When you walk into a kitchen, what’s the first thing you notice? The flooring? The countertops? Or does your eye jump to the kitchen cabinets right away? The most beautiful kitchens in the world all have one thing in common: they use cabinets as statement pieces.
This is a point on which lots of contractors and designers seem to agree. In the last several years, kitchen design trends have been very cabinet-centric. While there are many kitchen trends to take advantage of in 2019, one of our favorites is blue cabinets. Here’s what you need to know about this sleek, modern trend and how to use it in your home.
Why Blue Cabinets?
The kitchen is the center of the home. It’s where everyone congregates, and life happens. Whether you’re entertaining or helping with homework, the kitchen is your family’s hub, which means it should be beautiful, functional, and comfortable.
If your kitchen is neutral, blue cabinets can add an extra pop of personality, setting the area apart and providing depth. Commonly found in natural palettes, blue appears in the sky, water, flowers, and berries. From a psychology perspective, blue is associated with feelings of calm, serenity, stability, and groundedness. Available in dozens of different hues and variations, blue is also color that makes a statement when brought into a living space.
4 Ways to Use Blue Cabinets in Your Kitchen
Updating an older home? Building a new home and looking for ways to incorporate this exciting color into it? Here are a few ways to weave the blue cabinet trend into your home design:
1. Go Multi-Tonal
Can’t decide on one blue to use? Why not incorporate several shades. For example, opt for dark cabinets with a light periwinkle interior paint. If all-blue cabinets are too much for your taste, opt for neutral cabinets and a blue accent wall, instead.
2. Lighten Cabinets up With Glass Doors
Dark blue cabinets look striking, but they can make a small kitchen feel dark. Fortunately, there’s an easy fix: instead of opting for traditional cabinets, opt for cabinets with glass-front doors. The glass reflects light and provides the illusion of additional space. For an added pop, paint the interior of the cabinets white, or line them with bright subway tile.
3. Choose the Right Paint
Kitchen cabinets work hard. If you’re going to DIY your kitchen cabinet remodel, it’s essential to choose a paint finish that will stand up to that workload. Generally, professionals recommend a satin finish for kitchen projects. This finish offers a uniform appearance and just a hint of sheen. The sheen prevents it from looking flat while also making it easy to clean.
4. Carry the Blue Throughout the House
Think blue stops with your kitchen cabinets? Think again. Blue is an excellent color for bathroom cabinets (or vanities) and can dress up a small space. Here’s an example of a kitchen/bathroom remodel we did that carries a beautiful, deep blue throughout the house.
Say Hello to Your New Kitchen
If you’re remodeling an old home or outfitting a new one, modern style and decor is key, and blue cabinets are a great place to start. Peaceful, relaxing, and beautiful, blue is a welcome addition to your kitchen design.