When it comes to designing and decorating a kitchen one of the most important questions that you need to ask yourself early on is “what color should the cabinets be?”. Neutrals like white, black or beige are an easy way out but if you want something a bit more bold and eye-catching consider a different option like blue cabinets for example. You can still opt for this look for your existing kitchen if you paint the cabinets.
Cool blue kitchen cabinet paints
You have a choice between using oil or latex-based paint for that, each type has its own pros and cons. Latex-based paints are generally considered better and more convenient. Also, a semi-gloss or glossy finish tends to be the wiser choice because they’re easier to maintain. With that in mind, let’s take a look at a few designs that involve blue kitchen cabinets for inspiration.
Copper accents with blue for lower cabinets
Blue kitchen cabinets and copper decorations and accessories go hand in hand and you can clearly see that in this beautiful kitchen designed by Studio Tamat. It looks so clean, chic and stylish even though it’s really simple. The rich blue color on the cabinets and the island goes really well with the white walls and the patterned floor.
Blue minimalist approach
This beautiful shade of turquoise turns this minimalist kitchen into a focal point within this super simple apartment designed by VCL Studio. It’s the only bold color in the room and the blue is both soothing and cheerful. The white countertop, upper cabinet and the white brick wall are the perfect additions. They keep the design simple but add just enough texture to make this area look welcoming.
In most modern and contemporary homes the kitchen is part of an open plan together with the living room and dining area. With that in mind, introducing blue kitchen cabinets into the space could seem a bit out of place if there’s no continuity throughout. In this case studio decorkuznetsov brought in a set of blue living room sofa with matching poufs to make the transition feel smooth and seamless.
A second accent color
Just because you want your kitchen to have blue cabinets doesn’t mean you have to stay away from other accent tones. In a context such as this one the blue and the white are used in similar proportions which allows for a third or even fourth color to be introduced. The bright red island stool and the wooden floor are beautiful additions here, adding warmth to the otherwise cold color palette of the room.
If you prefer a darker shade of blue for your kitchen cabinets and other furniture pieces in the house, that might look cool when paired with other dark accent colors such as black or dark-stained wood. It could give the decor a stylish mid-century modern look and it would be quite sophisticated. Check out this beautiful interior designed by studio Offstage as reference.
A balanced palette
Although blue kitchen cabinets can look really cool they can also seem out of place if they’re not complementing the rest of the space around them. To create a balanced color palette and to make the space feel inviting you can pair the blue cabinets with warm colors and materials such as wood for instance. Neutrals like white and gray are really good for transitioning between these different colors. Let this nice design by studio Amos Goldreich Architecture inspire you.
The perfect lighting
The way in which we perceive color has a lot to do with the lighting. You can really make a color stand out just by lighting it in a cool way and a really great example here is another stylish interior by Amos Goldreich Architecture. Notice how subtle and seamless between the black and the blue kitchen cabinets is and how soothing and inviting this space feels.
Small and cheerful
When you’re dealing with a small space it can be difficult to come up with a balanced color scheme for it. Let’s say you have an apartment with an open space social area and a tiny kitchen. You could draw attention to the kitchen by using color and that way the whole space would gain some character. A color such as blue would fit really well because it goes great with white and that’s the perfect non-color for making a small room seem bigger. You could find some inspiration in this design by URBAstudios.
Similar accent colors
Another idea is to use several accent colors to give your kitchen more character. You could combine different shades of blue for different sections of the furniture. For instance, in this kitchen designed by Marmur Studio the upper cabinets are a bit darker and more faded than the lower ones and the island. Also, the backsplash introduces a few shades of green which complement the rest of the decor really well.
Blue and orange are considered complementary colors because when paired together the contrast between them is the strongest and they highlight each other simultaneously. You can use that to your advantage when designing your home interior. Let’s say you’d like to have blue kitchen cabinets and you want them to stand out. Adding a few orange accents in the same area would help with that. Studio Colombo and Serboli Architecture shows here how it’s done.
A timeless combo
Blue is a very versatile color and by extension blue kitchen cabinets are too. As you’ve already seen, they mix well with a variety of different styles. Here for instance the large island is the centerpiece of the kitchen and it introduces a subtle farmhouse-inspired vibe into the house. Its blue color is beautifully complemented by the wooden bar stools and the floor. This was a project by studio Beaulieu Cabinetry, Inc.
Blue and quartz
Blue and white go really well together in a kitchen. They make it look clean and simple without being boring and there are some really great materials that could be used here. For instance, the quartz countertops used here by studio Skin Interior Design add a stylish and refined look to this entire space. Also, the dark blue and dark-stained wood accents make an elegant combo.
There are some really interesting shades of blue out there that could make a kitchen look amazing. This faded blue, almost grey nuance is a great fit for a retro or farmhouse-style kitchen. It pairs well with stainless steel appliances or with industrial features like these metal and wood bar stools used by studio Piperbear Designs. The white subway tiles on the walls and the marble floor tie it all together with style.
Blue, especially when used in big amounts like in this kitchen can make the area look rather cold. To avoid creating an uninviting decor you could introduce warm materials and colors. For instance, the wooden floor really helps to balance out this design and the leather bar stools and all the copper and brass details have a similar effect.
A retro vibe
This looks like such an inviting and elegant kitchen and it’s due to a variety of different elements. First of all, the color of the cabinets and the island is quite special. It’s a dark shade of blue with grey and purple accents and it really helps to elevate this entire space. The herringbone wooden floor and the lighting add a very comforting touch to the design and all the brass fixtures and exposed hardware complement the design just right. Design from lindnelson.
A traditional approach
This is a fairly traditional kitchen design. All the cabinets are blue and match in style and there’s a nice and comforting symmetry to the way in which they’re positioned. The white marble countertops and the wooden floor pair well with the subway tile a backsplash and the farmhouse sink. Together they create a classic design. Check out Blueline Custom Builders for more interesting designs and projects.
This is quite a distinctive shade of blue. It’s dark with gray undertones and it looks exquisite here in combination with the light color palette. The walls and ceiling are white and the light wooden floor is very subtle. We also love the light turquoise bar stools and the brass fixtures. They’re very subtle but don’t go unnoticed. This beautiful kitchen was created by studio Christen Ales Interior Design.
If you’re set on using blue in your kitchen, consider a Mediterranean-inspired decor. Blue and white and the main colors for that. Also, this would give the kitchen a breezy and coastal sort of vibe. However, painting all the kitchen cabinets blue might be a bit too much. Perhaps a blue kitchen island paired with white cabinets would give you a more balanced look. Found on the Showcasekitchen.