Designing beautiful white kitchens
White kitchens have been a staple in homes for as long as we can remember. White is oftentimes associated with light, goodness, and cleanliness. It’s no wonder that we gravitate toward the color white when choosing a kitchen color scheme. There are a few secrets to keep in mind when designing beautiful white kitchens.
A classic kitchen calls for timeless elements. Commercial grade appliances like Jenn-Air and Sub-Zero Wolf make a style difference and improve the efficiency of the kitchen. Incorporating natural stone such as Calacatta Marble in the kitchen helps to keep the kitchen ageless through the course of a lifetime. Marble also reflects light which helps make the space even brighter. Keep your kitchen sophisticated with customized storage solutions. Custom cabinetry provides each homeowner with a unique design unlike any other. Using integrated or hidden appliances helps to give a kitchen a seamless look.
Give your kitchen some edge by mixing materials. Create contrasts against crisp white cabinets by using a variety of wood and finishes. A dark wooden island pops against a largely white kitchen and draws the eye. Don’t be afraid to play with materials like wood and glass to create contrasts and add depth to the space. Internationally recognized Kitchen Designer, Mick De Giulio is a fan of mixing materials, “Mixing materials such as sleek stainless-steel elements and glass in an otherwise rustic or traditional setting can be unexpected and more interesting. I like to look at a kitchen in the same way I would a living or dining room when it comes to mixing elements and finishes.”
Pop of Color
Use color to break up the space. In an all-white kitchen, you can use curtains, accessories, and accent pieces to add a pop of color. Bright accessories and patterns add some fun to traditional white kitchens. If you prefer the “clean and simple” sleek look, opt for soft greys and neutral toned fabrics. Playful floors such as black and white checkered or diagonal cut tiles can also be used to add a pop of color to the room.
Create a fun focal point by incorporating a statement piece in your kitchen. The focal point can range from a single item like a colored island, to a statement wall. Patterned ceramic tile or wallpaper can be used to create a beautiful accent wall in the kitchen. Consider a distinguished backsplash such as stainless steel to add glitz to any white kitchen. Don’t forget the ceilings! Consider adding coffered or tray ceilings to add depth to the kitchen.
Use an open concept floor plan to create a functional gathering space for friends and family. Create an open and spacious room by merging the kitchen and dining area. While you’re opening your home, consider opening your shelves. Open shelving can be used to display decorative dishes and glassware. One of the many benefits of an open floor plan is that it eliminates walls that reduce natural daylight. Allow for plenty of natural light to enter your kitchen through windows. Ambient lighting can also be incorporated into the kitchen with featured lighting fixtures. De Giulio suggests, “Combining decorative and practical lighting to make a harmonious and functional design.”
White kitchens are anything but boring and still remain the kitchen color of choice. Sixty-seven percent of National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) members said that white is their top choice for cabinets. There is something to be said about a classic, crisp white kitchen that wows the crowd.
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