Classic blue is a familiar hue that is reliable, dependable, tranquil and peaceful. These are just some of the ways color authority PANTONE® have described their first color of the year for the decade. Each year, PANTONE® chooses a color that defines design for the entire year, based on social trends from multiple facets of life.
According to PANTONE®, “Instilling calm, confidence, and connection, this enduring blue hue highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.”
If you’re looking to create a calming, on-trend kitchen design for the new year and decade to come, here are four simple ways to incorporate this year’s hue.
Classic Blue Backsplash
The easiest way to incorporate classic blue into your kitchen design is via backsplash tiles. The good news is, installing new backsplash tiles doesn’t require a full kitchen remodel. If your cabinets are already a complementary shade, then bringing in some classic blue should be a real breeze. While it’s very attractive with white kitchen cabinets, it can also pair well with certain shades of grey as well as some natural wood shades.
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There are endless options for backsplash tile sizes and shapes that are available in this hue. The first kitchen uses 3″x12″ tiles placed in a gorgeous herringbone pattern. You can also choose smaller tiles placed in a simpler pattern, or even create a colorful mosaic pattern that centers the classic blue tiles like the kitchen above. Let your imagination wander – the possibilities are almost endless!
Classic Blue Countertops
If you truly adore this blue hue, then using it for your countertop is a unique and attractive way to go. Pairing with bright white kitchen cabinets creates an attractive visual contrast that allows your blue countertop to take center stage. Engineered quartz or laminate countertop brands are your best bet for finding a solid slab of blue countertop. These are great options for pairing with your white cabinetry.
If you’d prefer a more natural look, granite slabs can be found with varying shades of blue mixed with other shades. Volga Blue granite from Ukraine features shades of blue, but black is the most dominant color. This kind of countertop complements a wider range of cabinet shades.
Classic Blue Kitchen Appliances
Retro is making a comeback! Sleek, stainless steel appliances have dominated contemporary design for the past couple decades. However, colorful appliances are showing up in showrooms & kitchens as retro designs come back into vogue. While this design idea may not be for everyone, it’s a great option for the brave and the bold. Ovens, refrigerators, and even smaller appliances such as microwaves and coffee makers can now be found in a variety of shades, including classic blue.
Pops of Classic Blue
You can always choose to add smaller classic blue decorative elements to your kitchen. You don’t have to remodel your kitchen or purchase a new appliance to incorporate classic blue. Try finding a new classic blue vase for your roses. Replace your old silicon spatulas or scratched up cookware with new ones in this blue hue. Even adding some artwork that features the color is a great way to add it to your space. Even if you’re on a budget, you can easily revamp your kitchen space with this calming and enduring shade of blue.