rate and breathing, so it can be a good color to aid in meditation or relaxation. Blue is associated with intelligence. It has been proven that different shades of blue can improve concentration, stimulate thinking and provide mental clarity. It also improves productivity. This is a good color for study and work, as it offers relaxation and stimulation at the same time.”
Blue inspires trust, it is non-threatening and shows persistence. Non-threatening? It is known as an unemotional color–even aloof or snobbish according to color experts. Do you agree? I think it depends on the blue. I can see how icy blues may feel icy emotionally speaking, but navy blue reminds me of childhood.
So there are all these personal associations we have with color as well. Associated with intelligence, blue can be associated with being rational and lacking passion. However, blue reminds me personally of the ocean and summer skies. Not only does it feel straight out of nature, there’s a romance surrounding the color if you ask me!
I hope this gallery helps you narrow down blue tones you love and inspires your next project!
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