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Brian Paquette

Inspired by a 1960s story

from Sunset's archives, one designer created this wide-open kitchen that has personality to spare. Here are some tips and product picks to help you bring the look of this sparkling sapphire space into your home.
Interior designer Brian Paquette, of the Seattle-based firm Brian Paquette Interiors, gave this hardworking kitchen major style.
Photos: Thomas J. Story

Easy tips from our editors

Create a Bold Kitchen
Choose a showstopper. Custom blue concrete tile gives the kitchen a luxe lift, while the quartz (instead of marble) countertops ease budget strain.
Apply the rule of threes. To make the room interesting and cohesive sapphire blue is used on the tile, window seat fabric, and walls.
An abundance of sapphire blue is balanced by the clean lines and crisp white color of the countertops, shelves, and cabinets.
Create an eat-in lounge. A double-width banquette gives diners a place to relax—the fabric also softens the room's other hard materials.
Warm it up. Wood tones (the floor and cutting board) and golden hues (such as orange) infuse warmth into the cool color palette.
cutting board

This maple cutting board is reversible and has juice grooves for easy slicing.

BoosBlock Cutting Board John Boos $129.95
accent tile

Bare or plain island bases practically beg for colorful tiles in eye-catching geometric patterns.

Folksy Love 4-1/4" x 4-1/4" Satin Decorative Tile Oscar & Izzy $19.00

Top any banquette, bench, or kitchen chair with plush pillows for a cozy mealtime seat.

Forsyth Corded Throw Pillow (Set of 2) Pillow Perfect $43.99

Multiple mini pendants are a fun alternative to one large island light.

Larmes 1 Light Mini Pendant ET2 $104.00

Like the folding versions above, this stackable barstool saves space in rooms with tight squeezes.

Bistro Stacking Faux Leather Stool Sunpan Modern $161.99

Bright green succulents add life and color to this clean-lined kitchen.

Faux Mixed Succulents and Stones in Concrete-Lite Bowl Distinctive Designs $135.96
faux succulents
kitchen faucet

Style and function combine in this contemporary faucet that swivels 180 degrees.

One Handle Kitchen Faucet Kraus $127.95
wall cube

Paint the inside of this wall cube a striking color for contrast.

BLVD Decorative Wall Cubes Nexera $98.99

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