Blue and white is one of the most classic palettes out there when it comes to kitchen color ideas, not to mention it's one of the most popular. The combination is calming and long-lasting, but still satisfies the need for color if you have a phobia of gray. Whether it's the walls, the backsplash, the countertops, or the cabinets, we've got plenty of blue and white kitchen ideas for you to consider. And if you're thirsty for more, may we suggest perusing a few other kitchen color ideas, too? After all, you want to make sure you're making the right choice for your culinary headquarters.
1. Try a two-tone look.
Word on the street is that two-tone kitchens are all the rage right now, and thankfully, the look is relatively easy to achieve. Aniko from A Place of My Taste has nailed the style by painting her lower cabinetry in a dark shade of midnight blue and the upper cabinetry in a bright white. The finished look is light and airy, giving the illusion of higher ceilings and more space.
2. Make it modern.
Don't assume that blue can only be used in traditional settings (as it often is) and opt for a more contemporary application. This bespoke kitchen designed by 2LG Studio is made in the UK from solid wood with cherry wood cut out cabinet pulls. The design duo matched the pastel color of the cabinets to the walls and open shelving, creating a modern kitchen that nods to sixties design.
Get the look: Valspar Make Believe
3. Draw the eyes down.
The graphic floor tile in this design by Hunker favorite Emily Henderson sets the tone for the rest of the blue and white kitchen. That pattern is just glorious! The blue cabinetry paired with brass fixtures is both modern and timeless, and we're pretty sure the whole thing is just going to get more and more beautiful over time.
Get the look: Clé Tile Big Al, $8.75 per sq. ft.
4. Paint a feature wall.
If you're going for all-white kitchen cabinetry, a feature wall can create a really striking contrast to break up the room. We love the tonal shade of blue used in this minimal kitchen by Enkontrast — the perfect complement to the gray pendant light and stainless steel fixtures.
Get the look: Sherwin-Williams Indigo Batik
5. Complement with furniture.
Take the two-tone kitchen trend even further by adding another shade to the mix with the help of furniture and decor. Brittany Makes has created the ultimate midcentury modern blue and white kitchen, mixing tones of navy, white, gold, and light blue for an ultra-glam finish.
Get the look: Sherwin-Williams Cyberspace
6. Pair it with natural materials.
There's something about the combination of blue and white that just looks great with a wooden kitchen countertop. From rustic styles to a more eclectic approach, the mixture just works, okay? And this picture-perfect example by Laura Higham of The Indigo House has been filed straight into our favorites.
Get the look: Farrow & Ball Hague Blue
7. Take a risk with a bright hue.
Sometimes brighter is just better, especially if this blue and white kitchen is anything to go by. The aqua blue lower cabinetry adds a zing to the room, but thanks to the bright white hue of the upper cabinetry, it isn't too much. Did someone say two-tone kitchen again?!
Get the look: Valspar Cheerio
8. Focus on the kitchen island.
Bringing the white cabinetry up to the ceiling gives a sense of grandeur in this fresh space designed by Shea of Studio McGee. The homeowner wanted to match the navy throughout the rest of the home and rather than going all out, the team simply added a pop of blue to the kitchen island, leaving all other areas crisp and light.
Get the look: Benjamin Moore Blue Note
9. Keep it clean.
A dark blue palette isn't reserved for those who prefer their interiors to be on the moody side, and this kitchen proves that even minimalists can adopt a blue and white scheme. The custom oak and smokey blue linoleum island and cabinet fronts create a sleek finish, contrasting the bright white walls and flooring. The addition of the oak softens the look, resulting in a calming space, perfect for a spot of brunch.
Get the look: Nicolaj Bo Custom Kitche, pricing upon request