New This Week: 6 Blue Paints for Stylish Kitchen Cabinets (12 photos)

Blue is a reliable choice for kitchen cabinets. It’s a color that significantly departs from the typical white, gray or wood cabinet choices and yet is still versatile enough to work with the tones found in many common materials and finishes.

Blue is a complementary color to orange, which encompasses the warm orangey tones found in many metal finishes and wood tones. That means if you choose blue cabinets, you can be confident that things like brass and bronze plumbing and lighting accents, as well as wood floors, countertops and accents, will assimilate beautifully. Plus, depending on its undertones, blue can be serene and tranquil, fun and lively, or serious and dramatic. Here, six blue paint colors show a range of possibilities for kitchen cabinets. For more info go to

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1. Deep Blue-Gray

Designer: Gina Holz Designs
General contractor: Shain Development
Location: Los Angeles

Cabinet paint. Deep blue-gray (Ocean Floor by Benjamin Moore). “Paint is one of the last things I pick out when designing a space,” designer Gina Holz says. “It’s the final component that brings everything together. When choosing paint for kitchen cabinets, you have to consider the floors, tile and stone materials, plumbing fixtures finishes, the color of the appliances and the amount of natural light in the space. Since the wood floors were a light golden white oak color, we really wanted to have a punch with the cabinet color. We also have 10-foot ceilings and knew the room could handle a dark color.”

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Other special features. Unlacquered brass cabinet hardware, plumbing fixtures and hood detail. Sliding steel window. Calacatta Manhattan countertops and backsplash. “The marble has some golds and blues in it,” Holz says. “The Ocean Floor paint really made this stone material pop, and the brass accents drove it home.”

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