Blue and White Kitchens: My Favorite Color Combinations

Blue and White Cabinets, Sharon L Sherman, Kitchen Designer NJ, Bath Designer NJ, Thyme & Place Design

Why I Love Blue and White Kitchens

I must admit I love blue and white. Whether it is in interiors, clothing, accessories, or tile, blue and white has always been tops on my list of favorite color combinations. These colors never go out of style. Who doesn’t love a clear blue sky with puffy white clouds?

Dark blue is also just as dramatic as black but is so much softer.  Although some clients have said they just cannot live with anything blue, I wonder what happened in their life that soured them on blue. Remember, past experiences both good and bad can influence your choices.

What are the best blue and white kitchen colors?

Benjamin Moore Simply White OC-117 and Hale Navy HC-154 are two of my favorite blue and white kitchen cabinet color combinations.  Simply White is a wonderful shade that seems to blend with every colorway you can select. The warm undertone of this white gives the cabinets a feel-good vibe. Hale Navy is the perfect balance for white. Why Hale Navy? The pure pigment of the color is magic. Hale Navy changes with the colors surrounding it. For example, the white kitchen cabinets contrast perfectly with the custom navy hutch.

Blue and White Cabinets, Sharon L Sherman, Kitchen Designer NJ, Bath Designer NJ, Thyme & Place Design

Hale Navy painted custom cabinetry

Blue and White Cabinets, Sharon L Sherman, Kitchen Designer NJ, Bath Designer NJ, Thyme & Place Design

Simply White painted kitchen cabinets

















Blue and White Cabinets, Sharon L Sherman, Kitchen Designer NJ, Bath Designer NJ, Thyme & Place Design

Designed by Thyme & Place Design Photo: Mike Van Tassell

Looking for a more subtle color way, a soft white painted cabinet on the perimeter paired with Slate Blue painted island cabinets are a luxurious combination. In addition pops of color were added in the feature of the tile behind the stove. A combination of white, grey and seafoam green designed for the back splash tile details are eye catching. 

Don’t Forget the Back Splash Tile!

Although you might not be ready for a total commitment for colorful blue and white cabinets, the backsplash is another great place to add a blue and white combination. In this award-winning kitchen, white cabinets and counters are given a pop of blue with amazing Oceanside Glass Tile in a subway pattern.  Paint color cues taken from color in the tiles  pull the rooms together. This is a nice simple way to bring a color you love into the environment without overpowering the room. 


Thyme & Place Design, White semi custom frameless kitchen cabinets

Oceanside Glass Tile singing the blues.

Beyond Blue and White Kitchens

Not sure you really want a long term relationship with blue cabinets or tile, how about a lovely shade of blue on the walls. Although this photo below is a cabana, it perfectly illustrates using blue and white with colorful accents. Marine Blue (BM 2059-10) walls and Simply white millwork are accented with bright and warm fabrics on the windows and the pillows. Don’t forget the ceiling! This is a perfect surface to add color and texture no matter the room.  Need more ceiling inspiration? Read all about a Well Dressed Ceiling.

Ceilings. Thyme & Place Design, Sharon L Sherman, Kitchen Designer NJ, Bathroom Designer NJ

Deep rich blue painted wall with colorful accent fabrics

Finally, let’s look at some helpful color tips to remember.

1. Blue can be warm or cool in appearance. 

2. Hale Navy is a transitional color which is both warm and cool.

3. Look across the color wheel to find colors which will work as accessories. These are called complementary colors.

4. Some of my favorite colors to use as accent colors with blues: Deep sunflower yellow, warm sunny orange or even a cheery bright pink. 

5. Honey bronze is a great accent metal for strong deep blues. Black or Dark Grey hardware accents are perfect with lighter shades of blue.

If you would like to read more about all things kitchen bath and design, our blog posts are full of great information.

Sharon L Sherman ASID CID CKD  is the founder of Thyme & Place Design, Thymeless Home Decor and Thymeless Well Being. Ms Sherman is a business owner, designer and Reiki Master located in New Jersey. Her award-winning designs and editorial comments have been featured in Kitchen & Bath Design News, Woman’s Day, Country Decorating, Design NJ, New Jersey Home Magazine, 201 Magazine, The Best of Bergen, Savvy Living, The Vue, The Record, The Star Ledger, Bergen Magazine and Aspire as well as several books. Her Blog “Tips for the Trade”  appears in digital form on, and, She has also appeared on HGTV’s My Big Amazing Renovation and episodes of House Smarts with Lou Manfredini.  

This post contains affiliate links for products I have used. I may be compensated if you purchase any of these items at no additional cost to you. 



1 Comment

  1. Diana Garcia

    Love the Hale Navy and white – we are using the same combination for our kitchen remodel. We really like the tile behind the hood. Did you have the tile installed prior to hood install or after?


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Sharon sherman

My award-winning designs haven been featured in multiple magazines, industry publications and on television. That’s nice affirmation, to be sure.

But perhaps the greatest accolade I’ve received is the repeat engagements with so many clients, project after project, year after year.

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