White, wood tones, beige and gray are among the most common colors used in recent kitchen remodels, according to Houzz’s 2018 U.S. Kitchen Trends Study. But if you want a little more color in your life, you might consider blue, a non-neutral hue that has been popping up in more kitchens. Though blue-greens and light blues look fresh and fun, when it comes to creating a stylish and sophisticated kitchen, it’s hard to beat dark blue. As these 10 kitchens illustrate, there are many spots to bring in deep blue, from just a tad to a ton.
1. Lights and accessories. If you’re not ready to commit to dark blue or just want to add a splash of color to an all-white kitchen, consider accessories and lighting as a low-commitment approach. This bright, white kitchen in Washington, D.C., includes a collection of dark blue-and-white ceramic jars and a trio of blue Alina pendant lights from Tech Lighting.
2. Counter stools. Another relatively low-commitment way to add dark blue to your kitchen is through counter stools. If you don’t like them, you can always swap them out or have them reupholstered. This all-white kitchen in New York state gets a boost from four counter stools covered in blue leather with silver nailhead studding.
3. Accent wall. Painting is one of the easier and relatively inexpensive ways to change the look of a space. An accent wall covered in Half New Denim Blue from Resene gives this New Zealand kitchen a stylish and sophisticated punch.
4. Feature wall. If you’re feeling a little more confident about adding dark blue to your kitchen, take some inspiration from this Parisian kitchen that features a range wall, hood and floating bookshelves all covered in a deep and delightful shade of dark blue.
5. Backsplash. If you’re warming up to the idea of adding dark blue to your kitchen, let’s look at some ways to do so that will cost a little more money but create an even bigger impact. Adding a new backsplash is more of a commitment and cost, but look how this dark blue quatrefoil tile from Ann Sacks enlivens this Denver kitchen.
6. Island. When it comes to changing up color, painting wood cabinets is definitely more of a commitment than painting drywall. If you already have stained wood cabinets and want to paint them, it can be difficult to bring them back to their original stain. But then again, if the results are as good as the dark blue island in this Australian kitchen, you may never want to go back.
7. Lower cabinets. In the previous kitchen, only the island sported blue paint and the perimeter cabinets were white, but it is a trend of late to paint all the lower cabinets the same color. This English farmhouse kitchen has its lower cabinets painted in Pantry Blue from deVOL Kitchens.
8. Lower and upper cabinets. If you’re really feeling this dark blue trend, there’s no reason you have to stop with just the lower cabinets. This Chicago kitchen features lower and upper cabinets covered in the always elegant Hague Blue from Farrow & Ball.
9. Cabinets, range and hood. If dark blue is a color you truly love, then adding a blue range and hood to your kitchen might be a worthwhile investment. This bold Boston kitchen features a dark blue gas range and hood from Lacanche.
10. Walls, cabinets, molding and ceiling. The owners of this Minnesota kitchen must really be committed to dark blue. The lower and upper cabinets, walls, molding and even the ceiling are covered in a rich navy blue. And the results speak for themselves.