Why Blue is the New Black ‘Kitchen’
Considering adding a splash of colour to plans for your brand new bespoke kitchen? Or maybe you are intent on introducing a whole new vista for this most sought-after of rooms? Then, certainly, you could do an awful lot worse than choosing navy blue as a colour scheme.
Navy blue kitchens – drama without the ‘gloom’
This particular shade of blue has been a big favourite for fans of designer handmade kitchens for more than a year now. And, take it from us, it’s not going away any time soon. And no wonder. Navy blue is dark enough to add drama to a new bespoke kitchen – but not too heavy so that it makes you feel gloomy. The latter is a reason why you will find quite a few interior designers turning against black kitchens these days.
Navy blue also contrasts superbly with white cabinets if you are planning on using it for accents and/or a backsplash. You can see for yourself with this kitchen we designed for our client Michelle in Christchurch, Dorset, where navy blue has been used to ‘ground’ the kitchen island and, at the same time, make it a feature point for the room:
Navy blue and tan – a dream combination
Then there is the fact that navy blue can prove a dream of a combination with the many tan shades of wood or pale grey stone. So, go right ahead and get that granite worktop you have hankered over for so long, or even the oak-made butcher’s block so long admired from afar:
But choosing a colour for any of our bespoke kitchens is not just about aesthetic appeal (although this is huge, of course!). No, there are also all those emotional connotations colour brings too. Blue is the colour of the sea, after all, so it gives out a happy vibe to most people. It is also regarded as being very soothing. And, as one kitchen designer friend, pointed out, navy blue is the colour of police uniforms so will be regarded as a ‘safe’ – even authoritarian colour – by some people.
The following are more of our favourite navy blue rooms. Most are bespoke kitchens we have designed ourselves. See if you agree:
Our client Marie in South London is a big fan of blue and was happy for it to be the predominant colour in her new handmade kitchen. As you can see below it looks terrific contrasted against the silver cooker and the white Belfast sink. There is always the danger that using dark blue cabinets above the worktops can appear too imposing, but that certainly hasn’t happened here. And, anyway, some of our clients prefer ‘bending the rules’ a little for an individual look:
Navy blue cabinets – great for concealing dents
Navy blue, as you will note from the images in this post also comes across as sophisticated – more so than a pastel shade or even white. It is also far easier to disguise any dents or marks when you have darker cabinetry installed – and which is always a plus point in a busy kitchen. The beautiful Magpie kitchen range is more of a Royal Blue than Navy Blue and appeals to those looking for a ‘glossy’ modern sheen:
Meanwhile, metallics work particularly well with the darker blue shades. Copper and brass in particular seem to be a colour match made in heaven.
Navy blue will never go out of fashion
Another big bonus with using navy blue is that it is never going to appear as Pantone’s colour of the year, meaning it’s going to have a far longer life than some of the ‘colours of the moment.’ Trends come and go after all, but a solid shade such as navy blue is pretty much going to be around forever. And that is exactly what you need to hear when you consider how much of a financial investment your beautiful bespoke kitchen project will require. No one gets a new handmade kitchen every year, after all…
Get in touch for all your handmade kitchen needs
Are you in the market for one of our brand new handmade kitchens? Then do get in touch with us here in Dorset. We will be delighted to come and chat with you about your needs, wants and likes. Then we will put those all together for you and present you with a kitchen plan you will love. We know – we have already achieved the same for so many delighted clients already. Tel: 01202 481177 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Take a look at our range of client kitchens via our website classic-kitchens-direct.com