How would you describe white kitchens? Pristine, spotless and germ-free? Bright and beautiful? Fresh and squeaky-clean?
...do you think they're boring? Commonplace and cold?
I used to be oh so anti- the whole white thing. Probably because as a kitchen designer I saw so many white kitchen cabinets being kicked to the curb when new beautiful wood cabinets were being installed.
But as a homeowner, I've changed my mind! If you'd like to see what I did with mine, check out Small Kitchen - Two Cooks.
White works in any style - modern, cottage, traditional, you name it.
You can do all white, walls and all, using brightly colored accents.
Other options: anchor the white with a black granite countertop and wood floors, soften the white with peach walls or a seafoam green ceiling, or - gosh, there are so many options when working with white.
Most of us prefer using other colors throughout the room.
(Want white and have wood? Consider refacing - or Refinish Your Cabinets!)
Here are some photos of kitchens ranging from casual and simple to fancy and upscale.
Cottage style works its homespun charm in this beach house.
Simple Florida-style modern (renovation by Sarasota designer Mark Dalton).
An example of designer Laura Wallace's work creating beautiful kitchens for her Florida clients.
Transitional style in an interior designer's condo.
Another Laura Wallace kitchen, and the next photo is hers, too. The photo at the top of this page is also Laura's handiwork.
White never goes out of style.
With white cabinets it's easy to change other color elements in the room anytime you're ready for a new look. Move to a crisp white-on-white scheme when the kids grow up and move out...or add dramatic new colors as you and your tastes evolve.
Thinking of remodeling?
Keep a notebook or scrapbook of notes, clippings and ideas.
Kitchen magazines are expensive - look through them in the grocery checkout line. If you see pix of a kitchen you really like, buy that magazine.
Stop in at home centers and pick up any free cabinet manufacturers' catalogs.