Shades of Blue - Adding Color to the Kitchen
If there is one thing that will warm up a kitchen (other than the oven) it's bringing in deeper colors. Yes, white kitchens that were once the hottest thing in design have given way to warmer hues from teal to shades of charcoal. Blues are becoming a nice middle ground in a room that has traditionally been the central point of the home. Since it's the place where people gather, it provides the perfect opportunity to mix color and create energy. I love the warmth that darker colors project, and more people are migrating toward darker colors in the kitchen. Blues add depth and interest which is the perfect complement to stainless steel and other metals (imagine blue and copper). In years past homeowners wanted utilitarian kitchens awash in white from the cabinets to the countertops, now we are craving color in invigorating shades that bring life back into the "heart of the home." Blues are bringing in the heat, from grayish blues to shades of indigo.
(Photo via Mowlem & Co)
Updated shades of blue lend themselves to an element of sophistication and timelessness. Because it's the color of the sky, it evokes a feeling of height and depth and makes the kitchen feel more open and spacious. While some of the more traditional "historic" blues are becoming a thing of "design past,” deeper blues are paving the way for a variety of color combinations. Paired with new introductions in solid surfaces such as agates and copper adding color to your cabinetry is the perfect opportunity to bring in visual impact. If you want to add a flourish of color to your kitchen, but don't want to commit to one shade, mix it up a bit. Any way you slice it, hues of blue are here to stay.
(Photo via British Standard by Plain English)