Blue is in the air, so to speak, because it’s one of the colors I’m seeing more and more of in kitchens — and using myself.
The Pantone Color Institute recently announced the spring 2014 color report, and many designers are focusing on a vibrant Dazzling Blue. It’s a bold, fun, and rich color, and while you may not want to paint your entire kitchen in the hue, Dazzling Blue accents might be just the jolt of energy your kitchen needs.
Here are a few of my picks for how you can bring a bit of Dazzling Blue to your culinary corner of the world.
A Glass Act
A little detail like a glass is an easy way to introduce some blue into your kitchen, and they look great in glass-fronted cabinets, too. For a more contemporary space, I like these blown glass tumblers; in a more formal setting, I’d recommend something like this crystal pair from Waterford.
This gorgeous Cádiz marbleized resin tray by Oscar de La Renta in cobalt is handmade in India by master artisans. It’s a generous size, too, perfect for serving drinks and appetizers.
A Real Gem
For those interested in more than a touch of blue, you can’t go wrong with incorporating Dumortierite quartz for a surface treatment. This semi-precious stone is a breathtaking rich blue and I’ve used it in both kitchen and powder room designs. Plus, its energy is said to help people meet daily challenges.
Flight of Fancy
Use this porcelain platter from Bernardaud as an elegant serving piece, or display it prominently. I love how it combines the luxury of a gilt branch with naturalist illustrations of a stunning blue bird and butterflies.
Blue Plate Special
These new dinner plates by Hermès are from the firm’s Rallye 24 line, inspired by (of all things!) road racing. The Limoges porcelain pieces feature chic modern designs and strong blocks of color — including a knockout blue.
These exquisite, one-of-a-kind earthenware vases from the Anglo-Dutch design team Glithero feature cyanotypes of botanical specimens in a lovely Prussian Blue. All of your guests will ask about them — I promise!
Le Creuset enameled cast iron cookware is a pleasure to use. It’s also a pleasure to display, as it comes in a wide array of colors, including this one, Marseille Blue.
For a truly organic touch of blue, try this hefty agate geode; its hand-painted golden finish ensures it’s stunning from every angle.
Organized and Civilized
This refined and understated box is custom made from shagreen and brass inlay. Keep it out on the island to control clutter, or use it to corral accessories in the bar area.
See the Light
Light fixtures are a fabulous way to introduce color into a kitchen, and these mid century Italian ribbed glass pendants in cobalt blue feel both on trend and timeless to me.
In the Bag
Here’s a bit of blue that will look good in your kitchen — and everywhere else! I love how this particular Birkin takes a classic and injects it with a little whimsy.