Green converted; Look away now. We are entering a new era in kitchen colors and it is becoming the most sought-after color in the industry. While we still appreciate the organic appeal of green furniture, we’re ready to welcome a gentle new shade into our modern homes – a shade that is just as calm and perfect for the breezy summer months – baby blue.
This refreshing shade will take over our kitchen after Etsy named Sky Blue as Color of the Year for 2021 after searches for light blue household goods increased 39%. So we’ve asked the people at the forefront of home decor to transform us into this pastel hue – and see if it can really overtake green as the unmatched color of the year.
(Image credit: Rande Leaman)
What makes a baby blue kitchen so attractive?
“Choosing pale pastel blues in the kitchen can help create a calming and calming atmosphere in what is often the toughest and busiest room in the house,” said Rebecca Hughes, founder of Rebecca Hughes Interiors.
“This versatile color goes well with marble, natural wood and brass accessories to create a timeless and classic kitchen,” she adds.
Rebecca’s observations are further underlined by the founder of the eponymous kitchen manufacturer Tom Howley, who also celebrates this emerging hue. Tom, who often injects this shade into his signature kitchens, also realizes that baby blue kitchens are “very sought after and loved because they always look so fresh and clean”.
(Image credit: Tom Howley)
How should you bring blue to your kitchen?
If anyone knows how to work blue in a kitchen, it’s Jordan and Russell from 2LG Studio. The designer duo, who previously designed a powder blue kitchen for a customer in Kew, described the color as “more uplifting” than a normal “soft blue” and reminiscent of “calm sky”.
“We’d combine a light blue kitchen with dark countertops to ground it and use soft textures like terracotta and linen to continue the natural connection. Feeling a connection with nature is good for the soul and this is a nice way to bring the color into your home, ”they suggest.
“The combination of blue kitchen cabinets with a white work surface and a dusty oak interior creates a warm, inviting space,” adds Tom Howley.
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(Image credit: Tom Howley)
Will baby blue threaten green as the trendiest kitchen color of the season?
That is the question everyone is talking about. Does the power of the green fluctuate? While we still revel in the emerald hues of green, we can’t help but have an affair with this ultra-fresh and undeniably chic shade.
Los Angeles-based designer Rande Leaman seems to agree, as she explains, “Customers seem to be reacting to the use of this color in their kitchens, and light blue is on its way to overtaking the popular green kitchen trend.”
“Pale blues has a calming effect and reminds people of sea and sky. This tone goes well with lights made of matt brass or polished nickel. I suggest using it on cabinets or backsplash tiles. After the year we’ve had, everyone wants to feel relaxed and peaceful in their kitchen and in their wider home, ”adds the designer.
(Photo credit: Rebecca Hughes Interiors)
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However, the power of green remains paramount for Rebecca Hughes, who, despite her admiration for baby blue, remains loyal to the most admired color of the year.
“I believe green kitchens will continue to be popular in 2021, with the trend more towards a softer sage color as opposed to the dramatic dark emerald green that we saw a lot of in 2020,” explains Rebecca.
“Green is always a great color to work with as it feels like you’re bringing nature into play, which is good for your wellbeing,” she adds.
Whichever side you choose, you can be sure that no color will go anywhere this summer.