I just had a client the other day that loved blue and wanted it for her kitchen. Which is fine but we can’t always get what we want but we can comprise with our choices and come really darn close.
First of all, most kitchens really don’t have that much wall space. The cabinets, appliances, back splash, and window takes up most of the wall space as you can see from this photo. I outlined the available wall space in blue. Not that much right?
This is one of the reasons I really don’t like to choose a specific or noticeable color (a color that really stands out) for the kitchen, because it’ll look like a puzzle piece. I feel that the kitchen should stand out and not the wall color.
Let the cabinetry be your focal point, or a beautiful custom backsplash or even if you have top-notch appliances – let those features shine not the oddly shaped wall that happens to have an amazing color.
What color should I paint my kitchen?
I’m not saying you can’t or shouldn’t paint your kitchen an amazing color but choose a color that is quite or just blends into the background.
Some people would love this blue in a kitchen but again, consider the SHAPE of the wall that you are putting color on. Maybe save this color for the dining room or living room where you can really showcase it.
Also, you have to be super careful with blue. Go too light and it’s baby blue. Go to dark and it’s depressing, red undertone and it’ll look purple. But the #1 reason I don’t choose blue for a kitchen other than the puzzle piece syndrome is because in most cases it’ll fight with the color of your backsplash.
This generic backsplash is very typical of the colors that you’ll see in a kitchen. A basic beige-green tile. You can’t really tell from this graphic because of the monitor rep but so many colors look “off” next to this type of tile. You can still get a blue for your kitchen but you may have to gray it up a bit to blend in a bit better with your tile and to get out of the nursery hues.
I like to pull a color right from the tile since the wall color will obviously be right next to it. Warm grays or classic taupes are timeless in the kitchen. You can all use accent colors in you island, chair fabric, window treatments, or kitchen decor.