One big trend I’m seeing in kitchen design is navy blue cabinets. Some people choose to use this color for the whole kitchen, while others use it for lower cabinets or an island only. No matter how it shows up, the result is usually bold and eye-catching, especially when paired with a crisp white countertop.
So how can you get this look and do it right? First, jump online and browse Pinterest or a site like Houzz.com to find photos that appeal to you. Look for the different ways people design using navy blue cabinets. Save what you love and refer to those images often. (If you haven’t considered it, now is the time to call in an interior designer — they’ve got the know-how and experience to make this project a breeze, with great results.)
Next, look at your overall kitchen size. Using a saturated color for all your cabinets might make it seem smaller unless you’ve got a lot of light or the layout is large and open. For that reason, I tend to think the darker color looks better when kept to lowers or an island. When paired with white or marble countertops, as well as white upper cabinets, it’s hard to go wrong.
Now, what about metals? What works with navy blue cabinets? Your options are actually pretty flexible here. You can use a brushed nickel, or veer toward more of a warm gold. You can even mix metals if you’re feeling brave — nothing wrong with silver and gold together. In fact, mixed metals is another design trend! You’ll be getting two by choosing that option.
If you’re remodeling your kitchen, you might be wondering about whether you should DIY the navy blue cabinets, or call in a pro. The answer really depends on how much time and patience you have, as well as budget and an available work area. Painting cabinets yourself takes at least a whole weekend — you have to clean, sand, prime, sand, paint a first coat, sand, paint a second coat, sand, and paint a third coat. Then there’s the drying time: at least four hours between coats.
You’ll note I mentioned three layers of paint. When you’re dealing with a deep, saturated color like navy blue, you need all three to reach the desired depth of color (be sure to also use a tinted primer). Another reason for three is because kitchen cabinets take a real beating between cooking and foot traffic, so that third coat is extra insurance against dreaded chips in your beautiful handiwork.
If all that sounds like too much effort — and I can’t emphasize enough how painstaking the process can be — consider calling in the pros. They usually bring in a crew and spray on the paint, making short work of a big project.
No matter how you get your navy cabinets, if you plan and execute carefully, the end result will be a classic,
beautiful look you can enjoy for years to come.
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