If you want to design a kitchen with timeless appeal, an all white kitchen is the perfect choice. Whether your home is old-world traditional or boldly contemporary, white kitchens will never go out of style. They offer a lot of flexibility with finishes and colors and a clean, neat, airy appearance.
With all white kitchens, cabinets, walls and ceilings are typically kept white, since these surfaces take up the largest spaces in the room. Smaller surfaces such as countertops, appliances, backsplashes, and kitchen accessories can provide small pops of color for visual interest. Most people grow tired of bold hues on major kitchen surfaces, but splashes of color here and there add a lively atmosphere that’s exciting and easy to live with.
Choosing the Perfect Shade of White
If you have ever looked through a paint chart, you realize there are more than 1000 shades of white. Yes, you heard that right, over 1000 different shades of white! Hues range from pure bright whites to whites with tints of brown, gray, green, blue, red, and yellow. Choosing a white paint can be a daunting task, so it’s essential to narrow down your choices. When making a selection for your kitchen, consider other existing surfaces in the room like the flooring, countertops, fixtures, and trim. You’ll need to find a shade of white that compliments all existing kitchen surfaces. If you’re installing all new surfaces, choose the largest surfaces first, then choose a white shade that enhances them.
If your home is traditional and your kitchen is built with traditional design elements, it’s best to keep large surfaces like floors and countertops in understated color tones. Wood flooring or porcelain tiles in warm shades of brown or gray will create a nice backdrop for bright pops of color in beautiful kitchen accessories and dinnerware. Countertops in light shades of granite or marble will enhance a traditional style.
If you live in a modern style home with clean lines and sleek finishes, make sure your kitchen follows that style. In an all white, modern kitchen, colors and finishes should be kept to a minimum. Wood flooring or porcelain tiles in cool shades of gray will keep the backdrop neutral and emphasize shinny stainless steel fixtures and appliances that may require Miami sub zero service. For splashes of bold color, keep it to a minimum in a small backsplash, kitchen accessories or artwork.