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Blue is the New black

Patricia Gray has mentioned Blue is the New Black at her blog . Blue remains timeless. It can be bold or quiet. I noted in an earlier blog that blue remains a popular color even the kitchen. Color communicates who we are. Bold colors for a free spirit. Demure colors for soft spoken types. It can also transmit a vibe. Do you feel best when at the beach, or are you invigorated by world travels and need to be surrounded with more exotic colors and elements?

Back splashes can be an opportunity to create a vibe for your space. Hard surfaces can play off of soft surfaces such as cushions & fabric.

From the most bold…

Shown here, variegated handmade glass tiles. Reminiscent of the ocean, by Erin Adams through Ann Sacks. Interior Design by Frank Roop and Dalia Kitchen Design.

Large Zen Weave in mottled blue, Ann Sacks tile

To the fanciful formal…

An interlocking oval in hand cut glass tiles in Ann Sacks silver and mineral presents itself as a whimsical yet formal pattern.

To the invigorating…

Ann Sacks Lake Garda Ceramic Art Tile in multiple hues of blue.

…and then there is the most subtle forms of blue.

Kitchen floor is bluestone with a sky blue fabric pallette. With 22 ft. ceilings the blue recedes. Designer David Klienberg, House Beautiful, April 2008.

From the most vibrant to the most subtle shades, blue is accepted everywhere.



Laurie Burke, connected to the design and construction industry since 1996. A seasoned residential kitchen and bath design specialist , Laurie has designed thousands of kitchens & baths as well as other cabinetry projects requiring technical precision in design drafting utilizing state of the art 2020 software for creating accurate plans and elevations. Through on- going product knowledge training and a desire to always stay current with an evolving marketplace, Laurie Burke maintains a strong command of knowing the appropriate Fit & Finish materials required for a residential remodel to meet the budget, the timeline of a project and a client's need for a finished product that meets their satisfaction. Kitchen Designer by trade, foodie, techie, weekend traveler for fun. For more information contact me at

10 thoughts on “Blue is the New black

  1. love blue as the new black…also love kitchens and your blog.
    thanks for adding me to your roll call…I also added you… Fay


  2. When I first thought of blue in the kitchen, I rejected the idea. Then, after looking at the photo with those great tiles, I completely changed my mind. Thanks for this post.


  3. Yes, most definitely, the color blue, not typically reserved for a kitchen color, makes even the most seasoned designer rethink what we accept for color options in the kitchen.


  4. I love the backsplash in the first picture! I’ve browsed through Ann Sack’s web page, but I can’t figure out which of the Erin Adams tiles/colors/finishes are used. Do you happen to know?



  5. Blues are calming, cool and refreshing. Nice blue tiles in there…But it is not wise to overdo the use of blue…IMHO too much blue will make the space cold and depressing. That’s why they call it the blues.:)

    Nice blue spaces you featured in there.


  6. I like the color Blue it is is mysterious, moody, classic, timeless, calming, and refreshing. It can have a glossy finish or be totally matte. It is beautiful when contrasted with pure white.


  7. Blue is so cool… and can even blend into many different colors… I never thought that blue could look so good even in the kitchen 🙂


  8. I like it. Color is a key ingredient because it makes the first impression of a room on our senses, so setting the mood is your primary concern.


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