Picking the Right Shade of Blue Cabinets
There are literally hundreds of shades of blue to choose from depending on your décor preferences and the overall style you are going for. On the darker end of the scale, navy blue kitchen cabinets bring to your kitchen a twist of dark luxury. On the lighter end of the scale, light blue kitchen cabinets have a more airy coolness to them. In the middle of the scale, your options include midnight blue, deep sky blue, Persian blue and denim blue.
So how do you go about choosing the right shade for your kitchen? It all depends on the feel and style you are going for. If you want a somber cool-dark feel to your kitchen, you could go for navy blue or royal blue (traditional). This would be a great option for someone living in a hot sunny climate. The dark blue helps balance out the heat and light.
If the look you want is light, playful, fun and airy, the middle and lighter shades of blue are better. They tend to promote the effect of light and space in a kitchen. Some good examples of these shades include Baby Blue, Royal Azure, Celestial Blue and Cadet Blue. These light blues are especially great for small kitchens, as they tend to intensify the perception of space. For large kitchens where you need to create a feeling of coziness, the middle and darker shades of blue are best.
If your heart loves the radical, try some unique shades such as Persian Indigo, Purple Navy and Nile Blue. These colors are so far from the middle true blue that they create a kitchen that immediately stands out. Push the boundary even further by paring them up with other outrageous colors.
The most important thing when picking a shade for your kitchen cabinets is to test a number of shades. Most paint companies provide paint swatches that you can test at your home. See how the color appears in different lighting conditions and next to other colors in your kitchen.
Once you have picked your shade of choice, the next step is mixing and matching it with other colors and accessories.