If decorating or redecorating your home was easy, we’d all live in houses that look like the ones you see in home décor and architectural magazines.

The kitchen is one of our favourite rooms to redecorate. And there are lots of reasons for that. Except for the bedroom, where we sleep for 8 hours a day (you do get 8 hours of sleep every night, don’t you?!), we probably spend more time in the kitchen than any other room.

While its main role is as a place to prepare our meals, we also often eat those meals in or near the kitchen, then we sit around and chat, do homework or pay the bills. Even when we entertain family and friends, you know where they’ll end up before the party is over.

But, as much as we want a beautiful kitchen, the process of redecorating it can hit a wall, almost literally, before it even begins. In a nutshell, kitchen decorating projects often stall on one of the first questions that must be answered: what colour do we paint the walls?

Well, that eternal question might finally have been answered.

Shades of blue have always been favourite interior paint colours, including being the most popular in over 30 countries.

But a study of home sales recently found that houses with blue kitchens sold for an average of about $2,000 more than similar homes with non-blue kitchens.

But we hear you. Just because it’s popular, or that it increases the value of your home doesn’t necessarily mean blue is the colour for your kitchen. If you’re still unconvinced, here are a few more reasons to consider a shade of blue:

1. It’s a Natural Colour

Like the colour of the sky and the ocean, we humans respond well to natural-looking colours.

2. It’s a Versatile Colour

Whether you want a bright, light blue, or a more subdued blue-grey, there are shades of blue to suit the ambiance you want to create.

3. It’s a Neutral Colour

Wall colour forms the backdrop for your décor. Blue gives you more options for the rest, including your countertops and cabinet hardware, because of its neutral shades. With just the cabinet hardware alone, whether its silver, copper, brass or gold, blue lets you choose any colour and finish you prefer – which isn’t always the case with other popular kitchen colours, like yellow.

Of course, you are the only one who can answer the question of what colour to paint the kitchen. But, if you’re stuck, blue can come to the rescue.