For those of you who love classic style decorating, you should really consider incorporating a dark blue grey into your kitchen scheme. Whether you like a farmhouse look, an upmarket Hamptons style or a classic English scheme, using just white on its own, although lovely, can sometimes leave you wanting. Smart dark grey works well with white and is a great neutral however using blue for your kitchen cabinetry really injects personality into your kitchen design. Think fashionable Ralph Lauren and beautiful East Coast American style and you are well on your way to coveting a dark blue kitchen.
I treat dark navy blue as an alternative neutral to black or grey. It happens to be my favourite colour so I am possibly, well almost definitely, biased, but there is something about dark blue cabinetry that I absolutely love and if you love classic style decorating, I am sure you will love it too. Below I have my 6 key points to help you to introduce this gorgeous colour into your next kitchen renovation.
Here are my top 6 tips for choosing blue kitchen cabinetry
1) Ensure that the blue that you select contains enough grey to make it work. A navy blue that is too bright will not be successful – remember that you are using this blue as an alternative neutral, not as a feature wall colour. I like Dulux Presidential which is a sophisticated blue/grey or you could try Dulux Grid for a slightly greyer, darker look. Depending upon where you are in the world, Little Greene Hicks Blue, Farrow & Ball Stiffkey Blue or Porters Nova Scotia for a warmer blue/grey are all contenders. If you would like to introduce more of this colour into your space then ensure that you use exactly the same paint on the walls as on the kitchen cabinetry so that the match is perfect.
2) If you are planning a two tone kitchen using blue and white, then always use the darker colour for the base cabinetry. This grounds the scheme and prevents it from looking top heavy. Of course you don’t have to partner the blue with white as it is also very effective with a soft neutral grey. I really like to use my accent colour on the island bench as this is a great focal point for the room. If you keep the white or grey for the kitchen cabinetry on the outside walls, this becomes the work zone for the kitchen and then your island bench becomes the convivial meeting point for dining/drinks and chatting with friends and family.
3) For a classic look ensure that the kickboards are painted in the same blue as the lower cabinetry so that the joinery looks more like a piece of furniture – a white or silver kickboard would really destroy the look here. Kitchen manufacturers are getting into the navy blue trend and are producing laminates in this colour so that you don’t have to have a painted finish on your kickboards. If the style of yours is to have set back kickboards then the shadow created here ensures that this can work and provide you with a hardier finish than paint.
4) Carefully consider the handles that you will use. Dark blue goes well with either silver or gold but will give you quite a different feel as you can see in the images here. Gold is great with dark blue but will give you a more traditional feel while silver will bring a contemporary touch. Handles really do change the personality of a kitchen so ensure that you like the effect by placing the handle against a large sample of the paint colour.
5) Don’t forget to consider the effect of a benchtop and splash back. I do love a contrast with the dark blue so really love a white bench top, either something plain or a beautiful marble that can also be used for the splash back or for a more affordable style, a simple white subway tile looks good too. A natural timber bench top will look great but provides less of a contrast – there is no right or wrong – it will just give you a different feel so you need to consider the outcome that you prefer. Remember that using dark blue cabinetry is making a statement, so keep the splash back simple as there is nothing worse than too many statement pieces in a decorating scheme!
6) Finally, consider the finish of your kitchen cabinetry. Either a matt or at the most satin finish is the way to go here. A gloss finish will completely ruin the look as you need the beautiful depth that you get when the finish is more matt.
I hope that this has given you some inspiration and that you will consider blue for your kitchen cabinetry. I would love to hear if you have used dark blue in your kitchen or whether you plan to. You can also find lots more images and inspiration on my Pinterest Classic Kitchens board – hop on and take a look.
Are you renovating your kitchen? If so you should read my in-depth article about how to choose a kitchen benchtop with the pros and cons of the major types available.
A splashback can make or break the success of a kitchen. Read my in-depth post on the different options available
I have written another post on how to use navy blue and white which you might also find helpful: