Blue is not a particularly common color for kitchen cabinets. Therefore, the use of blue for that space makes them stand out. Blue is not a neutral color, but it’s still one that complements a lot of other hues. If you’re looking for a singular color palette for your kitchen, consider starting with blue and trying one of the following schemes.
French Blue and Pastel Yellow
While blue in general is an unusual color for kitchen cabinetry, the exception is French blue. French country is a popular décor style for kitchens, and the heart of the palette is a pastel gray-blue. For being a cool tone, French blue carries a surprisingly welcoming feel. While it’s traditional for the French country style, the color could work as the foundation for any homey kitchen.
For a true French country kitchen, you should expect to use warm pastels to complement the blue cabinets. A pastel yellow would be beautiful for the walls and even ceiling. The gentle warmth of the color would brighten up the kitchen without serving as a true opposite of the blue. For the cabinets themselves, consider adding a dark glaze to show the rich details of the trim.
Yale Blue and Black
Yale blue has been mixed with black to give gray undertones. Yale blue looks a little like a light Prussian blue. As the name suggests, Yale blue carries a definite sophisticated vibe that works well in in modern décor. It’s an unusual shade that’s about at a mid-tone.
Because of the sophisticated air of Yale blue, it matches well with black. That said, Yale blue’s gray undertones already make it feel heavy. So, use a restrained hand with the black. Use black, say, for a chic tiled backsplash. White features in Yale blue’s undertones, too, so use white for the ceiling or the countertop.
Azure Blue and Wood
Azure is a remarkable color for kitchen cabinets. It feels like a true blue, but just a little lighter. Nonetheless, azure cabinets carry a depth of color you don’t usually get with a lighter hue. It works well in a modern space, but it’s especially fetching for any style of eclectic kitchen. Though a cool tone, azure blends well with warm tones.
To that end, consider matching azure cabinets with warm wood tones. Orange is opposite blue on the color wheel, which makes them true complements. Naturally stained hardwood features subtle orange undertones. Use it for your countertop, chairs, floor, or shelving. You could use shades of much lighter blue for the walls, but the ceiling should be white to keep the room from being too dark.
Cobalt Island and White
If you’re not ready to commit fully to all your cabinets’ being blue, you can use the color just for the kitchen island’s cabinetry. In this scenario, consider using a bold blue color, something like a cobalt. This dark, electric blue carries a surprisingly formal ambience that nonetheless works well in a number of décor styles.
Rich wood finishes are a beautiful complement to cobalt blue. However, such wood also looks dark. So, you’ll want to use it sparingly, say for the island topper or for chairs pulled up to the island. Otherwise, the rest of your palette should be light. Indeed, white is a stunning complement for cobalt blue. Additionally, gravitate more toward light hardware, such as silver.
Navy Blue and Gray
Navy blue is another deep color, but it’s one you could consider using for all your cabinetry. This color works well for an open-plan kitchen. If you don’t want to commit all your cabinets to the color, choose a percentage of the kitchen space that can support such a dark color.
White is an obvious complement for navy blue, too. However, navy is such a sophisticated color that it can support an equally sophisticated complement – gray. You could use a light gray for the cabinets you don’t paint navy blue. It will also work for walls, the backsplash, and the countertop. Let Elite Painting KC implement one of the above paint color schemes in your kitchen.