There’s something familiar and comforting about the colour blue. It evokes the sea and the sky, and will conform to an array of design styles. From country kitchen to chic condo, paired with white or on its own, the Queen’s favourite hue is on-trend for good reason. Flip through these kitchens to see why we’re feeling blue.
Warm and Slick
Isn’t this blue kitchen a beauty? Studio McGee did an incredible job on this remodel. You have to see the what it looked like before.They used Benjamin Moore “Hale Navy” on the lowers and “Super White” elsewhere. Gorgeous brass hardware adds a touch of glam, and the burnt orange leather stools against the blue really wows. Ditto the rattan pendants for texture.
Shaker it Up
Jessica McGouran, principal designer at Jessica Leigh Interiors, gave a chic cottage spin to this lovely century-old home in Toronto. Antique-style pulls, shaker cabinets and a simple white backsplash bring this blue to attention. Floating wood shelves complement the stools and the flooring.
Joanna Gaines does it again (does she ever have an off day?) with this ravishing blue beauty that feels a smidge country, a smidge luxe. The designer judiciously used blue on the hood vent and the island as accents, then brought in lots of wood for her signature rustic vibe. Trussed ceilings, foxy stools and a patterned backsplash are also big hits. See here for the designer’s 23 best kitchen designs.
Marble Meets Blue
Pair dark blue with a streaky slab of marble and all of a sudden you’ve got the swankest kitchen in town. Designed by Joanna Gaines, this kitchen gets its prize-winning look from the mix of materials, including miles of subway tile. And the doses of black, from the pot filler to the faucet, are right on trend.
A Striking View
Toronto designer Rebecca Hay created this striking kitchen using a variety of clever flourishes that prove the power is in the details, and the mix. The lulling marble mosaic backsplash yokes the two-tone cabinetry together – the lowers are Benjamin Moore’s “Newbury Port Blue”, and the uppers are “Cloud White”. And the yellow accents are simply darling.
Here’s another angle of that kitchen by Rebecca Hay. A full-height pantry means lots of room to stow essentials. Brass pulls look sharp against the blue and play off the pendant. And we love those yellow stools – blue’s best buddy.
Frame it Out
Two-tone for the win: This impossibly chic kitchen, designed by Kortney Wilson of Masters of Flip, showcases the power of blue as a contrast colour. Unlike black, it’s subtler and more unexpected. Copy Kortney’s style by framing out the windows to match.
Hilary Farr of Love it or List it
isn’t messing around with this island. You can put out quite the spread, and still have sit-down room. Like many designers who know that contrast is key, Hilary reserved the blue for the lowers.
Blue is so versatile. It can go country, chic or anything in between. Case in point: this charmer designed by Emily Henderson. An exotic rug anchors the modern Spanish kitchen in a space that features hand-made style tile, shelves on big brackets and shaker cabinets.
The Perfect Mix
This showstopper space by Sarah Robertson, the designer behind Studio Dearborn in Westchester County, NY, has every element you would want in a dream kitchen. A beautiful blue and white colour palette, hefty brass pulls, matching stylish orb pendants and subway tile for days. We love how the kitchen feels both farmhouse-y and urban.
If eclecticism speaks to you, then steal a page from this stunner by the Property Brothers. It’s all about the mix: from the snazzy gold pulls to the oversized pendants that dare to share real estate with the chrome stools and the stainless-steel industrial hood vent. A royal blue island is also a fun foil to the wood cabinetry.
Natural light floods this drop-dead gorgeous kitchen designed by US-based Oliver Hazard, illuminating all that glorious deep blue. We love the colour against the brass pulls from Restoration Hardware. Glass-front cabinets brilliantly break up the cabinetry, and allow the homeowners to show off their pretty dishware. Caesarstone countertops link up with subway tile for a wall of white, and a perfect contrast.
Pretty in Blue
For an updated country kitchen, use brilliant blue like Jillian Harris did. Be sure to add fancy chef-worthy appliances and a mini herringbone tile backsplash that meanders all the way to the ceiling. Silver accents – in the pulls, faucet and bread stand – add sparkle and brightness.
Think Blue Tile
If blue cabinetry scares you, why not try it solely on the backsplash? This stylish, light-filled kitchen uses blue as an accent. Bistro stools, a casual gallery wall of family photos and a trio of lightweight pendants pulls the look together.
With the Grain
gets in on the blue trend, pairing the friendly hue with tons of wood. Butcher-block countertops bring out blue’s rustic style, but still feels elevated against the top-notch stainless-steel appliances. Tour the entire made-over space here.
You would think a copious amount of deep blue would overwhelm, but not so. In this gorgeous space, designed by Jillian Harris, the cabinetry feels sleek because there are no fussy detail on the doors to dizzy the eye. Also, going all the way to the ceiling helps keep the look clean-lined. Tour the entire home here.
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