A navy blue kitchen might not be your first thought when deciding on a new colour scheme for the heart of your home. Don’t write it off though, as this classic and smart shade of blue can create a crisp and sophisticated look. What’s more, it works with any style of cabinetry or property.
If you are seriously addicted to neutrals, heavy blue is the perfect foil to perk them up as they make a soothing and stylish base for this dramatic look. Choose just one shade of blue and one or two neutrals such as soft taupe or linen. The simplicity of this combo is its strength and it will lose impact if too many shades or accent colours come into play. If you must add an accent, keep it tonal with stainless-steel appliances.
Alternatively, nothing makes navy blue stand out like bright white – they are the perfect combination for modern country kitchens. Elegant, fresh and timeless, the contrast is instantly uplifting. Mix in warmer elements like natural wood to soften the strong effect. Or, for a more traditional farmhouse feel, team navy blue with cream and add plenty of rustic kitchen ideas such as a zinc-topped table and carved pine furniture.
For more traditional kitchen tastes, Shaker units become accentuated and high-end when painted in classic navy blue. If painting all cabinetry blue is a little daunting, why not go for one focal piece such as a dresser or kitchen island and tie the scheme together with navy kitchen tiles, a splashback or accessories. This is a tailored look perfect for those who love classic design.
For modern kitchen fans, navy blue can really pack a punch when used with clean-lined gloss cabinetry. Enhance the impact with red accents to take the look retro or pare it down with shades of grey or biscuit. If navy blue cabinets are too permanent, a quick coat of paint on a wall is the simplest and most cost effective way to add the tasteful shade to your kitchen for super chic results. Painted kitchens can look incredibly stylish and sophisticated when done right.
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Inky blue metro tiles add depth and character to this inviting and homely kitchen. Red polka dot wallpaper injects a touch of fun and stops the room from becoming too dark. A reclaimed table and wooden bench add a vintage edge, while red Eames-style chairs tie in with the wallpaper co-ordinating the look.
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Bolder tones give contemporary kitchens personality. Tall navy blue cupboards stretch to the ceiling in this fabulous modern kitchen, enhancing the streamlined feel and providing a stylish colour block of additional storage. Fixtures rarely look as spectacular as the silver fronted wall unit that gleams with futuristic style against the uniform blue. A grey composite quartz worktop wraps itself neatly around the island unit creating an attractive contemporary contrast to the dark scheme.
Use blocks of navy blue to add consistency to a kitchen full of different styles. The large traditional island is painted the same colour as the back wall in this large kitchen-diner giving it a laid-back unfitted feel with plenty of character. The strong shade of blue is balanced by a bright white adjacent wall, white painted units and a hanging pendant. Vintage tiles in the Aga recess create a pretty patchwork of pattern while the lack of wall units keeps the room from looking cluttered.
If a navy kitchen is too strong for your tastes, but you love the idea of blue set a tonal table with linen and tableware in varying shades from navy through to grey. Give the look rustic character by working in enamel accessories that have a reclaimed or vintage look and ditch the floral patterns to make it more masculine with basic stripes and plain painted surfaces.
An elegant fusion of old and new gives a timeless feel to this open and airy kitchen. Seamless white units and high ceilings bring dark walls to the fore in this contemporary space. Open shelves painted the same shade allows white china to almost float on the walls. A reclaimed kitchen table and iron pendant light add a touch of history and tradition to the ultra-chic space.
Navy blue can turn ordinary into sensational. This modern elongated kitchen is eclectic and characterful. The simple white backdrop keeps the space fresh while wall units have been replaced with a single white shelf for a more open feel. Standard veneer units are transformed with a rich shade of navy giving the space depth and style and a glamorous chandelier (which is not a classic kitchen piece) makes the perfect finishing statement.
Choosing contrasting shades helps define zones in a large open-plan kitchen-diner. The streamlined navy blue cabinetry against just one wall draws the eye and injects life into this large area, making a strong statement. The light grey central island is a social station that calms and balances the look. The hi-gloss finish bounces the light around the room and adds to the sense of openness.
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This modern kitchen is all about comfort and warmth, mixing a cosy, lived-in feel with smart masculine charm. The large rich grained kitchen island picks out the room's country beams, while grey stone flooring is understated and the perfect complement to a practical scheme. Cupboards in a carefully considered rich blue paint finish add just enough contrast to the co-ordinated and hardworking look.
Navy gives pattern a punch. The fresh contrast of willow pattern blues - navy, French navy, cornflower blue and white - is perfect for a contemporary country kitchen. The half and half of navy blue and white on all walls, floor and furniture creates a perfectly balanced feel. Mix in warmer elements such as wooden accessories and neutral fabrics and add pattern to soften the effect. A photo motif wallpaper of decorative Dutch plates pulls the whole scheme together.
Give a timeless Shaker kitchen drama with subtle navy blue additions. Fresh white Shaker cabinetry is brought up-to-date with a granite worktop encrusted with flashes of blue. A contemporary navy glass splashback stands out against the white backdrop and makes the blue glimmers sparkle.
The navy blue kitchen zone encompasses the contemporary country design, including a stunning six-metre-long marble-topped island and breakfast bar with plenty of space to receive guests. The white quartz worktop looks super fresh against the navy blue units.
Navy blue cabinetry gives this Shaker, open-plan kitchen a super stylish and refined look. Natural finishes such as parquet flooring and smooth wooden stools lend a warm lived-in feel while a crisp white backdrop keeps the room light, fresh and airy. Grey industrial-look pendant lights help to section off the spacious area into specific zones.
Fixtures rarely look as spectacular as these handleless silver-leaf wall units. Beautifully designed, they bounce light around the kitchen - and also provide a delightful contrast to the stunning navy blue-black painted base units below.
The kitchen is truly the heart of the home in this all-encompassing space that epitomises modern country living. The off-white kitchen cabinets create a lovely and light feel to the room, contrasting with the navy granite worksurfaces, giving it extra definition.
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The navy blue wall is ideal for showing off the gleaming beauty of brass, seen under the breakfast bar. Here the brass forms a counterpoint to a statement mirror-like panel that adds a glamorous note to a kitchen island, lending a polished edge to any interior.
A simple below-the-counter curtain offers a charming alternative to kitchen cupboards. The dark blue and white patterned tiles and counter-top ceramics evoke a summery, Mediterranean feel.
Give a plain white kitchen some style with a navy blue island-come-breakfast bar. The blue contrasting with the white and lighter greys creates a dramatic look that is both simplistic and modern.
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The mixture of dark blue hues paired with the colour white creates a fresh, clean and welcoming environment. This dining area has a Scandinavian feel, with the oversized pattern on the curtain fabric adding a witty touch.
Proof, if proof was needed, that navy blue is the hottest kitchen trend of the last decade.