Are you prepared to make the jump towards a colourful and inspiring kitchen? We will be taking a look at a range of colours that can take your kitchen to the next level – sparking your inner creativity and designing a space full of personal flair and rich character.
Beautiful blues have a calming effect which could be needed in the chaotic family kitchen or to pave the way for a traditional or country decorating style. Not everyone agrees with using the colour blue in a kitchen as they say it the exact opposite of appetising red. We say that you should embrace the colour you love and feel happy being around – if that happens to be blue then take a look at some of our ideas for using this cool hue in the kitchen and discover how even the most tranquil of colours can breathe life into the home.
A very light blue-grey is a good choice for the traditional kitchen, where it meets its perfect match with beaded board cabinet fronts and white counter-tops. If you have a spacious kitchen to accommodate an island unit or an open plan kitchen-diner – look for a dark wood as the island/dining table’s surface; this will anchor the room and prevent it from looking too washed out. White open shelving instead of closed upper cabinets will give the impression of more space in a small kitchen – both metallic or wooden accents will fit in with this design.
One of the first images that came to my mind when thinking about blue kitchens was a humble cottage style kitchen with classic blue and white gingham, chunky raw wood counter-tops and vintage crockery. As with the traditional kitchen, you could give cabinets a base coat of light blue but do frame in white or off-white. Gingham ready made blinds or café curtains at the window and blue and white crockery displayed on the walls will help to give it that simple cottage charm. Add a blue and green kitchen rug to bring a cohesive look without going overboard.
In a sleek, contemporary kitchen you may find a bolder blue will work harder. With reflective or steely finishes, a bold blue will stop the space from feeling to cold or austere. Use it by painting a focal wall and adding the same or similar hue into details such as a coloured pendant lamp over a dining space or beautiful blue ready made roller blinds at the window. A second colour will further warm up your kitchen – try a subtle yellow hue on an adjacent wall or a decorative bowel filled with juicy lemons.
One more quick idea for adding blue to the kitchen is with a mosaic tiled back-splash – try to mix the tiles with matte and gloss finishes which will make it that little bit more striking and individual.