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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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