Blue is the favorite color of about 60 percent of Americans, according to the "Whole Living" website. It is generally classified as a cool color, reminding you of refreshing breezes and clean water, but some shades, like periwinkle blue, have a red undertone and add warmth to the decor. Before deciding which colors will look best with blue countertops, determine if they have either green or red undertones. If you're not sure, lay red and green paint swatches on the counter to see if either one looks more like the shade of blue in your home.
White is the ultimate neutral color and will freshen up a kitchen with blue counters no matter what shade of blue they are. White also lends itself to many different decorating styles. Maple cabinets, blue counters and creamy-white walls create a traditional look while the combination of blue and white with accents of sunny yellow makes for a cheerful country-style kitchen. Painting cabinets or walls that abut the countertop is a good way to highlight blue counters you want to show off.
Analogous colors are defined as any three shades that appear next to each other on the tertiary color wheel, such as blue, blue-green and green. Analogous colors create a muted harmony often seen in nature, such as when a single plant displays subtly different shades of the same color. It may seem counter-intuitive, but using other tones of blue will help deemphasize blue counters. For instance, with light blue walls and dark blue accents, medium blue counters become less noticeable.
Orange is directly opposite blue on the color wheel and is considered its complementary color. The complementary color for your particular counters can only be determined once you know exactly which shade of blue they are. Very light blue or light blue-green is complemented by a light reddish-orange, and yellow-orange lies opposite indigo blue on the color wheel. Orange and blue are a common color combination in Mediterranean-style decor. A kitchen starring these colors would be enhanced by terracotta floor tiles, rustic iron fixtures and other natural materials.
Though black is a classic color in home design, using it in the kitchen is a more modern trend. Black makes the other colors around it pop. Cabinets painted or stained in a deep charcoal tone can make blue counters look rich and modern. Creamy whites and light wood tones are good colors to pair with black and blue. These light tones will help keep the kitchen from looking dark and heavy.
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