Reno Notebook / By Kelley Rowland / December 31, 2018
Eight Kitchens That Prove Blue Is the New White
From navy to cobalt, discover the power of the cool hue
One thing’s for sure: Blue kitchen cabinets are no longer just a trend—they’re a new classic. Thanks to the endless shade options, the color can work for every renovator’s cook space, no matter their style. Ahead, check out these eight spaces, renovated by Sweeten general contractors, that prove blue is here to stay.
A run-of-the-mill kitchen was not in the books for Mollie. She wanted a kitchen with lots of personality, bold color, and print—and that’s exactly what she got. Whimsical wallpaper with pops of orange and a blue backdrop plays off the azure lower cabinets and picks up the warmth of the gold hardware.
Subtle gray-blue cabinets are right on par with the traditional-meets-modern style of Nydia and Jonathan’s kitchen. They paired the cabinets with a mix of metals, from the brushed gold bar stools to the stainless appliances, giving the otherwise classic cook space a contemporary edge.
Blue is Tracey’s favorite color, so she and her husband Brian decided on blue kitchen cabinets in their Westchester home. After looking at fan decks to find the perfect shade, they expected they’d have to go custom. Luckily, the cabinets they chose were available in a stock color close to the swatch, so they saved on time and money.
Laura and Walter’s home is full of original details, especially in the kitchen area. They opted for blue cabinets that demand attention, while still letting the architectural elements shine. Another trick to pulling off a bold shade of blue like theirs? Sticking to mostly lower cabinets and leaving the white walls exposed so the color isn’t overpowering.
When it finally came time to renovate her kitchen and living area (after five years of dreaming and planning), Lauren had to have one notable detail. “I’ve always loved blue cabinets and knew that I wanted to do darker kitchen cabinets with a lighter floor and a white countertop,” she said. She chose an understand gray-blue shade for the custom cabinets that complemented the rest of the home’s decor.
There’s no shortage of color in Giulia’s apartment. “I love the contrast of the blue and white oak. I had the same colors in my bedroom in Rome when I was a kid and I think it just reminded me of home,” she said. To let the cabinets take center stage, she left the rest of the space in neutral and natural colors.
Baby blue in the kitchen? Yes please. Courtney and Jim chose an almost-pastel shade of blue for their lower cabinets. It pops against the patterned floor and white upper cabinets, without overwhelming the tight space. Note to renovators: if your kitchen is smaller, opt for lighter cabinets to make it feel less enclosed.
“From the first time we saw the space, I envisioned a transitional-style kitchen with navy blue cabinets,” Tina shared about her apartment. The architect chose classic shaker-style cabinets in Newburyport Blue, pairing them with white countertops and a subway tile backsplash.
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