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Colour guide: is navy the most on-trend colour choice for your kitchen?

Fact: we're all nuts for navy in the kitchen right now. These homeowners explain why...
   Katie Byrne  |  written on: 20-08-2021 11:30am

Navy is having a bit of a moment right now, no? The deep, dark shade of blue is popping up in homes across the land - and we keep spotting it in the kitchen, in particular.

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Gracing cabinetry, walls and islands alike, the sumptuous shade strikes the balance between opulent decadence and neutral elegance to perfection - and as well as looking beautiful on its own, it also sets the scene for a sophisticated palette of other tones, too. 

Deeper than water-associated shades, navy is deliciously grown-up and the epitome of palette sophistication. It's associated with knowledge, power and integrity; it's a colour that was perhaps once considered too dark for cook-spaces but now makes perfect sense.

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"Navy blue is really big in the home this season," explains Nina Bailey, UK Design Manager of Formica Group. She advises the colour looks great when paired with warm metallics - think copper and gold. "Pastels such as opal, pale olive and delicate rose were huge over the summer and continue to be popular, and will also look great against a darker blue."

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Naturally, almost as crucial to the colour palette itself is the way you actually incorporate it into your space. Whether you choose to design your kitchen so every wooden fitting is in a dark shade of bleu or whether you opt for a single attention-grabbing area, the way you use this versatile colour is to be given careful consideration before being committed to. Enter the attention-grabbing navy island. 

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"More and more, we are seeing requests for statement island counters," says Tom Howley, Creative Design Director at Tom Howley. "The island counter is an integral part of approximately 80% of our clients’ kitchens, but our discerning market is becoming much more imaginative and explorative with colour when it comes to cabinetry."

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Tom continues: "Many opt for neutral surfaces, pantries and wall cabinets, which they pair with a brave tone such as a deep blue or forest green on the island counter. This gives the kitchen a more contemporary feel, without overpowering the whole space. This is set to be a popular kitchen trend in 2018: a classic and simple statement, letting homeowners express themselves through intelligent use of colour".

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Of course, you're not limited purely to cabinetry and key fittings. Rather, you could use navy as a way to add interest to the more subtle details of your room; the skirting boards, the window area, the door... The options are endless, and there to be explored. 

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When it comes to going blue in the kitchen, don't be afraid to incorporate other colours and textures, too. In the space below, for example, wooden floors and smooth white worktops combine to create a room that's as rich in substance as it is in style.

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A change of colour on your walls really can breathe fresh life into the space. The kitchen shown below, for example, was sage green in its original state; navy blue paired with clean white utterly transforms it. 

So tell us - are you redesigning your kitchen and considering a navy palette? We'd love to see a photo if so - tag us on Instagram @kbbark with #mykbbark!

NEXT! Craving more navy inspiration for your kitchen? Cast your eye over our moodboard of ideas below - click any image below to begin browsing.

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