From cobalt to classic navy, six designers prove just how versatile the colour blue is in the kitchen.
The colour blue in the kitchen is powerful enough to attract attention, yet composed enough to complement other materials such as timber, marble and metal. The colour blue also symbolises open spaces, reminiscent of the sky and the sea.
In this edit, we revisit six standout kitchens defined by their application of the colour blue and explore why each different hue has been selected to meet a client’s brief.
This Victorian home in Melbourne presented as a series of awkward extensions and an eccentric polychromatic palette. To meld each piece together, Kennedy Nolan founding director Patrick Kennedy explains, “we started with a colour palette which defined a particular mood – cool and quiet, but with some intensity and playfulness…” This approach saw Kennedy Nolan select vibrant duck egg blue to set the playful tone in the kitchen, punctuated by brass kickboards and tapware. A sculptural island bench topped with Fior di Bosco stone and clad in ridged timber panelling gently offsets the blue cabinetry.
Melbourne architect Lisa Breeze introduced cool blue-grey tones throughout the central kitchen in a 1970s townhouse in Fitzroy North. Describing the palette as ‘simple, yet hardy’, Lisa selected livid blue joinery, timber handles and a Superwhite quartzite benchtop; all a contemporary nod to the 70s. “For a small home, the space ended up as a very generous kitchen, with all of the lovely wide bench space and appliances a comfortable distance from each other,” Lisa says. The stainless steel Bosch Series 8 oven is a natural fit in the kitchen, working with the steel tapware and kitchen cabinets’ grey undertones. “If there is only space for one oven, it has to be a great oven,” Lisa says. “The Bosch appliances work beautifully and look sharp without compromising space.”
Spring Street by March Studio
Once the home of Melbourne design firm March Studio founders Rodney Eggleston and Anne-Laure Cavigneaux, this city apartment has undergone a complete overhaul by its former owners years later; this time for a retired couple looking to embark on their next chapter. The silver-lined ceiling mirrors the ceiling of Parliament Station several stories below, acting as an iridescent canvas that reflects the brilliant blue lacquer of the compact kitchen. In this space, March Studio have united stainless steel, gold, timber and electric blue with an aggregate concrete island bench inset with shards of blue glass. A clever study nook adjacent to the kitchen is crafted from the same blue joinery, cementing this colour as a key design detail in the home.
Eliza Blair Architecture reconfigured this 1960s Malvern East home into a modern, two-bedroom bachelor pad that embraces both work and play. The design team relocated the kitchen to the centre of the home, where the standard ceiling was replaced with an asymmetrical raked ceiling lined with hardwood timber. Laminex French Navy cabinetry cuts through the open-plan space and flows into the built-in joinery in the study beyond. Matte black benchtops, tapware and joinery hardware reaffirm the modern Australian aesthetic, atop speckled grey terrazzo stone.
Sorrento Beach House by Pandolfini Architects
Pandolfini Architects designed a series of five A-framed structures centred around a courtyard and pool in Victoria’s Sorrento. Inspired by holiday homes of the past, eyes are immediately drawn to the pale blue cabinetry and warm grey stone in the kitchen, faintly reminiscent of the sea and the sand. Textural materials that relay the natural tones of the coast, including woven storage rails and cane pendant lights, celebrate the home’s beachside locale.
Located in the emerging Schillerkiez district in Berlin, this two-bedroom loft apartment explores a dark and moody palette in the kitchen, juxtaposed by white lacquered oak flooring. It features the FOLD kitchen designed by Reform in collaboration with Berlin-based architect Sigurd Larsen. Deep navy brushed aluminium cabinetry is met with a stainless steel benchtop, cultivating a streamlined cooking area that makes the most of the limited space. The sleek, glossy-black finish of the Bosch Series 8, built-in oven offers subtle, yet striking contrast to the matte navy blue cabinetry. For easy entertaining, the oven features pyrolytic self-cleaning, baking on all four levels and SoftClose doors.