Emily Henderson's kitchen channels this choice of tile that experts say creates a feeling of 'calm and tranquillity'

This is the ultimate calming tile color, according to the experts

Emily Henderson
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It's well-known that the color blue represents tranquillity and relaxation, making it a popular paint color in the home, most notably in bathrooms. Perhaps a more uncommon room to see blue opted for in the home; interior designer Emily Henderson channels blue tiles in the kitchen.

In the video below, the blue tiles are a classic subway tile, creating an earthy and understated feel that certainly looks calming. Intrigued by this decor choice, we spoke to the interior experts to get their take on this color of kitchen tile trend.

'The blue tile is a great choice because it adds a pop of color while still maintaining a sense of calm and tranquillity,' says design expert and founder of LS Projects Ladina Schöpf. 'Psychologically, the color blue promotes a sense of relaxation and serenity, making it an excellent choice for a space where you spend a lot of time cooking and socializing.'

Head of Product at Thomas Sanderson Lisa Cooper agrees, explaining: 'Blue tiles in the kitchen are an excellent choice. Blue is the perfect color for stress management, as it encourages a powerful sense of calm, making you feel more centered and serene.'

Lisa Cooper

Thomas Sanderson designs premium blinds and shutters for the home, offering bespoke solutions for a wide range of building types.

'It's a peaceful shade and if there are pops of dusty blue, such as through kitchen tiles, the calming effect can pass on to your emotions and allow you to enjoy the cooking process,' continues Cooper. 

How to style blue kitchen tiles

If you're considering opting for blue tiles in your own kitchen to create a calm space, Schöpf imparts her top tips to create the most effective end result which we've broken down below. 

1. Choose the most suitable shade

'Consider the overall color palette of your kitchen and select a shade of blue that complements it,' suggests Schöpf. 'Light blue shades can create a more airy and fresh look, while darker blues can add depth and drama. The used tile in Emily Henderson's kitchen has a greyish effect. It changes the intensity of the blue tone depending on the light and colors in the surroundings.'

2. Balance with neutral colors

'To prevent the blue tiles from overwhelming the space, balance them with neutral elements such as white cabinets or countertops,' says Schöpf. 'This will create a harmonious and balanced aesthetic.'

3. Experiment with the tile size and shape

'The size and shape of the tiles can also influence the overall look. Larger tiles can create a more modern and streamlined appearance, while smaller tiles can add texture and visual interest,' concludes Schöpf.

Ladina Schöpf
Ladina Schöpf

Ladina is the founder of design studio LS Projects; specializing in architectural design and bridging the gap between aesthetics and practicality. 

Create a calming feel with blue kitchen tiles

Feeling inspired to recreate the look? Shop the below tiles to elevate your kitchen with this peaceful hue, or take a look at our other kitchen tile ideas to find some more inspiration. 

Emily Moorman
News Writer

Emily Moorman is a News Writer at Homes & Gardens, working across a range of topics spanning interiors, celebrity and emerging trends. With a background in the fashion industry, Emily is well-versed in the world of design and trend cycles. Her undergraduate degree was in Fashion Communication and Promotion which she studied at Norwich University of The Arts, specialising in writing and digital communications.