Solutions: Blue kitchens

March 6, 2017 / DECORATING, Solutions / 0 Comments
This 1930s kitchen in Paris has a moody palette complemented by luxe lighting

How to… make blue work in a kitchen

 

Blue can be a cold colour to use in the home, but it’s perfectly suited to a room that tends to be warm by default like a kitchen. Here’s our 7 steps to a blue cook space heaven…

 

1 Go true blue on all units The easiest way to get a blue kitchen is obviously to select units in this shade. Almost all kitchen manufacturers offer a huge array of colours and finishes, so the only limit is your imagination. Just because the most popular colours seem to be white or grey, doesn’t mean you have to follow the crowd.

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An X-line kitchen by Pronorm available at Modus Kitchens.

 

2. Create a blue envelope If specifying blue units feels like too much of a committment, then surround paler cupboards with a deep blue in a gorgeous gloss on the walls, and even floor, instead. The use of a high-gloss finish is important as this will help to bounce light around and also appear to tint anything near to it with a lovely blue-toned glow.

This 1930s kitchen in Paris has a moody palette complemented by luxe lighting

This 1930s kitchen in Paris has a wonderfully moody blue palette complemented by luxe lighting Photography: Karel Balas/Vega MG

 

3 Match kitchen furniture and units. But if you’re sure blue is the way you want to go, then why not carry the palette right through to associated furniture. Key to avoiding overkill is to balance the whole with other contrasting, yet complementary, materials and finishes. Blue sits beautifully with shades of grey, pale beech or ash and almost any stone, especially granite.

blue kitchen Photography: Jonas Ingerstedt

Interior stylist Sasa Antic’s galley kitchen has a light, modern palette of white marble and powdery blue Photography: Jonas Ingerstedt

 

4 Contrast units and walls Alternatively, you can also really make blue units sing by deliberately playing them against a different colour entirely. Top tip: although contrast is what you’re after, try to maintain the same tone in the colours chosen, in other words, the amount of grey, pink, or yellow within them. This will help them to sit together more comfortably as they’ll be essentially speaking the same a colour language.

Note Design Studio blue and pink kitchen

Palest pink is paired with chalky blue in this dreamy kitchen design by Note Design Studio

 

5 Or you could really go for it In which case, why not custom-colour the whole lot, floor, units, walls and ceiling! This will create a sense of kitchen as completely separate zone, almost like a special, super-modern cooking pod to inhabit as required. Especially clever if the space has no windows, as it automatically confers a light and airy feel.

With custom made cabinetry by the London-based design practice Bureau de Change, this blue kitchen seems almost space-age in its modernity. For more details see ELLE Decoration Kitchens Volume 2. Link at end of post. Photographer Ben Blossom

With custom-made cabinetry by the London-based design practice Bureau de Change, this blue kitchen seems almost space-age in its modernity. For more details see ELLE Decoration Kitchens Volume 2. Link at end of post. Photographer Ben Blossom

 

6 Or just dip a toe into the blue waters By simply changing the fronts of existing units. Pretty well all kitchens work to standard cupboard dimensions, so you may be able to pick up new doors ready-made, alternatively get your original doors re-sprayed. But, if you have an IKEA ‘Metod’ kitchen, then companies like Superfront are a dream come true, offering as they do a wonderful array of front colours and finishes all designed to fit straight onto standard IKEA cabinets.

IKEA Metod units pimped by the homeowner, interior designer Cecilie Claussen, with a little help from Superfront, the Swedish company which offers a wider range of colours and finishes than the superstore, but all purpose-made to fit IKEA cupboards. Cecilie Photograph: Niklas Hart

IKEA Metod units pimped by the homeowner, interior designer Cecilie Claussen, with a little help from Superfront, the Swedish company which offers a wider range of colours and finishes than the superstore, but all purpose-made to fit IKEA cupboards. Photograph: Niklas Hart

 

7 And don’t forget some texture If containing your blue to the walls, then why not consider some simple panelling to add instant textural interest, and something of a homely feel to your kitchen. The relief will also prevent the colour from feeling too flat, which is worth considering if using a matt finish. Painting the door and skirtings in the same colour, keeps it super coherent.

1. ‘Risi’ chair, £175; ‘Capra’ chair (two pictured), £255, both by Tomek Rygalik. ‘Eames DSW’ chair for Vitra, £340. ‘Cooks Table’ with marble top, £2,795. Inspired by country kitchens, the ‘Cooks Table’ is this season’s hero piece. Pair it with modern seating.

And to finish off your ‘Modern Country Kitchen’ team wooden furniture with a classic kitchen table such as this one from Heals. ‘Cooks Table’ with marble top, £2,795; ‘Risi’ chair (behind table), £175; ‘Capra’ chair, £255, both by Tomek Rygalik. ‘Eames DSW’ blue chair for Vitra, £340. All furniture available at Heals.

 

And for even more inspiration on all things kitchens download a digital edition of ELLE Decoration Kitchens Volume 1 for just £2.99 via the ELLE Decoration app. Not forgetting ELLE Decoration Bathrooms Volume 1, also available for download via the ELLE Decoration app. Price £2.99.

And… from 2 March to 5 April 2017 ELLE Decoration Kitchens Volume 2 is available absolutely FREE with the April “Decorating” edition of ELLE Decoration, on sale at all good UK newsagents.

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