Room Envy: Yes, blue cabinetry is a thing, especially in this remodeled Decatur kitchen

After a remodel and a jolt of blue, this 1930s house has a classic, fun feel
Room Envy

Photograph by Jeff Herr

Blue cabinetry’s a “thing?” We’re seeing the sultry hue in kitchens everywhere, from the palest turquoise to deep indigo. In Kathryn and Matt Purselle’s remodeled Decatur kitchen, Terracotta Design Build’s Nicole Jui picked classic elements like Shaker-style cabinetry and marble countertops to fit the 1930s house—but added a jolt of blue for fun.

Clear Charm
“The seeded glass cabinet doors keep with the period of the home,” Jui says. “They also allow the upper cabinets to feel lighter, for a room with no windows.”

Warm Ways
The Purselles wanted to incorporate wood from a family farm and did so here as a thin, horizontal shelf that plays off the rich wood floors.

Range of Motion
As a focal point, this right-sized stainless-steel range and hood do the job.

Seamless White
Honed Statuarietto marble provides the beauty of stone countertops, but inexpensive white subway tiles continue the clean look up the backsplash wall.

Keeping it Teal
Sherwin-Williams “Tempe Star” in a satin finish is an unexpected, modern take on blue, says the designer.

Dapper Details
The cabinetry hardware has a great weight and feel, complementing the elegant marble.

Custom cabinets allowed the team to create hidden functions, such as knife storage, an electronics-charging station, household files, and a step-stool cabinet, although the homeowners love displaying some of their kitchen items on the pot rack rail for the look of a real cook’s kitchen.

This article appears in our May 2018 issue.