Choosing colors for your kitchen isn't the easiest of jobs. You want something timeless, modern, fresh, and unique, but there's so much inspiration. So where do you even start? One of the biggest color trends that we've spotted in culinary spaces is blue — a replacement for the go-to gray hues that have dominated over the years. Although in all its variations, blue is considered to be calm and refreshing, the shade you decide on can take your kitchen to new heights. Intrigued? Dip your toe in with one of these blue kitchen island ideas.
1. Keep it light.
Soft sky blues are the perfect way to create a clean coastal-inspired scheme, especially when paired with bright white walls. Three Birds Renovations nailed the look in this airy design, keeping the blue kitchen island the center of attention with white cabinetry as the backdrop. Complete the look with pendant lighting and white countertops.
Get the look: Dulux Angora Blue
2. Add brass.
When in doubt, just add brass. Brass cabinet hardware and faucets will work particularly well with a navy blue kitchen island; see the proof in this design by Herringbone Kitchens. Make the look extra luxe by opting for brass pendant lighting, too.
Get the look: Sherwin-Williams Naval
3. Pair with all-white.
Blue is considered a timeless color, so don't be afraid to use it in your kitchen, even if it is just at the island. Studio McGee lifted the look of this classic all-white design with a pop of color, proving that traditional can look modern, too.
Get the look: Benjamin Moore Normandy
4. Make it chic.
Instead of painting your kitchen island alone, match it with blue cabinetry, too. This design by Allison Elebash is pastel perfection thanks to the duck egg blue cabinets and coordinating island with a white waterfall quartz countertop.
Get the look: Valspar Clear Blue Sky
5. Amp up the drama.
Choosing a dark navy shade for your blue kitchen island will add contrast and depth to your design, especially if you're working towards a more industrial aesthetic. DeVOL Kitchens opted for an almost black hue in this lofty cook space, perfectly accentuating the factory-style pendants and herringbone floors.
Get the look: Farrow & Ball Railings
6. Play with pattern.
Don't want to to paint your kitchen island? Try a patterned tile instead. The blue and white motif on the back panel of this island in Cara Loren's culinary space is fitted with a white quartz waterfall countertop and finished with a sink and a matte black gooseneck faucet. We love the Mediterranean vibe of this design.
7. Create your own shade.
If you want your space to be truly unique, follow the lead of Hibou Design Co. and mix a custom color for your blue kitchen island. The ochre blue of this double feature is a nod to country style, with its Shaker cabinets and farmhouse sink, but the oversize brass pendants add a contemporary touch.
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