If you’d have told me a few years ago I would be installing a blue (not just blue, but a dark blue) kitchen in my house I would never have believed you. In the 16 years we have been home owners we have always played it safe with decor, especially with such an expensive thing as a kitchen. We had oak in our last house and opted for a country cottage cream, with oak worktops, when we moved into our current home.
It wasn’t that I didn’t like a bit of colour, I had often been drawn to the pale greens or duck egg blues but cream just felt a bit safer. Something I wouldn’t live to regret a few years down the line. Once the planning approval came through for our extension one of the first things I started looking at was kitchens. I went into my research with an open mind and started to browse Pinterest for ideas.
For anyone who’s ever been on Pinterest you will be well aware you can lose hours of your life looking at beautiful home decor, and after spending many many hours, I found that every kitchen I loved was navy. The rich colour was stunning, especially when mixed with clean white tiles, and I felt it would look perfect in the space we were trying to create.
It isn’t just me that seems to have fallen in love with navy kitchens, it seems to be everywhere at the moment. If you type #navykitchen into Instagram a host of blue beauties pop up. As well as brand new kitchens I’ve seen a lot of people painting their existing units a navy colour and they look amazing.
The next task was convincing my husband that we needed to have a blue kitchen in our lived. I love the man but he takes some persuading to get out of his magnolia comfort zone. The Pinterest pictures won him over. Excitedly, together we scrutinised blue kitchens discussing what features we wanted and what we thought would work in our cottage.
The kitchen I completely fell in love with was this one from Devol Kitchens. I loved the mix of blue and white cupboards and an island unit had been top of our kitchen wishlist for some time. Of course there have been some modifications, we live in a low ceiling cottage not a high ceiling Victorian property, but the kitchen designers did a great job of trying to emulate the look.
What we do have is the unit on the left, surrounding the fridge/freezer, the oven is central although we have opted for white brick tiles on the back wall. The sink is in the island unit with stools on the opposite side and we have changed the copper lighting for glass lightshades with rustic bulbs. We also went for the lighter wall units with open glass to showcase my fancy glasses (you know the ones that only get used on very special occasions).
We’re a few days away from the kitchen being fully installed, although we still have the decor and flooring to go. It’s been really exciting seeing it come together and after a slight wobble that I may come to regret the choice to go for such a bold kitchen I am loving how it has come out.
What are your thoughts on a navy kitchen? I’d love to know.
Photos courtesy of Pinterest.