It's official, we have the blues — at least when it comes to kitchen ideas. There are so many interesting and creative ways to integrate the refreshing color into your cook space, ranging from the cabinets to the countertops. Yep, that's right! Even your worksurfaces can get in on the fun.
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While you might initially shy away from such a daring and bold decision, once you commit to the striking hue, you'll never want to go back. There are a variety of shades and materials to choose from so the decision can get overwhelming in a hurry. But no need to worry — we've done the hard work for you. Ahead you'll find 16 different blue countertop materials that are guaranteed to bring color and personality to your culinary remodel.
20 Blue Kitchen Countertop Ideas
1. Blue Soapstone Countertop
Soapstone, like limestone, is totally heat-resistant, making it a smart choice for kitchen countertops. Plus, soapstone doesn't stain or need to be treated or sealed since it's a non-porous material. However, since it's a softer stone it's prone to scratches and light wear and tear (which can usually be buffed out with sandpaper). And if our countertops and backsplash looked as good as the ones in this light-filled cook space by Gather Projects, we'd definitely be willing to spend a little extra time on their upkeep.
2. Blue Basalt Countertop
Basalt, a volcanic rock, costs a pretty penny but that's because it's the total package, as evidenced by this high-end design from Hecker Guthrie. In addition to being gorgeous, the trendy countertop material also resists heat, lasts a lifetime, and even comes in a ton of fun colors like blue. Keep in mind, you need to be extra careful when you bring out the olive oil because it will definitely stain this precious stone.
3. Blue Quartzite Countertop
There's no denying it — this cook space by Marston Architects is totally eye-catching. The team used quartzite, a naturally occurring stone that's just about as durable as granite, for the countertop and book-matched backsplash. Despite its durability quartzite is a bit more porous so it's likely to get stained if you don't take measures to protect it.
4. Belgian Blue Limestone Countertop
Umm, hello gorgeous! You just can't go wrong with the timeless, matte blue-black shade of Belgian blue limestone spotted in this setup by deVOL Kitchens. In addition to being beautiful, the natural material is also heat-resistant. The downside: Limestone is a sedimentary rock so it's prone to nicks and stains — which means, you need to be prepared to love the look of wear and tear that will inevitably occur over time.
5. Blue Marble Countertop
Marble countertops always make a statement, but in a royal blue hue, the material will really make your kitchen design pop! The natural stone has a naturally cool temperature, which makes it a great surface when making pastries. However, marble is a bit porous and soft, so small scratches are likely. The team over at Flack Studio continued the color theme with blue fluted wall paneling, too.
6. Blue Ceramic Tile Countertop
Ceramic tile countertops are one of the most low-cost options around if budget is a priority. Plus, you can pick just about any color or pattern and install them yourself rather easily. While tile countertops have all the heat-resistance and durability benefits of granite, the grout lines can result in a slightly uneven surface.
7. Labradorite Granite Countertop
Labradorite granite is a gorgeous, multi-tonal stone with blue swirls that captures and reflects the light beautifully. Like other types of granite, it is a fantastic choice for kitchens because it's ultra-durable and will last for decades. The downside is that due to its nearly indestructible nature it can be a little bit pricey.
8. Blue Terrazzo Countertop
Attention color lovers, this blue kitchen countertop idea is for you. Not only is terrazzo a fun and playful way to add a bright pop to your cook space, but it's also an incredibly durable and cost-effective option. Additionally, the look can be tailored to your exact specifications. We love the way Sans-Arc Studio went with blue and salmon-colored countertops for this vibrant setup.
9. Recycled Plastic Countertop
Or, if you're craving a bolder shade of blue, opt for a retro-looking countertop made from recycled plastic. Durat, a Finnish company, can tint custom counters any shade of blue you like.
10. Paper Composite Countertop
Paper composite countertops are chic and can add an elegant note to both modern and traditional kitchen designs, and this sleek setup by Studio Rhonda and Frank is a stunning example. The unique material is an eco-friendly option with a welcome feel that's softer and warmer than stone. It may not sound durable, but paper composite has a lot going for it. For example, it's strong, non-porous, and because it's lighter than natural stone it can be installed without hiring a professional. However, paper composite isn't heat-resistant above 350 degrees.
11. Blue Solid Surface Countertop
Solid surface countertops offer a similar look and feel to natural stone at a fraction of the cost. They're durable, non-porous, available in a range of colors and patterns that mimic natural stone, and are ideal in minimalist interiors flaunting clean lines — like this midcentury modern cook space by Urbanism Designs. If you're looking for a DIY project, these can be installed without a professional. But keep in mind that they are susceptible to scratches and dings, and they can be damaged by hot objects, so proceed with caution.
12. Blue Concrete Countertop
This kitchen design by Space Theory is full of drama thanks to an 18-foot custom concrete island flaunting a deep shade of navy blue. While obviously a unique and beautiful industrial countertop material, keep in mind that concrete is very heavy and can be pricey, too.
13. Blue Laminate Countertop
Today's laminate countertops are durable and beautiful — just check out this vibrant cook space spotted on Plykea — and are available in an array of shades and patterns. As one of the most affordable countertop materials on the market, it's hard to beat the price. But it's not all good news: Laminate isn't heat-, stain-, or scratch-resistant so you'll want to keep cutting boards and trivets handy.
14. Blue Quartz Countertop
Not to be confused with quartzite, quartz is engineered using crystals found in quartzite that are then bound with resin, pigment, and glass. The result is a durable, non-porous surface available in a wide variety of colors and patterns. Just look at this cobalt blue option from Cambria. Even though quartz has a lot going for it, it's susceptible to heat damage and it tends to be pricey.
15. Lava Stone Countertop
Lava stone is an under-the-radar countertop option that injects personality and character into any space. For example, in this all-white kitchen by Downing Designs a cornflower blue worksurface adds a nautical note and draws attention to the expansive island. It's stain and heat-resistant, non-porous, and it's available in a variety of colors, but the hefty price tag means you may want to use it sparingly.
16. Solid Glass Countertop
Glass countertops are often overlooked. However, they are actually a great investment because they're incredibly heat-resistant, low-maintenance, and can stand up to years and years of wear and tear. However, installation costs can be a bit higher than other materials and they generally must be custom-made.
Cabinets That Go With Blue Countertops
You are considering blue countertops for a reason, right? So allow them to take center stage in your culinary space by pairing them with kitchen cabinets that will enhance them. You can't go wrong with neutral options including black, gray, or natural wood tones that will offer a bit of contrast, yet still allow your blue counters to remain the focus. But if you really want to make your worksurfaces pop, white cabinets are definitely the way to go.