CREATE A SOOTHING backdrop for soft blues with lots of neutral
tones. Abundant use of white and gray on the vertical elements in this kitchen gives the space a clean feet. Darker surfaces on the floor and countertops balance the light look. Metallic details suit the color scheme without introducing a competing hue.
ADD TOUCHES of blue. The rectangular tiles framing the cooking niche in this room look as though someone took white glass tiles and mixed in a single drop of blue. The effect is so subtle that in some Lighting, you may not notice it’s blue. Similarly, the mosaic tile and granite countertop have smoky-blue undertones that support the kitchen’s beachy blue accents.
PUNCH UP a serene scene with bright accent pieces. Here, cyan glass bottles and icy-blue pendants punctuate an otherwise neutral palette. Placing groups of the bottles up high visually connects them with the light fixtures and gives them more weight for a pleasing, eye-catching effect. When staging accessories, consider how they draw attention to, or distract from, the permanent elements in a room.
GO BIG with a soft shade. All of the maple cabinetry in this kitchen is painted country French blue. A glazed finish over the paint prevents the color from overpowering the room. Detailed molding on the cabinet doors also breaks up the monotony of a single tone.
NEUTRALIZE the heavy use of blue in the cabinetry with off-white and beige tones. Here, a limestone countertop and a marble-tile backsplash quiet the color scheme. Abundant natural light also enhances the fresh feel of this blue kitchen, If you opt for colored cabinets, consider what type of lighting brings out the best look from morning till night
ACCENT WITH WOODS and metals that suit your overall design theme, Here, an intricate wrought- iron chandelier and exposed metal rods on the window treatments complement the rooms country French style. Wooden stools and serving accessories add touches of rustic charm to the formal look.