5 W & B

So Many Shades of Blue, What Color Should I Choose?

Before After

I am so excited to share another kitchen renovation. I may be an interior designer and blogger, but I’m by no means immune to mistakes. What did I do wrong? I forgot to take “before” pictures! And to make matters worse…the homeowners didn’t have any either.

But, if I may, let me backtrack a bit in this story. My client loves, loves, loves the color blue. The very first question Beverly asked me when I visited her in her home, “What color of blue do you recommend?” Then Beverly proceeded to place a bunch of paint chips on top of the table. You know those handheld cardstock squares you find in most paint departments. She had chosen a handful of hues ranging with shades of blue in all directions, from light, medium, and dark categories.

Our new customer wanted me to take the guesswork out of choosing a paint color. I get it. After all, paint swatches can be overwhelming when you’re facing a giant selection at the paint store. But unexpectedly she posed me with this question before I had a chance to see and measure her kitchen. We hadn’t even discussed cabinet styles and colors, or talked about countertop choices, either. So, when it came time for me to design this kitchen, I made surefire certain that the kitchen would be planned with the color of blue in mind. Knowing that Beverly was such a huge fan of blue, I knew I would use blue accent color on either the walls, on the countertop, on the backsplash, or on the island.

Our clients, Beverly, and her husband Warren, along with their little pooch, live in Punta Gorda, in a community called Ventura Lakes. This lovely community is conveniently located within one mile of Interstate 75. This manufactured home park has picturesque views of water with gorgeous sunrises and sunsets. I recently had remodeled their neighbor’s home. After seeing the “before” and “after” transformations, Warren and Beverly wanted me to renovate their kitchen.  

Before After

Our clients didn’t want to spend an astronomical amount of money. One large cost saving factor to this kitchen remodel was to keep the same layout. When plumbing and electrical doesn’t have to be redirected many dollars can be saved from not having to hire additional contractors for the job. Warren and Beverly decided they would make this kitchen makeover as an anniversary gift to each other.

The existing floor tiles were blah and dated. Brown worn cabinets were uninviting in this rather long and wide kitchen.  So, the first thing we did was remove all the cabinets. This gave us a blank canvas. Then big Galapagos Mountain Mist porcelain tiles were installed—on a diagonal—by Pucci Tile & Marble, Inc.

Then JSI Cabinetry was installed. The white shaker door style is called Trenton. It’s a soft ivory paint on Maple. The RTA (ready to assemble) cabinets were installed by the professional team at Just Counters & other stuff. A bit of bling was added when the Jeffrey Alexander hardware was installed. This made a pretty big impact on the overall appearance of this kitchen. Since kitchen cabinets rarely come with hardware it’s a big decision to choose a style and finish that works with the space. I believe we nailed it.

Both Warren and Beverly loved the idea of maintenance free countertops. Cambria is American made and family owned. Their products are made of the finest quartz. They are distinctively durable, nonabsorbent, and easy to maintain. So, we selected Castell by Cambria. Castell Cambria quartz: the color of mist and drizzle, Castell’s gentle grays with specks of blue and white recall the flagstones that anchor the guesthouse in Wales for which it’s named. 

Particularly interesting elegance was added by adding a beveled marble backsplash. There’s veining in the marble which adds a lot of interest to the room. The backsplash is Calcutta polished beveled glass from Bella Casa Collection Tile.

Last but not least….at last…the walls were painted blue. We added a colorful look to the kitchen by applying BEHR Premium #540F-4 Shale Gray. Blue walls may seem like a bold move, but the crisp white cabinets and calm gray countertop offset the hue.  

Before After

In drawing things to a close, what a great kitchen this turned out to be! The end result created a warm, coastal appearance. For the happy customers, Warren and Beverly, living here is like a vacation every single day.



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