Considering a Blue Kitchen Renovation?

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.

Navy blue painted mirrored arched cabinet in a gorgeous white kitchen by Matthew Quinn. #bluekitchen #navyblue #kitchendesign #halenavy
Benjamin Moore Hale Navy – Design: Matthew Quinn

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.

Blue and white kitchen breakfast nook with Schumacher's Montecito Medallion paisley print fabric  (a collab with @markdsikes_interiors)Design: @mungerinteriors/Photo: @michaelhunterphoto
Schumacher 1889 – Design: @mungerinteriors; Photo: @michaelhunterphoto – Blue and white kitchen with Schumacher’s Montecito Medallion paisley print (a collab with @markdsikes_interiors)

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.

Schumacher 1889 fabric on roman shades in a beautiful white kitchen with farm sink, little girl in polka dot dress, and vase of limelight hydrangeas. #blueandwhitekitchen
Schumacher 1889 – find ideas for blue fabric from Schumacher HERE

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:

Chic Traditional Kitchen in White and Steel Blue Color Scheme. Come see 36 Best Beautiful Blue and White Kitchens to Love! #blueandwhite #bluekitchen #kitchendesign #kitchendecor #decorinspiration #beautifulkitchen
Christine Sheldon – Photo gallery of blue kitchen renovation ideas

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.

Navy blue painted built-in pantry cabinet in a beautiful white kitchen - @bethbourque. #navybluekitchen #twotonekitchens
Beth Bourque

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.

Alex Bates designed country kitchen with rustic farm table and cheerful coastal blue painted floors - Country Living magazine. #bluekitchens
Country Living magazine/Alex Bates

Encaustic, encaustic-look, porcelain, ceramic, and vinyl floor options can make a statement and feel energetic and lively.

Beautiful white and blue kitchen. Come see 36 Best Beautiful Blue and White Kitchens to Love! #blueandwhite #bluekitchen #kitchendesign #kitchendecor #decorinspiration #beautifulkitchen #bluekitchens #bluedecor #kitchendesign #kitchendecor #kitchenremodel #blueandwhitekitchen
Photo: Zeke Ruelas Source: Ginny Macdonald Design Director for Emily Henderson

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!

Amazing grey blue pained Shaker cabinets in a NY townhouse kitchen with open shelves, subway tile, brass hardware, and black Lacanche range. Ali Cayne of Haven Kitchen. #graykitchen #greyblue #kitchendesign #openshelves #lacanche #subwaytile #graycabinets #brasshardware
Ali Cayne – Haven Kitchen – paint color is SW 6257 Gibraltar

Blue Backsplash Ideas

Kitchen backsplashes add so much function and beauty to the everyday.

Stunning blue and white graphic tiles on sink wall of a kitchen with navy blue cabinets and farm sink. Come see 36 Best Beautiful Blue and White Kitchens to Love! #blueandwhite #bluekitchen #kitchendesign #kitchendecor #decorinspiration #beautifulkitchen
Blue and White Kitchen Design Inspiration – Whittney Parksinson Design

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.

Handmade tile backsplash in blue and white coastal cottage kitchen by Lisa Furey.
Lisa Furey Interiors – see more of this kitchen HERE

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!).

The kitchen features blue and white tiles found in a French market and a wooden table once used for drying cheeses. “Our interior decoration is not something we managed in a short period,” says Clementine, “but is the result of a lifetime of collecting nice brocante furniture and vintage items.” Come see 36 Best Beautiful Blue and White Kitchens to Love! #blueandwhite #bluekitchen #kitchendesign #kitchendecor #decorinspiration #beautifulkitchen
Victoria Magazine

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!

Blue and White Kitchen Decor Inspiration from the French farmhouse style kitchen of Dreamy Whites. Come see 36 Best Beautiful Blue and White Kitchens to Love! #blueandwhite #bluekitchen #kitchendesign #kitchendecor #decorinspiration #beautifulkitchen
Unfitted, rustic, and luxe French farmhouse…Dreamy Whites

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!

Light blue French kitchen in Provence with copper pans - Le Mas des Poiriers (photo: @brunorezza). #frenchkitchen #provencepoiriers
Paint color: Farrow & Ball Light Blue – @provencepoiriers (photo: @brunorezza)

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:

Breathtaking kitchen with light blue by Matthew Quinn. The sink wall with arched window is a shining moment amidst countless others! #bluekitchen #farrowandballlightblue #timelesskitchen #kitchendesign #traditionalkitchen
Paint color on cabinets: FARROW & BALL Light Blue – Southeastern Designer Showhouse 2017

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.

Elegant, refined, and masterfully designed, this kitchen with farm sink and arched window is but one moment in our tour of unforgettable interiors with European inspired charm. #farmsink #FrenchCountry #lightblue
Paint color on cabinets: FARROW & BALL Light Blue in the Southeastern Designer Showhouse. Design: Lauren DeLoach in Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

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.

Luxurious and bespoke French kitchen by L'Atelier Paris and The Fox Group. #frenchkitchens #frenchrange
The Fox Group – photo: Shelby Bourne

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.

Gorgeous modern farmhouse kitchen with beadboard ceiling and grey Shaker style cabinets. #SarchRichardson #brasshardware #modernfarmhouse
Sarah Richardson…in case you love a blue-grey or heron blue kitchen.

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!

Blue breakfast nook with window seat banquette. Miles Redd. #windowseat #bluekitchen #breakfastnook
Source: AD Design: Miles Redd. Photo: Miguel Flores-Vianna

I hope this gallery helps you narrow down blue tones you love and inspires your next project!

Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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  1. Amy
    May 3, 2023 / 9:51 am

    I love the robin’s egg blue island!! I do enjoy adding greyed/muted color to all my whites. I have found it is as calming & easy to live with as whites are! My favorite way to add color is thru authentic vintage/chippy pieces I’ve found @ estate sales, thrift stores, & consignment shops very similar to the distressed blue chest you highlighted above. Then if you do ever grow tired of the color, all you have to do is get rid of that piece since it’s not a permanent fixture in the home! However, I’ve yet to want to part with any of mine!

    • Michele
      Author
      May 3, 2023 / 8:26 pm

      Yes! I think taking your time and finding pieces you fall in love with over time is the joy of decorating a home. It takes time to find pieces like those you describe – ones you’ll never tire of.

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    July 13, 2023 / 3:28 am

    The author shows before and after images of the renovated space and discusses the design decisions and inspirations that went into the makeover. Readers interested in kitchen remodeling or looking for design inspiration would appreciate the post’s detailed details on the color palette, materials, and styling employed in the project. It’s a beautiful and useful resource for anyone planning a blue kitchen.

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    Blue kitchens have gained popularity, and this blog post showcases a stunning blue kitchen renovation. It’s an inspiring read for those considering bold color choices in their kitchen remodel, with beautiful visuals to spark creativity.

    • Michele
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      September 21, 2023 / 3:08 pm

      Thanks for reading.

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