Blue is universally beloved in houses everywhere; it works so well in a variety of shades and pairs well with virtually any color you can think of. These gorgeous blue kitchen ideas will inspire you to adopt this classic color in your own home.

Modern Blue Kitchen

Kitchen with wooden floors and dark blue cabinets

Go bold with bright blue kitchen cabinets to make a striking impression. This space balances the dark shade with large undressed windows, open shelving, and clear globe pendants to achieve a light, airy look. Metal chairs and island stools with sleek lines give the space a modern feel.

Blue Kitchen Island

kitchen with orange and blue accents

Paint a blue kitchen island for a quick dose of color and contrast without redoing the entire room. Nearly all shades of blue pair well with classic kitchen elements like white cabinetry, stainless-steel appliances, and wood floors. In this kitchen, a denim-blue shade on the island is accentuated with splashes of bright orange on the barstools, rug, and other accessories.

Light Blue with Warm Wood

Blue kitchen

Designer Clara Jung of Banner Day Interiors coated this entire kitchen in a soft blue hue (Dix Blue by Farrow & Ball). This, along with the light quartzite counters and Fireclay backsplash tiles, contrast nicely against the warm, unpainted wood details.

Window Trim Blue
Blue kitchen

If you don’t have a ton of wall space to paint over, consider painting your window trim blue, like how designer Gina Gutierrez of Gina Rachelle Design did here in the 2022 Real Simple Home. She was able to tie the room together by also applying the color (Pitch Cobalt by Valspar) to the island. The dark navy shade manages to complement the sea foam, bluish-green backsplash.

Hardware That Pops

kitchen with blue lower cabinets

Blue and yellow are opposites on the color wheel, which is part of the reason they look so amazing together. Adding brass or gold accents against a blue canvas is a beautiful way to make a statement, and it allows your hardware to shine.

Use Wallpaper

kitchen with tropical blue wallpaper

This tropical wallpaper adds some whimsy to the kitchen, hopefully reminding you to not take life (or dinner) too seriously.

Ditching a backsplash in favor of wallpaper won’t only save you time and money, but it allows you to get playful with color and pattern.

Dark Blue Kitchen

Kitchen with dark blue cabinets and rug

Dark blue puts a more contemporary spin on farmhouse-style kitchen designs. This room combines antique and new elements and pairs crisp navy blue kitchen cabinets with traditional marble and butcher-block countertops. The vintage-style lighting and shiny brass hardware add to the retro feel. Modern-looking slate tile floors covered with worn patterned rugs and an antique portrait hung on subway tile walls underscore the duality of styles.

Glossy Blue Kitchen Cabinets

deep blue cabinets in white modern kitchen

When used on large elements such as cabinetry or walls, saturated shades of blue might overwhelm a small space. To use dark blue successfully in a small kitchen, limit the color to one element, such as a single bank of cabinets or the kitchen island. You can also lighten up dark blue kitchen cabinetry by using a high-gloss paint sheen that will reflect light and naturally brighten the space.

Elevate Youthful Blues

Blue kitchen

We’re back to baby blue in this kitchen designed by Erin Kestenbaum and we’re not disappointed. The cabinet color, which is stock, doesn’t skew too juvenile though because of the sophisticated details incorporated throughout, like the brass lighting and hardware, delicate beige Fireclay tiles, and traditional, gold-framed art. (Decorating hack: Erin says she hung it from the tile using a Command Hook!)

Mix Up Wood and Painted Cabinets

Blue Kitchen

In this kitchen designed by Alyce Lopez of The True House, you’ll see oak cabinets and blue cabinets, painted Brittania Blue by Benjamin Moore. Why limit your cabinet color to just one? Alyce says, “I love to mix color and wood to add depth and contrast. I will rarely design a kitchen with just one finish.” She also introduces another color to the kitchen with the black countertops, saying, “The concrete finish soapstone quartz countertops brought a more earthy and organic feel to the space.”

Choose a Green Tile for Your Blue Kitchen

Blue kitchen

Back to the blue-green color combination: This stunning Catskills, NY kitchen designed by Byrd Studio celebrates that classic pairing. They explain why it works, saying, “We wanted the design and textures of the space to echo the beautiful natural landscape right outside. By sticking to rich, deep colors pulled from the surrounding forest, we were able to create a moody earthiness and sense of outside-in in the space that our client loves.” So basically, it all goes back to nature!


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