I’ll be the first person to insist that people decorate their kitchen in whatever color or colors they love, whether trendy or not. I think that’s the best insurance policy for avoiding a future kitchen that makes you scratch your head and say, “What was I thinking?”
Better yet, hire a kitchen designer or color consultant to help you work your favorite color or colors into your kitchen. A good designer will have lots of tips and ideas for keeping a kitchen from appearing too dated too soon, if that’s a concern of yours.
Which brings me back to navy. I like this color in a kitchen because it’s elegant, dramatic and yet a classic neutral.
If you’re a fan of navy and want to bring the color into your kitchen, consider just how navy-filled you want to go. It’s a dark color, so you might want to pair it with plenty of white, as was done in the first photo, a kitchen from Knocknock, as well as in the kitchen shown here from Eagleview Construction and Buttercup Design.
White provides a crisp contrast to the navy and also keeps the kitchen from feeling too cavelike.
When working with a strong color like navy, I like to bring in supporting shades that play well and don’t compete with the dominant color.
In this kitchen from Devi Dutta Architecture, the light blue backsplash adds another layer of blue, tying the palette together nicely. The warm wood floors help break up the cooler tones that dominate the space.
If you’ve decided to go big with navy in your kitchen and are curious about how to make it work in large doses, check out this handsome kitchen from Pineapple Property. Rather than feeling gloomy and cave-like, which can happen when you use a large amount of a dark hue in a room, this kitchen feels elegant and cozy.
There are enough white and warm wood elements here to counteract the navy, and the space isn’t cluttered up with too many decorative elements. Think of the powerful color as the main design flourish and keep the remaining finishes and furnishings subdued so as not to visually compete.