We’re always happiest when the sky is blue! For many years, the minimalist sterile and clinical look with its cream, white and beige colours have dominated kitchen design. Slowly and tastefully, colourful kitchen designs, with it’s much softer and cosy look, have become the new trend.
Colour is all around us and even in our vocabulary. We say we feel 'blue', says interior designer and colour expert Elaine Ryan. ’It's part of our core, but for many years colour has been excluded from our homes… but now I see a real love for it and people wanting it in their home. It's all about finding the colours you respond to and that make you feel good”.
The power of colour is that it can completely alter your experience, says interior designer Shannon Kaye.
You always want to ask yourself how you want to look and feel in a space.
With the colour blue you can create a cool and clear look. The colour blue has been shown to lower blood pressure and heart rate. You can use blue to cool a room with much sun and heat. If used in kitchen paint, furniture or dishes, blue colour is said to decrease appetite (and you can lose weight) designlike.com
Within a kitchen design colour scheme with neutral and dark tones a striking splash of colour can instantly enliven your fitted kitchen.
Rich dark and moody – these shades work beautifully together for a full-colour effect
Soft Blue – soothing shades to welcome you home: gentle blues create a space that is calm and serene.
White tiles with blue units can create a refreshing modern look.
Choosing a darker blue for your kitchen can really give it some character.
While we know that blue can be a calming hue, remember that each colour has a variety of shades, all of which can have very different effects
“The current trends in kitchens are for the very dark shades such as Farrow & Ball's Railings and Stiffkey Blue, and Little Greene's Deep Space Blue. We're also seeing a lot of teal and the greener shades”
TURQUISE is about a sharp, perceptive intellect (usually mathematic) – and fun or pleasure, or in general: intensity of experience.
INDIGO (dark night-blue) is about an attitude of science and asking profound or fundamental questions.
TEAL represents calm and balance but is also known for its rejuvenating nature. Within fitted kitchen design this translates to an instant boost of energy within a space.
It’s uplifting qualities make the teal painted kitchen door perfect for creating a feature of a kitchen island, or a run of units. Freelance design blogger and writer, Stacey from Design Sheppard with the help of colour psychology expert Karen Haller explain “This tone represents balance, calm, and soothing whilst also being restorative and rejuvenating” .
Cobalt blue can give a kitchen more personality. Cobalt blue is about the ability to see things the way they just are.
ROBIN EGG – Using a lighter blue, creates a classic vintage look for your kitchen.
Blue is an eternal favourite, and a hint of this beautiful colour in your kitchen can have an uplifting influence on the ambiance of the room. Blue kitchen cabinets are a welcome addition to any kitchen that seeks to embrace a coastal look.
“It calms and soothes, ushering in a sense of tranquility. Blue evokes the colour of the sea and the sky, and darker shades such as navy can create a relaxing nautical vibe”
Since blue is associated with calmness, it works well in a bathroom, bedroom or kitchen, all rooms where one goes to relax. Different shades of light blue can be used for ceilings to mimic the sky, making a room feel larger, says lifestyle reporter Jeannie Matteucci
BLUE COLOUR COMBINATIONS
Blue is like the new black and is more versatile than most other colours, and can be combined with a number of other colours.
Medium and light blue colour tones, combined with golden and sunny yellow colour shades creates a fabulous, playful, warm and pleasant atmosphere
Those brighter French blues and sunflower yellows are a fun combination for a kitchen, says Jackie Jordan, director of colour marketing for Sherwin-Williams.
It gives you the best of both worlds; yellow gives you energy and blue balances it out.
Navy blue + cognac + cool brown + cerise + rose
Tomato red + light cobalt blue + pale olive + navy blue
Navy blue + lilac + yellow-greens/blue-greens
Aqua + dove grey + iris blue + desert sand
Brick red + cotto + slate blue + bright olive green + cool pink + lighter slate
Chocolate brown + pale misty sky + white + duck-egg blue + grey + terracotta
Taupe + washed denim + Venetian red + vintage leather + deep indigo + misty sky blue + maroon + pale indigo
Royal blue + French blue + eucalyptus green + misty sky blue + pale mauve + deep ocean blue + mint