Why White in your Kitchen Is Almost Always Right!
With the average kitchen renovation costing approximately $60,000 according to the National Association of Realtors, we help our clients make sure that they maintain the quality of their asset through effective and inspiring designs and specifying materials that stand the test of time.
One technique that is almost always a sure winner is to specify white cabinets. During the 1920s and 1930s, white was about the only option available for cabinetry, countertops, backsplashes and floor tile. Times have changed in the last 100 years, but white remains one of the most endearing and valuable palates for a kitchen renovation.
For both cabinets and appliances, white tends to top the preference annually. One of the reasons is that white represents happiness, innocence, and purity according to color therapists. White also has the highest reflectiveness of any color, and that helps make even a small kitchen feel more spacious.
White kitchens are far from boring.
Cabinet doors and trim create shadows and contrast layers that are architecturally interesting and provide depth. It makes every other color in the kitchen pop.
White kitchen cabinets are budget friendly.
As a standard offering for almost every manufacturer, white cabinets can fit almost any budget and design motif whether you prefer euro contemporary or farmhouse traditional and everything in between.
Not everything in your kitchen should be white.
We often capitalize on the blank canvas that white provides to incorporate splashes of color for wall and floor coverings and backsplashes. Our clients find that incorporating color into a predominately white kitchen makes distinctive design statements that reflect their personality. Alternatively, white contrasts nicely with stainless steel appliances, wood flooring, and wood countertops.
How to Warm Up White Kitchen Spaces
Putting a new twist on a proven and timeless approach can help you make distinctive and personal design statements in your new kitchen or bath. All-white kitchens continue to be one of the most popular options, but we frequently work with our clients to select beautiful, contrasting finishes on hardware, faucets and lighting to make an all-white kitchen pop.
Glass-front cabinets present another opportunity to add some color to your white kitchen with the added benefit of improving efficiency too. Display vases and show off attractive glass and dinnerware in your glass-front cabinets to add splashes of color and warmth to your space, and you’ll never have to search multiple cabinets to find a crucial piece of tableware again. You may also consider paint or wallpaper inside your glass-front cabinets to add color, particularly if your tableware is white or a neutral color.
Another technique to bring warmth to all white kitchens is to incorporate wood elements into the space. This can be accomplished by specifying light-toned butcher-block countertops or lighter toned wood cutting boards that are both functional and aesthetic.
While white kitchens continue to be one the most popular option, two-tone kitchens are trending now too. We’ve designed kitchens with gray upper cabinets and white floor cabinets. The white cabinets served to keep the space light and bright. The look is simply stunning.
Of course, white isn’t the only option for your new kitchen, many of our clients are gravitating to wood cabinetry. And for good reason. It’s beautiful. When we combine open shelving, light countertops and backsplashes with wood cabinetry, the space looks and feels bright and airy. The light elements provide a brilliant contrast to wood cabinets that will invariably withstand the test of time.
White appliances are starting to take market share from stainless steel.
Manufacturers recognize the timelessness of white and are offering refrigerators, ovens, ranges, dishwashers, microwaves, etc. covered in polished enamel that gives the appearance of white glass.
Another popular option that many of our clients prefer is to cover appliances with panels that match their cabinet doors.
When our customers want white countertops, we often specify Carrara or Calacatta marble. Every manufacturer of solid-surface and quartz-type of countertops offer numerous white options. You can even have white concrete if that is your preference.
White remains a timely motif for any kitchen renovation. If you would like to see the many shades that white offers for your new kitchen, please visit our showroom or give us a call.