When it comes to kitchen’s you’ll find that white, cream, grey and other neutrals are a safe bet, there are a lot on the market, but, if you want to freshen up the room which is generally the heart of the home, you have to consider going blue, one of the hottest kitchen trends this year.
There’s this general feeling that colour should only be added to a kitchen with the accessories, the paintwork and the like, however, for me, I love the idea of my kitchen cabinets being the statement piece and the finish being more subtle for a fresh, modern look.
For me, blue adds a cool and calming touch to any room, especially a kitchen, and it is also such a versatile colour, there is a shade of blue that everyone likes, and it always looks beautiful teamed with natural materials such as wood and stone, so will look great against your tiles and worktop.
As I have a period property I felt that blue added a refreshing mix to the wood beams and brickwork, and I always think that soft and pale shades such as sky blue, duck egg, cornflower and periwinkle works beautifully in country-style kitchens.
Dependant on your kitchen design, you can also mix two or three shades together, for instance your island could be the bold shade of blue, while your other cabinets could be the lighter shade. However, for me, with my floor being a dark red tile, I felt that a lighter blue would make more of a statement. But it means that my accessories can be of a dark blue shade to add some contrast to the kitchen.
“For those less confident but still looking for a touch of blue, try opting for a traditional kitchen set against a striking blue wall. This bold combination ensures your room will still be on trend” – Hayley Simmons, head of merchandising for Magnet.
It isn’t just your cabinets that can go blue, if you want keep the traditional white, why not add blue to your tiles and walls to make a statement. This could be a great idea if you love your current kitchen units but want to refresh the room. Look at patterned blue tiles, for your splashbacks and the floor, all those various shades of blue will make any kitchen look new again, as well as so Instagram-perfect.
The other reason I adore blue in a kitchen, it’s a great shade when paired with copper. It allows you to add copper accents with your handles, small appliances, stools and kitchen accessories. Adding that metallic shimmer to blue, whether dark or light just adds a modern touch, which will work for a modern or period house.
Want some expert advice on going blue in your kitchen? I spoke to Hayley Simmons, head of merchandising for Magnet, on her top tips:
“For a kitchen exuding a light airy feel, the elegant Somerton Duck Egg boasts distinctively coloured cabinets that are guaranteed to brighten any space while adding a splash of colour,” said Simmons.
“For those less confident but still looking for a touch of blue, try opting for a traditional kitchen set against a striking blue wall. This bold combination ensures your room will still be on trend.”
Simmons added: “The Blue Pearl Granite worktop will add multitude of tones to the kitchen, whilst the china blue and chrome Elise Range Cooker from Rangemaster will add that wow factor.